2019 Nissan Altima VS Maxima VS Sentra


The 2019 lineup of vehicles from Nissan has many great vehicles to meet each individual’s needs, including these three top-notch sedans. But how do the Altima, Maxima, and Sentra compare? Let’s find out!


The main differences between these three four-door sedans aren’t apparent to most, outside of their exterior appearance. However, they do offer something for three different types of individuals. From a performance perspective, the Maxima is the clear-cut winner, providing great acceleration and top speed.

Much like the Maxima, the Altima’s 3.5-liter engine upgrade pushes its performance to another level, although the car is probably a better selection for those who like more technological and entertainment features. It also boasts lots of options to make the car truly your own.

The smaller Sentra is the best car for those who want excellent fuel economy. Because it gets up to 40 miles per gallon, the Sentra is perfect for running errands or long commutes.

MSRP:Starting at $23,750Starting at $33,950
Starting at $17,790
Engine:2.5-liter 4-cylinder3.5-liter V61.8-liter 4-cylinder
Power: 182 hp @ 6000 rpm300 hp @ 6400 rpm124 hp @ 6000 rpm
Transmission:Xtronic CVT®Xtronic CVT®6-Speed Manual or Xtronic CVT®
Drive Train:Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Fuel Economy:28/39 MPG20/30 MPG29/37 MPG (CVT® Transmission)
Basic Warranty:3 Years/36,000 Miles3 Years/36,000 Miles3 Years/36,000 Miles


The 2019 Altima gets a slight makeover for this model year, thanks to a more aerodynamic design that adds both practicality and superb aesthetics. Another inclusion for this year is a redesigned grille that promotes a more aggressive-looking front end. In addition, it comes with exterior features such as 16, 17, or 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, and options such as heated side mirrors, fog lights, and a moon roof with a tilt feature. Under the hood, it comes with two engine options: the 179 horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, or the 270 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Both options provide excellent fuel economy, with each getting well over 30 miles per gallon on the highway. They also come with a standard continuously variable transmission and front-wheel drive.

Inside, the Altima provides great technological and entertainment features including Nissan Connect, which allows integration with your mobile device for music, apps, and voice recognition. For the audiophile, the Altima offers an optional nine-speaker Bose sound system, complete with a subwoofer.

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Also redesigned for 2019, the Maxima is a larger version of the Altima. In addition, Nissan promotes the Maxima as the return of the four-door sports car, and the looks are definitely a testament to that. 18-inch alloy wheels are standard on the Maxima, as well as other exterior features like automatic headlights, LED taillights, and a chrome-tipped exhaust. All trim levels of the Maxima come with a beastly 300 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine which gives excellent acceleration while still getting 30 miles per gallon highway and 21 in the city.

Inspired by the cockpit of a fighter jet, the dashboard and driver’s seat are quite the spectacle. Standard features include a seven-inch color drive-assist display, as well as an eight-inch navigation screen. Premium sound, leather, intelligent cruise control, and ambient lighting are all available on higher trim levels.

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Those who like a more economical and smaller vehicle should check out the Sentra. The new design of the vehicle is definitely pleasing in comparison to other cars in its class. Exterior features include 16-inch alloy wheels standard, automatic halogen headlights, and optional heated side mirrors. The Sentra has a smaller 1.8 liter, four-cylinder engine that lacks the power of the other two, but provides up to 37 miles per gallon highway.

Inside, the Sentra has a four or six-speaker audio system, cloth seats, and optional upgrades for Nissan Connect and navigation. It was also a top safety pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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