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More Nissan Sentra photos to go along with Michael's review.
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Tall with a big chrome grille.
Elegant lines at home downtown.
Front fender undulates into a strong character line.
Side view is the Sentra's best angle.
SL's 17-inch wheels and wavy character line reduce the visual bulk of the tall body side.
Protruding tail lamps add a muffin top effect to an overly rectangular rear.
Appearance of traditional luxury.
Nissan says the shape of the instrument panel was inspired by a bird's wing.
Classy, traditional gauges and logical controls.
Good materials, but the textures don't always match.
Nav screen very easy to read, and only adds $650 (with a rearview monitor).
Front seats are too flat and firm. Those in the larger Altima are far better.
Plenty of legroom in the back. The cushion is a little low, but this is common even in larger cars.
Among the most spacious trunks in the segment (the others are in the Cruze and Jetta).
Efficient and adequately powerful, but unpleasantly noisy.
Large chrome grille dominates the Sentra's face. The fog lights are the lone sporty detail.
Undulating character line, as seen on the Altima, can't fully disguise the Sentra's proportions.
Red might not be the best hue for these generous curves. SL's 17-inch wheels help.
Forte's styling much sleeker than the Sentra's.
Tall, square rear end has some non-aesthetic benefits.
Especially in SL, with shiny faux timber, the interior design is the most traditional in the class.
Forte interior could be overly stark for some tastes.
Upscale appearance, but lacking in upscale features.
Improved, but still just adequate.
Among the largest trunks in the class. Square rear + protruding tail lamps = muffin-top effect.
Less noisy this year, but no more powerful.
For 2016 the Sentra gets the same grille as other current Nissans. It's an improvement.
The 2013-2015 Sentra's grille.
The new Sentra looks upscale, especially in this blue and in the top SL trim. But is it beautiful?
Fully redone Civic. More comfortably raked windshield, yet more futuristic and much more attractive.
Previous Civic suffered from an overly raked windshield and aesthetic confusion around the pillar.
The undulating character line along the shoulder is shared with some other Nissans.
Tall for a compact sedan. Complex surfacing reduces the apparent height of the body sides.
The sleek new Civic appears far longer than the Sentra, even though they're the same length.
Piano black trim has replaced faux wood and silver plastic. Ambiance remains relatively traditional.
The Civic's interior styling also has improved dramatically. Far more modern than the Sentra's.
Massive bi-level instrument panel in the 2013 Civic. But materials were better than the 2012's.
Conventional instruments and logical controls. Infotainment display too low.
Everything within easy reach. But I'd like knobs for volume and tuning. Display a little too low.
The Sentra's driver seat appears more comfortable than it is. New power adjustments of no use to me
More comfortable than the seats in the previous Civic and current Sentra. Love the dark stripe.
Plenty of rear legroom. Rear headroom is in much shorter supply.
Voluminous trunk. The Civic has caught up in this area, though.
Very good fuel economy, but marginal performance, and the CVT has a mind of its own.
First turbo in a U.S. Honda. More powerful and more efficient than the Sentra's engine.