- Stunning fashion
- Normal security tech
- Options per greenback
- Common gas economic system
- Poor retained worth
- Lumpy CVT tuning
Nissan has finished it. After years of wallowing in econobox mediocrity, the compact Sentra sedan issues once more. Even with out the head-turning two-tone paint of our check automobile, this Nissan can compete head-on with the Toyota Corolla and almost every other car in the segment.
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True, this isn’t a comparability check, however judges discovered it unimaginable to not contemplate the new-for-2020 Nissan Sentra towards an aging but still excellent class leader, the Civic.
“The Honda Civic looms giant,” senior options editor Jonny Lieberman mentioned, “and by way of engineering excellence, I don’t suppose the Sentra has that bogey beat.”
Nonetheless, what an enchancment. Just like the Civic (which is nearing the top of its present lifespan and is on the cusp of a redesign), the Sentra feels spacious and well-designed. Affiliate street check editor Erick Ayapana mentioned our $26,055 check automobile “seems costlier than it’s inside and outside,” and editor-in-chief Mark Rechtin admitted to wanting in his rearview mirror on the Sentra and mistaking it for a brand new Audi design language.
Excellent features-per-dollar worth makes the Sentra particularly compelling. A full bundle of security and comfort gear is normal on each Sentra, together with automated emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert with braking (should you threat reversing from a parking spot right into a transferring automobile), and blind-spot monitoring. Within the mid-level SV trim, the Sentra gives a ton of options for simply over $21,000, together with hands-free keyless entry, 16-inch alloy wheels, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen on the high of the sprint with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Towards the favored Corolla, the Sentra has one other benefit: one normal engine throughout the lineup. A pair judges discovered the Nissan’s 149-hp 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine a bit of coarse, however the powerplant delivers passable acceleration that’s far faster than the 1.8-liter normal engine on the Corolla. We’re focusing extra on the Corolla than the Civic as a result of, properly, the Sentra can’t compete with the Civic’s extra partaking driving dynamics. Even so, the Sentra has strong efficiency for drivers merely in search of a trendy equipment.
“It simply looks as if an sincere automobile, no pretension,” testing director Kim Reynolds mentioned. “Its bones are good, and it strikes in a pleasing means, not often wrong-footed.”
With first rate tech, plentiful options, and strong design, the Sentra’s largest problem is its constantly variable transmission. Don’t inform anybody, however a pair MotorTrend editors really like CVTs for the on a regular basis commuting smoothness they supply, and we’ve lauded Honda’s newer CVTs. Within the Nissan’s case, nonetheless, it’s a weak spot.
“The CVT continues to wander underneath exhausting acceleration, surging and forcing faux ‘shift’ factors,” Rechtin mentioned. “It simply sounds such as you’re shedding energy.”
A number of Sentra drivers may additionally discover the best way the transmission tends to simulate undesirable shifts when coming to a cease. However hey, not less than they’ll expertise that from snug seats—now a trait we count on from Nissans. Loaded Sentra SRs get a 360-degree camera system with a handy digicam button slightly below the display, making it straightforward to rapidly swap it on if you’re making an attempt to execute that parking job good. An SV-specific Premium bundle provides diamond-quilted leather seats. Sure, on a compact sedan.
The Sentra’s tried pivot from “I would like a automobile” to “I need that automobile” is simply partially profitable. Minor inside complaints: The cupholders have bother protecting taller bottles in place, and the out there energy seats provide solely six methods of adjustment (off the category normal of eight). Funds-conscious consumers ought to pay attention to IntelliChoice information exhibiting that over the course of 5 years, the Sentra will retain far much less of its worth than a Civic or Corolla will. Plus, the Sentra gives merely common gas economic system and driving vary.
Regardless of these minuses, this Sentra joins the Rogue and Kicks in forming a robust basis of compelling inexpensive autos that the automaker can construct on.
|POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS||2020 Nissan Sentra SR|
|DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT||Entrance-engine, FWD|
|ENGINE TYPE||I-4, alum block/head|
|VALVETRAIN||DOHC, Four valves/cyl|
|DISPLACEMENT||121.9 cu in/1,997 cc|
|POWER (SAE NET)||149 hp @ 6,400 rpm|
|TORQUE (SAE NET)||146 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm|
|WEIGHT TO POWER||21.Zero lb/hp|
|TRANSMISSION||Cont variable auto|
|SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR||Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar|
|BRAKES, F; R||11.0-in vented disc; 10.2-in disc, ABS|
|WHEELS, F;R||7.5 x 18-in forged aluminum|
|TIRES, F;R||215/45R18 89V Hankook Kinergy GT (M+S)|
|TRACK, F/R||62.4/62.Four in|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||182.7 x 71.5 x 57.Zero in|
|TURNING CIRCLE||38.1 ft|
|CURB WEIGHT||3,122 lb|
|WEIGHT DIST, F/R||61/39%|
|HEADROOM, F/R||37.5/36.7 in|
|LEGROOM, F/R||44.0/37.Four in|
|SHOULDER ROOM, F/R||56.4/54.5 in|
|CARGO VOLUME||14.Three cu ft|
|ACCELERATION TO MPH|
|PASSING, 45-65 MPH||4.5|
|QUARTER MILE||16.Eight sec @ 84.1 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-Zero MPH||121 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.85 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||27.5 sec @ 0.61 g (avg)|
|TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH||2,250 rpm|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$26,055|
|AIRBAGS||10: Twin entrance, f/r aspect, f/r curtain, entrance knee|
|BASIC WARRANTY||Three yrs/36,000 miles|
|POWERTRAIN WARRANTY||5 yrs/60,000 miles|
|ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE||Three yrs/36,000 miles|
|FUEL/BATTERY CAPACITY||12.Four gal|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON||28/37/32 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||120/91 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.62 lb/mile|
|RECOMMENDED FUEL||Unleaded common|
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