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2019 vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra: What's the Difference?

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author photo by Eric Brandt March 2020
  • The Nissan Sentra compact sedan is all-new for 2020.

  • A new look, new technology and a new engine highlight the Sentra's major redesign.

  • The roomy back seat makes the Sentra one of the better family cars in its class.

The Nissan Sentra was getting a little long in the tooth by the time it hit the 2019 model year. It received a few updates here and there throughout its generation's lifetime, but the competition got really good, and the Nissan had a hard time keeping up. Nissan has finally remedied this problem with a major redesign of the Sentra that suddenly puts Nissan toward the top of the competitive compact sedan segment.

Let's take a closer look at what's new with the 2020 Nissan Sentra.

2019 vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra

Exterior

The Sentra is on the bigger side of the compact sedan segment. The 2019 and 2020 models are almost identical in length, but the 2020 model is wider and shorter than its predecessor, giving it more of a low-slung, athletic stance. The result is a sportier, more muscular look that reminds us of the bigger Nissan sedans, such as the Altima and the MaximaSee the 2019 Nissan Sentra models for sale near you

Speaking of the Sentra's big brothers, many design elements of those sedans have trickled down to the Sentra, and that's a good thing. The body of the new car is nicely sculpted with cool details, such as a black C-pillar that creates the look of a "floating" roof and a more modern version of the Nissan "V-motion" grille. The 2019 Sentra uses an older version of the Nissan design language, which isn't bad but is a bit outdated. See the 2020 Nissan Sentra models for sale near you

2019 vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra

Interior

The interior of the Sentra is much-improved for 2020. In fact, in terms of interior quality and design, the Sentra has moved from the bottom of the class to the top. The interior design was looking quite dated in the 2019 Sentra compared with its competitors, and its low-rent materials just made it feel cheap on the inside. However, the 2020 model has a much more premium and sporty feel on the inside with a modern design and nicer materials throughout.

As for interior space, the two model years are pretty similar. They both have a pretty roomy back seat, making them good for small families.

2019 vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra

Mechanicals

The 2019 Sentra has two engines available and the 2020 model has just one, which is all-new for the Sentra. Both cars are front-wheel drive.

2019 Nissan Sentra Engines

  • 1.8-liter inline-four; 130 horsepower, 125 lb-ft of torque; 29 mpg city/37 mpg hwy

  • 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four; 188 hp, 177 lb-ft of torque; 27 city mpg/33 mpg hwy

2020 Nissan Sentra Engine

  • 2.0-liter inline-four; 149 hp, 145 lb-ft of torque; up to 29 mpg city/39 mpg hwy

The new 2.0-liter engine in the 2020 Sentra is a big improvement over the base engine in the 2019 model with better performance and better fuel economy by fairly significant margins. However, it can't match the performance of the available turbo engine in the outgoing Sentra, and we hope to see a higher-performance engine available in the new model in the next few years.

2019 vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra

Technology

The Sentra got a much-needed tech update for 2019, but it got even more advanced with the 2020 redesign. The 2019 Sentra got a standard 7-in infotainment system with Bluetooth, a backup camera and available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. For safety technology, the 2019 model has available blind spot assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and rear cross-traffic alert.

The 2020 Sentra also has a standard 7-in touchscreen, but every trim other than the base model has an 8-in unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 2020 model is a lot more generous with standard driver assistance technology as it comes with the Nissan Safety Shield 360 safety tech suite, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, high-beam assist and rear automatic braking.

2019 vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra

Pricing

The 2019 Sentra has a lower starting price than the 2020 model but can also get quite a bit more expensive. The 2019 Sentra has a starting MSRP of $17,990 and can get into the high-$20K range in the upper trims with the turbocharged engine. The 2020 model starts at $19,090, and the top SR trim isn't much much more starting at just $21,430.

2019 vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra

Conclusion

The Nissan Sentra might be the most-improved car of 2020. It's quickly gone from one of the most forgettable compacts in its class to one of the most competitive thanks to its major redesign. With better looks, a much nicer interior, a better base engine and more standard tech, the 2020 Sentra is a very worthwhile upgrade over the 2019 model. Find a Nissan Sentra for sale

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