Nissan Sentra vs Nissan Altima Comparison

nissan sentra vs nissan altima comparison

Nissan is a company known for its prowess in car manufacturing, and one area that they have perfected well is building sedans. Nissan’s sedans are multi-purpose vehicles that offer more luxury, power, and practicality. In the Nissan lineup, the Nissan Altima and Sentra prove this. Nissan Altima is so popular in some markets like South and North America the same as Sentra.

The Nissan Altima and the Sentra come equipped with several advanced features and in this article, we are going to take a brief look at the safety features, interior and exterior, engine capacity, and engine performance of these two Nissan products to see how they compare and constrast.

We hope this article will be insightful and help you the reader learn more about these two Nissan products. Please read on.

N.B: Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD prices as of May 2022

 Nissan SentraNissan Altima
Capacity/Doors4 doors/5 seater4 doors/5 seater
Torque127 Nm - 237 Nm241 Nm – 370 Nm
Top Speed193 kph240 Kph
0-100 km/h7.0 sec – 17.4sec5.8 sec – 7.4 sec
Max Power98hp - 175hp182 hp – 248 hp
Engine1.6L – 2.0L2.0L – 2.5L 
Fuel Tank Capacity50L68L
Key FeaturesDual-zone automatic climate

control, adjustable driver's

seat, heated front seats,

an electrochromic rearview

mirror, adaptive cruise control,

and blind-spot monitor.
Lane departure monitoring

and adaptive cruise control,

Rear emergency braking,

automatic high beams,

Traffic sign recognition
Fuel Consumption12.63 Km/L – 13.51 Km/L14.4 km/l – 17.5 km/l
Length x Width x Height4.56×1.79×1.51 m4.89×1.84×1.44 m
BE FORWARD PRICEUSD 7,000USD 2,600 – 21,844

Interior & Exterior Comparison

Nissan Sentra

The Sentra is a series of vehicles manufactured by the Japanese automaker Nissan from 1982. For the model year 2000, it was reclassified as a compact car formerly subcompact in classification. Until 2006, Nissan Sentra was a rebadged export version of the Japanese Nissan Sunny but since the 2013 model year, Nissan Sentra is a rebadged export version of the Sylphy. In Japan, the Nissan Sentra nameplate is not used. 


(a) Cabin Storage

The 2019 Sentra has a spacious cabin with a user-friendly infotainment system, but it is rated toward the bottom of the compact car class because it struggles to match the modern cabin styling and well-rounded performance of its rivals.

Inside the cabin, you will enjoy numerous storage facilities that are useful for keeping items such as handbags, beverages, goggles, smartphones, etc. In the 1st and 2nd row, you will have access to a center box, a glovebox, 2 cup-holders, and door pockets.

(b) Cargo Space

The cargo space of the Nissan Sentra is medium at the back that can carry much luggage for a family of more than 5. When extra space is needed you can’t add a space.



The Sentra also received redesigns with sharp new looks, behind the top-tier trims the Nissan Sentra is still a styling generation, packed with visual flair like rear spoilers, LED daytime running lights, and more.

Nissan Altima

Since 1992, Nissan manufactured the Nissan Altima which is a mid-size car. Nissan Altima is a continuation of the Nissan Bluebird line, which began in 1955.

The Altima is more powerful, more luxurious, and has historically been larger than the Nissan Sentra but less so than the Nissan Maxima. The first four generations of the Altima were exclusively manufactured in the USA and were exclusively and officially sold in South and North America, along with Australia and the Middle East.

(a) Cabin Storage


As a family sedan, the Altima is more than competent and has numerous strong qualities. It handles adroitly, it’s both spacious and comfortable, and it looks sharp. In the back seat, 3 adults can comfortably fit, and there is adequate legroom and headroom.

The 2019 Altima comes fitted with standard features including 6 speakers, satellite radio, 4 USB ports, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto capability.

In the cabin, you will enjoy a center box, 2 cup holders, a glove box, and door panel storage. In the back cabin, there is two cup holder attached to a folded armrest, door panel storage, and a front-seat pocket.

(b) Cargo Space

The 2019 Altima has 15.4 cubic feet of boot space, which is moderate for the level of its class. The wide boot opening makes it easy to load bulky items, but the boot hinges may impede cargo flexibility.



The 2019 Altima‘s exterior appearance has been upgraded with rectangular headlights and a taller grille. Along the sides, the Altima has character lines and is in the license plate area for an exciting new exterior look. The bumper area has been completely redesigned by Nissan, while at the rear new streamlined taillights were added.

Engine, Performance & Fuel Consumption

Nissan Sentra

(a) Engine & Performance

nissan sentra red engine


The 2019 Nissan Sentra is the family member of an 8th generation and comes fitted with a 1.6L HR16DE I4, 2.0L MR20DE I4 gasoline engine, 1.2L HR12DE e-Power I3 (China) gasoline hybrid. These engines are attached to a 6-speed manual CVT Single-speed constant ratio (e-Power) while a hybrid drive terrain comes fitted with a Series hybrid (e-Power) and is powered by a 2 kWh Panasonic lithium-ion (e-Power) battery.

(b) Fuel Consumption

The 2019 Nissan Sentra has a fuel economy of around 12.63 Km/L to 13.51 Km/L.

Nissan Altima

(a) Engine & Performance

nissan altima gray engine


The Altima 2019 comes fitted with a 2.5L PR25DD e-VTC I4, 2.0L MR20DE I4 (China), and 2.0 L KR20DDET VC-T I4 gasoline engine. These engines are supported by a Jatco CVT8 Xtronic CVT transmission.

The Altima 2019 can either be fitted with a 2.5L with 188 hp, a 2.0L with 182 hp, or a 2.0L with a 248 hp variable compression turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that replaces the V6 powertrain in the previous generation.

(b) Fuel Consumption

The Altima 2019 fuel consumption is rated at 14.4 km/l for a 2.0L engine, and for an Altima powered by a 2.5L engine is rated at 17.5 km/l.

Final Verdict

Nissan Altima proves that Nissan motors produced even luxury vehicles, powerful cars, and practical while offering good fuel economy. Nissan Sentra and Altima also offer safety and security features for the passengers and drivers but the Altima offers advanced safety features. Whether you choose the Nissan Altima or the Sentra you’ll certainly be treated with a variety of options beyond your expectation. To own one of these brands between Sentra and Altima please visit our online store at BE FORWARD.




Written by: Josephat Lukaza

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