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Nissan News & Reviews

Nissan Sentra 2.0 SR: Behind the wheel

Napleton News reviews the 2022 Nissan Sentra 2.0 SR CVT, which continues on following a redesign three years ago. Three years was not that long ago which makes you wonder, is this car old? Hardly. We at Napleton News had a chance to give it a workout recently. It’s a great, reliable car in a field crowded with some very reliable competition. Please read our report to learn how we made out with the new Sentra.

The Nissan Sentra turns it at Okeeheelee Park in Palm Beach County.

Nissan Sentra 2.0 SR Highlights:

There are a host of features on the new Nissan Sentra 2.0 SR. Here are just a few:

  • A compact sedan designed within the past three years
  • 2.0-liter inline-4 cylinder engine
  • Nissan Active Ride Control
  • Available SR Premium Package
  • Standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 is included on all trim levels.

Powering the Nissan Sentra 2.0

The 2.0-liter engine powering the Nissan Sentra SR.

The Nissan Sentra is motivated by a single engine that supplies power at every trim level. That engine is a tried and proven 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine making 149 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a Nissan continually variable transmission that simulates gear changes even though there are no cogs in the transmission.

Dangerous angles.

Active ride control is included in all trim levels to help smooth out rough or even washboard-style roads that could cause a phenomenon known as porpoising. This is where the car’s ride would be interrupted by bouncing from the rough surfaces. In this case, the Sentra is set up to gently brake or add power as needed to smooth out the cracks and crevices found on a typical road.

Intelligent Trace Control (ITC) is what Nissan calls the torque vectoring system on the Sentra. Combined with the multilink rear suspension, ITC manages to slow the speed of a tire on the inside of a turn. This allows the outside wheels to turn faster, preparing for a quicker exit.

How does the new Sentra look?

The Nissan Sentra SR strikes a hero pose for Napleton News.

“Hey Mom, we’ve shrunk the Maxima,” is what some people have said. They wouldn’t be that far off because the Sentra is made of many of the same design cues as its four-door big brother. As a result, it does appear like a Mini-Maxima. The “floating roof” found on other models in the portfolio is here, too.

Going away: The Sentra SR.

Our Sentra tester included the Midnight Edition package, which is newly available on the top shelf SR trim level. This package includes a blacked-out grille treatment, rear diffuser, spoiler, 18-inch black alloy wheels, and black badging. That’s in addition to the extra aerodynamic bits and chrome exhaust finishers.

The inside line

The business side of the Nissan Interior.

No bovine specimens were sacrificed in the production of this Nissan Sentra. That’s not entirely true, but the only leather in our Sentra’s interior is on the steering wheel and shift knob. Otherwise, the interior was covered with Prima-Tex synthetic leather on the seats and other soft-touch contact points. Step up to the SV trim level for an interior of the real stuff. Regardless of which Sentra you get, you’ll still take advantage of Nissan’s Zero Gravity seating. Some of the most comfortable chairs on the road, they are ready to coddle you for the long haul.


The Zero Gravity seats of the Nissan Sentra.
The Gear shift selector of the Nissan Sentra SR.
The rear seat of the Sentra SR.

The latest technology is also on board, in the way of a 7-inch display screen in the gauge binnacle. The center console is topped with an 8-inch color touch screen display that controls the Bose premium audio system, complete with Sirius XM satellite radio. There is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which both provide navigation products, should you desire.

Behind the wheel of the 2022 Nissan Sentra

The Sentra SR trunk details.

The 2022 Nissan Sentra 2.0 SR is one of the rising stars in the compact car segment, offering adequate if not sometimes challenging power but decent mileage along the way. It features all the modern technology you expect in the market today. These include a pushbutton starter and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 brings many more features than you would expect to find in a modern compact sedan. These include blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and rear braking that quickly puts on the brakes if it senses pedestrians or cross-traffic near the car’s rear.

The Nissan Sentra SR prepares to round the bend.

For around-town travel involving errands and shopping runs, the new Sentra brings plenty of power and fuel economy to satisfy most buyers. Consider it in the same league as a Kia Forte, Toyota Corolla or Hyundai Elantra. It seems to fall short when you put the full weight and force of your size 11 shoe onto the skinny pedal. The engine will express its displeasure at this point for being pushed t0 hard. If on a coarse driving surface, expect a relatively aggressive amount of road thrum to find its way into the cabin.

It’s nothing the addition of some sound insulation and under-body noise suppression panels can’t fix. The Sentra would find a home in quite a lot of garages with a fix like that.


Nissan Sentra Specifications

2022 Nissan Sentra 2.0 SR CVT Specifications
Drivetrain Front-wheel drive
Engine Type 2.0-liter inline-4
Horsepower 149 HP @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 146 LB-FT @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission Xtronic CVT automatic
Fuel Economy 32 mpg (28 city/37 hwy)
Suspension Front: Strut / Rear: Multilink
Turning Circle 38.01 feet
Also Available Other trim levels
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Safety Rating 5-Star
Max Seating Capacity 5
Wheelbase 106.6 inches
Overall Length 182.7 inches
Width 71.5 inches
Height 57.0 inches
Cargo Capacity 14.3 cubic feet
Headroom, Front 37.5 inches
Headroom, Rear 36.7 inches
Legroom, Front 44.0 inches
Legroom, Rear 34.7 inches
Shoulder, Front 56.4 inches
Shoulder, Rear 54.5 inches

This post was published on April 27, 2022

Mark Elias

I've loved everything on wheels: Trains, Planes and definitely Automobiles. I am constantly in search of the latest in new technology, which makes our lives better each day, but will always respect the classics. You can't continue forward without first taking a look back at where you've been.

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