2019 Nissan Sentra: How to Choose the Right Sentra For Your Daily Driving Needs

In case you’re shopping for a compact used sedan, you owe it yourself to check out a 2019 Nissan Sentra. No, the Sentra may not be as popular as segment rivals like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, but it’s every bit as practical and capable. Here is a breakdown of what you can find when looking for a 2019 Nissan Sentra.

The 2019 Nissan Sentra is available in six different trim levels

2019 Nissan Sentra Sr Turbo Side
2019 Nissan Sentra Sr Turbo | Nissan

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When shopping for a 2019 Nissan Sentra, it’s important to know that there are six different trim levels to choose from. Nissan value-packed each level to provide buyers the most for their money when it comes to the standard and available features. As such, buyers can choose between the Sentra S, SV, SR, SL, SR Turbo, and NISMO.

There are two different engine choices across all six trims: a naturally aspirated 124-hp 1.8-liter (S, SV, SR, and SL) and a 180-hp turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (SR Turbo, Nismo). Both engines can be mated to with a six-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission. Also, the Sentra is only available in a front-drive configuration.

The base Nissan Sentra S provides the basics

2019 Nissan Sentra Sr Turbo front corner
2019 Nissan Sentra Sr Turbo front | Nissan

If you’re looking to fill your basic driving needs, then the Sentra S is the way to go. Autotrader notes that its most notable features include 16-inch steel wheels with full covers, auto headlights, power side mirrors, and variable wipers. Other basic features that can be found around the cabin include cloth seats, Bluetooth, and cruise control. Aside from that, buyers can expect to find all of the power amenities (power windows, door locks, and steering) as well.

The Sentra S also comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a sound system for four speakers, but the tech doesn’t stop there. The infotainment also includes Bluetooth streaming, a hands-free text messaging assistant, and Siri Eyes-Free voice recognition. All things considered, the Sentra S may be basic in its execution, but it’s also fairly well-equipped.

The Sentra SV adds more to the tech roster

For buyers that want more tech features on their Sentra, the SV trim is a good choice. This trim comes with everything that the S trim level does with the addition of 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a premium cloth interior. Other creature comforts include dual-zone auto climate control, a six-speaker audio system with Sirius XM, Apple Carplay, and Android Auto. There are even two rear-seat USB ports and a push-button start.

An “All-Weather package” was available on this trim level as well. This package included features like heated seats and outside mirrors, which is great for those who live in snow states.

The Sentra SR brings sportiness to the table

2019 Nissan Sentra Sr Turbo engine
2019 Nissan Sentra Sr Turbo Engine | Nissan

Those looking for a little more sportiness in their Sentra should find an SR trim. This trim level builds on the SV trim by adding rear disc brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED low-beam lights, fog lights, and a rear lip spoiler.

The SR also adds a sport cloth interior, standard adaptive cruise control, and heated front seats. However, there is also an SR premium package available, which adds a power glass moonroof, a blind-spot monitor, a rear-cross traffic alert, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather seats, and an eight-speaker Bose sound system. It should be noted that while this trim level is sportier, it still has the base naturally aspirated engine, not the turbocharged one.

The Sentra SL adds a little more luxury

2019 Nissan Sentra Sr Turbo rear seat
2019 Nissan Sentra Sr Turbo rear seat | Nissan

Stepping up the Sentra SL builds upon the SV trim by adding some luxury features like leather upholstery, a Bose sound system, a power moonroof, and a six-way power driver’s seat.

The Sentra SR Turbo adds even more sportiness

The Sentra SR Turbo steps up the sportiness by adding a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine under the hood that produces 188 horsepower and is mated to a CVT with a sport shift feature. It also has a stiffer suspension, larger disc brakes, and a power moonroof.

The Sentra NISMO is as sporty as it gets

2019 Nissan Sentra Sr Turbo wheel
2019 Nissan Sentra Sr Turbo wheel | Nissan

The Sentra Nismo is basically similar to the Honda Civic SI in that it adds the most sportiness you can have on this model. It has the same turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that’s found in the SR Turbo trim level, but it also has the option for a six-speed manual transmission. The NISMO trim also adds some unique styling features inside and out via 18-inch NISMO wheels, NISMO-tuned electric power steering, NISMO-tuned shocks and springs, and larger stabilizer bars.

Sport seats with synthetic suede inserts can be found inside the cabin in addition to an Alcantara and leather-wrapped steering wheel, carbon-fiber interior accents, and a NISMO red tachometer.

The 2019 Nissan Sentra has what you need for an affordable price

Anyone looking for a sensible and affordable commuter sedan can find that in a 2019 Nissan Sentra. Given the following breakdown, it’s clear to see that there is a trim level that can suit any buyer and any budget. A nationwide search on Car Gurus reveals that 2019 Sentras are currently selling for around $8,000 to $27,000 depending on the car’s location and condition.

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