The 1996 Nissan Sentra provides plenty of acceleration and power for a four-cylinder sedan. It is a front-wheel-drive, four-door sedan that carries on Nissan’s tradition of reliability and good performance. Drivers will enjoy the smooth acceleration and easy handling, while passengers will appreciate the comfortable ride with sufficient room to move around. The plain design and lack of options may turn off some buyers, but overall the Sentra is a dependable car with a lot of options at a decent price.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 115-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Sentra, Nissan Sentra XE, Nissan Sentra GXE, Nissan Sentra GLE
Unfortunately, the most notable change for the 1996 Nissan Sentra is the increase in price. Other than this, the Nissan Sentra received most of its significant changes during the 1995 remodel.
Tinted glass is standard for all models. The overall design is extremely plain. The Sentra comes in eight color options, which includes Cloud White, Platinum Gold Metallic, and Starfire Blue Pearl Metallic. The wheels are 13 inches and made out of steel. A keyless entry system is the only exterior option.
The interior of the 1996 Nissan Sentra comes with cloth seating, bucket seats in the front, and a bench seat in the back. The base model doesn't come with any audio system, but this can be added. The XE, GXE, and GLE all come with an AM/FM/Cassette stereo system. Likewise, air-conditioning is not standard in the base model, but it comes standard in every other model. The previous year's updates make the rear seat roomier than before. Other standard interior features include a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, power windows, and power door locks.
Performance & Handling
The four-cylinder engine in the 1996 Nissan Sentra provides more power than expected. The Sentra comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, but this can be replaced with a four-speed automatic transmission, which saps a lot of the unexpected power from the engine. Acceleration is extremely responsive with the manual transmission. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are optional in the GXE and GLE models only.
The Nissan Sentra comes standard with driver and passenger front side airbags. The Sentra GXE and GLE models have an optional anti-lock braking system for increased control in dangerous situations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated the Nissan Sentra four out of five stars for driver and passenger front side collisions. While safety options are limited, the Sentra offers a very safe ride.
EPA Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Sentra: 30/40 mpg city/highway
Nissan Sentra XE: 30/40 mpg city/highway
Nissan Sentra GXE: 30/40 mpg city/highway
Nissan Sentra GLE: 30/40 mpg city/highway
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- Fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Lack of standard features
- Lack of options
An efficient compact with some pep.
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