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Which 2021 Nissan Sentra is Right for You?

Find out which version of Nissan’s compact sedan is the right choice as your next new vehicle.


The 2021 Nissan Sentra is an excellent compact sedan. It has to be because even though the world is SUV-crazy, automakers are still making and selling excellent examples of the compact car craft. The Sentra, now in the 2nd year of its 8th generation, holds its own among them.

When the time became ripe for a new front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger Sentra, it made sense to give it the top treatment. This entailed clever designs inside and out, engineering a refined ride, and adding value to the base model with things like smartphone integration and a comprehensive array of driver assistance features. So far, so good for Nissan’s efforts, as the 2021 Sentra is one of the most popular passenger cars sold in Canada.

Through 7 trim levels, the 2021 Nissan Sentra S 6MT base trim offers the ever-rarer manual transmission. The 6-speed gearbox is also available on the sporty SR 6MT trim. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available, starting with the S Plus CVT trim. Even in its most basic form, the Sentra comes well-equipped. This year, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration is standard, as is Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 safety system. Interior space is adequate for a compact sedan. There are 60/40 split/folding rear seats for some cargo flexibility over the trunk’s 405 litres.

Whatever 2021 Sentra trim level is right for you, there's only one engine: a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre 4-cylinder that makes 149 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. Granted, that's not a massive amount of muscle, but the delivery of that power is at least pleasantly responsive to throttle inputs. Plus, city and highway combined fuel economy estimates range from a low of 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres for the non-SR Sentras with the CVT to a high of 8.1 for the SR with the manual transmission. 

On the road, the Nissan compact's steering is equally agreeable, with a well-judged weight and feel. Even more impressive, this newest Sentra has an independent multi-link rear suspension, which is a more sophisticated and higher-end setup than the torsion beams in some rivals.


To help you make the right call on your next new Nissan compact sedan, here's a breakdown of 2021 Sentra's trim levels:

2021 Nissan Sentra S 6MT - Starting MSRP: $19,198 CAD 

Key standard features include:

  •  2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine
  •   6-speed manual transmission
  •   Intelligent Emergency Braking
  •   Blind Spot Warning
  •   Apple CarPlay


2021 Nissan Sentra S Plus CVT - Starting MSRP: $20,898 CAD 

Includes or replaces S 6MT features, plus:

  •  Continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT)
  • Intelligent Emergency Braking/Pedestrian Detection
  • Heated front seats


2021 Nissan Sentra SV - Starting MSRP: $22,298 CAD 

Includes or replaces S Plus CVT features, plus:


  •  16-inch aluminum alloy wheels
  •  NissanConnect 8-inch touchscreen display
  •   7-inch Advanced Drive Assist display
  •   Nissan Intelligent Key/Remote push button ignition
  •  Remote engine start system


2021 Nissan Sentra SV Moonroof - Starting MSRP: $23,198 CAD 

Includes or replaces S Plus CVT features, plus:


  •   Moonroof
  •   Heated outside mirrors/LED turn signal indicators
  • Intelligent Cruise Control


2021 Nissan Sentra SR 6MT - Starting MSRP: $23,198 CAD 

Includes or replaces SV Moonroof features, plus:

  • 6-speed manual transmission 
  • 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels
  • Chrome V-Motion grille
  • Sport rear design


2021 Nissan Sentra SR CVT - Starting MSRP: $24,498 CAD 

Includes or replaces SR 6MT features, plus:

  • CVT
  • Remote engine start system
  • LED headlights/LED signature daytime running lights
  • Sport cloth seat trim/Contrast orange stitching
  • Rear spoiler


2021 Nissan Sentra SR Premium CVT - Starting MSRP: $26,598 CAD 

Includes or replaces SR CVT features, plus:


  • Intelligent Around View Monitor
  • Bose Premium audio system/8 speakers
  • Sport leatherette-appointed seats/Contrast orange stitching
  • Thin projector LED headlights /LED signature daytime running lights
  • 6-way power adjustable driver's seat/2-way power lumbar

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