The all-new 2020 Sentra represents an exhilarating breakthrough for Nissan's popular compact sedan – with eye-catching styling, a comprehensive suite of intelligent driving technologies including standard Nissan Safety Shield® 360, advanced connectivity and confident performance provided by a new platform and a new engine.
Sentra is the best-selling Nissan model all-time in the United States, with more than six million deliveries since the model debuted for the 1982 model year. Now in its eighth generation, the 2020 Sentra has a powerful new design and features a refined, premium interior that sets new standards for quality and comfort.
It all starts with the fundamentals. The all-new Sentra is built on a new platform that provides greatly improved proportions and stance. The new body is about two inches lower and two inches wider than the previous generation, giving it a more powerful stance. The premium presence of the exterior is highlighted by Nissan's signature V-motion grille, available thin LED headlamps and floating roof.
In front, Sentra's striking new look is created through use of sharp creases that blend into the muscular body sides. The rear has a lower roofline and wider shoulders, with wheels flush to the body enhancing the strong stance.
The available thin LED projector headlamps are matched with signature LED daytime running lights and rear combination lamp design. LED fog lights are also available. In addition, Intelligent Auto Headlights and High Beam Assist are standard on all Sentra grade levels.
Sentra SR provides a more athletic appearance with a sport-style rear spoiler, black-painted side mirrors with integrated turn signals, lower body side sill extensions, 18-inch diamond-cut aluminum-alloy wheels, dark chrome V-motion grille and chrome exhaust finisher.
The 2020 Sentra's all-new interior is more refined and more luxurious – creating a high-quality experience for driver and passengers unexpected in the compact sedan segment. Attention to detail and craftsmanship can be found throughout the interior, with satin chrome aluminum accents, the intuitive placement of controls, contrast seat stitching and a standard D-shaped steering wheel. They combine to give the interior a premium, refined feel added to what is expected to be among the quietest cabins in its class.
No detail was spared in the new Sentra, with extra care taken on driver touch points like the feel of the steering wheel in the driver's hand, the smooth operations of the dials and switches and available leather appointed seats. The combined effect is an impression of premium quality well beyond expectations for the segment.
Standard features include Nissan's renowned Zero Gravity front seats, which help optimize posture positioning for enhanced comfort during long distance driving. A 6-way manual driver's seat and 4-way manual front passenger's seat are standard, with a 6-way power driver's seat with 2-way lumbar support also available. The rear seat is a 60/40 split fold-down design. As part of Sentra's unexpected premium content, the SV Premium Package adds Premium quilted leather-appointed seating, power sunroof and heated front seats. The SR Premium Package includes Prima-Tex™ leatherette sport seating, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, power sunroof, Bose audio system and Intelligent Around View Monitor.
The 2020 Sentra also stands apart from the previous generation with use of a new, larger and more powerful engine and key suspension enhancements.
The new, fuel-efficient 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine replaces the previous 1.8-liter design. Horsepower is now rated at 149 hp, an increase of 20 percent over the previous model. All 2020 Sentra models come equipped with the latest generation Xtronic transmission. The Sentra's acceleration feel is enhanced with a D-mode step shift program that simulates shifts, giving a more natural acceleration feeling without holding a high rpm constant, letting rpms build as speed builds. The D-step logic control helps provide enhanced drivability with a stable, natural and crisp shift feel.
Other key areas of improvement include enhanced body control, steering response, engine response and torque feel, and even wind noise and seat holding. Sentra's top-level driving dynamics start with the new independent rear suspension, which is matched to a McPherson strut front suspension. Twin-tube shock absorbers are utilized on every corner.
The all-new Sentra was designed to make owners feel in control and safely connected to the world around them. At the heart of that connectivity, is a 4.2-inch digital multi-information driver's display and a standard 7.0-inch color touchscreen with Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, Siri® Eyes Free and Google Assistant™ Voice Recognition.
On SV and higher grades, there is also an available advanced 7.0-inch digital Advanced Drive-Assist Display paired to a floating 8.0-inch multi-touch center display with available amenities such as NissanConnect® featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ for seamless integration an 8-speaker Bose® Premium Audio system. Sentra also offers driver assist technologies like available Intelligent Cruise Control and Intelligent Around View® Monitor for a more confident drive.
Sentra offers some of the most advanced driver assist features available, all designed to make you feel more confident and help keep you safe. Safety Shield 360, standard on every Sentra, looks out for you with a suite of six safety and driver assist features.
Park like a pro with the available class-exclusive Intelligent Around View® Monitor that helps get you in and out of tight parking spots – and saves your rims. Pull into that space with your pride and rims intact. Intelligent Around View Monitor makes parking easy with a virtual composite 360° bird’s-eye view of your Sentra. You can select from split-screen close-ups of the front, rear, and curbside views for a better look. It also gives you an on-screen heads-up when it detects moving objects near your vehicle.
And take the grind out of the daily commute with the available Intelligent Cruise Control as it automatically adjusts your speed to help keep you a preset distance from the vehicle ahead. Using sophisticated sensors, Intelligent Cruise Control helps keep you a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, braking and accelerating when necessary.