Nissan introduced the 2016 Sentra this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
While the main upgrades to the Sentra focused on fresh styling to match the updated Altima and Maxima, there are a few features that will probably sound like gobbledygook until someone explains what they do.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert – That’s no ordinary rear bumper on your Sentra; it has radar in it. When you put the car in reverse, that bumper starts scanning for approaching vehicles like a lighthouse off the coast of Nantucket. Not only that, it can detect movement as far as 66 feet away. If a groundhog so much as twitches his nose behind you, you’ll know it.
LED headlights – We are way beyond halogen bulbs. LEDs are the light bulbs that probably annoy you indoors with their harsh white light that has nowhere near the cozy ambience of a good old-fashioned yellow 60-watt. When you’re on the road, however, you don’t need cozy, you need visibility. LEDs shine brighter, last longer, and keep you safer.
Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display – ADAD? Isn’t that what you call little kids who can’t sit still? Not quite. This is a display screen in your instrument panel nestled between the speedometer and tachometer. It’s really clear and can show navigation prompts, text messages, phone call details, service reminders, and more. The goal is to keep your eyes closer to the road instead of glancing down at a phone.
Forward Emergency Braking – Sounds like we’re pulling your leg, right? After all, brakes are supposed to STOP you from going forward. This is actually similar to the RCTA system above except that it scans for collisions in front of you, not behind. It will chime at you, beep at you, and if you’re in serious danger, even slow or stop the car to avoid a collision. For those moments when you don’t see a car coming, this could avert a messy convergence of sheet metal.
D-Step Logic Control – D-Step is not short for dubstep music (if you’re confused by this, ask your children). For versions of the Sentra with an Xtronic transmission, this will make it feel like the car is shifting like an automatic transmission. Xtronic transmissions are different in that they don’t have a set number of gears as automatic transmissions do. Still confused? Don’t worry about it. Just drive normal.
NissanConnect – This refers to Nissan’s suite of apps on the main display in the center console. It’s our way of making sure you have all the tools that a modern car ought to have, right at your fingertips. Navigation, audio, security and communication lets you interact with things like Facebook, Pandora, Sirius XM, and more.
As you can tell, the Sentra is a well-equipped car. Now that it looks more like the Altima and Maxima, stop by Leith Nissan to check it out for yourself.