A Preview Of The Nissan Sentra
And The Nissan Altima (VIDEO)
(Disclosure: this is a sponsored review in conjunction with Nissan and SheBuysCars.com. All opinions are my own)
I am so excited to be taking part in the 2016 New York International Auto Show in conjunction with SheBuysCars.com. I get to be an ambassador for Nissan so I am taking a closer look at a couple of the 2016 offerings… the Nissan Sentra and the Nissan Altima.
“In what is turning out to be ‘the year of the sedan,’ Nissan has made major changes to our three best-known sedans – launching an all-new Maxima 4-Door Sports Car, a major makeover of our number one selling Altima, and now a redesigned Sentra,” said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc.
Both the Altima and Sentra are classified as mid-size sedans and among the top-sellers for Nissan. Let’s take a closer look at both.
2016 NISSAN SENTRA
Did you know that more than 90% of Nissan Sentras sold within the last decade are still on the road? I didn’t either. But as someone who likes to hang on to cars a while, that is music to my ears. The new Sentra has an upscale and sporty exterior, in keeping with the “Innovation that Excites” theme designed to keep owners engaged and excited for as long as they own the car.
Now, to help keep the momentum going for the 2016 model year, Sentra has undergone a significant refreshening – starting with a revised exterior and the addition of an expanded suite of available safety and driving aid technologies. And connectivity is BIG in the designed Sentra so no matter where you go you can always be in touch. The 2016 Sentra offers advanced technology features including NissanConnect with Mobile Apps, which is standard on SV and SR grades and includes iHeartRadio, Pandora® and Facebook.
The system features a 5.0-inch color display, Streaming audio via Bluetooth®, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant and smartphone integration for iPhone® and Android phones.
New for 2016 is Siri Eyes Free™ Voice Recognition, which makes it easy to make and receive calls, read and send text messages and emails, select and play music from a compatible device, read notifications, request directions and more via a hands-free voice connection to Siri™ commands. Siri Eyes Free™ Voice Recognition is standard on Sentra SV, SR and SL grades.
Safety is paramount in the 2016 Sentra. Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) are combined as part of the new Technology Package offered for Sentra SR and SL grades. ICC uses radar to maintain a set speed and distance between Sentra and the vehicle ahead, even braking to maintain that distance.
FEB provides audible and visual warnings to help alert the driver of a potential collision with the vehicle ahead in the traveling lane and can help reduce speed if necessary. If a collision is unavoidable, the feature will engage the brakes to help reduce both the speed of the impact and the severity of the collision.
Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are included in the Navigation Package (SV and SR grades) and are standard on Sentra SL. The new Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system utilizes radar to detect a vehicle approaching from either side of the Sentra when backing out of a parking space. The radar-based Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system provides an audible alert if the driver puts the turn signal on with a detected vehicle in the blind spot area of an adjacent lane and issues a visual alert if a detected vehicle enters the blind spot area in the adjacent lane.
Affordably priced. MSRP for starting package is $16,780 for the Sentra S. Click here for more information.
Source: Nissan Image Library
2016 NISSAN ALTIMA
The 2016 Nissan Altima has undergone a massive mid-cycle makeover, improving on the look and handling of the vehicle, fuel economy and enhanced technology/connectivity features (and you KNOW how much I like that!). The Altima also incorporates what designers call “Energetic Flow” with new lowered muscular front fascia with distinctive “V-motion” grille and new bumper. The major design changes continue in the rear, where a new fascia and bumper add a more dramatic character. The new look is highlighted by the lower and wider four-piece taillights featuring a boomerang shape. Sa-WEET!
Source: Nissan Image Library
Here’s a peek at what Nissan is calling the Information-Centric Interior. Inside the new 2016 Altima’s refined, personal space interior, the most noticeable change is in the center of the vehicle, where a new C-stack and center console offer easier use.
The NissanConnect with Mobile Apps system allows Altima owners to stay connected to their digital lives, even when in the vehicle. Apps include Online Search powered by Google® (navigation equipped vehicles only), Facebook and others, along with the flexibility to introduce new apps throughout the ownership experience.
The NissanConnect Mobile Apps experience isn’t limited to a single individual within the vehicle. Other drivers and passengers can set up their own app suite to tailor their experience when they are in the vehicle. All app profiles and settings are personalized and unique to each user’s phone.
Along with the 5.0-inch color audio display, the system includes a USB port with iPod® connectivity. Also standard on all models (except 2.5) is Siri Eyes Free™ Voice Recognition, which allows a hands-free voice connection to Siri™ commands.
The 2016 Altima also offers an expanded suite of available safety and security features, including Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), radar-based Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
The available class-exclusive* Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) system can warn the driver of risks that lie beyond the driver’s forward field of view. It not only can sense the relative velocity and distance of a vehicle directly ahead, but also of a vehicle traveling in front of the preceding one and can help alert the driver to a potential forward collision. Although that vehicle may be obscured from view, PFCW’s sensors can detect if it suddenly and unexpectedly slows, giving the driver additional time to react.
For 2016, radar-based Blind Spot Warning (BSW) is standard on SV and SL grades. In addition, the SV and SL grades add Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), which helps warn of approaching vehicles from either the right or left side of the rear of the Altima when it is in reverse.
MSRP for starting package is $16,780 for the Sentra S. Click here for more information.
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