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2020 Nissan Sentra

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Used Car Price Range
$13,990 - $19,518
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2020 S 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $19,310
2020 SV 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $20,370
2020 SR 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $21,650
Expert Rating
2.9 (Fair)

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Overview

What's New

The 2020 Nissan Sentra underwent a complete redesign that takes it from a basic budget car to a more-loaded value choice. The new Sentra wears a modern design with a clear lineage to its larger Altima and Maxima siblings. Thanks to a new platform, it features a new stance and proportions.

The Sentra also gets a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with more power. Importantly, the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of active safety features is standard across the range. The lineup as also been simplified down to just three trims.

Choosing Your Nissan Sentra

The Nissan Sentra is available in three trims: S, SV, and SR. Pricing starts at $20,015 including destination for the S and only climbs to $22,355 for the SR.

Engine Choices

Nissan equips every Sentra with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 149 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. Nissan's latest generation of Xtronic continuously variable transmission helps keep the engine spinning around its sweet spot whether accelerating or simply cruising along. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive isn't available.

The Sentra earns an EPA-estimated 29 miles per gallon city, 39 mpg highway, and 33 combined. SR models only get 28/37/32 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The new Sentra seats five passengers and is wider (71.5 inches) and lower (56.9 inches) than before. Its 106.8-inch wheelbase affords 44 inches of front and 34.7 inches of rear leg room. The trunk offers 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

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Safety Features

All Sentra trims include more than just the basic list of driver-assist technologies. Front and rear automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, and a driver alertness monitor are on the impressive list of standard features.

Adaptive cruise control is included in the SV and SR trims.

Connectivity

The base trim makes do with a 7-inch touchscreen, four audio speakers, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The SV and SR upgrade to an 8-inch display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio. The S only gets one USB port, while the higher two trims get three.

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S - From $20,015

The Sentra S includes certain common base model features such as 16-inch steel wheels and rear drum brakes. However, there are also many noteworthy items like automatic headlights, push button start, keyless entry, and power windows, mirrors, and locks. The seats are wrapped in cloth with six-way manual adjustment for the driver and four-way manual adjustment for the passenger.

SV - From $21,195

Stepping up in the trim hierarchy, the SV includes 16-inch alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, premium cloth seating, remote start, and a 7-inch driver information display. That’s a lot of added equipment for a minimal increase in price.

For even more creature comforts, the Premium Package is available for $2,460. It bundles heated front seats, leather seating, a power moonroof, a six-way power driver's seat, 17-inch wheels, and LED headlights. Again, the significance of the included features for the cost is impressive.

SR - From $22,355

The SR dons a sportier look with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, LED fog lights, a dark chrome grille, black side mirrors, and a rear spoiler. The interior gets a splash of sport with orange stitching on the cloth seats and a leather-wrapped gear shift lever.

Even a black contrasting roof can be had for $595. The SR Premium Package ($2,170) matches that offered on the SV and further includes an eight-speaker Bose audio system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leatherette seating with orange stitching, a heated steering wheel, and a surround-view camera system

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CarsDirect Tip

Every 2020 Nissan Sentra trim presents a great value in terms of features, though the SV trim is the most sensible. It adds adaptive cruise, the larger 8-inch touchscreen, and a whole lot more creature comforts for just $1,180 more than the base trim.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Stylish new design
  • Stronger engine
  • Standard active safety tech
Cons
  • Slow-to-respond CVT
  • Stiff ride
  • Rear head room lacking
Expert Rating
2.9 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Grown-up styling. The 2020 Nissan Sentra has been redesigned, with the only thing that has been carried over is the name. The most obvious change is a sportier look that looks similar to what you’ll find on the automaker's other sedans, like the Nissan Altima and Nissan Maxima.

We happen to like the changes – a lot. The large grille, slim headlights, and ridged hood help the Sentra ditch its economy roots to look like something upscale and sporty. A Sentra looking sporty? We know, we know, it’s hard to get over, but the 2020 model really does look so much better than before. Further helping its more athletic design is an available black roof option.

On the inside, the Sentra continues to expand well past the model’s economy car history. The compact sedan adopts a look that feels more high end with switchgear and gauges that put the driver first. The sweeping dashboard is a handsome touch, as are the circular vents and uncluttered controls for the HVAC system. Available quilted leather upholstery also raises the bar.

Loads of tech and safety features. The Sentra’s taken a major step up when it comes to tech features. Even the base trim now comes packed with a lot of the latest goodies. A 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a 4.2-inch screen in the instrument cluster, and one USB port are standard.

A variety of driver-assist safety features are standard, as well. These include forward collision warning, front and rear automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, and a driver attention monitor.

Drivers willing to climb up the Sentra’ ladder will find even more tech features. Our favorites include the 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Bose audio system, two more USB ports, and adaptive cruise control. For a compact vehicle, these are high-tech features.


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Leaving budget cars in the past. Previously, the Sentra felt like a budget car on the inside. Lackluster materials, uncomfortable seats, and hard plastics made it feel uncomfortable and low rent. That’s not the case with the 2020 model.

Even the base Sentra feels above its budget-car price with comfortable cloth bucket seats, spacious seating for all passengers, and good sight lines. Better materials are found throughout the cabin, while high-quality trim and contrast stitching help it feel more upscale.

More power, decent fuel economy. Another change for the 2020 model year is the addition of a new engine. Power now comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 149 horsepower paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

While the engine isn’t the most powerful motor in the class, it has plenty of grunt for daily use. Our gripes lie with the CVT. The transmission is slow to respond, especially if you slam the throttle in an attempt to merge or pass.

Despite coming with a more powerful engine than last year, the Sentra is more fuel efficient. The EPA rates it at 29 miles per gallon city, 39 mpg highway, and 33 combined. While better than before, this still puts it behind options like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Hyundai Elantra.

Final thoughts. In every way imaginable, the 2020 Nissan Sentra is a better car than before. It has more tech features, standard safety features, style, and upgraded materials that help it stand out in its class.

Our main issues with the Sentra have to do with performance. The car, mainly because of its CVT, feels sluggish around the city and on the highway. It also has a stiff ride compared to other compact cars.

If you’re looking for a really upscale compact car, we recommend taking a look at the Mazda Mazda3. It’s one of the few compact cars that’s available with all-wheel drive and has a much more upscale design than the Sentra. It also comes with a more powerful engine. The Civic is another one of our favorite compact vehicles. It’s available in multiple body styles, offers punchy engines, and is a great value option.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 149 HP / 146 ft.lbs.
Transmission
2-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
29 / 39 / 34 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 149 HP / 146 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
29 / 39 / 34 Mpg
Brakes
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
12.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$47
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
14.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
96 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
182.7 "
Exterior Width
71.5 "
Exterior Height
56.9 "
Front Headroom
38.9 "
Rear Headroom
36.7 "
Front Legroom
44.0 "
Rear Legroom
34.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.4 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,047 Lbs.
Wheel Base
107 "
Turning Radius
19.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
4
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Intelligent Forward Collision Warning With Aeb Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Warning (bsw) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning (ldw) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Automatic Emergency Braking With Pedestrian Detection (p-aeb) Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Intelligent Driver Alertness (i-da) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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