Meet the 2020 Nissan Sentra, now with the family face and Altima’s good looks

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November 19, 2019 11:00 PM

Meet the 2020 Nissan Sentra, now with the family face and Altima’s good looks

Lower and wider than before, the Nissan Sentra compact sedan sits on a new platform for 2020.

Robin Warner

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This is the 2020 Nissan Sentra sedan.

Sitting on a new platform for 2020, the eighth-generation Nissan Sentra debuted just ahead of the 2019 LA Auto Show with a fresh look and design features that mimic the rest of the sedan brethren in the Nissan lineup. For example, the brand’s signature “V motion” grille is on full display, and the overall look is in line with the redesigned Altima and Versa.
With a 2.0-inch wider track and a 2.2-inch lower height, the Sentra looks more squat and better proportioned than before. Furthermore, the rear suspension is now independent; the front uses struts, as it was before. Additionally, the Sentra gets a new rack-mounted electric steering motor, which Nissan claims improves feel. 
Powering the Sentra is an also-new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 20 percent more power and 16 percent more torque than the outgoing 1.8-liter, now 149 hp and 145 lb-ft. Nissan also expects to achieve greater fuel economy. A continuously variable transmission gets that power to the front wheels.

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The redesigned 2020 Nissan Sentra gets an exterior design similar to the larger Altima.

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The redesigned 2020 Nissan Sentra sedan debuted at the 2019 LA Auto Show.

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Nissan’s V-Motion grille makes an appearance on the 2020 Nissan Sentra.

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Three Sentra trims levels are available: S, SV, and SR. Each gets a D-shaped steering wheel with flat bottom, contrasting seat stitching and a bevy of safety systems like automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, rear automatic braking, forward collision warning and high-beam assist. You also get 10 airbags and rear-door alert that warns you before opening one of the rear doors into traffic.
The S, or base, Sentra makes use of 16-inch steel wheels and rear drum brakes. But it does get keyless entry, push-button start, a seven-inch color touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity. Upgrading to SV gets you rear ventilated disc brakes, 16-inch aluminum wheels, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an 8-inch color display, dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control and a nicer stereo. SR marks the top of the Sentra line and includes everything in the SV plus 18-inch wheels with slightly wider tires (215 instead of 205), LED head-, fog-, and daytime running lights, a rear spoiler, lower body sills and other aesthetic updates.
Nissan has not yet released pricing, but count on the 2020 Sentra remaining competitive with the Honda Civics, Hyundai Elantras and Toyota Corollas of the world. We’ll bring you a full review on how it stacks up with those worthy competitors as soon as we get the chance to drive it.

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The 2020 Sentra gets Nissan’s flat-bottomed steering wheel.

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A continuously variable transmission sends power to the 2020 Sentra’s front wheels.

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Inside the new 2020 Nissan Sentra, which debuted at the 2019 LA Auto Show.

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An extensive suite of safety systems is standard on the 2020 Nissan Sentra.

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