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2019 Nissan Sentra Vs. 2019 Nissan Altima

2019 Nissan Sentra and 2019 Nissan Altima, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

For those looking for an excellent new sedan, Nissan offers two highly tempting options. The 2019 Nissan Sentra and 2019 Nissan Altima both boast a bounty of benefits, so it comes down to a question of personal needs and preferences. What exactly sets these two rides apart?

In basic terms, the 2019 Nissan Sentra is a compact car (or midsize, depending on who you ask), while the 2019 Nissan Altima is decidedly midsize. This means the 2019 Sentra is smaller and lighter, with better fuel economy and a lower MSRP but also weaker horsepower and smaller interior space. The 2019 Altima is a bit more expensive but provides beefier performance and interior room.

If you’re still wondering more about the specifics, let’s dig in. We’ll help further elucidate the standout features of each of these intriguing Nissan vehicles to help decide which one is right for you.

2019 Nissan Sentra


2019 Nissan Altima

$17,790 Starting MSRP $23,900
124 to 188 hp Horsepower 182 to 236 hp
125 to 177 lb-ft Torque 178 to 267 lb-ft
Up to 29 city / 37 highway Fuel Economy Up to 28 city / 39 highway
13.2 gal Fuel Tank Capacity 16 to 16.2 gal
Six Trim Levels Five

Why choose the 2019 Nissan Sentra?

The main benefits of the 2019 Nissan Sentra are its significantly lower starting MSRP and superior fuel economy. It also offers a bit more personal customization, boasting six trim options: S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, NISMO®, and SL.

The 2019 Nissan Sentra is loaded with phenomenal value for the money. It also has a wealth of modern technology, a roomy interior, and can even include a Bose audio system for premium listening.

Though it’s smaller than the 2019 Altima, five individuals can still sit comfortably inside the 2019 Nissan Sentra, thanks to its 111 cubic feet of interior space. Things won’t be cramped either: there’s 39.4 inches of front row head room and 42.5 inches of front row leg room.

Technology-wise, the 2019 Nissan Sentra boasts helpful available features such as Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Intelligent Cruise Control. It’s also the only vehicle in its class to offer the convenient Easy-Fill Tire Alert.

Why choose the 2019 Nissan Altima?

The main selling points of the 2019 Nissan Altima over the 2019 Sentra are its more powerful engines, larger cabin, and optional all-wheel drive. Though it doesn’t boast quite as much customization opportunity as the 2019 Sentra, the 2019 Nissan Altima does come in five different trims: S, SR, SV, SL, and Platinum.

We love the available and included features on the 2019 Nissan Altima, which range from intelligent all-wheel drive, standard Apple CarPlay, and Nissan Intelligent Mobility, to the world’s first VC-Turbo engine.

The innovative VC-Turbo engine adjusts its compression ratio for more power or fuel efficiency depending on the situation. Thanks to technology like this, the 2019 Nissan Altima holds the honor of being the most fuel-efficient AWD sedan in its class.

You’ll also be able to stretch out in the interior of the 2019 Nissan Altima. For example, there are 43.8 inches of front legroom. Driver and passenger alike will stay connected and charged thanks to USB Type-C outlets, which the 2019 Altima is the only sedan in its class thoughtful enough to include.