2022 Nissan Sentra Maybe you’ve heard this story before: The redesigned Nissan compact sedan is trying to steal more Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic buyers.
The difference is that this time, it might work more effectively. Extensive testing and driving at the new Nissan Sentra 2022 reveal how far the carmaker has improved its compact.
The 2022 center will not dominate the sales chart, but our time with SR testers shows where the new Nissan excels and fails against aging class leaders.
First, let’s take a moment to mark the Center’s progress. When we last tested the model trimmed by the mainstream, the 2016 SL Sentra finally reached 60 mph in 10.0 seconds.
2022 Nissan Sentra Specs
Our SR Center 2022 testers are almost 200 pounds heavier than ordinary commuter cars, but the new Nissan benefits from a more powerful engine. All 2022 Centers are motivated by the naturally aspirated 149-hp 2.0-liter I-4.
That doesn’t sound like great strength, and, well, no. But the 8.060 seconds 8.0 does not only match the main competitor, it might feel amazing for anyone who drives a 10-year-old compact sedan.
Because of this, every 2022 Civic EX and higher will be about one second faster to 60 mph, thanks to the four-liter turbo 1.5-liter car.
The Volkswagen Jetta is also faster, using its 1.4-liter turbo-four to hit 60 in just 7.6 seconds.
You’re considering Corolla too, right? A Corolla XSE that we tested crossed 60 in 8.2 seconds and feels fresh like the Civic which is faster tested in the same comparison.
Be aware that if you don’t get a Corolla SE or XSE, Toyota will wrap the compact with an engine that we call hard and less powerful.
With Sentra, even if you don’t make it big like our orange and black SR testers, you still get a decent 149-hp engine.
Like almost all other compact sedans, Sentra 2022 uses CVT. Usually, I am a big fan of CVT, which – if properly adjusted – can make boring travel the most livable thing.
Its smoothness means you don’t feel the shift shocks that you might experience on conventional automatic transmissions. Unfortunately, the CVT Sentra 2022 tries too hard to cover up the fact that it only works with 149 hp.
As we noted in our First Drive review, the Sentra is a bit bumpy at low speeds.
This is the tuning effect that Nissan must fix for the Center 2021 or 2022, along with curious behavior that makes smooth stopping a little difficult.
If not, the Sentra 2022 brake pedal will be adjusted for travel, with a soft initial bite.
2022 Nissan Sentra Engine
Despite the Sentra’s best 60-0 braking performance of 114 feet beating the Civic with 2.0 and 1.5T engines as well as competitors from Volkswagen, Toyota, and Kia, there are asterisks here.
During our evaluation on the track, road test editor Chris Walton recorded ABS pulses on the pedals, generous dives, and inconsistent performance during the four tests.
The real surprise is how the Sentra 2022 presents itself in the MotorTrend eight-course course, which uniquely evaluates the handling, acceleration and braking, and the transitions between them.
With a time of 27.0 seconds at 0.63 g (on average), the SR Center divides the difference between the two Civic but easily defeats the Corolla XSE.
“Even though the body roll looks, it’s unexpectedly fun,” said testing director Kim Reynolds. “That changes with goodwill.”
Regardless of how the body’s role may be more disturbing than others on the winding road (hey, Mother and Father!), The Civic is a better back road partner.
But we understand – most compact sedan buyers only need a good car to start working.
Nissan mostly gives it here. Even though we saw more body roll than at the Sentra launch event in early 2022, we still found that the SR model’s rise was appropriate but firm.
There is a noise level that corresponds to the class in the cabin, which is one and a half generations better than the out-of-the-cabin car. Simply put, the new Center is more stylish, inside and out.
You want more than style. When it comes to interior spaces, the rear seat of Sentra 2022 is spacious enough for four people, with a soft front seatback that is a comfortable place to bend your knees.
The headroom is a bit tight, but if you regularly use 6-foot transit around the city and need max headroom, try a kick.
2022 Nissan Sentra Exterior and Interior
As for cargo space, 14.3 cubic feet of Sentra 2022 is respectable, about even with Jetta, 1.2 cubic feet is bigger than the Corolla, and 0.4 to 0.8 cubic feet smaller than the Civic.
That pesky Honda matches or beats Nissan in fuel savings in most trims. Nissan expects 2022 Sentra S and SV to get 29/39 mpg city/highway, with SR coming in at 28/37 mpg.
The 2022 Civic automatic transmission gets 29-32 / 37-42 mpg depending on the trim. 2022 Corolla is good for 29-31 / 37-40 mpg.
Even though Honda remains the best car in the compact class, the Civic can’t beat the Sentra 2022 value argument. If you don’t mind missing a better Civic CVT, the Sentra offers a lot of value -,, especially as an SV model.
The SV 2022 Sentra with Floormats has the same price as the Civic LX 2022, but Nissan offers a larger screen mounted higher on the dashboard, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and handsfree access without keys. This is a feature that you will use or touch every day.
Higher than the price ladder, the picture is more dangerous. Once you reach the Civic EX, Honda complements its compact sedan with a more powerful 1.5-liter engine and an eight-way driver’s seat – the Sentra only offers six ways of adjustment.
Both the Civic and Corolla offer electric parking brakes, too, compared to Sentra units which are operated by foot.
Negligence of these convenience features, together with the responsive responsiveness of cruise control in traffic, is no big deal. In essence, the Sentra 2022 is a far better car – faster, still roomy, and offering more style than ever before.
Depending on the trim, we can see why someone goes to the Center. That’s good for now, but what happens when the already wide, efficient, attractive, fun to drive, and refined Civic will be redesigned next year?
Meanwhile, we can appreciate the meaningful dynamic increase of Nissan even though there are some strange transmission tendencies. Commuter centers have better than they have for years.
2022 Nissan Sentra Price
Nissan has not released pricing information, but we hope the Sentra 2022 will be valued slightly higher than the 2019 model, which starts at $ 18,815 for an S base equipped with a manual transmission. The new center will go on sale in January 2022.
- BASIC PRICE $ 22,355
- PRICE AS TESTED $ 25,325
- VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan