Nissan Sentra S V6

There’s no V6 available in any model of the Nissan Sentra S, but sizing up to a mid-size sedan can give you some V6 alternatives.
Written by Shannon Fitzgerald
Reviewed by Hillary Kobayashi
The compact
Nissan Sentra S
doesn’t have a V6 engine option available in any of its model years. However, upgrading to a mid-size Nissan Maxima puts a V6 engine configuration back on the table—you can also find a V6 in mid-size sedans from other carmakers.
Affordable and reasonably equipped for a base trim, the Nissan Sentra S has been a popular daily driver for several generations. But just like the
Nissan Sentra SV
, and even the top-tier
Nissan Sentra SR
, the S trim is limited to a four-cylinder engine. If you want more power under your hood, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
Here, we’ll walk you through some alternative options you can consider in your hunt for a commuter car with a little more pep in its step.
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You can’t equip the compact Nissan Sentra S with a V6. But if you’re willing to scale your sedan up and swap car brands, there are a few similarly affordable sedans out there with a V6 option in certain trims:
  • Dodge Charger
    —the base
    Dodge Charger SXT
    trims both come with a 3.6-liter 292-hp V6 standard, making this a great option if you’re looking for V6 availability in lower trim tiers
  • Toyota Camry
    —unfortunately, you’ll have to go for the most souped-up
    Toyota Camry TRD
    for a V6, but it does come with 301-hp and has a sport-tuned suspension and red seat belts for a sports car feel and look 
  • Kia Cadenza
    —the Cadenza made its final round in 2020, so you’ll have to shop used, but if you can get your hands on this full-size sedan, it comes with a 3.3-liter 290-hp V6 in both its base Technology and top Limited trims
If you already own a Nissan and you’re hesitant to part from the brand, you can also find V6 engines in other Nissan models. In size order, your smallest options are:
  • Nissan Z Sport
    —hitting 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds even, the Nissan Z two-door sports coupe comes with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which is capable of a gutsy 400-horsepower, in all three of its trims
  • Nissan Maxima
    —not quite as sporty as the Z, the Maxima is a modest, mid-size sedan, but with a spicy little 300-hp V6 tucked into each of its trims
  • Nissan Murano
    —yes, the Murano is a mid-size SUV, but it features a 3.5-liter V6 engine that packs a 260-horsepower punch in all four of its trims
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No, neither the Nissan Sentra S nor any other trim of the Nissan Sentra comes with a V6 option. However, you can equip the mid-size Nissan Maxima sedan and the Nissan Z sports car with a V6.
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