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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
The Sentra gets top "good" ratings in frontal offset, side, and rear tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and nearly all top ratings from the federal government, with only one four-star result for rear passenger side-impact protection.
Side and side-curtain airbags are standard, as are active head restraints. But Nissan is a step behind some other automakers in safety features. For 2010, Nissan now offers electronic stability control as an option across the more affordable models, but it's standard on 2.0 SL, SE-R, and Spec V models. However, anti-lock brakes remain optional, not standard, on the base 2.0 models. Toyota, for instance, includes ABS and stability control on its Corolla and much-less-expensive Yaris models.
That said, the Sentra's safety equipment has seen some significant updates since it was last redesigned, and TheCarConnection.com couldn't find any relevant reviews that comment on its current level of safety.
The 2010 Nissan Sentra promises good occupant protection, but some accident-avoidance features aren't as widely offered as they could be.