The Sentra’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. The Rio LX Manual doesn’t offer power windows, and they cost extra on other models.
The Sentra’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. The Rio LX Manual doesn’t offer power locks, and they cost extra on other models.
Consumer Reports rated the Sentra’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Rio’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”
The Sentra has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Rio only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.
The Sentra has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Rio doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
The Sentra SL’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Rio doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
The Sentra SL’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Rio doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Sentra SR/SL offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Rio doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Sentra, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Rio.