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2016 Nissan Sentra shows refreshed front-end, impressive driver assistance (pictures)

Nissan gave its entry-level sedan, the Sentra, a new look and some new tech for the 2016 model year.

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Nissan launched the seventh generation of its Sentra entry-level sedan for the 2013 model year and gave it a refresh for the 2016 model year that includes new styling and updated tech features.

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Formerly a compact, the Sentra is now a midsize sedan according to EPA definitions, meaning more passenger and cargo room.

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Nissan gave the 2016 Sentra its corporate design language up front in the form of its V-grille.

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The Sentra remains a front-wheel-drive five-passenger sedan.

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Here's another look at the new grille.

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The radar module embedded in the lower intake enables adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking.

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The roof arch makes for reasonable headroom in the rear seat.

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Nissan sells the Sentra in trims range from S to SL, at about $17,000 to $23,000 respectively.

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The Sentra's suspension delivers a firm ride.

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Fuel economy comes in at 29 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.

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Although the Sentra offers very capable adaptive cruise control, Nissan does not have lane-keeping assist on the option sheet.

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The drivetrain for all Sentra models is based on this 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, good for 130 horsepower.

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The base trim Sentra can be had with a six-speed manual transmission, but the upper trims come with a continuously variable transmission, that uses a system of pulleys rather than gears.

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At 15.1 cubic feet, the trunk of the Sentra is large enough for most needs.

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This high trim Sentra comes with leather-covered seats.

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Rear seats are functional, with enough room across for three passengers.

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Higher trim Sentras come standard with touchscreen head units, although Nissan has not implemented Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

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This SL trim Sentra comes standard with a 5.8-inch touchscreen featuring navigation and app integration.

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