Nissan has announced the 2016 Sentra has a starting price of $16,780, representing a $250 increase compared to the outgoing 2015MY.

Nissan has announced the 2016 Sentra has a starting price of $16,780, representing a $250 increase compared to the outgoing 2015MY.

The higher price is justifiable taking into account the new model year has brought a facelift with several cosmetic revisions to bring the Sentra more in line with the latest Maxima and Altima. In addition, there’s a redesigned steering wheel and new power driver’s seat with power lumbar. The center cluster and the audio display design are also fresh and Nissan made some changes to the console and shifter knob. In addition, the seat fabrics have now been improved and all models come as standard with automatic headlights.

Go for the SV, SR, or the SL grade and Nissan will reward you with a five-inch screen installed between the instrument cluster dials. These three grades also come as standard with Siri Eyes Free Voice Recognition. Novelties for the 2016MY include several added safety technologies, like Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Regardless of trim, the 2016 Sentra has a naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine with 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. The motor works with a six-speed manual transmission on the base Sentra S, while the others come with a continuously variable transmission. Nissan’s engineers have increased the spring and damper rates by 10 percent and boosted body stiffness to improve roll and body control.

It kicks off at $16,780 (plus $835 destination & handling) and goes all the way up to $22,170 for the range-topping Sentra SL Xtronic.

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