NEW YORK – Nissan’s Sentra has been chosen as one of three finalists for the 2021 North American Car of the Year award as chosen by a ”jury” of 50 independent American and Canadian automotive journalists.
The final choices will be announced on January 11, 2021.
”Nissan America’s Sentra,” the automaker says, ”has refinement, technology, and value that includes the most standard crash avoidance/protection features in its class, a commanding presence, and a cabin that sets the standard for compact-sedan quality and comfort.”
Nissan US’ Michael Colleran told The Corner in a media release: “The Sentra is designed to thrill customers with its fresh styling, advanced connectivity, and safety. It’s a major part of the Nissan NEXT transformation plan to assemble stronger vehicles and services.”
The cars (in the US, at least) have a two-litre, DOHC, four-cylinder, engine that delivers 111kW/198Nm. ”Top-level driving dynamics,” the automaker says, ”are supported by an independent rear and Macpherson-strut front suspension with twin-tube shock absorbers.
”A dual-pinion electric power-steering system are standard.”
The Sentra, during 2020, won a number of industry awards, among them Best-In-Show among WardsAuto’s 10 Best Interiors; top compact sedan in JD Power 2020 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study, and placings in Autotrader’s Best New Cars of 2020 and 10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates.