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2019 Nissan Sentra Review and Compare | Highlands Ranch, CO

2019 Nissan Sentra Review and Comparison in Highlands Ranch, CO

The 2019 Nissan Sentra isn't the fanciest--but it has a lot to offer

The compact economy sedan segment isn't exactly known for its thrills, its ultra-premium interiors, or its hefty engines. But, that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with it, and get a new car at a great price. Cars like the 2019 Nissan Sentra are built just for that purpose. They're not going to break the bank, they offer plenty of fun new tech and connectivity features to enjoy, and they're comfortable enough for your daily commute and longer trips on the weekend.

If you're looking for something flashier and performance-oriented, there are a number of Nissan sedans, like the Altima and the Maxima, that can fit the bill. But, none of them have a starting price under $18,000.

Yes, you can get a Sentra for just $17,790 MSRP. Sentra SV, SR, SR Turbo, SL, and NISMO models will understandably run you a little more, but not all that much. It's bargain-buying for the driver who wants the new-car smell.

What's new for 2019?

The base Sentra sees no changes for 2019--but the second-level SV has a lot to brag about. For 2019, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will now come standard on SV and above trims. The SV will also see the addition of a new Special Edition Package that packs it full of new safety and driver-assistance features. You can get Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Intelligent Cruise Control on your economical car for just a small price bump.

Trim levels and features

The base Nissan Sentra S is surprisingly well-equipped for a sedan at such a low starting price. Standard features include Intelligent Auto headlights, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, a Rearview Monitor/backup camera, and Bluetooth. You get small-tablet/big-phone-esque touch display capabilities for a sub-18K pricetag. That's wild. The Nissan Sentra SV builds on this and adds Nissan Intelligent Key, a dual-zone auto climate control system, and premium cloth on the seats.

The Nissan Sentra SR gives away its fondness for sporty design: features on this trim level include LED low-beam projectors and a rear spoiler. Inside, heated front seats and Intelligent Cruise Control add a touch of premium goodness. The Sentra SR Turbo offers all of the same features, and adds a power sliding glass moonroof and a peppier engine.

The Nissan Sentra SL comes standard with a moonroof, smooth leather-appointed seats, LED headlights, fog lights, and an 8-speaker Bose Premium Audio System--and, still for less than $24,000. It's hard to find leather and Bose for that price. At the top, the Nissan Sentra NISMO puts its own personal stamp on everything, equipping this saucy sedan with NISMO suspension, NISMO steering, a NISMO body kit, NISMO bolstered sport seats, and even a NISMO tachometer. You will never forget which Sentra model finally tipped you over than 25K mark.

Worth it.

Safety and Nissan's Intelligent Mobility

It's becoming more and more common for automakers to include driver-assistance and safety features as standard--or, at least, as more accessible package options. Tech that even just a few years ago was considered exclusive to the luxury markets can now be found in fistfuls of sub-30K sedans and crossovers.

The 2019 Sentra isn't an exception to this trend. While the base model doesn't have much in the way of tech-savvy driver assistance, upper trim levels bring safety to the forefront. It's all part of the brand's new push for Nissan Intelligent Mobility, that takes a holistic approach to driver security and comfort. Features available on the new Sentra lineup include a RearView Monitor, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Automatic Emergency Braking.

Engine options and powertrain

Now we can get to the good stuff. You're probably not expecting too much in the power department for a compact economy sedan--but maybe the Sentra can surprise you. Its standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine is good for 130 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, and pairs wonderfully with a 6-speed manual transmission. Stick is hard to come by these days, so we can appreciate that the base S and the NISMO model both offer this option. It also helps to optimize power.

The Nissan Sentra SV, SR, and SL come with the same 1.8-liter four, but they utilize Nissan's sleek and smooth Xtronic Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission (CVT). Because of this, these models are rated for 124 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque--just slightly less.

Instead, you could opt for the Sentra SR Turbo or the Sentra NISMO. Both of these perky performers upgrade to a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired to the CVT (or to the 6-speed, on the NISMO, if you prefer it) and make 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque regardless of transmission choice.

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