Updated compact sedan

2022 Nissan Sentra pricing announced

The Nissan Sentra packs value and style into a compact package.


Small cars aren't anywhere near as popular in the United States as they once were, but a few automakers still offer compelling and value-packed options in the segment. The Nissan Sentra was fully overhauled for the 2020 model year with more tech, great standard safety features, and a sharp new design. Updates for 2022 are less dramatic, but include two new options packages. Today, the automaker announced pricing for the car. Nissan's top-selling sedan starts at $20,485, which includes a $975 destination charge. The mid-range Sentra SV starts at $21,545 and the top Sentra SR starts at $23,075.

2022 Nissan Sentra Two new packages join the Sentra line for 2022. Nissan

The new Midnight Edition Package brings a black grille, rear spoiler, and rear diffuser, along with black badges and black 18-inch wheels. The all-weather package includes dual-zone climate controls, heated front seats, remote start, and a heated steering wheel.

The Sentra's powertrain isn't changing for 2022, which means a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 149 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. The tiny sedan is front-wheel drive and features a continuously variable transmission. Those powertrain numbers don't equate to a thrilling driving experience or anything even slightly resembling speed, but that's not the point of the Sentra.

2022 Nissan Sentra The top Sentra trim gets an interior that far outshines its budget price tag. Nissan

Inside, the Sentra offers plenty of niceties and a surprisingly upscale cabin that doesn't align with the car's bargain price point. Nissan's Zero Gravity seats are excellent and offer great support with superb padding. A 7.0-inch touchscreen is standard for the bottom trim. It runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the larger 8.0-inch screen that comes in the top two trims brings SiriusXM radio, a premium Bose stereo, and more.

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Electric vehicle concepts

Nissan shows off new concepts and plans for future EVs

Nissan showed off a group of funky concept vehicles at the announcement.


Nissan is approaching the release of Ariya, its brand-new EV, but there are plans for much more in the automaker’s near future. Today, the Japanese company announced Nissan Ambition 2030, its plan to develop electrified vehicles and become a more sustainable company. Beyond new vehicles, the roadmap includes investments in battery recycling and charging infrastructure, new battery tech, and more widespread safety technologies.

Nissan Ambition 2030 The automaker plans for 50 percent electrification by 2030.Nissan

Nissan’s plans include 23 new electrified models by 2030. The target covers 15 new EVs and a target of 50 percent electrification. The automaker says it plans to launch a proprietary solid-state battery by 2028, and notes that it will develop a pilot production facility in Yokohama, Japan by 2024. Solid state technologies are not yet commercially viable but will offer faster charging times and better energy densities than lithium ion battery packs.

Nissan Surf-Out Concept Surf-Out is a concept truck with super funky styling.Nissan

While the focus was on the news of its electrification plans, Nissan’s concept vehicles stole the show. The Surf-Out concept truck features a long, low cargo surface and unique all-terrain tires. Typical of concept cars, the Surf-Out’s styling and design are over-the-top. The cabin is surrounded on three sides by glass and open to the bed in the rear. Instead of a grille, there’s a glass panel with an illuminated Nissan logo. It's unlikely Surf-Out or the other concepts shown will make it to production unchanged, but they show that the automaker is looking to explore bold designs with its electrified vehicles.

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Updated compact SUV

2022 Nissan Rogue gets new VC Turbo engine

The Rogue was fully redesigned last year.


Nissan refreshed its best-selling vehicle, the Rogue SUV, in 2021 with a grown-up new look and plenty of new tech. Changes the year after a major overhaul are usually minor, but for 2022 Nissan's giving the Rogue a new powertrain. A brand-new 1.5-liter variable compression (VC) Turbo engine is on board, producing 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Nissan Rogue The new VC engine can change its compression to adapt to driving conditions.Nissan

Power is up 11 percent and torque is up a staggering 24 percent with the new power plant. The variable compression engine is capable of adapting to changing driving conditions. When the driver needs more power, the engine shifts to higher compression, which delivers better acceleration at the expense of fuel economy. When efficiency is best, the engine changes its compression again. The VC engines made their debut in 2019 in both the Infiniti QX50 and Nissan Altima. It's trick engine technology, but it doesn't always deliver on its promise of efficiency gains. Nissan's continuously variable transmission is still in place, though it has been improved with 17 percent wider gear ratio coverage and 32 percent lower friction. The automaker says it helps deliver better acceleration and fuel economy.

2022 Nissan Rogue Top Rogue trims get upscale finishes and a handsome cabin.Nissan

Pricing for the 2022 Rogue S FWD starts at $27,875, including a $1,175 destination charge. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the price by $1,500. Nissan offers three packages for the SUV as well, including a $2,660 SV Premium Package, a $1,320 SL Premium Package, and a $400 10.8-inch head-up display for the top Platinum trim.

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