2019 Mazda3 vs 2019 Nissan Sentra 

2019 Mazda3 vs 2019 Nissan Sentra

Holding an important place in the market, compact sedans are designed to offer incredible performance and efficiency ratings at a price that’s affordable for consumers. With the Mazda3, Mazda combines these values with a design that engages the senses like no other. Nissan's budget-focused model, the Sentra has become more refined over the years, making it an interesting market competitor. We’re curious to see how this peculiar pair matches up, so we’ve decided to go all out in this comparison of the 2019 Mazda3 and the 2019 Nissan Sentra. Read on to find out how these two vehicles compare. 

2019 Mazda3 


2019 Nissan Sentra 

$21,000  Starting MSRP  $17,890 
SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 16-valve 4-cylinder (186 hp)  Base Engine  1.8L inline 4-cylinder (124 hp) 
13.2 cubic feet (sedan)  Cargo Volume  15.1 cubic feet 
8.8-inch MAZDA CONNECT™  Infotainment System  7.0-inch NissanConnect™ 

Comparing the Technology and Driver-Assistance Features on the 2019 Mazda3 and 2019 Nissan Sentra Lineups 

On the 2019 Nissan Sentra, we see a 4-speaker sound system on the base Sentra S, a 6-speaker setup higher up the line and an 8-speaker Bose® audio system on the top trim levels. On the Mazda3, the lineup starts with an 8-speaker audio system as standard, which transforms to a 12-speaker Bose® audio system later in the lineup.

While many automakers start the lineup with a tiny LCD display in the center stack, Mazda and Nissan like to get right to the point. Regardless of trim level, the Mazda3 features an 8.8-inch touchscreen display, while the Sentra gets a 7.0-inch touchscreen. On either model, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are offered on every model beyond the base level.

When we glance at the active safety offerings, the two sedans become very different. Mazda has a thing for packing their models with an impressive list of driver assistance features. On the Mazda3 lineup, all models beyond the base level feature Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Smart Brake Support, Driver Attention Alert, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane-keep Assist and High Beam Control.

In comparison, the Nissan Sentra falls flat with Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and these features are offered only on the highest trim levels.

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