In the compact sedan class, the 2019 Nissan Sentra presents a number of challenges for rivals like the Volkswagen Jetta, Chevrolet Cruze and Toyota Corolla. The Sentra has a sporty look and feels, while its feature-rich cabin is both handsome and spacious. There are a number of models that you can choose from, including the SR trim with a turbocharged engine. Whatever model you choose, you will end up with a fuel-efficient sedan with prices starting from $17,000 to around $26,000 for a well-equipped Nismo model.
The 2019 Nissan Sentra is offered in S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, Nismo and SL trim levels. The base Sentra S comes with a 6-speed manual, three driving modes: Normal, Eco, and Sport. It’s also equipped with auto headlights, cruise control, keyless entry and trunk release, power windows and mirrors, air conditioning, electroluminescent gauges, 60/40 split rear seatbacks, a USB port, Bluetooth phone and audio integration, and an audio system with four speakers. With the exception of the Nismo, every Sentras with the automatic transmission get Automatic Emergency Braking.
The 2019 Nissan Sentra S, SV, SR and SL all employ the same 1.8-liter engine rated at 124 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. That number increase to 130 hp and 128 lb-ft when equipped with the S trim six-speed manual transmission. Though this engine is one of the least powerful in its class, it works fine in most driving situations. In track testing, the manual 2019 Nissan Sentra S went from 0 to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds, which makes it one of the slowest cars in the class.
Buyers who want more power should move to the SR Turbo and Nismo trim. The turbocharged 1.6-liter engine produces 188 hp and can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or the CVT. If you don’t mind shifting your own gears, the manual offers a better performance than the CVT with a minimal decrease in fuel economy. The 2019 Nissan Sentra Nismo manual did 0-60 mph test in 7.0 seconds.
1.8-liter four-cylinder (6-speed manual)
130 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
128 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 27/35 mpg
1.8-liter four-cylinder (CVT)
124 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
125 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 29/37 mpg
1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
188 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
177 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-5,200 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 27/33 mpg (SR, automatic), 25/30 (Nismo, automatic), 25/31 (Nismo, manual)
The 2019 Nissan Sentra is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. It has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting from $18,700 (including the $895 destination fee) for the base S trim. The Sentra SL starts around $24,000. The SR Turbo starts around $23,500, while the Nismo model is just over $26,000.