The Affordable Commuter Car – 2020 Nissan Sentra review

2020 Nissan Sentra SR Review by The Straight Pipes. The Nissan Sentra SR is pumping out 149hp and 145 lb-ft tq from a 2L 4 cylinder engine. Sitting at $24,498 CAD, would this be your pick over the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra?

I’m jacob i’m yuri i’m going for a drive 2020 nissan santra sr without launch control brake boost oh my god oh my god wow that’s slow horsepower torque 149 horsepower 145 pound-feet of torque from a 2-liter 4-cylinder naturally aspirated engine and this is the slowest car i can remember driving yes this feels slower than the micro did borderline road hazard

Yes if you’re trying to pull out of an intersection like out of a store it’s pretty sketchy yeah but it’s fine it makes driving on the highway very exciting very exciting because you’re trying to merge with traffic that’s right yeah you’re like oh no turn the ac off i’ve been driving too many bmw m’s and amgs okay but this is genuinely slow yeah and i guess

This competes with the civic and the corolla yeah and the elantra as well okay this is like way slower than all those for a similar price which we’ll get to at the end it does feel like that and what kind of transmission are we rocking in this bad boy well yuri let me sing you the song of my people it’s gonna take a while hold on we’re almost there okay so it

Simulated the gear there so it’s a cvt yes it is it is extronic x-tronic the cvt it’s a cpt that’s the sequel to cvt yeah i guess so and you can get this in a manual version but this one is not the manual yeah you can only get the base model on manual but that’s only in canada i believe and if you like watching affordable cars definitely consider subscribing yeah

We do a bunch of affordable cars but then we also do a lot of not as affordable cars yeah so just subscribe for both this obviously isn’t meant for handling through cliche corner but we might as well send it anyways might as well well i can’t downshift there’s no paddles but that’s fine and sport mode on the shifter there’s not as much body roll as i expected

And you basically just kind of power through everything not that as much power but your foots to the floor the entire time it’s predictable and you can rip through it it feels a little sketchy but honestly like not the worst if i was in a rush i’d be okay with this yes and then you could and you mentioned you had it in sport mode so the sport mode button is on

The shifter below the handle yes which is a very weird spot for it and then you can also put it into l which i guess is lower cvt gear-ish yes and what i found is like when you’re actually going through like the main turns at cliche corner throw it into l and you stay in like the right gear ish the whole time but actual handling wise the steering feels totally

Normal there’s nothing weird there the suspension is really comfortable way more comfortable than i expected but you’re not getting any sportiness out of it even though there’s more horsepower this year than there was in the previous year and even though it is an sr yes which sounds kind of fast but it doesn’t make a difference what was that older cooler yellow

Center called the ser spec v okay so they just took out the e the spec and the v yeah they took out all of the good stuff but apparently this does have active understeer control so i guess it just tries to limit the understeer through the electronics i think it works okay but this isn’t like about handling and this also does have independent rear suspension

Too yeah so just overall it’s not the worst but it’s definitely not the best no it’s definitely not the bats but most importantly it is comfortable which is what you’re gonna care about in a car like this i guess more comfort stuff we can talk about out of complete order because whatever today the seats yeah the seats zero gravity space seats nissan i was

Gonna say nasa nissan has nissan has the best seats every time i get into a car that i’m not comfortable in i wish they had nissan seats nissan kill in the seat game and these are the first cloth ones that we’ve sat in and they’re equally comfortable yeah they’re nice but like i’m not used to cloth like we we have been getting spoiled yeah obviously and in

Terms of other drive modes the only other thing that we have is eco and it’s way on the left not near the shifter at all yeah kind of a weird place to space out your stuff but i kind of get it and while you’re driving if you do toggle through drive low sport and eco you can really see where the rpms sit to change the modes yes and depending on what you’re in

It will simulate fake gears and i guess the person buying this would want it for commuting to work and they don’t really care about cars so they probably want adaptive cruise control which is what this has and the adaptive cruise control will come to a complete stop and go again but if you stay stopped for too long it just lets go and starts rolling forward

Which makes sense for a budget system i mean like i don’t get why cars do that but i usually don’t use radar crews i use it all the time i don’t use it in cars that don’t have like the full features of everything i like i want the full level too where i don’t care at all and this also doesn’t have any lane keep it just has like the lane departure warning yeah

It beeps at you and vibrates which is like pretty good and while you’re driving in rush hour traffic on your way to work did you notice that both your elbows are on the armrest and touching the wheel yeah super comfortable position and my elbows are actually super soft on both sides and at a smaller height of five foot eight and a half ish i can also have both

Elbows on the armrest and touching the wheels and the steering wheel does telescope as well which is really nice it’s obviously manual adjustment just like the seats are as well yeah but there is no lumbar adjustment on these seats you need to get the sr premium which kind of sucks because i do like lumbar and since this is one of the hottest days of the summer

This is front-wheel drive you can’t get in all-wheel drive so not a problem for us today maybe in the winter but still front-wheel drive you’ll be totally fine there’s no problem using front-wheel drive there’s no problem using rear-wheel driving but some people think that so i like to let them know that this is front-wheel drive still not an issue and that

They’re wrong yes and to finish off the interior before i get behind the wheel of this and just toss it right through cliche as fast as i can how about the apple carplay and android auto okay so it has both which is great and decent resolution however couple problems with this infotainment number one it actually has to load there’s a circle loading thing for

Both apple carplay and android auto yeah when you like switch from a different screen which i’ve never seen before me neither but it all works pretty well then we’ve got satellite radios and it does rewind which is nice you got to click the replay button and we’ve got a volume knob and a tuning knob and the tuning knob works very very well and we’ve got hard

Buttons all below and it’s cool because not only can you go through all of your favorites with the button on the steering wheel on the left you can also toggle through not favorites with this button right here it’s pretty much the best of all worlds for controlling radios and one of the worst parts of this infotainment is the brightness i can’t get it bright

Enough yeah i could barely see it i had to take off my glasses when i first put on the reverse camera it’s too dark and there’s always a glare on it that part sucks i’ve maximized all the brightness settings like it just doesn’t get brighter and another thing that sucks about the infotainment is if you’re trying to like push buttons for radio and set stuff the

Whole thing kind of moves more than i’d expected to like especially right here you can see it the entire screen flexes yeah but i mean this is a budget car but i don’t think the other competitors do that so they don’t but i mean this does have really comfy seats it does then we have some cool looking vents down here kind of mercedes-like which is pretty fancy

There is some gloss black in between but not really an issue and then we also have climate control and it’s all hard buttons which is great then we have heated seats and a heated steering wheel which i don’t want to use on a day like today and then we got two normal cup holders except they’re squarish fits a cup of coffee just fine and we’ve got carbon fiber wrap

Around that and on the sides yeah what do you think of this carbon fiber race central floor it for me whoa and let’s check the visors three two one yeah yeah then we got a sunroof we’ve got cool stitching on the dash it’s orange to match i guess race karnes yeah it’s lighter orange than the titan did and then we got some cool orange pattern on the middle

Of the seats we’ve got a sunroof how’s the back seat room jacob backseat room is pretty good for my legs not so good for my head at six foot one and a half and if you’re under six for one and a half there’s a ton of room almost uber-sized room in the back seats there and talking about these gauges very simple to read very clearly laid out i have no issues with

These gauges yeah but the stuff in the middle like you kind of have to like dig a little deeper it’s not as easy to read as a kia hyundai genesis but no real problem but it’s cool that has some of the features of kia hyundai genesis it tells you in the gauge cluster what settings are changing yes i’m happy you guys stole that or invented it and i didn’t realize

Before yeah and we also have a d-shaped steering wheel but let’s get you into the driver’s seat oh my god i’m doing anywhere bro i’m gonna try to launch it in l okay okay you really can’t get fast like eddie speed i think it’s a lot faster launching indeed yes but not a lot faster so if you want a commuter car you probably wouldn’t mind if it didn’t look bad

No and this looks pretty good first thing i noticed right away is it is a two-tone we’ve got a black roof and a white body and i should mention that is a 500 option i think totally worth it because without that it doesn’t look as good and generally speaking about the exterior looks before we dig into all the details it just looks like a tiny little maxima yeah

Which is kind of cool because that’s two steps above center there’s altima and then maxima and the ultima also looks like both of those now so you’re kind of getting like a mercedes c-class when you’re getting an s-class look as well so starting with the front we’ve got the normal nissan front-end design which i think they fine-tuned and it looks really good up

Here like nothing looks out of proportion or anything but they pulled a real sneak and got rid of the front license plate because they’re running manufacturer plates out back that’s that’s a good sneak though yeah but like when you get it in real life you’re gonna have to throw a plate on there and i think it’s called the v-motion grille anyways like you said it

Does look pretty good from the front but we do have some fake grille there but this is a bunch of car don’t really expect too much and then we got like a cool little like lip at the bottom that’s like silvery that’s kind of nice i like that too and then the headlights are all right i wanted a little bit more led drl at this price yeah i think it’s the sr premium

Gets like an led strip but this is like yeah these are still led but you don’t get the little yeah i want cool drls exactly and in the side profile that’s where you see the ultima and the maxima because the two-tone roof yeah and then also when you move down to the body lines all the body lines are really good everything’s very proportionate everything looks nice

It is white so you’re not going to get too many reflections or anything but if you look closely at the paint there is a lot of metallic and stuff in there and i actually really like these wheels they fit the car really well yeah especially the two-tone yeah and the size of them like everything that they do with the wheels on this type of car is very appropriate

And what is the continental recommended tire for this really really fast nissan sentra sr well it’s the continental pure contact ls and to finish off the side we do have like a little bit of lip kit at the bottom and on the doors we do have a button to unlock everything it’s not like proximity touch but at least the button’s there it all works keyless entry it’s

Nice to have and moving on to the back end i think the taillights are all right they’re good for like non-led tail lights or like non-good led tails exactly and then we do have a little bit of a spoiler up top and we also have a real exhaust tip yeah i mean it doesn’t like look super good or anything but it is real i appreciate the effort of that i feel like

For this price it would cost more money to make a fake exhaust tip oh for sure it would fake exhaust tips are like more premium these days for some reason so overall looks wise this civic corolla i think the corolla looks the best to be honest i think this is up there with the rest of them i just i think a lot of people are like sour from knee scents and like

Don’t fully like the look anymore what about the new triangular elantra which is slightly less triangular i think the new triangular launcher will be better than this but this will be better than the last triangular elantra i agree and before we keep going let me do a little cvt cliche corner sand this is terrifying yeah that active understeer control i think

I think it worked there it didn’t feel good but i got through it pretty quick and i did read through the literature for this car apparently nissan says that it shares the muscular sporty design elements from models like the maxima and the gt-r well that is true the design elements are shared yes it has four wheels and in the jazz lights and in the gtr they

Are muscly yes i see what they’re saying it all kind of makes sense but it’s just like the car slump i don’t see the gtr in this i see the maximum so with all that out of the way let’s get to the price it’s pretty cheap 24 498 dollars with this 500 optional paint and that’s kind of the price of civics and corollas like we did in our comparison video totally the

Price i think the central looks good i think it’s got a lot of features it definitely has the most comfortable seats but i think the features from everything else beats this out i agree and maybe if you can get this at a cheaper price than the actual msrp because there are some incentives for nissan then maybe you shop this with that but it’s like not bad i’ve

Been fine driving it because i don’t care about driving when i’m behind the wheel highway’s a little weird not being able to like pass people get up to speed quick but overall for a commuter car it’s pretty fine yeah i would still 100 take a civic or a corolla and possibly the new elantra but i haven’t driven it yet so i guess just let us know what you think

Of this nissan sentra compared to the civic corolla and elantra and check out this playlist of affordable cars we’ll try to do more of them if you guys watch them uh i bet you got a gti right now though i bet everyone will watch that by the way he’s floored

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The Affordable Commuter Car – 2020 Nissan Sentra review By TheStraightPipes