2019 Nissan Sentra Review & Compare at Larry H. Miller Nissan Corona in Corona, CA

Practicality is Never Overrated: The 2019 Nissan Sentra

With many sedans moving towards edgier styling and more convoluted systems, you might think it would be difficult to find a straightforward and practical option, but Nissan made sure it isn't. As a model that has been in the lineup for decades and has a very loyal group of drivers, you have probably seen a Nisan Sentra or two out on the roads.

The model started being manufactured in the 1980s and has continued through today. The most recent generation - its seventh - started production in 2013 and is still going strong. Don't let it fool you though, the Nissan Sentra continues to provide all of the features and options that drivers are looking for.

There are six trim levels to choose from if you are looking to buy a 2019 Nisan Sentra and they are: S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, SL, and NISMO.

A Brief Look at the Nissan Sentra NISMO

There are some differences worth noting when looking at the Nissan Sentra NISMO in regard to its features and options when compared to the other trims. NISMO is the sport-tuned brand from Nissan, giving the Sentra larger brake rotors, a more powerful engine, and sport-tuned aspects like suspension.

The hallmark design feature in a NISMO trim is the red outlines you'll see around the bottom of the body and on the side mirrors. While the color is purely aesthetic, the shapes of the body are not. NISMO models are shaped to maximize the aerodynamics to help get you the best performance that the Sentra can provide.

Engine Options and Performance

One of the signs that a vehicle will be a great commuter and daily driver is if it can balance power with efficiency. Having too little power or bad fuel efficiency will leave you underwhelmed whenever you go on a drive. The 2019 Nissan Sentra dos a good job of offering engines that strike pretty close to that perfect balance - although we would like to see it pack a little more oomph at times.

The three engine options are:

  • 1.8-liter four-cylinder for the S trim making 130 horsepower 180 lb-ft of torque
  • 1.8-liter four-cylinder for the SV, SR, SL trims making 124 horsepower 125 lb-ft of torque
  • 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder for the SR Turbo and NISMO trims making 188 horsepower 177 lb-ft of torque

You can have the Nissan Sentra S or NISMO as a manual or an automatic while all of the others are just on the automatic transmission. While many drivers feel like a manual gives them more control or the "true" driving feeling, the Xtronic CVT automatic provides impressively smooth shifting.

You can get up to 37 MPG highway and 29 MPG city in the SV, SR, or SL, losing two on each rating when you choose the manual Sentra S. The NISMO gets up to 30 MPG highway and 25 MPG city.

Intuitive and Spacious

All of the tech is how the interior of the 2019 Nissan Sentra maintains a straightforward and intuitive feel. Other vehicles have an overly complicated infotainment display for seemingly no reason, but Nissan has kept it simple and effective.

You will find a seven-inch touchscreen firmly planted in the center of the dashboard, having Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available to make connecting easier than it has ever been. These systems keep the same look as your smartphones, leaving you with a screen that you already know and understand to cut back on the learning curve.

You can also choose to include the Advanced Driver-Assist Display to show you some of the most important information about your vehicle. This display comes up between the gauges directly in front of you while you are in the driver's seat and can show anything from audio information to the driver aid information.

The cabin of the Sentra offers you up to 95.9 cubic feet of passenger space with a trunk that holds up to 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space. The trunk is already on the larger end of the spectrum, but when you fold down the rear seats you are really maximizing your opportunities with up to 74.1 cubic feet of space.

Keeping Everyone Safe

Most vehicles come equipped with an array of driver assistance features to help you feel confident while you are driving, and the 2019 Nissan Sentra is one of them. You are able to include features like Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert to help you be aware of objects that you might not see as well as Automatic Emergency Braking to help you stop in dire situations.

Takeaways from the Newest Nissan Sentra

No matter how many years a vehicle is in production, practicality will always be a trait that drivers are looking for. The 2019 Nissan Sentra will continue to be a popular and successful model because it offers drivers a vehicle that can meet all of their needs. Everything from the engine to the infotainment system is designed for the best driver experience possible, and that is something that shouldn't be overlooked.

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