The clean, straightforward design of the Sentra 2019 Usa is let down only by the turbo model’s excessive add-ons.
Sentra 2019 Usa First Drive, Price, Performance and Review
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.
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.
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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 configurations
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.
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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.
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.
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The best value in Sentra 2019 Usa is a base model with manual gearbox, but it’s still decently priced after adding fancy audio, leather, and a moonroof.