20160125_095839The Nissan Sentra has a 34 year history of being a solid, compact sedan.  2016 is not the year Nissan will introduce an “all new” model but they are releasing a mid-cycle refresh (aka “facelift”).

On a recent trip to Orange County, California, Nissan offered a group of automotive journalists and enthusiasts the opportunity to put the car through paces up-and-down the Pacific Coast Highway.  The smooth-rolling Sentra carried me past some of the most beautiful scenery in the country including a quick ride on a ferry boat.

Several new safety features debut on the car include rear cross-traffic alerts, blind-spot warning system, and NissanConnect emergency telematics with vehicle monitoring.  A thicker windshield, new engine mounts and more insulation make the car quiet – potentially a good spot to broadcast one of my radio shows from.

Competition in this segment include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Corolla.

It’s a nice vehicle and with a starting price of $16,780, this could be a smart choice for a first car purchase and certainly a first family vehicle.

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