If you've been paying attention the past couple of years, you know that crossover SUV's and pickup trucks have been outselling traditional sedans in North America. In fact, sedan sales in North America have slumped so much that Detroit's "Big Three" have discontinued most of their sedans. However, Japanese manufacturers have been thriving when it comes to sedans, and one of those manufacturers is Nissan. Over the past few years, they've either redesigned or restyled their sedan lineup. The newest addition to Nissan's revamped sedan lineup is the all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra compact sedan, and it aims to shed the "Rental Car" image of the current Sentra that's been with us since 2013. The all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra will have a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just $19,090. That's $1,100 more than the outgoing 2019 model it replaces (which began at $17,990 for a base S model), although for 2020, Nissan has dropped the manual transmission option for the Sentra, so it's only $410 more than the 2019 Nissan Sentra S, which began at $18,680, when equipped with the Nissan X-Tronic Continuously-Variable Automatic Transmission (CVT). NOTE: All pricing discussed in this article excludes any applicable destination fees, taxes, or other fees.
The all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra will be available in three distinct trim levels: base S, midlevel SV, and range-topping SR (sorry, performance enthusiasts: the turbocharged SR and NISMO models have both been discontinued for the 2020 model year). Starting at just $19,090, the base S trim level of the all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra still includes a plentiful amount of standard equipment. Standard equipment includes a vinyl-wrapped "D"-ring sport steering wheel, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted remote audio system and Bluetooth phone controls, a manually-adjustable, tilt-and-telescopic steering column, sixteen-inch tires and steel wheels with full plastic wheel covers, a temporary-use, compact spare tire/wheel, automatic halogen front headlamps with High Beam Assist, a chrome "V-Motion" front grille, color-keyed exterior side mirrors and door handles, variably-intermittent windshield wipers, cloth seating surfaces, a six-way, manually-adjustable front driver's bucket seat, a four-way, manually-adjustable front passenger's bucket seat, a front center armrest console with storage, a 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat, a seven-inch, touchscreen audio system with four speakers, Bluetooth for hands-free calling and wireless stereo audio streaming, one front USB-A port and one rear charge-only USB-A port, power windows with one-touch driver's auto-down functionality and auto-reverse, keyless entry with a push-button ignition, air conditioning with a micro-filter, Intelligent Driver Alertness, Intelligent Trace Control, Intelligent Ride Control, multiple airbags, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning with Haptic Steering Wheel Feedback, an Antilock Braking System (ABS), a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), a security system, the Nissan AroundView Monitor System (rear view camera system), and a vehicle immobilizer system. No additional packages are available on the base S trim level, as it already comes very well-equipped.
The midlevel trim of the all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra is known as the SV. Starting at $20,270, the SV adds even more technology and convenience features to the base S trim. These features include a leather-wrapped "D"-ring sport steering wheel, steering wheel-mounted distance control switches, sixteen-inch machined aluminum-alloy wheels, side mirror-mounted LED turn signal indicators, power-adjustable color-keyed heated side mirrors, upgraded cloth seating surfaces, rear seat cup holders, a NissanConnect eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a paid trial subscription, a six-speaker audio system, two front USB ports (one USB-A port and one USB-C port), a dual-zone, automatic climate control system, Intelligent Cruise Control, a remote vehicle starter system, and the Nissan Intelligent Key System with Push-Button Ignition. SV buyers can also add a touch of luxury with the SV Premium Package for $2,460, which adds features such as thin-type LED front headlamps with LED daytime running lamps (DRL's), seventeen-inch tires and machined aluminum-alloy wheels, a power sunroof, quilted luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces, a six-way, power-adjustable front driver's bucket seat with power lumbar support, dual heated front bucket seats, and a luxury leather-trimmed transmission gear selector knob.
For those who want everything the all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra can offer (including sporty styling), there's the range-topping SR trim, which starts at $21,440, and adds sportier styling elements and more standard equipment to the midlevel SV trim. These features include eighteen-inch tires and aluminum-alloy wheels, reflector LED front headlamps with LED daytime running lamps (DRL's), LED front fog lamps, a dark chrome "V-Motion" front grille, black-painted heated side mirrors with integrated LED turn signal indicators, lower body side sill extensions, a rear spoiler, and a chrome exhaust tip finisher, and sport cloth seating surfaces with orange stitching. For SR Shoppers who want to check every box, there's the SR Premium Package, which, for $2,170, adds features such as thin-type LED Front headlamps with LED daytime running Lamps (DRL's), a power sunroof, a heated steering wheel, dual heated front bucket seats, Nissan PrimaTex leatherette-trimmed seating surfaces, a six-way, power-adjustable front driver's bucket seat with power lumbar support, an eight-speaker, Bose premium amplified audio system, an Intelligent AroundView Monitor, an automatic-dimming rearview mirror, and dual sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors.
Regardless of trim level, the all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra is powered by an all-new, 2.0L naturally-aspirated Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine (codenamed the "MR20DD"), producing an impressive 149 horsepower (up 25 horsepower from the 2019 Sentra's 1.8L naturally-aspirated Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline unit) and 146 lb. ft. of torque (up 21 lb. ft. of torque from the 2019 Sentra's base powertrain). This engine is mated to Nissan's "X-Tronic" Continuously-Variable Automatic Transmission (CVT, no manual transmission option is available on the Sentra this year). And of course, all Sentra models are Front Wheel Drive (FWD). Unfortunately, the Sentra's 1.6L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine and the six-speed manual transmission option have both been dropped for the 2020 model year. The all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra will be assembled for the first time at Nissan's Canton, Mississippi Assembly Plant for the North American market, moving production from Mexico.
Depending upon the trim level selected, the all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra is available in several exterior colors, including Super Black Clear Coat (Black), Electric Blue Metallic (Blue), Gun Metallic (Dark Gray), Scarlet Ember Tint Coat (Bright Red), Brilliant Silver Metallic (Silver), Super Black Clear Coat (Black), Aspen White Tri-Coat (Pearl White), Fresh Powder Clear Coat (White), Rosewood Metallic (Red). SR buyers automatically get a two-tone exterior paint job as standard equipment, with a Super Black Clear Coat (Black) paired with one of the following exterior color options: Monarch Orange Metallic (Orange), Aspen White Tri-Coat (Pearl White), or Gun Metallic (Dark Gray). Interior color options have not yet been announced for the all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra. The all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra will reach Nissan dealerships nationwide next month (January 2020). What do you think of the all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra? Would you consider one when shopping for a compact sedan, or would you choose one on the rental lot? Let us know in the comments down below!