2019 Nissan Sentra
The 2019 Sentra is an ideal fit for those car shoppers in search of a compact sedan that can fit four adults, provides great fuel economy, is competitively priced, and comes with a solid list of standard features. It is no mystery why the Sentra remains one of Nissan’s most popular vehicles year after year.
The Nissan comes in a fairly wide range of trim levels: the S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, SL, and Nismo. The S, SV, SR, and SL all feature the standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, with continuously variable transmission (buyers of the base S can choose a six-speed manual). The combination of this engine with the CVT is rated by the EPA to get 29 miles to the gallon around town and 37 mpg on the highway. The SR Turbo and track-inspired Nismo add more zip with their 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, which makes 188 horsepower and achieves suitable fuel efficiency at 27 mpg city and 33 highway on the SR Turbo and 25 city/30 highway on the slightly heavier NISMO.
Trims and Standard Features
Standard equipment on the base S includes a rear-vision camera, an infotainment system with 7-inch touchscreen, automatic headlights, and Bluetooth streaming audio. The SV trim tacks on push-button start and dual-zone climate control. Besides the upgraded engine, the SR Turbo has heated front seats and LED low-beam projector headlights. Moving to the SR will get you heated front seats, smart cruise control, and a rear spoiler, while the SL adds a Bose audio system, a power moonroof, and fog lights. The sportiest Sentra, the NISMO trim, looks and drives like it came off the race track. It has an especially aerodynamic body, sport seats with bolsters, a tachometer, a sport-tuned suspension, and special badging.
Several optional packages are available, depending on the trim, to add other desirable bells and whistles. The Premium Package, for example, adds the Bose audio system, HomeLink connectivity, and powered leather front-row seats, and the All Weather Package adds heated front-row seats and heated exterior mirrors.
Safety and Technology
For 2019, the Sentra received the highest grade from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and a four out of five star rating overall from the NHTSA. A rearview camera comes standard. Available driver assistance features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring.
The infotainment system is simple to use, and most of the 2019 Sentra trims offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for smartphone integration. A single USB port is standard, but dual charging ports are available for the back seat.