Do you know what a sentry does? It’s an individual who stands watch over something or someone. The idea of a sentry exudes safety and protection, which is exactly what Nissan intended when it named the Sentra. A portmanteau of “sentry” and “central,” the Sentra made its debut in 1982 and instantly caught the attention of American drivers thanks to its handling, efficiency, and innovation. Today, this golden trifecta is even more apparent in models like the 2022 Nissan Sentra that proves the sedan only gets better with time.
Starting at $19,510, the 2022 Sentra is one of the most affordable compact sedans in the segment, whether you’re shopping for an entry-level S, the sporty SR, or the luxurious SV.* These trims offer a progressive suite of features, conveniences, and luxuries as well as unique packages that add to the Sentra’s overall value and give you more options to get behind the wheel of a sedan that meets your every need. What could be better than that?
Unsurprisingly, the 2022 Sentra continues to set new standards of excellence in the segment. It offers the most front row legroom in the class, which ensures your comfort, along with the exclusive Zero Gravity front seats that optimize your posture. Confidence also comes standard on the 2022 Sentra since it offers the most standard safety and driver-assist tools in the segment, with a variety of tools ranging from forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking to adaptive cruise control and beyond. Add in the Sentra’s impressive suite of connectivity features, and it’s no surprise why the sedan is one of Nissan’s most popular models!
Designed to balance efficiency with power, the 2022 Sentra does this exceptionally well. Agile and easy to maneuver, the Sentra is responsive and fun to drive whether you’re navigating your commute, running errands in town, or cruising at highway speeds. This power comes from the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the Sentra’s hood. Mated to Nissan’s next-generation Xtronic transmission, the engine delivers 149 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque with an average fuel economy of 29 MPG in the city and 39 MPG on the highway.
With the 2.0-liter engine supplying plenty of power, the Sentra gets its unique driving dynamics from a host of features that engineer confidence and control when you’re behind the wheel. The multi-link rear suspension and MacPherson strut front suspension play an integral role in this, as do the Sentra’s twin-tube shock absorbers that make cornering effortless. The sedan’s dual-pinion rack electric power steering system is responsible for the Sentra’s sport-like handling and responsiveness.
Working behind the scenes is the Sentra’s Intelligent Trace Control system. Engineered to enhance the Sentra’s handling, stability, and overall ride quality, the system is truly remarkable. It uses high-response brake actuators and intelligent control logic to brake the inside front wheels when cornering. This increases the control you have over the Sentra and gives you the confidence to explore even the windiest roads.
Nissan is known for offering one of the most expansive safety suites in the industry, and the 2022 Sentra is no exception. The sedan offers the most standard safety features in its class, courtesy of six advanced driver-assist tools and the remarkable Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite. This suite equips the Sentra with innovative features that enhance your visibility around the sedan, optimize your focus, and minimize the potential for collision.
Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection monitors what’s ahead of the Sentra and alerts you to potential collisions. If you fail to respond, the system can automatically bring the Sentra to a controlled stop with the hope of avoiding a collision altogether. Rear Automatic Braking and Rear Cross Traffic Alert work in the same fashion for the rear of the sedan. Blind Spot Warning monitors the Sentra’s blind spots to make changing lanes easier, Lane Departure Warning helps you keep the Sentra safely in its lane, and High Beam Assist ensures your visibility even in low-light conditions.
Beyond the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite, the Sentra also offers a host of advanced tools that take your safety to the next level. Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Intelligent Driver Alertness are standard on every model along with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, the latter of which includes the class-exclusive Easy-Fill Tire Alert System. The available Intelligent Around View monitor enhances the standard rearview camera by giving you a 360-degree bird’s eye view around the Sentra with split-screen viewing that gives you the advantage when navigating tight parking spaces or congested areas.
Nissan knows that staying connected even when you’re in the driver’s seat is important. If you don’t have the right tools at your disposal, you increase the risk of causing an accident by taking your eyes off the wheel to make a phone call, send a text message, or find the right playlist. To minimize this risk, Nissan equips the Sentra with enhanced connectivity and convenience features that instantly connect you to your busy life and everything else you may need.
The Sentra’s 4.2-inch multi-information driver’s display kicks off the sedan’s impressive convenience features by putting vital information like speed, fuel level, mileage, and more, within immediate view. As you look to the center dashboard, you’ll find either a 7-inch or 8-inch color touchscreen display. The display is home to Nissan Connect, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the Bluetooth Hands-Free phone system. Sentras equipped with the floating 8-inch display also come with a larger, 7-inch digital Advanced Drive-Assist Display that gives you more viewing options behind the steering wheel.
Through NissanConnect, you can take advantage of the Sentra’s available WiFi hotspot that turns the sedan into a mobile office or entertainment venue for your passengers. You’ll also find the system equips the Sentra with Alexa or Google Assistant, both of which allow you to use simple voice commands to make phone calls, respond to messages, set appointments, stream your favorite music, add items to your shopping list, and so much more. You can even use Alexa and Google to remotely lock and unlock the Sentra’s doors, start the engine, and flash the lights.
One of the most notable features that set the Sentra apart in the segment is Nissan’s ability to deliver exceptional comfort throughout the cabin. From the driver’s seat, you’ll experience the ultimate in comfort thanks to the NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front seats. Inspired by the weightlessness of space, these exclusive seats optimize your position for enhanced comfort and reduced fatigue, making long drives less grueling and far more comfortable than you ever imagined.
The Sentra’s best-in-class front legroom gives you and your co-pilot plenty of room, while the craftsmanship of the steering wheel and the optional power front seats with lumbar support add further comfort. Your backseat passengers are also well taken care of with a 60-40 split-folding rear seat that’s both comfortable and functional when you need additional cargo room. Your passengers have plenty of head and legroom, while thoughtful additions like the center armrest with cupholders balance comfort and convenience.
Taking the Sentra to the next level of opulence isn’t hard with the available leather-appointed seating. The Sentra comes standard with cloth upholstery, which can be upgraded or exchanged entirely for a Prima-Tex leatherette or sport cloth with orange stitching, the latter of which is available on the Sentra SR. Models like the SV with the Premium Package come equipped with top-quality quilted leather seating that adds to the sedan’s value and make it truly luxurious.