The 2020 Nissan Sentra is all-new and better than ever
You know a lot of manufacturers are content to just toddle along between generations making incremental changes but essentially resting on their laurels.
Well, that is not the case with Nissan and the eighth generation of the Sentra for 2020.
This compact sedan offers great value.
It's a very well sorted machine and the only thing that's the same about it is the name
Okay, let's start with the looks.
The new center is longer lower wider, because of course it is.
That's what all new cars are these days, but the roof is also lower and they've got the new V motion grill in the front that really brings it in line with both the ultimate and the maximum.
I really liked the crease on the rear quarter panel and I totally dig the black floating roof.
I mean it might be a little passe but I like the fact that it gives it a muscular yet still kind of a playful quality.
You can get this two tone roof look with black and gray or black and white and if you don't like it, don't worry, you can get one of eight colors as well.
Now the globe continues on the inside of my SRR model with leather seats with this awesome contrasting orange stitching and there's plenty of soft touch materials.
I mean, it's not the most luxurious thing in the world but I do like that there is a cohesive design language on the interior.
Nissan zero gravity seats are standard across the board.
And And trust me, these are the most comfortable seats that you are ever going to find at this price point.
I've got a flat bottom steering wheel and I've got plenty of storage up here especially in this little center cubby.
It's nice and deep.
Now if you want Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the eight inch screen, you are going to have to avoid the base model.
I've got a full review of the NissanConnect system in a separate review.
So be Be sure to check that out but I will say here that you're charging options.
Definitely want to get the upper trims here because in this MSR I've got two USB ports in the front both an A and C and then one charge only USB in the rear.
It's a little light on USB even for the top model Of course, a good looking car doesn't really mean anything unless it drives well.
And I'm not going to tell you that the Sentra is the sportiest thing on four wheels because it's not if you want that go get a Honda Civic Si and be done with it.
But you guys, look the central it isn't bad.
There's a lot of new faces.
improvements and number one, it has gone from a torsion bar suspension in the rear to a multi link independent suspension.
I know the old one had a torsion bar which is so old school, but now you've got a little bit more independence between the wheels So you're going to get a much smoother ride.
The 1.8 litre from last year is replaced by a two litre inline four cylinder engine putting out 149 horsepower and 146 pound feet of torque, and the centre is a little pokey off the line but there's plenty of mid range torque and the continuously variable transmission does a good job.
Kind of mimicking a stepped automatic transmission.
Now last year you could get a six speed manual transmission and that is not an option anymore, you have to get the CBT.
Kind of a bummer but you know it should be good for efficiency at least the EPA thing so.
Gives it 32 miles per gallon combined.
However during my time with it, I'm only getting 26.
Bop bop bop.
But when you push the center, there's not a lot of body roll which is nice, the steering kind of [UNKNOWN] but it's got a really nice weight and I love that it returns back to center quickly.
When it comes to drivers [UNKNOWN] Nissan It gives you the safety shield 360 standard which gives you six different features including blind spot monitoring and Lane Keeping Assist.
I really like that the link kipping just gives me a buzz on the steering wheel it doesn't initiate any torque in the steering wheel because like I can correct it myself.
Thank you very much.
This top of the line as our also has the available full speed adaptive cruise control it can bring me To a complete stop, and then it can pause there for about two seconds.
Otherwise, I have to just click the Resume button and I'm off again to the races.
Look, you're probably not going to take your centre out for a Sunday drive just to have a Sunday drive.
It's just not that kind of a vehicle.
But instead if you're looking for a computer, I mean, this thing is great.
I've got Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to keep me on the straight and narrow, and there's enough drivers aid so that I can have a really comfortable and easy commute.
Frankly, I'm kind of dating this Sentra.
Well, it looks like Nissan has clawed its way out of the rental car fleet for 2020.
It's now easy to recommend if you're looking for transportation that is both stylish and affordable.
Honestly, I surprised myself with how much I really enjoyed this car.
The base model starts at about $19,000.
But this is the top of the line SR with the premium package.
So once you attack on $925 per destination, you're looking at $25,325.
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