The 2020 Sentra looks like a mini Maxima. That’s a good thing.

For 2020, the Compact Gets Sharp New Styling, a Luxurious Interior, and Great Tech

-- by Andrew Chen

On the eve before the whirlwind schedule of announcements at the 2019 LA Auto Show, Nissan introduced to the world the all-new 2020 Sentra.

As the garage doors rolled up inside the downtown Los Angeles event space, a pair of Sentras emerged from behind a wall of smoke and lights. And you know what? It felt alright, because the fanfare matched the exciting re-imagined styling of Nissan’s best-selling U.S. model.

The new Sentra is lower and wider than the previous generations.

“Mini-Maxima” immediately came to mind as the brand’s signature V-motion grille came into view, and that’s a good thing, since I happen to think the brand's latest design language is spot-on. So we’re happy to see the rest of the line-up receive a modern treatment as well.

"With more than 6 million Sentra vehicles sold, we believe the all-new Sentra will reach new heights offering refinement and quality, technology and performance not seen before,” said David Kershaw, division vice president, Nissan Sales & Regional Operations, Nissan North America, Inc.


 Like the Kicks and the Leaf, there will be two-tone color options or the exterior of the Sentra.

As we pored over the rest of the vehicle, sporty elements inspired by GT-R and Maxima could be found everywhere, including a floating roof design and two-tone exterior colors made popular by other models like LEAF and Kicks. Slightly less apparent to the naked eye is Sentra’s all-new platform, which offers lower and wider proportions, in addition to a muscular body profile.

But the one thing that everyone can clearly see is how luxurious the interior has become. Satin chrome aluminum accents, contrast stitching, Nissan’s Zero Gravity front seats, and soft leather surfaces are just a few of the finer details offered by Sentra.

For 2020 the interior of the Sentra has gone decidedly upscale. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

For convenience and connectivity, an available eight-inch floating center display delivers high-tech amenities like NissanConnect featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as travel apps and streaming music.

Sentra’s advanced technologies go beyond seamless smartphone integration, though, as every trim now comes standard with Nissan Safety Shield 360, a suite of six driver-assist systems that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning , rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, high beam assist, and rear automatic braking. Adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree exterior camera system can also be added for enhanced driver confidence.

Simplified for the 2020 model year, Sentra’s line-up has just three trims — S, SV and SR — and two option packages. Regardless of your trim choice, every Sentra will offer an enhanced driving experience, thanks to a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 149 horsepower and 146 lb-ft or torque. That's an increase of 20 percent and 16 percent, respectively over the previous generation.

A new suspension architecture, lowered center of gravity, and for the first-time on Sentra, an electric steering system work together to create exciting driving dynamics along with enhanced feedback and control.

The floating roof in another design cue that carries over from the Maxima to the Sentra.

For those looking to really up the sportiness factor, Sentra SR includes 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a dark chrome grille, LED headlights and fog lights, sport cloth interior with orange stitching, a rear spoiler, and lower body side sill extensions.

MSRP has yet to be announced for the all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra, but considering its position in the Nissan family and what’s being offered, we’re confident that this compact sedan is going to offer a ton of value for the price. It’s clear from just the list of standard features that Nissan is setting the bar high with the Sentra. Look for the 2020 Sentra to arrive at your local AutoNation Nissan dealership at the beginning of the year.

In the meantime, stay tuned to AutoNation Drive as we’ll be bringing you first-ever driving impressions of the 2020 Sentra next month.

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