2014 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8 from North America
Very much an also-ran
An undistinguished compact sedan, at best. The most compelling reason to choose this over its competition is (1) trunk space, and (2) the discounts you can get from a dealer eager to get it out the door. Ours was a leftover 2014 purchased in February 2015 for those reasons.
The cabin and trunk are incredibly spacious, however the front seats are very poorly-designed, providing little support. Additionally, it can be difficult to achieve comfortable adjustment of the driver's seat and steering wheel. Even in the top trim level, both front seats are manual (in its competitors you get power driver's seat).
It gets good fuel economy, but at the price of being very slow by modern standards and providing a very high level of CVT "drone". The car seems very underpowered (it is rated at 130hp; almost all its competitors have about 15+ more).
Handling and braking display no dangerous tendencies, it's very predictable to handle.
Settled at a constant speed on the highway it is reasonably quiet and has an acceptable ride for a small car.
The infotainment system and smartphone integration works pretty well.
We have been very dissatisfied with our dealer's service department; they seem to be very greedy in terms of trying to sell us huge amounts of overpriced maintenance. Won't be dealing with them again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th December, 2016