Nissan didn’t hold back with its 2020 redesign of the Sentra, metamorphosing the dowdy-looking, also-ran sedan into one that now stands with the top models in the compact sedan class. This is the best Sentra we’ve ever tested, with its comfortable ride, nimble handling, great fuel economy, roomy cabin, and intuitive controls.
The upgraded powertrain is a pleasant 149-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that replaced the rougher and older 1.8-liter. The continuously variable transmission acts like a refined conventional automatic transmission and ensures a predictable, unobtrusive power delivery. Together, they endow the Sentra with relatively quick acceleration and commendable fuel economy of 32 mpg overall. Still, it’s only 1 mpg better than Nissan’s larger Altima midsized sedan.