Spacious interior; strong fuel economy; agreeable ride; attractively priced; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, high-tech safety and infotainment features; sporty Turbo and NISMO trims
Non-turbo models not particularly quick; no 5-door hatchback model; lacks some flashier color options offered on other makes
For 2019, all but the base S come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A new SV Special Edition package brings rear disc brakes, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, 17-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof and adaptive cruise control. The SR Turbo loses its 6-speed manual transmission option, but one is still available on the NISMO.
As Nissan rightly points out in its marketing materials, the Sentra is a good deal, with even the SL starting at just under $24,000. We'd make ours an SR with the Premium package and we'd still be out the door with an MSRP of just under $24,500. That's refreshing. For those wanting a bit more power, the SR Turbo with the Premium package is a really sweet deal.
The 2019 Nissan Sentra is offered in six trims: S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, SL and NISMO. Only the S and NISMO trims offer a manual transmission; all others employ a CVT.
The Sentra S ($18,685) includes a 6-speed manual transmission, 16-in steel wheels with plastic covers, LED headlight and taillight accents, power windows and door locks, air conditioning, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver's seat and a 4-speaker audio system with a 5-in touchscreen, a rearview monitor and USB and auxiliary audio inputs. Automatic emergency braking is added when equipped with the CVT automatic.
The Sentra SV ($19,985) features a 6-speaker touchscreen audio system, CVT transmission, illuminated steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, Intelligent Key with push-button start, a 5-in driver information screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, 16-in wheels, NissanConnect featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Siri Eyes Free (requires an Apple smartphone), SiriusXM, a security system and upgraded cloth trim.
The Sentra SR ($21,485) includes unique 17-in alloy wheels, more aggressive front and rear fascias, side-sill extensions, a rear spoiler, fog lights, LED low-beam headlights, rear disc brakes, a chrome exhaust tip, adaptive cruise control and heated front seats and side mirrors, plus unique sport cloth upholstery.
The Sentra SL ($23,915) is stocked with different 17-in alloys, automatic headlights, heated exterior mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, keyless entry with push-button start, a leather steering-wheel and shift-knob trim, a power moonroof, Bose audio, a 6-way power driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar support, heated front seats, leather seating surfaces, Piano Black interior accents and dual-zone automatic climate control. Also standard is a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert and NissanConnect with navigation and mobile apps.
The Sentra SR Turbo ($23,465) builds on the SR's features with stiffer springs and dampers, revised electronic steering settings and larger brakes. A power sunroof is standard.
The Sentra NISMO ($26,735) brings unique NISMO exterior and interior design elements, the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, 6-speed manual transmission, a stiffer chassis, upgraded brakes and suspension and 18-in NISMO 10-spoke alloy wheels.
Several options packages are available on various trims offering such upgrades as navigation, Bose audio, a power moonroof, a 6-way power driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar support, leather seating surfaces, a blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2019 Chevrolet Cruze -- The Cruze offers a more playful suspension, but its turbocharged engine isn't as powerful as the Sentra's turbo. Stylistically, the Cruze is much sleeker than the Sentra and offers a 5-door hatchback model. It also costs a bit less. There's also a high-mileage diesel option.
2019 Honda Civic -- The Civic offers a more modern design inside and out, with a choice of coupe, hatchback or sedan body styles. The Civic gets better fuel economy than the Sentra and offers a wide range of models, including the sporty Si and Type R.
2019 Hyundai Elantra -- A direct rival to the Sentra in terms of both power and fuel economy, the Elantra offers distinctive styling and a more generous feature set. Passenger volume is nearly identical between the two, but the Sentra has greater cargo volume.
Used Nissan Altima -- A 2014–2018 Nissan Altima offers more power, more room and more features -- with the same good looks and Nissan quality.