A recent oil change pilgrimage to my local Nissan dealer left some time to check out the showroom. One of the cars I was able to get a close look at was the Nissan Sentra. Like practically any model, there are some places that work well for mounting a device and a few that don’t work too well.
As always, a photo of the interior is attached to this article. There are a few interesting design characteristics. This is the first car I have seen where the vents are concave. That’s right, they turn inwards.
On a smaller car, the windshield always seems to be the best choice for a GPS or smartphone. Typically not so much for a tablet. That’s the case with the Nissan Sentra too. A GPS or smartphone fits well on a windshield but a tablet is just too large.
On the windshield, I’m sticking with my usual phone choice which is the Arkon MegaGrip Suction Cup Windshield and Dash Mount. The suction mount has a vacuum locking suction cup attached to a pivoting arm. An included expandable holder opens to 3.4 inches to fit almost any phone. The phone can swivel into any orientation.
The mount also comes with an adhesive disk that can stick to the dash and turn the mount into a console version. The suction assembly can adhere to the adhesive disk just like it would on a windshield. This is a very reliable mount and I can vouch for it based upon my years of personal use.
The same mount but for a Garmin GPS is the Arkon Windshield Dash Garmin Nuvi Suction Mount. I have recommended this one many times and have used it myself for several Garmin Nuvi models. An excellent mount that comes with a 2-year warranty. It’s more rugged and longer than the Garmin mount you received in the box.
The Nissan Senta dash is flat and the windshield isn’t unusually sloped. An adhesive dash disk is included with both of the prior mounts to facilitate this location.
As previously stated, the vents on the Nissan Sentra are concave. Not just any vent mount will work. You will need a mount that extends beyond the concave shape of the vent.
That’s where the Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount comes in. The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can be used to hold most phone models with or without a case or skin. It has a ball and socket so the cradle swivels into any orientation. This mount will work on flat vent slats that are 3/8 to 1 inch deep. The included cradle opens to 3 5/8 inches which is fairly large.
The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can also be used for a Garmin GPS. All Garmin vehicle GPS devices made over the past ten years include a custom cradle that has a 17mm socket on the back. Remove the cradle from the Jelly-Grip mount and you have a 17mm ball. Just snap the Garmin cradle onto the Jelly-Grip mount minus the cradle and your GPS can be mounted to the air vent.
We reviewed the Square Jellyfish mount in detail in 2016 and have used it in a Nissan Murano successfully. As curvy as the Nissan Sentra vents are, the Murano is much worse. So if it works on a Murano, a Nissan Sentra should be a walk in the park.
The cup holder is one of my favorite places for mounting a tablet or smartphone. Unfortunately, like every other Nissan, the cup holder location isn’t going to work. A Nissan Sentra has the cup holders set too far back to be of any practical use so I’m not recommending a cup holder mount.
The seat bolt will not work well on a Nissan Sentra. The seat bolt is recessed within a rail that has edges and I don’t believe the claw portion of a seat bolt mount will fit. I suppose you could screw the seat bolt directly to the floor but realistically speaking, not many will want to drill screws into the floor of their new car. let’s move on to a different mount.
The Nissan Sentra has a CD player so let’s use it as a mount. The Mountek nGroove Universal CD Slot Mount for Cell Phones and GPS Devices uses a knob on the bottom to secure the mount within the CD player. The included cradle swivels and pivots. The CD Player location is in a nice spot somewhat high on the dash so it’s close to eye level.
I haven’t mentioned much about tablet mounts for a Nissan Sentra. That’s because there aren’t many places to put it in this smaller car. The best place is typically a seat bolt or cup holder mount. Unfortunately, neither of those locations work well here.
We found a few good location for mounting a smartphone or GPS in a Nissan Sentra. The windshield, dash, vent and CD Player are good choices. The cup holder and seat bolt are not recommended.