2020 Nissan Sentra

What’s new

  • Redesigned for 2020
  • New base engine with more power
  • Sleeker exterior design and more refined interior
  • More standard advanced driver safety aids
  • Part of the eighth Sentra generation introduced for 2020

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Improved cabin materials
  • Lots of standard safety and technology features
  • Transmission is slow to downshift
  • Tight rear headroom
MSRP Starting at
$19,090

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2020 Nissan Sentra Review

In recent years, the Nissan Sentra staked its claim as a budget-friendly alternative in the small sedan class. It didn't have the best build quality or ride comfort, but in return it cost less than rivals such as the Honda Civic and the Mazda 3. Well, for 2020, the Nissan Sentra nearly flips the script.

This redesigned Sentra has a much nicer interior, so it doesn't seem so much like a rental-fleet vehicle. It also rides a lot smoother over bumps and has a sleeker and more distinctive exterior look. The new Sentra is a little more expensive than before, but overall desirability has shot up dramatically.

We also credit Nissan for making its suite of advanced driver safety aids — called Safety Shield 360 — standard equipment on the Sentra. It includes advanced driver assistance systems that can help mitigate accidents, such as forward and rear collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

Like all vehicles in this class, the 2020 Sentra still has a few drawbacks. The engine and transmission struggle to get the Sentra moving with any real urgency when needed, for example, and the rear seat doesn't have as much headroom as some others in the class. But overall the Sentra is a pretty solid choice, especially if safety and value are top priorities for you.

Which Sentra does Edmunds recommend?

The bargain-priced S is loaded with safety and tech features, but we think most buyers would be better served by the SV. It adds quality-of-life upgrades that include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, adaptive cruise control and more. It's a supremely good buy when you consider all these additions cost less than $1,200.

Nissan Sentra models

The Nissan Sentra is a small sedan offered in three trims with a short list of option packages. The base S model is relatively lightly equipped but comes with numerous advanced driver aids. The SV is only a little more expensive but adds a wealth of upgrades. The SR is the reasonably priced range-topping model with a few sport-themed touches.

A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (149 horsepower, 146 lb-ft of torque) is standard across the board and drives the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The Sentra S kicks things off with features such as 16-inch steel wheels, push-button ignition, a 7-inch touchscreen and a four-speaker audio system. Standard safety features include a blind-spot monitor, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency front and rear braking.

Moving up to the SV adds alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8-inch touchscreen, extra USB ports and a six-speaker audio system. You also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

The SV is eligible for the SV Premium package, which adds 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, a sunroof, a power driver's seat, heated front seats and leather upholstery.

At the top of the model range is the sporty SR. It builds on the SV's content, adding 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and sporty exterior design flourishes. It also has a Premium package, which includes upgrades from the SV Premium, plus a heated steering wheel, a surround-view parking camera system, simulated leather upholstery and an eight-speaker Bose audio system.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Nissan Sentra.

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Average user rating: 3.5 stars based on 2 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • engine
  • handling & steering
  • safety

Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, 2020 Sentra, the best yet in its class
D.Winters,
SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

I traded a late model honda civic, for the new sentra, i found after two months owning it, that it handles better is much quieter on the highway, has a much more updated saftey package that is standard on all trim levels A step ahead of my Civic.

2 out of 5 stars, MUST YOU CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE
Jstyles,
SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

You will love the overall appearance, handling, and safety tech. But the sluggish CVT ruins everything. Nissan continue to lack on power and droning. The 149hp does nothing compared to other competition. This is my 4th Nissan Sentra and my favorite was the 2005 Model SER. It was just a great car 175hp. I had a 2019 Sentra with 124hp which was a complete joke. And now this 2020 model is just a joke, this is my last hoorah.

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Features & Specs

SV 4dr Sedan features & specs
SV 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl CVT
MSRP$20,270
MPG 29 city / 39 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower149 hp @ 6400 rpm
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SR 4dr Sedan features & specs
SR 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl CVT
MSRP$21,430
MPG 28 city / 37 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower149 hp @ 6400 rpm
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S 4dr Sedan features & specs
S 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl CVT
MSRP$19,090
MPG 29 city / 39 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower149 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Sentra safety features:

Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
Sounds an alert if sensors detect an imminent front collision. Can also apply the brakes if the driver does not react quickly.
Rear Automatic Braking
Applies the brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the car.
Intelligent Cruise Control
Slows down or speeds up to maintain a set distance between the Sentra and the car in front.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger3 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover5 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover9.9%

Nissan Sentra vs. the competition

Nissan Sentra vs. Toyota Corolla

Like the Sentra, the Toyota Corolla is fully redesigned for 2020, and unquestionably for the better. While previous Corollas gave the impression of Toyota phoning it in, the new model is competitive with the rest of the class. Cabin materials are nicer, the ride is more comfortable, and the touchscreen interface has one of the better infotainment systems in the class.

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Nissan Sentra vs. Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is our top-rated small sedan, and it shows no sign of relinquishing its crown anytime soon. The Civic is notable for its roomy cabin and peppy and fuel-efficient turbocharged 1.5-liter engine. If your budget allows it, get the Honda. It's more versatile and enjoyable, and buyers looking for a more engaging experience can even equip it with a six-speed manual transmission.

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Nissan Sentra vs. Hyundai Elantra

Like the Sentra, the Hyundai Elantra is a budget-friendly option in the small sedan class. Unfortunately, its lack of refinement will have even price-conscious shoppers looking elsewhere. Though prices are essentially the same between the two vehicles, the Hyundai has fewer features trim by trim.

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FAQ

Is the Nissan Sentra a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Sentra both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Nissan Sentra fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Sentra gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg to 33 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Sentra has 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Nissan Sentra. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Nissan Sentra?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Nissan Sentra:

  • Redesigned for 2020
  • New base engine with more power
  • Sleeker exterior design and more refined interior
  • More standard advanced driver safety aids
  • Part of the eighth Sentra generation introduced for 2020
Learn more
Is the Nissan Sentra reliable?
To determine whether the Nissan Sentra is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Sentra. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Sentra's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Nissan Sentra a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Nissan Sentra is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Sentra is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Nissan Sentra?

The least-expensive 2020 Nissan Sentra is the 2020 Nissan Sentra S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $19,090.

Other versions include:

  • SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $20,270
  • SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $21,430
  • S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $19,090
Learn more
What are the different models of Nissan Sentra?
If you're interested in the Nissan Sentra, the next question is, which Sentra model is right for you? Sentra variants include SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT). For a full list of Sentra models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Nissan Sentra

2020 Nissan Sentra Overview

The 2020 Nissan Sentra is offered in the following submodels: Sentra Sedan. Available styles include SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT).

What do people think of the 2020 Nissan Sentra?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Nissan Sentra and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Sentra 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Sentra.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Nissan Sentra and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Sentra featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Nissan Sentra?

2020 Nissan Sentra SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2020 Nissan Sentra SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,355. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Sentra SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $886 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $886 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $21,469.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Sentra SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 18 2020 Nissan Sentra SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Nissan Sentra SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2020 Nissan Sentra SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $21,680. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Sentra SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,490 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,490 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $20,190.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Sentra SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 6.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 66 2020 Nissan Sentra SV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Nissan Sentra S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2020 Nissan Sentra S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,015. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Sentra S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $815 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $815 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $19,200.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Sentra S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 4.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 21 2020 Nissan Sentra S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2020 Nissan Sentras are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Nissan Sentra?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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