Do you own a Nissan Sentra? Do you like being outside? If you meet both of these fabulous criteria, we have a guide for you!
Getting a roof rack for your Sentra will expand the possibilities for adventuring, and there are plenty of good options available at a reasonable price.
So let’s take a look at the 4 best roof racks for your Nissan Sentra:
1. Seah Hardware Universal Roof Rack Cross-Bars 2 PC. 48 Inches
The Seah Hardware Universal rack sells like hot cakes. And that’s because it’s an affordable option that will work on any vehicle.
Assuming your vehicle has a roof, you can plop this sucker down and adjust it until it’s snug as a bug.
This isn’t going to be shifting around on you, it uses heavy duty straps to tighten and you’ll be able to see them. Yes, to put this on you will have to have some straps along the roof of your interior.
The actual cross beams are made of steel, so you can comfortably rely on hauling a decent amount of weight with this setup. But perhaps the coolest part of this is how quick and easy the install is. In under ten minutes, you should be good to go. They even have an alternate color if black isn’t the shade of your soul(like ours).
Overall we think this is a great budget universal rack!
2. Malone VersaRail Bare Roof Cross Rail Rack
The VersaRail shares some similarities in design as our previous option. With a few key differences.
This is the “beefier” choice for a universal rack that is attached with cargo straps.
Nearly every component on this product is on the heavy duty side so if you’re planning on adding a heavy roof box, this is going to be one of the better options.
In addition to the regular straps for securing, this design also incorporates suction cups on the bottom to give you a bit more piece of mind. Three industrial sized cups on each contact point for a total of 12 in all.
Which is great, because it’s rated to hold up to 135 lbs with this setup. You also don’t have to assemble anything. It comes ready to go out of the box. And install with these type of designs is a breeze.
So if you’re going to be loading up with a roof box or anything of a decent weight, we think the VersaRail is a great choice. But you will pay a higher premium for the sturdier parts.
3. SportRack Complete Roof Rack System, Black
The SportRack uses different included mounts to adhere to different shapes in door jams. It’s a more permanent option if it’s compatible with your year.
We included the fit guide below so you can check. If it IS compatible with your particular Sentra, make sure you select the corresponding model type if you plan to grab one.
With that out of the way, this differs in the other racks in that setup is going to be a wee bit more arduous. It’s not as simple as a strap system that you tighten, but when you dial this in you’ll have a lot of confidence that it’s going to stay put.
They’ve actually rated this at 130lbs, which is 5 less than the VersaRail. Both should be suitable for big roof boxes as long as you don’t pack them to the gills with bricks! This does not come assembled but does include everything, so just be mindful it’ll take a bit to get it together.
Once people get this setup, the positive feedback is nearly unanimous from customers. It’s a sleek great looking option that you can leave on your vehicle permanently if you’d like. This unit is one of the higher price points though. But compared to paying for a factory roof rack it’s a bargain.
4. HandiRack Universal Inflatable Roof Rack Bars (Black); Tie-downs Included; Fits Most Cars and SUVs
Finally we’ve reached a choice for those of you who loves waves, snowboards, or kayaking.
This is a soft pad roof rack substitute best suited for flat items like those mentioned above. And best of all, it’s a standalone option.
No you won’t need to go purchasing anything else! Once you get this you are set to haul those things with ease.
The included tie-downs also make sure things stay exactly where you want them to. This is an easy install that requires no tools and ties into your doors. Overall, the response of this product is positive and we think it’s worth the price if you primarily want to use your rack for water-sports!
What are the most common uses for a roof rack?
There are many ways to use your rack but the most common ways include adding a roof box, snowboard/ski mount, a kayak mount, or a bike mount.
The reason the roof rack itself is so important is because it’s the base for all of these additions. So you can see why making sure you get a good one is so important. If you’re planning on getting a roof box for camping trips or something of the sort, you want to make sure it’s rated to hold a good amount of weight.
Is there a different way to haul cargo on my roof without needing a roof rack and cargo box?
Yes! It is possible. By the time someone gets a cargo box and roof box setup, their wallet might be crying for relief. But to get around that you can simply get a cargo bag. There are some options that don’t require you to have a roof rack, and many choices are waterproof.
Best of all is that they’re relatively affordable. Of course they won’t be as sturdy as a proper roof box, but if you’re on a budget the price difference is immense.
We hope this guide helped you make an informed decision on the best roof rack for your Nissan Sentra! There are plenty of great options available and at many price points.
For us, we think the best overall value when we factored in how much weight it can hold is the VersaRails rack. It’s a heavy duty option that can be installed easily, while being sturdy enough to hold a roof box or anything else you could want.
Whatever you end up choosing, let us know how it works out. We enjoy hearing from our readers and do add feedback to our posts. Thanks for visiting!
I'm the owner of Beast Auto. I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I love anything automotive related, and taking road trips all across my beautiful state.