2021 Nissan Sentra Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Powertain and structure issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

2021 Nissan Sentra

The 2021 Nissan Sentra is not a large car, but the automaker makes big promises. The newest tagline for the model is “the power to thrill.” However, this doesn’t operate anything like an exciting sports car, no matter what the manufacturer tries to say. Instead, the defective powertrain and uncomfortable structure are causing people to become frustrated.

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Problems with the Powertrain

If a car is labeled as “thrilling,” it should come with an impressive powertrain, but the new Sentra does not.

In fact, even The Car Connection picked up on how terrible this system is by saying, “The Sentra’s 149-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4 engine and its continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) aren’t the stuff of legend. Even with 146 pound-feet of torque and a relatively lightweight body, the Sentra’s not fast and it’s not quick, and the CVT lags as it gathers up its pulleys and belts to provide the right transmission ratio for launch.”

If there’s an honest look into Nissan’s history, it becomes clear that transmissions are not its strong suit. In fact, it wasn’t that long ago that Nissan was faced with class-action lawsuits over defective CVTs. The complaint was that these transmissions consistently overheated and Nissan did nothing to alleviate the problem. Maybe the company should focus on just making a reliable car before jumping into the thrilling category.

Problems with the Structure

Another sore spot is the build of the 2021 Nissan Sentra. It doesn’t seem to have a lot of thought put into it, almost like it was thrown together after the fact.

Consumer Reports states, “We were rather dismayed however, with the antiquated foot operated parking brake, which is very easy for the driver to bank his or her left shin into.”

The crazy part about that last statement is that it was found on Nissan’s website. That’s right, the company is proudly displaying the not-so-favorable report on the Sentra. Instead of hiding that fact that the new Sentra is a dinosaur and outdated, the company flaunts it and still tries to claim this model is “thrilling.” Apparently, Nissan is still operating in the Dark Ages.

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  • Carolyn M

    I just purchased a brand new 2021 Nissan Sentra Sr Platinum and haven’t had the car a month,which will be June 29 of this year..So far I’ve been having cracking issues with the car.. Thought it was the battery took it to the deal they ran tests on the car,car crank just fine with them..For 5 mornings now I’ve had to had this car jumped off..Mind you car has been took to the dealer twice to be test and they find nothing..On today 6/24/21 I tried to start the car with the auto start key and the car didn’t start. Once again this car isn’t starting.. I’ve recorded the malfunction code coming up on the car took it to the dealer for them to find nothing and say they can’t fix anything because Nissan has to have a reason to fix it but as long as it shows the car is fine they can’t fix it.. So now I’m trying to see how can I get out of this car legally with this issue? I don’t even want the car any more,it hasn’t been 30 days and I’m already having an issue that the dealers can’t seem to find..Other than that the car is my dream car and I hate to have to be so inconvenienced with a brand new vehicle.

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