2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO

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What’s new

  • NissanConnect infotainment system is standard on Sentra SR, SL and Nismo models
  • New SV Special Edition package includes driver safety features, 17-inch wheels, disc brakes and other luxury features
  • Part of the seventh Sentra generation introduced for 2013

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious back seat and trunk for the class
  • Priced lower than many rivals
  • User-friendly control layout
  • Slow acceleration on most models
  • Lacks the latest in infotainment design and safety features
  • The seats aren't particularly suitable for taller drivers
  • Less engaging driving experience than many competitors
MSRP Starting at
$26,040

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Which Sentra does Edmunds recommend?

For most economy sedan shoppers, we think the Sentra SR will work out well. It features modern technology with enough luxury conveniences to ease the daily grind. Compared to the SV and S models, the SR features LED headlights, adaptive cruise control and heated seats.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

6.9 / 10

The 2019 Nissan Sentra doesn't attract much attention. It's not as popular in terms of sales as other top small sedans, and it's fair to say that its styling isn't as memorable. But depending on your needs, it could still be worth a look.

There's a range of versions to satisfy drivers. The entry-level Sentra S is all about affordability, for instance, while the Nismo is meant to appeal to enthusiasts with its enhanced performance and handling capability. And no matter which Sentra you look at, know that you'll be getting a roomy interior, large trunk space, easy-to-use controls and a smooth ride.

There are some downsides to the Sentra. Most Sentras aren't much fun to drive, and Nissan's infotainment systems and advanced driver safety features are a little behind the times. The Sentra's top competitors generally have more content and performance for just slightly more money. Overall, though, the Sentra has enough appealing qualities to justify taking a look.

2019 Nissan Sentra models

The 2019 Nissan Sentra sedan is offered in S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, Nismo and SL trim levels. The basic S is a bargain, but it doesn't lack for features. Moving up to the SV, SR and SL trim levels gets you additional amenities. The SR Turbo and Nismo trims are equipped similarly to the SR but get a more powerful engine and other sport-enhancing modifications.

A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 124 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque (130 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque with the S trim's manual transmission) is standard on the S, SV, SR and SL models. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the S, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional on that trim and standard on all other Sentras.

The base Sentra S comes with 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver's seat, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, cruise control, trip computer, a 7-inch central touchscreen, a rearview camera, a USB port, and a four-speaker sound system. Automatic emergency braking for imminent front collisions is also standard on all CVT automatic-equipped Sentra trim levels except the Nismo.

Stepping up to the SV gets you 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.

Optional for the SV is the SV Special Edition package. It bundles 17-inch wheels, rear disc brakes, a sunroof, illuminated sun visors, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Compared to the SV, the SR gets a sport body kit, LED headlights, foglights, adaptive cruise control, heated mirrors, and unique cloth upholstery. For the SR, an optional Premium package adds the sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a power driver's seat, leather upholstery, and an eight-speaker Bose sound system.

The SR Turbo takes the SR trim and equips it with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder (188 hp and 177 lb-ft) that's mated to a choice of a six-speed manual or a specially calibrated CVT automatic with a manual-shift mode. Nissan also includes a sport-tuned suspension, recalibrated steering, upgraded front brakes and a sunroof. An optional Premium package is available for the SR Turbo as well.

The Sentra Nismo comes with the SR Turbo's features and adds unique Nismo-branded trim pieces such as a spoiler, 18-inch wheels, exhaust, grille and badges, along with an exclusive Nismo interior appearance package. It also comes standard with the eight-speaker Bose stereo system.

The top-of-the-line SL loses the SR's sport-themed flourishes, keeps the 1.8-liter engine, and gains just about all of the optional features listed above plus heated front seats and mirrors.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Nissan Sentra SL (1.8L inline-4 | CVT automatic | FWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2016, the current Nissan Sentra has received some revisions, including a more powerful optional turbocharged engine and new smartphone integration features. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Nissan Sentra, however.

Scorecard

Overall6.9 / 10
Driving6.0
Comfort7.5
Interior8.0
Utility8.0

Driving

6.0
Performance is not a Sentra strong suit — far from it. Acceleration is among the worst in the class, and braking and handling are simply acceptable. But it is free of overtly bad habits, so while unremarkable to drive, it isn't irritating during A-to-B transport either.

Acceleration

5.0
The base 1.8-liter engine offers poor acceleration whether from a standstill or when passing, with a 0-60 mph time of 10 seconds that makes the Sentra one of the slowest cars in the class. The significantly stronger turbocharged 1.6-liter should deliver a much better experience.

Braking

6.0
The Sentra's overall performance inspires confidence, although the brakes require a light foot in traffic, where inputs can be sensitive. In our simulated-panic stop from 60 mph, the Sentra posted average performance for the class.

Steering

7.0
The Sentra thankfully lacks the heavy-at-low-speeds, light-at-high-speeds steering effort of some other Nissan products. Effort is appropriate for easy commuting and maneuvering around parking lots. There's sufficient feedback, but class leaders do better.

Handling

6.5
Body roll is largely managed, and overall handling is adequate although rivals provide a greater sense of control. The Sentra is just generally outmatched by most competitors on a windy road, though the stiffer-sprung SR Turbo and Nismo trims should fare better.

Drivability

7.5
The Sentra gets underway smoothly and humbly goes about its business in traffic or when running errands. It's an easy car to drive as long as you aren't in a hurry.

Comfort

7.5
The Sentra can be a quiet, comfortable-riding compact sedan. The trouble is that many rivals are as well, and they also provide superior marks in most other areas. The oddly high-mounted seats were an annoyance for several taller editors.

Seat comfort

6.5
The high-mounted seats might give a slightly more commanding view of the road, but they cut into the available headroom, especially for drivers of above-average height. The front seats are also quite flat yet simultaneously feel overstuffed with seat material.

Ride comfort

7.5
Ride comfort is a strong suit for the Sentra. Small but sharp bumps in city driving are felt in the cabin, but not unbearably so, and the highway ride is smooth and composed.

Noise & vibration

7.5
The Sentra can be impressively quiet for a small sedan as long as you go easy on the gas pedal. If you don't, the underpowered engine and CVT automatic conspire to produce loud droning noises a bit reminiscent of an enormous blender.

Interior

8.0
The Sentra is straightforward and user-friendly, with controls that don't require navigating any high-tech interface. Visibility is also quite good, and the trunk is large. It's one of the more sensible compact cars.

Ease of use

8.5
The infotainment screen is small but refreshingly easy to use with straightforward, easy-to-read virtual buttons. Everything important is within reach from the driver's seat including the logical, albeit small, steering wheel controls.

Getting in/getting out

8.5
Getting in and out of both the front and back seat is a breeze — the oddly high seats help in this way at least. The large door openings make for easy entry into this high-roofed sedan.

Roominess

7.0
The Sentra has a large back seat with plenty of space for adults. The seats, especially the front passenger one, are mounted noticeably high. People of above-average height reported feeling out of place. Shorter drivers may appreciate the view.

Visibility

8.0
Large windows and mirrors provide good all-around visibility, and the standard rearview camera is a nice addition.

Quality

7.5
The Sentra lacks the polish of a Honda Civic or VW Golf but is nevertheless good for the segment. Frequently touched surfaces (such as the center console and elbow rests) are well-padded and made from quality materials. The plastic switchgear doesn't feel cheap or fragile.

Utility

8.0
The 15.1-cubic-foot trunk is large for the class, and the Sentra's 60/40-split folding seat allows for some versatility. Center console storage and cupholders are sufficient but nothing clever. The rear seat has clearly marked LATCH anchors.

Technology

The infotainment system is easy to use, and this year most Sentras come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Automatic emergency braking is standard on all trims, and a full suite of active safety technologies and driver aids are available on higher trim levels.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Nissan Sentra.

5 star reviews: 36%
4 star reviews: 22%
3 star reviews: 11%
2 star reviews: 20%
1 star reviews: 11%
Average user rating: 3.5 stars based on 36 total reviews

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4 out of 5 stars, 2019 Sentra Nismo
Shaun k,
NISMO 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

While Nissan made promises a few years back of a Sentra Nismo with over 200HP , the current 181 Hp is still plenty fast and fun to drive. When it comes to the overall quality of this car I will say this , you get what you pay for. Sure it’s great but it’s also a Sentra, sure it looks amazing but it’s also a Sentra, sure it is made well , drives fine, has a nice little pep In it’s step and is very eye catching , but again ... it’s still a Nissan Sentra . Nissan however did take a Sentra up a couple notches over standard models by creating a Nismo trim, lowered , bigger wheels, sport suspension, sport bucket seats , carbon fiber, a body kit and louder exhaust , great sound system and infotainment , Super white LED headlights and fog , sport suspension and steering , when this car hits the open road , it flys, it has a good pick up and go from a stop, and isn’t hard on the eyes at all. Where could improvements be made for the cost ? Well when you buy a Nismo at the top trim level, the engine should be a minimum of 201 HP even the Electra sport offers that much, the seats should be Recaro , it should have in Dash Navigation along with the Apple car play and Android auto, a sunroof should be standard , who cares if it adds a little weight , and the windows should come tinted as a standard for all trims . The sport button should genuinely feel noticeable when pushed , and the interior could use a bit more fine tuning like USB port in the back and a rear center arm rest and cup holders . Overall however beside some nit picky things, it’s a fun , good looking and sporty car , it handles beautifully, it can get yah wherever your going safely and comfortably and it’s pretty easy on the eyes . Compared to the base engine and trim , the Nismo stands above and beyond , however it’s no Maxima . Do I recommend it . If your on a budget or just want a car that’s safe and fun for the money , and if you can find one in stock . I say go for it. If your looking for performance and a little race car, then look elsewhere unless you can afford the tune and the parts .

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Features & Specs

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NISMO 4dr Sedan
1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M
MSRP$26,040
MPG 25 city / 31 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed manual
Horsepower188 hp @ 5600 rpm
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1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$26,040
MPG 25 city / 30 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower188 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Sentra safety features:

Automatic Emergency Braking
Applies the brakes to avoid low-speed collisions when forward-facing sensors detect an obstacle.
Intelligent Cruise Control
Adjusts the speed of the car automatically to maintain a constant distance from the vehicle in front.
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Alerts the driver to traffic moving behind the vehicle when in reverse.
IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

Nissan Sentra vs. the competition

Nissan Sentra vs. Nissan Versa

The Versa is a little smaller on the outside, but its measurements for cargo space, rear-seat space, and front headroom are all fairly close to the Sentra's. The Versa's smaller engine, though more efficient, is even less powerful and more raspy-sounding than the one in the Sentra. Expect even slower performance. If cargo capacity is the main priority, the Versa is available in hatchback form, the Versa Note.

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Nissan Sentra vs. Nissan Altima

Although the 2019 Nissan Altima isn't due out until the fall of 2018, there are many things we know about it. The Altima is a size-class larger than the Sentra and has engines with more power and possibly even better fuel efficiency. It'll also be available with advanced driver assists. All these features don't come free, though, which means the price gap will grow further apart.

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Nissan Sentra vs. Honda Civic

The Civic and the Sentra are natural competitors, but the Civic wins the sales crown. That's partly due to its more powerful and efficient engine lineup, available active driver assist features, and better driving feel. The Civic is also available in coupe and hatchback form, providing owners with more choices to fit their vehicle needs.

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FAQ

Is the Nissan Sentra a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 Sentra both on the road and at the track, giving it a 6.9 out of 10. You probably care about Nissan Sentra fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Sentra gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Sentra has 15.1 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 2019 Nissan Sentra?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Nissan Sentra:

  • NissanConnect infotainment system is standard on Sentra SR, SL and Nismo models
  • New SV Special Edition package includes driver safety features, 17-inch wheels, disc brakes and other luxury features
  • Part of the seventh Sentra generation introduced for 2013
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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 2019 Nissan Sentra a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Nissan Sentra is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 Sentra and gave it a 6.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 Sentra is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2019 Nissan Sentra?

The least-expensive 2019 Nissan Sentra is the 2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $26,040.

Other versions include:

  • NISMO 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $26,040
  • NISMO 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $26,040
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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 NISMO 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and NISMO 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT). For a full list of Sentra models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2019 Nissan Sentra

The 2019 Nissan Sentra is a compact sedan that's roomy and easy to use. It offers a sizable trunk and a comfortable ride, along with an appealing price tag in its lower trim levels.

Starting with the base Sentra S, buyers get 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, remote entry, and automatic emergency braking. Inside you'll find air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a manually adjustable driver's seat, a 60/40-split folding rear bench, and cruise control. Basic technology includes a 7-inch touchscreen with a rearview camera display and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.

A six-speed manual transmission and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine making 130 horsepower are standard on the Sentra S, while a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional.

Stepping up to the SV gets you Nissan's CVT automatic standard, along with 16-inch alloy wheels, proximity entry with push-button ignition, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker stereo system and satellite radio. The SR upgrades the Sentra with some sporty features, while the top-of-the-line Nissan Sentra SL gets its own wheels, along with leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a sunroof.

Buyers who want more grunt from their Sentra can opt for the SR Turbo or Nismo trim. Both come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that makes 180 hp, and both can be had with a CVT automatic or a six-speed manual. The SR Turbo is similarly equipped to the SR, while the Nismo comes with a full appearance package loaded with goodies from Nissan's Nismo performance division.

Be sure to read our full review for more information about the Sentra, and take advantage of our shopping tools to find the best deal on a 2019 Nissan Sentra near you.

2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO Overview

The 2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO is offered in the following styles: NISMO 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and NISMO 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT).

What do people think of the 2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Sentra NISMO 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 2019 Sentra NISMO.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 Sentra NISMO featuring deep dives into trim levels including NISMO, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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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.

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO?

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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