2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO Sedan

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2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 14, 2019


Nismo is essentially the performance version of the cars of Nissan. 2019 Nissan Sentra Nismo is the top trim of the Sentra sedan with a few tweaks in the engine for enhanced performance and styling to match the performance.

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Pros

Priced lower than its rivals

Spacious trunk

Comfortable cabin

Cons

Subpar engine performance

Hard plastic interior

Seats lack support

What's New?

Available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all but the base model.

New 7.0-inch touchscreen with the NissanConnect interface

SV version adds a new Special Edition package


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25940

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

188 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

177 lbs.-ft @ 1600 rpm

transmission

continuously variable-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

60.2/60.2

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

183.6 in.

width

69.3 in.

height

58.9 in.

curb weight

3090 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

39.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

43 cu ft.

payload capacity

967 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/27/30 mpg

highway range

396 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO Sedan in Aspen White color  2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO Sedan in Brilliant Silver Metallic color  2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO Sedan in Super Black color  2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO Sedan in Gun Metallic color
Aspen White

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Interior

8.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO Sedan NISMO

NISMO

power
188 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$25,940


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $25,940 MSRP (25/27/30) 188 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $25,940 MSRP (25/27/31) 188 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.4

Overall Rating


The sharp corners and accents in the exterior styling easily make it distinguishable from the other Sentras. Moving into the interiors, it's pretty upscale when compared to any other Sentra trims. The front seats are sports type and extremely comfortable and wrapped in leather and microsuede. There is a sporty theme throughout the interiors. Let's take a deeper dive into the world of the 2019 Nissan Sentra Nismo.

2019 Nissan Sentra Nismo Front View
2019 Nissan Sentra Nismo Front View
2019 Nissan Sentra Nismo Rear View
2019 Nissan Sentra Nismo Rear View

8.0/10
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8.0/10
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2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO Sedan Features

8.0/10

The Sentra Nismo is the top of the line sporty trim of the Sentra Lineup. 

Trim Nissan Sentra Nismo
MSRP $25,840
Key Features 18" x 7.0" NISMO 10-spoke machined aluminum-alloy wheels
  NISMO-tuned suspension and steering
  NISMO aerodynamic body kit
  NISMO sport front seats with additional bolsters
  NISMO tachometer

We Recommend

The Sentra Nismo is the top of the line trim that adds a lot of features that are missing in the lower trims. Since there is no other trims to choose from, we suggest you get it in the Gun Metallic exterior color.

2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO Sedan Engine and Performance

Engine and Transmission

Nissan is certainly not eyeing the enthusiast market with the Sentra, considering the platitudinous power band, and the engine noise which could be compared to a lullaby. However, if you consider vehicles merely as a means of transport and don't concern yourself with technicalities like throttle response or road-holding, the base variant of the Sentra is the one for you.

Amped up from 130 hp to 188 with a turbocharger, in the SR turbo and Nismo trims, but the performance comes at a steep price. Despite the price, you can't really expect performance the likes of the GT-R or the 370z. The six-speed manual is a respite from the otherwise uninspiring experience, but the CVT is another disappointment added to the list.

Models

Nissan Sentra Nismo

Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Honda Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

MSRP

$25,790

$20,240

$18,100

$18,700

$20,250

$22,240

$21,870

Engine

Regular Unleaded I-4, 1.8 L

1.4L Turbo Inline 4

2.0 L inline-four

1.8 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

1.4L Turbo Inline 4

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

8 Speed Automatic

6-speed Automatic

CVT

CVT

6-speed Auto

6 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

130hp @ 6000rpm

147hp@5000 rpm

147hp @ 6200 rpm

132hp @ 6000 rpm

158hp @ 6500 rpm

155hp @ 6000 rpm

153hp@5600rpm

Torque

188lb.-ft @ 3600rpm

184lb.-ft@1400 rpm

132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

128 lb-ft@4400rpm

138 lb.-ft @ 4200 rpm

150 lb.-ft. @4000 rpm

177lb.-ft@2000-4000

In comparison to the rest of the sedans, especially the Honda Civic and the Chevrolet Cruze, the Sentra lags behind by a mile. Not just in terms of pure horsepower, even the driving dynamics are far superior, making the Nissan feel outdated in 2019. The VW Jetta is another sedan worth mentioning, with the massive torque that the engine can churn out.

Acceleration

As futile as it may have seemed, Nissan did actually test out the Sentra in an acceleration test from 0-60. Not so surprisingly, the Nissan Sentra Nismotook 7.6 seconds to get to the 60 mph mark. The sedan goes on to complete the quarter mile in 15.4 seconds.

Models

Nissan Sentra Nismo

Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Toyota Corolla L Sedan

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

0-60 MPH(sec)

7.6

7.7

8.3

9.4

8.2

8.0

7.7

Quarter mile(sec)

15.4

NA

16.4

17.2

16.3

16.2

16.3

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.9

5.2

10.2

9.8

8.4

11.2

5.6

Curb Weight (lb..)

2866

2959

2767

2840

2742

2899

2870

The brawnier rival sedans are as you wouldve guessed faster in the sprint to 60 mph as compared to the 130 hp Sentra. The Volkswagen Jetta and the Chevrolet Cruze are the first ones to read 60 mph on the dash in 7.7 seconds, followed by the Mazda 3 sport and the Honda Civic. The 7.6s time is marginally better than its rivals.

Ride and Handling

The tall sedan rocks like a boat about to capsize when you take it around a corner too fast. The electronic steering, detached from the wheels, giving you no feedback from the ground, although, it may not pose a problem for non-enthusiasts. Mirroring the steering feel the brakes just add fuel to the flame; the vague pedal response doesn't tend to mimic the actual braking forces on the car.

Climbing up the trim ladder to the R turbo and Nismo, the handling is a drastic improvement but given the price, the competitors exceed the current Sentra's capabilities. Although, the plush suspension manages to absorb most of the bumps, recuperating from them still poses a challenge.

Braking

The pedal response is sadly not the only thing plaguing the brakes of the Nissan Sentra Nismo. The small discs, 11-inch up front and 9ers at the back have a tough time stopping the boxy sedan, nor does the soft suspension do you any favors, with the amount of load transfer to the front as the sedan nose-dives under braking.

Models

Nissan Sentra NismoSedan

Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE

Toyota Corolla L Sedan

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Brake Front (in.)

11

11.5

10.3

10.8

10.2

10.7

10.8

Brake Rear (in.)

9

10.8

9.7

9.1

9.8

9.5

10.4

70-0 MPH (ft.)

122(60-0MPH)

191

182

183

180

179

110(60-0MPH)

In comparison, the sedans in the segment have a slight advantage of decently sized brake rotors and compliant suspensions which translate to better stopping distance from 70mph to standstill, with the Cruze and Mazda 3 being the highlights to this comparative.

2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO Sedan Fuel Economy

The economy would certainly rank high up on the list for deciding factors for those looking for a value-for-money sedan in this segment. Despite sacrificing performance, the mileage of the Nissan Sentra Nismo fails to amaze. 30 mpg is a good number, but the competitors can manage far better.

Models

Nissan Sentra NismoSedan

Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE

Toyota Corolla L Sedan

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

MPG (city)

27

30

28

28

32

27

30

MPG (highway)

35

39

37

35

42

36

39

MPG (combined)

30

34

32

31

36

30

33

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gal.)

13.2

13.2

14

13.2

12.39

13.2

13.7

Especially the Honda Civic, not only it has a peppy engine, its fuel economy is a staggering 36 miles to the gallon and an unbelievable 42 on the highways. Not far behind is the Volkswagen Jetta, the sedan with mammoth torque figures, can go up to 39 miles on the highway with a gallon in the tank.

2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO Sedan Interior

8.0/10

Seating and Comfort

The cabin of the compact sedan follows a very functional approach; its comfortable and quiet despite the lack of luxuries which would overburden the price. However, by no means does this set the Nissan apart from the rest of the competition, who follow the same trend. The high seats may not be so welcoming to the taller occupants, but it gives you great visibility from the driver's seat.

Models

Nissan Sentra NismoSedan

Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE

Toyota Corolla L Sedan

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.4/54.7/42.5

38.5/55.9/41.1

38.8/56.2/42.3

38.3/54.8/42.3

39.3/57.0/37.1

38.3/54.8/42.3

38.9/54.8/42

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.7/53.9

37.2/54/37.4

37.3/55.0/35.7

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.6/54.4/35.8

37.3/53.7/36.1

The cabin is roomy and good for long rides, even with three adults in the back, To keep the headroom sufficient, the boxy sedan is made quite tall, which undermines the handling. The seats are well cushioned, but you can't expect Mercedes level comfort or Porsche level bolstering from the Nissan.

Infotainment System

The center-console is ergonomically well laid-out and goes heavy on the tech end. The 2019 model gets a 7-inch touchscreen standard across all trim levels with either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The infotainment is intuitive and easy to use, even while driving, a departure from the complicated tech most sedans now have.

Interior Features

  • 7" TOUCH-SCREEN DISPLAY
  • BLUETOOTH HANDS-FREE PHONE SYSTEM
  • SIRI EYES FREE
  • REARVIEW MONITOR
  • INTEGRATED KEY WITH REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY AND TRUNK RELEASE
  • TILT AND TELESCOPING MANUALLY ADJUSTABLE STEERING COLUMN

Cargo Capacity

The Sentra's versatility shines through with the cargo space Nissan offers at the back of this compact sedan. The 15 cubic feet volume is among the best the segment offers. However, the tall sedan makes loading and unloading cargo a workout session.

Models

Nissan Sentra NismoSedan

Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE

Toyota Corolla L Sedan

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Cargo Capacity (lb..)

15.1

14.1

14.4

13.0

15.2

12.4

14.8

The Honda civic closely rivals the cargo volume of the Sentra followed closely by the Chevrolet Cruze. However, the Mazda 3 and Corolla disappoint with smaller than average trunk for a mid-size sedan.

2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO Sedan Exterior

Design and Dimensions

Up front you'd be greeted by Nissan's iconic trapezoidal chrome grille, followed by a tall boxy sedan eerily reminiscent of the Versa with more body lines running across the hood and fenders. However, the uninspiring design won't turn heads like a like the Honda or the Mazda 3 with edgier designs.

Models

Nissan Sentra NismoSedan

Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE

Toyota Corolla L Sedan

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Curb weight (lb..)

2866

2767

2844

2840

2724

2899

2870

Length(in)

182.6

185.1

181.9

183.1

182.3

180.3

183.7

Width(in)

69.3

70.8

70.9

69.9

70.8

70.7

70.5

Height(in)

58.9

57.4

56.5

57.3

55.7

57.3

57.4

Ground clearance (in)

6.4

5.6

5.3

6.7

6.3

6.1

6.4

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

105.7

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

The Sentra sports top of the line ground clearance with 6.4-inches under the chassis. It's not particularly a good thing since the sedan is not meant to be taken off-road. The sedan is on the heavier side compared to the competitors as well.

Exterior Features

  • 16"STEEL WHEELS WITH WHEEL COVERS
  • INTELLIGENT AUTO HEADLIGHTS
  • HALOGEN HEADLIGHTS
  • DUAL POWER OUTSIDE MIRRORS

2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO Sedan Safety

Safety and Reliability

The Nissan comes with a plethora of assist and crash mitigation features to keep you safe behind the wheel. The 2019 model gets a few features as standard which used to be optional. The features available are:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3...
  • Back-Up Camera

2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO Sedan Competition

Nissan Sentra Nismo vs Honda Civic

The Civic is an all-rounder sedan; not only it has a fun and peppy engine, it has good, comfortable interiors, heavy on the tech, and versatile on the cargo volume. The Nissan comparatively has a much weaker stand against the Honda. The 130hp engine feels uninspiring and the manual transmission is much better on the Civic. Ride and Handling through the city as well as highways is dynamic and fun as well as light on your pockets with the Honda.

Nissan Sentra Nismo vs Volkswagen Jetta

The German sedan comes with a torque-rich engine, which makes it fun to drive and pull away from stop lights. The sedan, however, does not compromise with comfort or practicality with the 14.4 cubic feet trunk at the back. With premium interiors, the Jetta feels otherworldly compared to the hard plastics in the Sentra's cabin. On the tech end, however, the infotainment in the Sentra is far better compared to the outdated Jetta.

Nissan Sentra Nismo vs Chevrolet Cruze

The small footprint of the Cruze translates to better maneuverability and handling through tight city corners and parking lot. However, the small sedan does not sacrifice passenger capacity or cargo volume. The engine packs more punch than the Sentra's base model engine. Overall the Cruze is a slightly better package than the Sentra.

2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO Sedan Final Verdict

The Sentra Nismo couldn’t have been more contrasting than all other Sentra’s. While both share a common design language, the detailing and materials used make all the difference. The Nismo looks premium from whichever angle you view it. The carbon fiber accents along with the red stripes give it the sporty feel that justifies the Nismo tag. To sum it up, if you’re looking for a track-specific car in a tight budget, look no further than the 2019 Nissan Sentra Nismo.