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Nissan Sentra Named a Best Car for College Grads

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2020 Nissan Sentra
2020 Nissan Sentra
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As they enter the workforce, college graduates need a reliable, budget-friendly, and technologically advanced car. Autotrader recommends the 2020 Nissan Sentra, among others, on its list of the 10 Best Cars for Recent College Grads.

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The 2020 Sentra was praised for its redesign that features a refined interior and muscular exterior. The Sentra also impressed with its advanced tech and value.

Its starting MSRP of $19,090 makes it an affordable car for recent college grads or young professionals. For that price, you get plenty of standard safety technologies through Nissan Safety Shield 360. This includes blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, and high beam assist.

If the latest technology and a premium interior are important to you, Autotrader recommends choosing the top SR trim and adding the optional Premium Package. Doing so will get you features like a power moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats and steering wheel, and a Bose Premium Audio System. Even with all these features, you’ll only be in the mid-$20,000s.

  • 2020 Nissan Sentra
  • 2020 Nissan Sentra
  • 2020 Nissan Sentra

2020 Nissan Sentra

The 2020 Nissan Sentra is available at three trim levels — S, SV, and SR. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter Direct Injection Gasoline 16-valve four-cylinder engine paired to an Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). This powertrain is rated at 149 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque.

The five-seater 2020 Sentra boasts 96.0 cubic feet of passenger volume in the cabin without the available moonroof. Passenger volume decreases slightly to 94.1 cubic feet with the moonroof, and cargo capacity of 14.3 cubic feet is plenty for bags and gear for weekend adventures.

The 2020 Sentra earns an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rating of 29 mpg in the city, 39 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg combined in the S and SV trims. The SR trim earns 28 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined.

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The 2020 Nissan Sentra is a well-equipped ride that boasts innovative tech, a comfy cabin, and excellent fuel efficiency ratings that will allow college grads to conquer the real world in style.