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2020 Nissan Sentra vs. Its Competition

2020 Nissan Sentra
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

The 2020 Nissan Sentra competes with compact sedans and hatchbacks that all seem to be getting larger and offered with more sport and style than their budget-car past.

The Honda Civic comes in three body styles, has sportier variants in the Si and Type R, and generally leads the class in interior spaciousness, standard features, and the fun to drive factor.

Redesigned for 2019, the Mazda 3 offers sporty handling and a more refined, upscale interior in sedan and hatchback form.

Also redesigned for 2019, the Volkswagen Jetta sedan does everything well if not particularly noteworthy.

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra affirms that value and quality can coexist, and is the most inexpensive and most efficient of the group.

As a sedan, hatch, or hybrid, the Toyota Corolla is long on reliability and value, and the hatchback gives it a much-needed visual edge.

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Quick Specs
5.8
The 2020 Nissan Sentra is sportier and better equipped but is still a value.
6.7
The 2020 Honda Civic sets the pace among affordable compact cars.
5.8
The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is a well-equipped value.
6.7
The Mazda 3 punches above its weight class with an upmarket interior, good handling, and optional all-wheel drive.
6.7
It’s still among the more mildly flavored mass-market sedans, but the 2020 Toyota Corolla has dropped the bland from its diet.
5.8
The docile 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is a solid compact sedan choice; for zesty performance, opt into the Jetta GLI.
MSRP From     
$19,090$19,850$19,300$21,500$19,600$18,895
Gas Mileage     
28 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
S CVTLX ManualSE IVTFWDL CVT (GS)S Manual w/SULEV
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
CVT w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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