2020 Nissan Sentra Review

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2020 Nissan Sentra Overview

The compact Nissan Sentra holds its own against competition like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Jetta. It’s also Nissan’s best-selling model of all time, with more than 6 million units sold. So, for 2020, it makes bold strides by way of a complete redesign.

The new Sentra measures roughly 2 inches lower and 2 inches wider than its predecessor, which makes for prettier proportions. Exterior styling is all in the family, with the small sedan using the same V-motion grille, narrow LED headlights, and floating roof as its larger Altima and Maxima siblings. You even get the choice of three new two-tone color combinations.

Inside, Nissan set its designers and engineers upon the task of making the Sentra feel more luxurious, and it shows. The dashboard gets color-contrasting stitching, the switchgear looks and feels premium, and the overall design evokes cars costing twice as much. To address comfort, it boasts Nissan’s NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats. As far as equipment goes, the Sentra promises a number of upscale options, including an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as quilted leather upholstery.

All 2020 Sentras utilize a new 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine. It’s good for 149 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque, which are improvements of 20 and 16 percent, respectively. Front-wheel drive (FWD) and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) are also standard. Keeping things in line is a new independent rear suspension, replacing last year’s torsion-beam setup. Fuel-economy ratings aren’t available as of this writing.

Nissan’s entire range includes an impressive suite of standard and safety options. Nissan Safety Shield 360 comes with every new Sentra, bundling forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, and high-beam assist. Rear-door alert, enhanced forward-collision warning, and driver-awareness monitoring are optional.

The new 2020 Nissan Sentra looks promising, with impressive styling, luxury that punches above its weight, and plenty of features. Look for it at your local dealership starting in January 2020.

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Kyree is new to the automotive journalism scene, but has voiced snarky public opinions about cars for quite some time. When he's not drooling over the latest European luxury sled, he's designing web experiences or writing backend code.

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