The Nissan Sentra has long been the automotive example of vanilla ice cream: bland but still many buyers’ favorite flavor. It does nothing great but does many things good enough. Does “good enough” make the 2019 Nissan Sentra the right buy for you and your family? Keep reading to find out.

Best Value

The 2019 Nissan Sentra is available in six trim levels: S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, SL, and NISMO. Nissan bills the SR Turbo and NISMO models as more performance-oriented versions, but they leave true performance buyers wanting more. We find the SV trim the best balance of value and features. Its standard equipment includes a continuously variable transmission, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control, premium cloth seating, a 370Z-inspired steering wheel, a seven-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more.

There aren’t many options for the 2019 Nissan Sentra SV, but we recommend adding the value-packed Special Edition Package.

  • Model: 2019 Nissan Sentra SV
  • Engine: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
  • Output: 124 hp / 125 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Continuously variable transmission
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • MPG:29 City / 37 Hwy
  • Options: Special Edition Package ($1,000, 17-inch wheels, a power moonroof, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, “Special Edition” badging, 11.5-inch rear brake rotors)
  • Base Price:$19,985 (including the $895 destination fee)
  • Best Value Price:$20,985

Performance

Nissan Sentra

The base engine injects just 124 horsepower, leaving a lot to be desired. And while traditionalists may drool over the 2019 Sentra’s standard six-speed manual transmission, this unit is not precise enough to satisfy most row-your-own fans. Nissan tosses a bone to performance enthusiasts with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the SR Turbo and NISMO models. This engine injects 188 hp and 177 pound-feet of torque, giving these versions a little more life. Plus, the steering is more precise in NISMO models.

The Sentra is also plenty comfortable throughout the lineup as Nissan tunes its chassis for a soft ride. The downside is this softer ride makes it weak in the corners.

Style

Nissan used great care when crafting the 2019 Sentra, ensuring there was little to offend buyers. This traditional design language opens it to a wider array of buyers, though it lacks in creativity. The same rings true inside.

It’s simple sedan, but the Sentra has a wide range of features and is far from spartan in its base S trim level. Plus, with 37.4 inches of rear leg room and a 15.1-cubic-foot trunk, there's a nice balance of passenger and cargo room.

The Best and Worst Things

The Sentra is all about comfort with its soft ride and roomy rear seat. Plus, its 15.1 cubes of luggage space makes it ready for road trips.

Despite boasting the iconic NISMO nameplate, the entire Sentra lineup delivers uninspiring performance in a straight line or in the corners.

Right For? Wrong For?

Nissan Sentra

The Nissan Sentra is perfect for a growing family looking for an inexpensive sedan that can haul the whole crew and their luggage.

Those who see the NISMO name and expect a true performance sedan will be disappointed. There are far better performance models out there.

The Bottom Line

Look up the word “econobox” in the dictionary, and there might as well be a picture of the 2019 Nissan Sentra. It looks basic and has iffy performance, but the Sentra delivers good fuel economy and plenty of room for people and cargo.