Nissan Sentra
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Overall: One of the better-looking compact sedans out there is freshened up with a facelift.

Drivetrain: A 130-horsepower four-cylinder engine mates with a six-speed manual transmission or optional continuously variable unit.

Nissan has given the mid-size Altima sedan a restyling and will do the same for the Sentra, although it won’t be released until later in the 2016 model year. However given that previous Sentras closely mimicked the Altima, it’s expected the same will be the case again. Likely to remain unchanged is the Sentra’s 130-horsepower four-cylinder engine that connects to a six-speed manual transmission or optional continuously variable unit (CVT). The latter, which has received much criticism for its noisy, whooshing operation, will likely be updated and refined with simulated automatic-transmission gear changes. Assuming the trim levels remain the same, standard Sentra features will include cruise control, automatic on/off headlights, a USB port for smart phones and Bluetooth connectivity, That’s in addition to air conditioning, tilt and telescopic steering column, power windows and door locks and remote keyless entry. At the top of the Sentra scale you can expect dual-zone climate control, premium sound system, 17-inch wheels (16-inch wheels are standard), keyless ignition and a fancier interior, including heated leather seats. Optional is a touch-screen navigation system, rear-view monitor and other niceties that will take you far away from a bare-bones econo-box.

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