2020 Nissan Sentra

MSRP $20,000

Ranked #16 in Midsize Sedan

2020 Nissan Sentra Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 7, 2021

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The 2020 Nissan Sentra has been fully redesigned and is now available for sale at a starting price of  $19,310. It sits on a new platform while its exterior styling has been inspired by its elder sibling, the Maxima. Only three trims are offered for the new Sentra- S, SV, and SR. It also gets a new powertrain under the hood which is a 2.0L inline-4 engine that makes 149 hp and 146 lb-ft. of torque. Unfortunately, there is no turbocharged engine on offer. 

2020 Nissan Sentra three-quarter view

The cabin pleases your eyes with good-quality materials and a modern layout. The Sentra offers the best passenger space in the segment. On the safety front, the Sentra now bundles Safety Shield 360 which is basically a package of top driver-assist features. In the highly competitive compact sedan segment, the Sentra goes against the market leaders such as the Honda Civic, the Toyota Corolla, and the Hyundai Elantra

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Pros

Great cargo capacity

Intuitive infotainment system

Lots of standard safety features

Spacious & comfortable interior

Outstanding reliability

Cons

Subpar engine performance

No available turbocharged engine

Doesn't handle as well as a Civic or Jetta

What's New?

Fully redesigned

New platform

Multi-link rear suspension

New 2.0L engine


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$20000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

149 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

146 lbs.- ft. @440 rpm

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

29/33/39 mpg

highway range

483.6 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$20,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Nissan Sentra in Aspen White color
Aspen White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

4.3

Fuel Economy

6.2

Interior

7.7

Exterior

5.0

Safety

7.7

Competition

9.0

6.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.9

Overall Rating


With its revamped style, smooth powertrain and impressive roster of features, the Sentra is a competent daily driver for folks on a budget- Cnet

The new Nissan Sentra is a compact sedan that has focussed its attention on creating a comfortable and streamlined user experience but the rudimentary engine is rather disappointing when you put your pedal to the metal. However, the infotainment system is quite appealing and intuitive. Also, the driver aids that were optional on the previous versions are now made standard. 

Although it is a good sedan, it still ranks below the segment leaders such as the Civic and the Corolla. One of the reasons for that could be due to a slightly higher depreciation value than the others. On the plus side, the Sentra is a low maintenance car so the total cost to own it is rounded off to $6,320 every year, which also includes repair, insurance, maintenance, etc. 

2020 Nissan Sentra Sedan front angle view
2020 Nissan Sentra Sedan rear angle view

7.0/10
Features

4.3/10
Engine and Performance

6.2/10
Fuel Economy

7.7/10
Interior

5.0/10
Exterior

7.7/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2020 Nissan Sentra Features

7.0/10

Nissan is working hard to distinguish its vehicles with on-board technology, and the Sentra delivers- Motor1

For 2020, the Nissan Sentra is available in just three trims- S, SV, and SR. It starts from $19,310 for the S model while the top-end SR trim is priced at $21,650, excluding a $950 destination fee. The Sentra offers a long list of standard features, which is a nice touch but there are some packages available for higher trims to upgrade the feature list. 

2020 Nissan Sentra side view

The $2,170 Premium package in the SR trim adds heated front seats and steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a moonroof, synthetic leather upholstery, a 6-way power driver's seat, a surround-view camera, and an 8-speaker Bose sound system. The SV trim also has a package with the same name but offers more features and has a higher price. 

Trim S SV SR
MSRP (FWD) $19,310 $20,370 $21,650
Key Features Cloth upholstery Adds/ Upgrades to S trim Adds/ Upgrades to SV trim
  Manually adjustable front seats 7-inch digital driver's display LED low-beam headlights
  Bluetooth  8-inch touchscreen w/ smartphone integration 18-inch alloy wheels
  7-inch touchscreen 6-speaker stereo LED DRLs
  4-speaker stereo Dual-zone automatic climate control Exterior body cladding
  Voice recognition Heated exterior mirrors Premium cloth seats with orange stitching
  Nissan Safety Shield 360 16-inch alloy wheels  
  Halogen headlights Leather steering wheel  
  16-inch steel wheels Proximity keyless entry  
  Push-button start Satellite radio  
  Dual USB ports Remote engine start  
    Adaptive cruise control  

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The SV trim is more value for money for its price. It adds more features for just one grand more. Better still is the $2,460 Premium package that turns this car into something high class. You get quilted leather upholstery, a moonroof, a 6-way power driver's seat, a leather shift knob, 17-inch alloy wheels, and heated front seats that feel like it was pulled out of an Infiniti


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2020 Nissan Sentra Engine and Performance

4.3/10

The engine has enough torque in these situations, and the transmission is sufficiently responsive and smooth- CarAndDriver

The powertrain for the Nissan Sentra is all new. It is now powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that makes 149 hp and 146 lb-ft. of torque. However, the Sentra doesn't offer an optional turbocharged engine like the outgoing model. All models now come equipped with Xtronic CVT transmission, which is getting much better in mimicking real gear ratios. It is great at keeping the engine in its powerband. Except for acceleration situations, it doesn't make that infernal noise. 

2020 Nissan Sentra engine

The new Sentra feels more composed than the old one as it rides on an all-new chassis that sports a multi-link independent suspension in the rear and an independent strut front suspension. Therefore, the ride quality is improved vastly over the previous version. You would still feel large bumps but small cracks or holes on the road are easily absorbed. The steering is more accurate on center. Along with cruises, the Sentra feels more stable and sure-footed.

2020 Nissan Sentra driving view

In a car at this light, acceleration is decent at city speeds and the transmission doesn't keep the engine revving high heaven. But the throttle is a little jumpy off the line and that helps to finish the 0-60 MPH sprint in 8 seconds. Keep your foot planted and it completes the quarter-mile run in 16.2 seconds. These figures are not bad for a compact sedan. Even the brakes have been tuned to offer a shorter braking distance. The Sentra takes 114 feet while decelerating from 60 MPH. 

Models

2020 Nissan Sentra

2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Honda Civic

MSRP

$19,310 $19,300 $19,600 $19,750

Engine

2.0L Inline-4 2.0L Inline-4 1.8L Inline-4 2.0L Inline-4
Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD

Transmission

CVT CVT

CVT

6-Speed Manual
Power 149 hp @ 6,400 RPM 147 hp @ 6,200 RPM 139 hp @ 6,100 RPM 158 hp @ 6,500 RPM

Torque

146 lb-ft. @ 4,400 RPM

132 lb-ft. @ 4,500 RPM

126 lb-ft. @ 3,900 RPM

138 lb-ft. @ 4,200 RPM

0-60 MPH 8.0 sec 9.5 sec 8.2 sec 8.0 sec
Quarter Mile 16.2 sec 17.3 sec 16.3 sec 16.3 sec
Top Speed 110 MPH 115 MPH 110 MPH 110 MPH

The Honda Civic is the only car here to give a challenge to the Sentra and that too, with a manual transmission. This explains the seamless power delivery of the new engine in the Sentra. The Toyota Corolla's engine power is underwhelming at higher speeds. The Hyundai Elantra offers sluggish acceleration as its CVT isn't that refined compared to Nissan's Xtronic. 


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2020 Nissan Sentra Fuel Economy

6.2/10

The 2020 Nissan Sentra more powerful powertrain is also more fuel-efficient, though not by much- The Car Connection

Fuel economy would certainly rank high up on the list of deciding factors for those looking for a pocket,-friendly, value-for-money sedan in this segment. The gas mileage of the Nissan Sentra will definitely impress you. It returns 29 MPG in the city and 39 MPG on a highway, which equates to a combined mileage of 33 MPG. 

2020 Nissan Sentra three-quarter view

The new 2.0L engine delivers great fuel economy and doesn't compromise on performance either. The Sentra comes fitted with a small fuel tank measuring 12.4 gallons in size meaning low fuel costs. Yet, it amazes with a driving range of 409 miles in mixed proportions. That puts it right in the middle of its class. 

Models

2020 Nissan Sentra

2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Honda Civic

MPG (City)

29

31

30

25

MPG (Highway)

39

41

38

36

MPG (Combined)

33

35

33

29

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gallon)

12.4

14.0

13.2

12.4

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 360/484/409 434/574/476 396/502/436 310/446/360

The Hyundai Elantra has the best fuel estimates and driving range in this competition courtesy to its large fuel tank. The Honda Civic's fuel economy with a manual transmission is less. When equipped with CVT, its fuel economy is equal to the Sentra. The Toyota Corolla is slightly less efficient than the Sentra but it is a good cruiser. 


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2020 Nissan Sentra Interior

7.7/10

There's real style here, even if the flat-bottomed steering wheel is now a bit of a design cliché- CarAndDriver

The cabin of the Nissan Sentra follows a very functional approach. The flat-bottom steering wheel, white stitching, and padded armrest, all feel upscale. The three circular air bends will remind you of Mercedes-Benz and the silver trim brightens up the cabin. Fit and finish are quite good, even the hard plastic on the lower part of the dash. Both cloth and leather upholsteries are available. For comfort, Nissan's Zero Gravity seats upfront promise to reduce fatigue. 

2020 Nissan Sentra dashboard

The high seats may not be so welcoming to the taller occupants, but it gives you great visibility from the driver's seat. A powered driver's seat with heated functionality is available. The Sentra is one of the biggest and buffiest sedans in the competition, thus providing the passengers with the best-in-class interior space. Even with three adults in the back, the cabin feels roomy. The insides of the Sentra are pretty quiet and muffles most of the engine noise.

2020 Nissan Sentra infotainment system

On the tech end, only the S trim relies on a 7-inch touchscreen while the other two trims get a larger 8-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. The NissanConnect infotainment system is more straightforward than intriguing. It is intuitive and easy to use, even while driving, The touchscreen is fast and can be customized with the shortcuts you want. An 8-speaker Bose premium sound system is an exclusive option to the SR trim. 

Models

2020 Nissan Sentra

2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Honda Civic

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.9/56.4/44.0 40.3/56.2/42.2 38.3/54.0/42.0 39.3/57.0/42.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.7/54.5/37.4

37.3/55.3/35.7

37.1/51.7/34.8

37.1/55.0/37.4

Cargo Space (cu-ft.) 14.3 14.4 13.1 15.1

The trunk of the Sentra has 14.3 cu-ft. of cargo storage, which is good for a compact sedan. You could also fold the rear seats for carrying longer items but the seats don't fold completely flat. The trunk opens wide opens which is an added benefit for storing bigger items. There is also decent interior storage offered in the Sentra. Other key highlights of the Sentra's cabin include:

  • Tilt & telescopic multi-function leather steering wheel
  • Manually-adjustable front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Remote engine start
  • Rear center armrest with cupholders
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • 8-inch touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • 4 & 6-speaker stereo
  • 7-inch digital driver's display
  • Satellite radio

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2020 Nissan Sentra Exterior

5.0/10

Nissan’s signature V grille, the floating roof and sporty roofline all make it feel like part of the family- Kelly Blue Book

The first thing you're going to notice about the new Nissan Sentra is a brand new exterior styling. It looks is a down-scaled version of the Altima, which is a great thing. You get the typical V-motion grille but will be surprised to find fog lamps on the SR trim, which is something that all of the competition has completely eliminated. The grille blends into the crease along with the hood which flows into the windshield.

2020 Nissan Sentra front angle view

The new Sentra is 2 inches lower and wider than the outgoing Sentra. For an FWD car, it carries the balanced proportions and low shoulder lines of an RWD car. The top-end SR trim has an option of a contrasting black roof and 18-inch alloy wheels, which look very sleek. The lower trims sit on 16-inch alloys. The taillights echo the headlights just as the trunk lid mirrors the V-shaped grille. 

Models

2020 Nissan Sentra

2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Honda Civic

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,047 2,844 2,910 2,762

Length (in)

182.7

181.9 182.3 182.7

Width (in)

71.5

70.9

70.1

70.9

Height (in)

56.9 56.5

56.5

55.7

Ground Clearance (in)

4.8 5.3 5.1

6.7

Wheelbase (in)

106.8

106.3

106.3

106.3

The Honda Civic has a high ground clearance for a compact sedan. The Toyota Corolla's wide wheelbase doesn't aid in rear-seat space but instead offers a stable ride. Despite weighing less than the Sentra, the Hyundai Elantra's on-road performance is very sluggish. Some other exterior features are:

  • 16 & 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED auto high-beam headlights
  • LED DRLs
  • Puddle lamps
  • Fog lamps
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Black grille with chrome accents
  • Rear decklid
  • Chrome trim
  • Chrome exhaust tips

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2020 Nissan Sentra Safety

7.7/10

The Sentra comes with many standard safety features and driver aids- Edmunds

The Nissan Sentra has a strong build quality due to which impressive safety ratings from both safety agencies. NHTSA rated it five stars for its overall safety. IIHS recognized it as their Top Safety Pick for 2020 as it received 'Good' ratings in all crash tests. The only exception being the headlights were rated 'Acceptable'. 

2020 Nissan Sentra NHTSA crash test

The Sentra now comes standard with Nissan's Safety Shield 360 which includes a plethora of standard assist and crash mitigation features to keep you safe behind the wheel. The 10-airbag system in the Sentra can protect passengers in both rows. For its price, the Sentra offers a lot of value in terms of safety. Some of them are:

  • Rearview camera
  • Surround-view camera
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward & reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Driver attention monitor
  • Rear seat reminder
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Lane departure warning

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2020 Nissan Sentra Competition

9.0/10

2020 Nissan Sentra vs 2020 Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is an all-rounder sedan. Its optional turbocharged engine is peppy and much more engaging with manual transmission The Civic is also known for its agile handling. The Civic also has a pleasing interior and is heavy on the tech. Its cargo space is among the best in the class. It also matches the Sentra in terms of safety. Therefore, the Civic is a great pick. 

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Nissan Sentra vs 2020 Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is one of the toughest rivals of the Sentra. It ranks better due to its strong reliability and a bevy of driver-assist systems. Even on the base trim, it offers Apple CarPlay whereas the Sentra doesn't. The Sentra's strengths against the Corolla are a spacious rear row, more trunk volume, better fuel efficiency, and a long list of standard features. 

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Nissan Sentra vs 2020 Hyundai Elantra

The Hyundai Elantra is similarly priced as the Sentra but in most aspects, the latter is a better pick. The base engine in the Sentra is responsive but the Elantra's optional turbocharged engine is peppier. The Sentra's rear row offers more legroom but its cargo space is slightly less than the Elantra. The Sentra is also a better choice for safety-conscious people as it offers more standard driver aids. 

2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Nissan Sentra Final Verdict

So much is going on for the 2020 Nissan Sentra. It's genuinely stylish, its cabin is upscale and one of the roomiest and most comfortable cars in the segment. However, it should still offer a turbocharged engine and a manual transmission like the Honda Civic. Plus, it should also add some more technology like it's already done in the Altima but altogether, the new Sentra is a major upgrade and is a good value for money.  

2020 Nissan Sentra three-quarter view

2020 Nissan Sentra FAQs

What should I pay for a 2020 Nissan Sentra?

The 2020 Nissan Sentra's price ranges between $19,310 and $21,650. 

Does the 2020 Nissan Sentra has a sunroof?

A sunroof is an optional feature in the 2020 Nissan Sentra. 

Is the Nissan Sentra a luxury car?

No, the Nissan Sentra is categorized under the affordable compact sedan segment. 

Is the Nissan Sentra reliable?

Yes, it scored 87 out of 100 and ranks above the Civic and the Corolla, which is really impressive. 

Is the 2020 Nissan Sentra turbocharged?

A turbocharged engine is not offered in the 2020 Nissan Sentra. 

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