Nissan Sentra named as finalist for North American Car of the Year™

NASHVILLE, Tenn./Mississauga, Ont. – The Nissan Sentra is one of three finalists for the 2021 North American Car of the Year award. The winner, chosen by a jury of 50 leading independent American and Canadian automotive journalists, will be revealed on January 11, 2021.

All-new for 2020, Sentra offers unexpected refinement, technology and value, including the most standard safety features in its class1. Sentra features an exterior with a commanding presence and a “cut-above” interior that sets the standard for compact sedan quality and comfort.

“Sentra is designed to thrill customers with its fresh styling, advanced connectivity and Nissan Safety Shield® 360 technologies,” says Adam Paterson, director of marketing, Nissan Canada Inc. “Sentra is a major part of the Nissan NEXT transformation plan. More than just vehicles – Nissan NEXT is creating a stronger, more sustainable Nissan, providing vehicles and services that exceed customer expectations.”

Behind the wheel, Sentra is also fun-to-drive starting with its fuel-efficient 2.0-litre DOHC 4-cylinder engine that delivers 149 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft. of torque. Top-level driving dynamics are supported by an independent rear suspension matched to a MacPherson strut front suspension with twin-tube shock absorbers. A dual-pinion rack electric power steering system and Nissan Intelligent Trace Control technology are both standard for nimble and responsive handling.

In its second year of the eighth generation, the Canadian Sentra offers a compelling proposition for the base model – Sentra S 6MT – with heated front seats and heated exterior mirrors now fitted as standard. Those looking for a more connected drive have the option of a six-speed manual transmission on the sporty Sentra SR model, previously only available on the Sentra S.

Additional enhancements for the 2021 model year include the addition of standard Apple CarPlay® integration and Android Auto™ and NissanConnect® on all grades (previously available only on SV and SR grades), and a new two-tone paint combination – Electric Blue Metallic with Black roof for the SR grade.

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The awards are intended to recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the year. These vehicles are benchmarks in their segments based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. The organization gives out three awards. They are: “North American Car of the Year™,” “North American Truck of the Year™,” and the “North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™.” The awards are unique because they are given by an independent jury of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada instead of being given by a single publication, website, radio or television station.