2016 Nissan Sentra: First Drive Review

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
Under the Hood
All Sentras are powered by a 1.8-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine that produces 130 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is available, but only on the base S trim. All other models come standard with Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission. We’ve always felt that Nissan builds one of the better CVTs, but acceleration is rather weak, especially from a standstill. We didn’t have a chance to try out the manual transmission — Nissan expects sales of the manual to be very low — but we’d expect the Sentra would be more responsive with three pedals.

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