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Nissan's Sentra NISMO sport sedan returns for 2018 with extra features

G. Chambers Williams Iii, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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This car looks great inside, too, thanks to its performance-oriented interior, and it has unique suspension tuning for sportier handling – but at the expense of a smoother ride for the passengers.

The interior is charcoal with red accents, and there are unique bolstered front bucket seats with NISMO logos. The rear seat has cloth upholstery with red contrast stitching.

Red motorsports-inspired trim accents are used throughout the interior, including on the unique Alcantara leather-wrapped steering wheel, the start button (with red ring), and the meter cluster with a red tachometer. There are also red accents on the leather shifter knob and NISMO embroidered carpets. A dark headliner and NISMO logo on the instrument panel are also unique.

Also included is a five-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display between the tachometer and speedometer; a soft-touch instrument panel; sliding center armrest; Nissan Intelligent Key keyless entry; backup camera; power windows with driver's one-touch auto up/down; power door locks with auto-locking feature, and remote trunk and fuel-filler door releases.

Standard is an AM/FM/CD audio system with five-inch color display, satellite radio, and Bluetooth hands-free phone system. The Siri Eyes Free Voice Recognition and smartphone integration for iPhone and Android phones are also included.

The NISMO Premium Package, which cost an extra $1,220 last year, is now included in the base price, and there are no available options for the NISMO Sentra. This package includes a Bose Premium audio system with eight speakers, along with NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps and a 5.8-inch color touch-screen display.

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The Sentra's electric power steering has also been specially tuned on the NISMO model to allow for precise control, especially helpful on twisty country roads.

Among standard safety and security features are front seat-mounted side air bags; roof-mounted side-curtain air bags with rollover sensors; front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters and adjustable upper anchors; and LATCH connectors for child safety seats in the rear.

The Sentra also comes with child-safe rear door locks; Zone Body construction featuring front and rear crumple zones; the Nissan Immobilizer and anti-theft alarm systems; and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

2018 NISSAN SENTRA/SENTRA NISMO

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