2019 Mazda3 Preferred vs 2019 Nissan Sentra SL

2019 Mazda3 vs 2019 Sentra

As Japanese competitors in the US auto market, Nissan and Mazda both offer a plethora of options at affordable prices. It only makes sense to consider both when looking to purchase a vehicle. So which is worth your hard-earned money?

To answer that question, we’ll take a look at the 2019 Mazda3 Preferred and the 2019 Nissan Sentra SL.

2019 Mazda3 Preferred


2019 Nissan Sentra SL

$24,200 MSRP $23,120
2.5L inline 4-cyl Engine 1.8L inline 4-cyl
186 hp / 186 ft-lbs Horsepower / Torque 124 hp / 125 ft-lbs
FWD or AWD Drivetrain FWD
6-speed shiftable automatic Transmission CVT
26 / 35 / 30 mpg Fuel Economy 29 / 37 / 32 mpg

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More Power = Better Performance

The Sentra puts up a pitiful 124 hp and 125 ft-lbs of torque. The Mazda3 produces 62 more horsepower and 61 more ft-lbs of torque. Naturally these numbers manifest in each vehicle’s performance. Where the Nissan Sentra does 0-60 mph in a sluggish 9.8 seconds, the Mazda3 does it in a smooth 8.3 seconds.

Reassuring Brakes and Optional AWD

The Sentra isn’t particularly bad at stopping, but the overly sensitive nature of the pedal makes getting the right amount of brake pressure more finicky than feels comfortable. The brake pedal in the Mazda3 is firm and assured in its response to driver input. This pairs well with the optional AWD available in the Mazda3.

Superb Handling and Steering

With indescisive steering and somewhat off-kilter body roll, the Sentra can feel choppy when executing quick or precise maneuvers at any speed. Conversely, the steering in the Mazda3 has a solid amount of weight and responsiveness, backed up by sporty handling. Feeling out-of-control in the Mazda3 is never an issue.

Looking to schedule a test drive? Call Hall Mazda in Brookfield, WI, to set up a time and experience the Mazda3 for yourself.