2019 Nissan Sentra Review and Comparison in Centennial, CO

The 2019 Nissan Sentra knows what's important in life

Family. Friends. Good gas mileage. Affordable cars that are reliable. You know--the important things in life. While your personal list may have a few more items on it than this, it's hard to deny that having solid, comfortable, reliable transportation that's not going to cost you an arm and a leg is one of the important things in life. The Sentra may not be the most thrilling thing on four wheels (what compact sedan is, though?) but the automaker has done a fantastic job balancing the must-haves and the want-its, creating a commuter car that feels like more than it is, that costs less than you might think.

There are six trim levels for the new 2019 Sentra lineup:

  • S
  • SV
  • SR
  • SR Turbo
  • SL

New for 2019

Since the Sentra is due for a major model redesign soon, the 2019 model year doesn't see too many changes or updates--but, there's still a handful of things to look forward to. Now, smartphone integration systems Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will come standard on almost all trims. Base models are still kept to a minimalist feature list. For 2019, there's also a new Special Edition Package for the Sentra SV that offers safety features like Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Intelligent Cruise Control.

Engine options and transmission

For a small car, the 2019 Nissan Sentra boasts a surprisingly large options list for performance: two engines, two transmissions, and a lot of possible combinations in trim levels. All 2019 Sentra S, SV, SR, and SL models come standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. When paired to Nissan's 6-speed manual transmission (on the S only), this engine is good for a sporty 130 horsepower 180 pound-feet of torque. When equipped with the Xtronic CVT, the same engine is rated slightly lower: 124 horsepower 125 pound-feet of torque.

At the top of the range, 2019 Sentra SR Turbo and NISMO models opt for a punchy 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine also pairs up to a six-speed stickshift or to Nissan's Continuously Variable Transmission, but, unlike the non-turbo engine, offers the same power regardless: 188 horsepower 177 pound-feet of torque.

Front-wheel drive is still the standard and only drivetrain available on the current 2019 Nissan Sentra. But, since its big brother the Altima recently received all-wheel-drive capabilities from its latest major upgrade, we may be able to see the same thing happen when the Sentra eventually gets its own automotive makeover.

Safety features in the Sentra

The well-equipped and secure new Sentra builds on the foundation of Nissan Intelligent Mobility to deliver a more modern driving experience designed around awareness, safety, and accident avoidance. Intelligent Mobility is less an options package and more a cultural approach to automotive design and engineering--Nissan's used this concept for everything from how the car's body is built to how quickly systems can respond to sensors.

Safety and driver-assistance features in the new 2019 Sentra sedan include a RearView Monitor, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Automatic Emergency Braking.

Interior design, space, and features

The 2019 Sentra is sleek, pretty, and features many of the same signature Nissan styling that you'll find in other models across the lineup. From its V-motion grille to an attractive tuck at the C pillar, it's not hard to peg this sedan as a Nissan. But if what's on the outside is enough to grab attention, what's on the inside will probably seal the deal.

The 2019 Nissan Sentra is surprisingly spacious for a compact, offering up to 15.1 cubic feet of storage area in the trunk. Compare that to the 10-11 cubes that you'll find in many of its competitors' trunks, and the Sentra is already making an impressive case for itself. Another versatile and convenient function of the 2019 Sentra is a rear seat that can fold all of the way down, opening up total interior cargo space to a whopping 74.1 cubic feet--that's more than some crossovers can boast. For your animate cargo (like dogs, carpool passengers, and spouses) the 2019 Sentra offers a comfortable 111 cubic feet of total interior volume.

Along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities (as mentioned above), the new 2019 Sentra offers a nice list of interior tech and comfort features. A 7.0-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth functionality comes standard on every trim, even the base S model. On upper trims, you can unlock features like dual-zone auto climate control, heated front seats, Bose premium audio, and auto-dimming rearview mirror (you didn't know you always needed one until the first time you drive with one at night), heated outside mirrors, Nissan Intelligent Key, premium upholstery, and a lot more.

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