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The 2021 Nissan Sentra is Finally Recommended by Consumer Reports

If you’re looking for an affordable new sedan, the Nissan Sentra has been an option for several years. In the past few generations alone, the Sentra has become more modern, a touch luxurious, and even a little sleek. Perhaps that’s why it’s finally starting to be recognized as a vehicle worth buying over its competitors, even if it hasn’t been in previous years. That’s right — the 2021 Nissan Sentra finally received the coveted recommendation checkmark from Consumer Reports.

The first Nissan Sentra to be recognized

The Nissan Sentra isn’t a new car, with the first model available in the United States arriving in the 1980s. In all of that time, the sedan has changed dramatically, growing with the times to become a car worthy of buying amongst heavily featured and optioned competition. The newest 2021 Nissan Sentra is the first year that the car has officially been recommended by Consumer Reports, and they give us plenty of reasons to make the purchase.

A Nissan Sentra | Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg, Getty Images

Is the 2021 Nissan Sentra a good car?

My 2011 Nissan Sentra had an adorable and friendly front end, cloth interior, and the basic amenities that I needed for my first car. It was affordable to purchase and maintain, and when anything broke, it didn’t break my bank account to pay for a replacement. This remains true for the latest 2021 Nissan Sentra, which is still affordable with a starting price of $19,460, and it’s only gotten better since then. Now, the styling is more modern and aggressive, and with some trim level options, even a bit sporty, making it a compact sedan that stands up to the competition.

The tan interior of a nissan sentra as shown from behind the drivers seat
The interior of a Nissan Sentra |Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg, Getty Images

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What makes the 2021 model year different?

There were a few key changes in the 2021 Nissan Sentra that make it stand out from previous model years. In fact, the Sentra didn’t just become a recommended vehicle, it went from never being recommended before (ever) to taking the #1 spot on the website’s list of compact cars — which, as you could imagine, is a pretty drastic change. The new model is noted for offering excellent handling, a surprisingly smooth ride, and a better-than-expected interior with new higher-end touches that make the car feel less cheap and more luxurious than ever before.

A close up of the taillight of the 2021 nsisan sentra
The rear light of a Nissan Sentra | Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg, Getty Images

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The 2021 Nissan Sentra finally got a win with Consumer Reports and earned a recommendation from the website. Hopefully, the differences in the compact car will encourage new buyers, and for everything it offers at such a reasonable price point, all it takes is a test drive to change buyer’s preconceived notions of the car.