Starting in 2013, Nissan introduced the B17 Sentra with the new MRA8DE 1.8-liter 16-valve DOHC inline-four which was offered for better fuel economy than the previous model, ratings are 30 city/39 highway. The engine output returns 130 hp (97 kW) and 128 lb⋅ft (174 N⋅m) of torque. It provides less power than the outgoing Sentra, but due to a new platform, it is 150 lbs lighter in weight.
The MRA8DE is a 1.8 L (1797 cc) engine, it has a twin variable valve timing system on both the intake and exhaust valves and uses a diamond-like carbon coating. Bore and stroke is 79.7 mm × 90.1 mm (3.14 in × 3.55 in). It produces 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) at 6000 rpm and 174 N⋅m (128 lb⋅ft) at 3600 rpm, and has a compression ratio of 9.9:1.
None of the current Nissans last like the Datsuns/Nissans of the 80s and 90s. If you are looking at a new Sentra, I'd go with the 2020 Sentra over the 2019 model year. I haven't driven the new one, yet, but reports are it handles better and has more power. It also looks a lot better!
ihave a manual transmission 1.8 2017, had it for 3 years now with 40kmiles , I've never had a problem with it until acouple of months ago rear door lock and window don't work. But I've installed speakers on the rear doors so possibly i left something loose, other than that my cars great ido my own services following my cars manual. And I've just installed these 19"s on it xD
Good move getting the Sentra with the manual trans and not having to worry about CVT issues down the road, even though they say that they are much better than they used to be. From what I've seen so far, the 2020 only comes with the CVT.