LA Auto Show 2019

Nissan redesigns Sentra as a mini Maxima (and it looks really good)

The car comes with many features that add tremendous value to the low-cost sedan.

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Nissan completed their long-awaited redesign of their sedan lineup today with the unveiling of the 2019 Nissan Sentra. The fresh model take a lot of design inspiration from the Nissan Maxima and Altima, which is to be expected.

The compact car is built on a new platform for the 2019 model year. It is two inches lower and wider in its new iteration than in the previous generation. At the front is Nissan's signature V-motion grille, thin headlamps, and a floating roof. Sharp hood creases lead to muscular fender flares.

2020 Nissan Sentra SR side profile floating roof The car's floating roof is reminiscent of other Nissan models.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Available LED projector headlamps feature Nissan's signature LED daytime running lights. LED fog lamps are also available. Intelligent Headlights and high beam assist are standard on all new Sentras.

Sentra will come in eight paint colors for the 2020 model year: Blue Metallic, Brilliant Silver Metallic, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Aspen White TriCoat, Fresh Powder, Roswood Metallic, and Scarlet Ember TriCoat. A two-tone paint scheme is available in Super Black/Gun Metallic, Super Black/Aspen White TriCoat and Super Black/Monarch Orange Metallic combinations.

Every Sentra is powered by Nissan's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 149 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque, a 20- and 16-percent increase, respectively. Nissan projects that the new engine is more fuel efficient than its predecessor which got 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

2020 Nissan Sentra SR back rear tail end At its rear, the Sentra features encompassing taillights.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Nissan says it has improved the level of noise permeating the cabin by adding more soft acoustic material and improved sealants in the 2020 Sentra.

The company has also worked to improve the handling and responsiveness of the vehicle with a series of notable equipment additions and calibrations.

Inside, the Sentra is much improved though its looks and equipment are clearly from the Nissan parts bin. That's not a bad thing. Nissan delivers some of the best interiors in the business, especially when you consider the vehicle's value proposition. There are satin chrome aluminum accents, contrast seat stitching, and a standard D-shaped steering wheel that give the vehicle an up-market look. The wheel is smooth to the touch and there's available leather-appointed seats. Nissan has given the Sentra their heralded Zero Gravity front seats.

2020 Nissan Sentra SR interior wheel display screen shifter Contrast stitching and a standard D-shaped steering wheel make the Sentra sportier.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

In front of the driver is a 4.2-inch information display and each Sentra comes standard with at least a 7-inch infotainment touch screen. Sentra SV and higher grades get a standard 8-inch touch screen. Bluetooth, hands-free calling, hands-free text messaging, Siri Eyes Free, and Google Assistant are also standard. Cars with the 8-inch screen get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard.

Heated front seats and outside mirrors, and remote engine start are available as are adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree view monitor.

2020 Nissan Sentra SR wheel display screen shifter speedometer cup holders Nissan has given the Sentra features that are found throughout the automaker's lineup.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The Sentra comes standard with Nissan Safety Shield 360, a suite of six driver-assist systems that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, high beam assist, rear automatic braking. Rear door alert is also standard.

The 2020 Nissan Sentra will come in three trim levels: S, SV, and SR. Only two packages are available. Sentra S includes 16-inch steel wheels with full covers, remote keyless entry with push button start, and center console with storage in addition to other features.

Sentra SV adds, most notably, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with all-season tires, NissanConnect, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, and an upgraded cloth interior.

2020 Nissan Sentra SR front The front of the car features Nissan's signature boomerang grille.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

On the Sentra SR there are 18-inch diamond-cut aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in all-season tires, a dark chrome V-motion grille, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights, chrome exhaust finisher, a sport cloth interior with orange stitching, rear spoiler, and lower body side sill extensions.

The 2020 Nissan Sentra will go on sale in the U.S. in January. Pricing will be announced in a few weeks.

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2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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The QX60 is all-new for 2022.

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Infiniti has released detailed specs and features for its all-new QX60 SUV. The upscale family hauler will land later this year with a reasonable starting price, updated tech, a nicely appointed cabin, and plenty more. The automaker offers its new SUV in four trims, each of which is available with all-wheel drive: Pure, Luxe, Sensory, and Autograph.

The QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available, and all models get a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Infiniti says that the gearbox has a low first gear that helps deliver better acceleration and power off the line, and taller upper gears for smoother cruising on the highway. The revised all-wheel drive system is more responsive and engages more quickly than the system in the previous model.


2022 Infiniti QX60 The QX60 gets leather and several luxury features as standard kit. Infiniti


An upgraded interior is in the cards for the new QX60, as all models now get leather, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel as standard equipment. Front passengers' backsides are treated to Infiniti's excellent zero-gravity seats and a stiffer second-row seat frame reduces vibration and noise in the cabin. Infiniti says that the cabin itself has more sound-deadening materials and thicker glass in the second row, which together yield a 7 percent improvement in noise on the highway.


2022 Infiniti QX60 A digital gauge cluster comes on all but the base model.Infiniti


A 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Six USB ports, nine speakers, HD Radio Bluetooth, voice commands, and SiriusXM radio are also standard. All but the base Pure trim level come with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and the top Autograph model gets a 10.8-inch full-color head-up display and a smart rearview mirror.

The new QX60 goes on sale this fall in the U.S. and Canada. Pricing starts at $47,875 for the base Pure model and tops out at $64,275 for the top Autograph AWD trim.

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