The 2019 Nissan Sentra may be an economic option, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on features. With spacious seating, plenty of room for large cargo in a small package, and some of the lowest pricing in the class with a starting MSRP of just $17,890, this year’s Sentra supplies a great car without demanding a high price.
The starting S model is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, 1.8-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, 7″ touch-screen display, Bluetooth audio streaming, a RearView Monitor and Intelligent Auto Headlights.
The SV swaps out the manual control for an automatic Xtronic CVT transmission and adds improved 16″ x 6.5″ 10-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, the Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control and an upgraded cloth seat trim.
Further upgrades come with the SR, such as 17” wheels, LED low-beam projector headlights with LED accents, a sporty rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light, Intelligent Cruise Control, and heated front seats.
The SR Turbo augments the SR with the 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, Manual Shift Mode, LED low-beam projector headlights with LED accents and a power sliding glass moonroof.
The SL opts for a more elegant design, with leather-appointed seats, a Bose Premium Audio System with eight speakers, including dual woofers, fog lights, and a power sliding glass moonroof.
The top-tier NISMO brings racer-like features such as 18″ x 7.0″ NISMO 10-spoke machined aluminum-alloy wheels, NISMO-tuned suspension, and steering, the NISMO aerodynamic body kit, NISMO sport front seats with additional bolsters and a NISMO tachometer. It comes in both 6-speed manual transmission and Xtronic CVT automatic options.
Interior and Technology
The 2019 Nissan Sentra’s 7″ touch-screen display allows you to quickly pull up music, maps, apps and more. Phone connection of all kinds is a breeze with the Sentra, unlike competing cars that cater to only one market, thanks to the available option of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
An available Advanced Drive-Assist Display puts a plethora of important information in one convenient location on a 5″ color display, including directions, safety alerts, and text messaging assistance to make sure your hands and eyes are free to focus on the drive.
The available Bose Premium Audio System brings a theatre-like music experience behind the wheel of the Sentra. Eight precision-placed Bose speakers, including dual woofers, create a uniquely-engineered acoustic environment filled with incredible clarity and power.
Environmental control has never been more advanced and personally-tailored. Available Dual-zone automatic temperature controls allow you and your front passenger to adjust heating and cooling to their own personal choice, independent of each other. Available Heated front seats warm you up on chilly days and seat you in comfort, especially when paired with the available 6-way power driver’s seat and 2-way lumbar support.
Lugging around large items in small cars can often be a struggle, but the Sentra prevails. With 15.1 cu. ft. of trunk space, you’ll have plenty of room for groceries, tools, toys and more. The 3-passenger 60/40 split rear seats can fold down to add even more storage capacity, upping it to a whopping 74.1 cu. ft. of space.
Engine and Performance
The Sentra comes equipped with a standard 1.8-liter, 4-cyl. engine. This option can reach 124 horsepower, 125 lb.-ft. of torque, and 29 city/37 highway mpg fuel efficiency.
An available 1.6-liter, 4-cyl. DIG turbocharged engine adds more punch to this package, with 188 horsepower, 177 lb.-ft. of torque, and 27 city/33 highway mpg fuel efficiency.
Almost all models are equipped with the Xtronic CVT automatic transmission, except for the base S model’s 6-speed manual, which is also available as an option for the high-end NISMO.
The Sentra offers two special driving modes to tailor a performance to your needs. Eco Mode comes standard, which tunes engine and transmission for maximum fuel efficiency and reduces air conditioning power usage. Sports Mode is available to give instant access to increased throttle response and engine power.
Safety and Driver Assist
An IIHS Top Safety Pick, the 2019 Nissan Sentra offers safety and driver assistance at a discount price.
The standard six-airbag system, including dual-stage supplemental front airbags, seat belt sensors, and occupant-classification detection ensures you and your passengers are protected from many angles in the event of an accident.
In the event of oversteering, Vehicle Dynamic Control reduces engine power and applies brake pressure to the most important wheels to help maintain control. When wheelspin occurs, the Traction Control System reduces the throttle automatically to help regain traction. Anti-lock brakes your car stop anytime, anywhere. The available active understeer control system detects understeer and oversteer and gently applies the brakes to give you sharper handling.
Available Automatic Emergency Braking detects threats in front of you and stops the car before a collision occurs. Available Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Available Blind Spot Warnings detect cars coming at you from hard-to-see angles and alert you to their presence, especially when backing up.
Available Intelligent Cruise Control matches the flow of traffic to ease your commute by maintaining an adjustable speed and distance between you and the car ahead.