New 2019 Nissan Sentra Sedan New 2019
Nissan Sentra Sedan

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KBB Editor's Overview

By KBB.com Editorial Staff

In the world of compact sedans, the 2019 Nissan Sentra offers a number of challenges to similarly priced rivals like the Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cruze and VW Jetta. The Sentra has a sporty look and feel typical of Nissan sedans, and its feature-rich cabin is both roomy and handsome. There are a number of Sentra models from which to choose, including a turbocharged SR trim. Regardless of which model you choose, you’ll be getting a fuel-efficient sedan with a price ranging from the low $17,000s to about $26,000 for a nicely equipped Nismo model. For comparison, the Sentra offers more rear-seat legroom than a Mazda3, is on par with the Honda Civic, but can’t match the Toyota Corolla.

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You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for handsome sedan that can comfortably fit four adults, delivers good fuel economy, is reasonably priced and offers loads of cool options, the 2019 Nissan Sentra is happy to oblige. As fun to drive as it is reliable, the Sentra remains one of Nissan’s best-selling cars.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2019 Nissan Sentra doesn’t offer the same versatile hatchback design as the Mazda3, Chevy Cruze or Toyota Corolla. And, while the SR and Nismo cars are sporty, they can’t match the moves or muscle of rivals like the VW GTI or Honda Civic Si.

What's New for 2019

For 2019 Nissan adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility to all but the base S trim. A new SV Special Edition combines 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, Blind-Spot Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intelligent Cruise Control and a power sunroof in a single, stylish package.

Driving It

Driving Impressions

The Sentra’s ride is comfortable, and visibility is excellent. The interior is also pleasingly spacious. It’s a pleasant sedan in the city, but it’s not a car you would hesitate to road-trip either. Its interior is quiet on the highway, and its highway fuel economy is impressive. It’s easy to average over 35 mpg. Power is sufficient, but a drive in the mountains with a few on board will make you wish for more. With 188 horsepower speed comes easier for the Sentra SR Turbo and Sentra Nismo. These turbocharged models are quick and much more fun to drive. However, even in Nismo trim the Sentra’s handling is not the best in this class. The Sentra still uses an antiquated rear-suspension design that keeps it from turning corners as well as the Honda Civic, Mazda3 and VW Golf, which are more athletic. The Sentra’s steering does feel good, however, and its brakes provide plenty of strong stopping power.

Favorite Features

ACTIVE UNDERSTEER CONTROL
Standard on all but the base S with the 6-speed manual, the Sentra’s Active Understeer Control lightly applies brake force to the inside front wheel during cornering. This action improves traction as well as the car’s ability to corner aggressively.

SAFETY SHIELD TECHNOLOGIES
Nissan’s dedication to safety is front and center with the Sentra. With the exception of the Nismo, all models equipped with an automatic transmission also come with Automatic Emergency Braking. Optional driver assists include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Vehicle Details

Interior

The 2019 Nissan Sentra is equipped with a wide, comfortable and attractive interior, one of the largest in its class. According to the EPA, the Sentra’s interior qualifies it as a midsize car, although Nissan clearly classifies the Sentra as a compact. Front-seat comfort is excellent, with higher-trim models offering a power driver’s seat and heated front seats. The dash layout is simple but elegant, and upscale touches like soft-touch door armrests, piano-black accents and a 5-inch color touch screen add a premium feel. Thanks to the 60/40-split-folding rear seats, the Sentra’s 15.1-cubic-foot trunk can be easily expanded.

Exterior

Unlike its little brother, the plain Nissan Versa sedan, the 2019 Sentra is well proportioned and attractive. Its design closely mimics the shape of Nissan’s larger Altima sedan with athletic curves and a subtle flare of its wheelwells. Although it’s more conservative than some other designs in the class, the Sentra’s sculpted flanks and dramatic headlights and grille treatment keep it from being boring, while the touches of bright trim around the greenhouse, grille and door handles give it an upscale presence. SL and SR trim levels feature LED low-beam headlights as well. Nissan’s wheel designs are also attractive, and the Sentra Nismo gets dark chrome, unique side sills, aggressive front and rear bumper covers and a red stripe.

Notable Standard Equipment

The most basic 2019 Nissan Sentra is the S, and it comes with a 6-speed manual, three driving modes -- Eco, Normal and Sport -- and standard air conditioning. It's also equipped with Bluetooth phone and audio integration, a USB port, keyless entry and trunk release, electroluminescent gauges, power windows, power mirrors, cruise control, auto headlights, and an audio system with four speakers. For extra cargo space, the rear seatbacks fold in a 60/40 split. With the exception of the Nismo, all 2019 Sentras with the automatic transmission get Automatic Emergency Braking, and the automatic is standard on SV, SR and SL models.

Notable Optional Equipment

The 2019 Sentra SL is the top dog, but the Sentra SR also comes with the LED low-beam headlights, larger 17-inch alloy wheels and keyless ignition, and it can be equipped with the same upgraded audio system that includes a 5.8-inch screen and navigation. SR and SL models also get heated outside mirrors, and the SL gets a moonroof and leather upholstery. Other available luxuries include Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation and a long list of safety systems including Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The Sentra Nismo gets sport seats, red interior accents and a racy suede-and-leather-covered steering wheel.

Under the Hood

The 2019 Nissan Sentra S, SV, SR and SL all employ the same 1.8-liter engine rated at 130 horsepower. That figure drops to 124 when equipped with the CVT automatic. While this engine is one of the least powerful in its class, it works fine in most driving situations. Those requiring more urgency should opt for the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine in the SR Turbo and Nismo. The turbo puts out 188 horsepower and can be teamed with either the CVT or a 6-speed manual. For those who don’t mind shifting their own gears, performance with the manual is better than with the CVT with a minimal decrease in fuel economy.

1.8-liter inline-4 (6-speed manual)
130 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (124 horsepower w/CA emissions)
128 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm (125 lb-ft w/CA emissions)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/35 mpg

1.8-liter inline-4 (CVT automatic)
124 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
125 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 29/37 mpg

1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4
188 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
177 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/33 mpg (SR, automatic), 25/31 (Nismo, manual), 25/30 (Nismo, automatic)

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Pricing Notes

The 2019 Nissan Sentra S with a manual transmission comes with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just shy of $18,700, including the $895 destination charge. On the other side of the pricing spectrum, the Sentra SL starts around $24,000, which is a pretty solid bargain for a car with adaptive cruise, blind-spot detection and forward-emergency braking. The SR Turbo starts around $23,500, while the Nismo model is just over $26,000. Prices are on the lower side for the segment, undercutting cars like the Honda Civic and VW Jetta, but coming in a bit higher than the Kia Forte. As a long-term prospect, the 2019 Sentra's resale value is about average for the compact-sedan class, but its solidity and refinement make it feel like it's worth more. Be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the 2019 Sentra.

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