The evergreen 2019 Nissan Sentra is an affordable compact sedan, with prices starting at $18,685. Available with two engine and transmission choices, this Mexican-built sedan lineup includes the turbocharged and heavily stylized NISMO.
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The 2019 Sentra is arriving at dealerships with a new style of touchscreen in all trims. The new lineup also includes an SV Special Edition trim with 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, blind spot monitor + cross traffic alert, power moonroof, lighted vanity mirrors, and special badging.
Prices are up to $800 more than starting MSRPs for 2018 models, which have sold out.
Current offers are regional (our examples are based on a Los Angeles location) and available through October 31, 2019.
Nissan is offering $1,500 in bonus cash for the NISMO, $1,000 for the SR Turbo, or $500 for other trims.
Dealers are also being incentivized $2,000 for each 2019 Sentra they sell, and they may be willing to pass those savings on to you if you play your cards right.
Note that dealer incentives cannot be stacked with this month’s promotional APR rates, but the bonus cash offers can.
Promotional financing rates start at a wonderfully low 0% APR for 60 months, with zero down and no payments for 90 days.
Note that the dealer cash incentive mentioned above is not compatible with these rates, so you'll need to finance at the standard APR or use another form of payment if you plan to negotiate for those savings. Bonus cash offers still apply either way.
This month's lease special:
Returning lessees who trade in a currently leased Nissan vehicle can enter into a new lease on a 2019 Sentra SV with CVT from $139 per month for 36 months with $3,949 due at signing. This includes an allowance of 12,000 miles per year, but with an effective monthly cost of $249, it is not a great value.
This ranks as an excellent deal based on our expert analysis of: vehicle price, length of lease term, amount due at signing, monthly payment, etc.
Prices vary by style
|Customer Rebate Nissan Customer Cash (Expires 10/31/19) Customer Rebate: Customers must take delivery of this vehicle prior to the expiration date to be eligible for this manufacturer rebate. This rebate may not be available on special factory orders or used in conjunction with special manufacturer financing or leasing programs. Other special financing programs may be available. Please check with your CarsDirect Trusted Dealer for complete details.%NotesManuf% %Eligibility% Residents residing in qualifying regions of the United States listed in the BUSINESS CENTER BOUNDARIES section.||$2,000|
|Promotional APR Offer Promotional APR programs available for qualified buyers. Please check with your CarsDirect Trusted Dealer for complete details.%NotesManuf% %Eligibility% Residents residing in qualifying regions of the United States listed in the BUSINESS CENTER BOUNDARIES section. Customers must finance through NMAC|
Eligibility Residents residing in qualifying regions of the United States listed in the BUSINESS CENTER BOUNDARIES section. Customers must finance through NMAC
|Lease Bonus Cash NMAC Lease Cash (Expires 10/31/19) Bonus cash available for qualified customers leasing a vehicle through the manufacturer's captive finance company on approved credit. Please check with your CarsDirect Trusted Dealer for complete details.%NotesManuf% %Eligibility% Any customer Leasing an eligible vehicle from any authorized Nissan Dealer during the program period. %Qualification% Residents residing in qualifying regions of the United States listed in the BUSINESS CENTER BOUNDARIES section.||$1,700|
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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