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Posted on: Saturday, February 28, 2009 1:46 AM
Author: Car and Driver
Subject: 2009 Nissan Sentra - Review


What's new, highlights, and safety info for the 2009 Nissan Sentra.

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Nissan’s compact Sentra plays in an increasingly competitive league thanks to the growing number of consumers who are gravitating to smaller cars. Within the Nissan lineup, the Sentra occupies the space between the less expensive and slightly smaller Versa and the larger Altima family sedan. The Sentra was redesigned and basically all-new for 2007.

Although the Sentra is small on the outside, its high roofline and 105.7-inch wheelbase (among the longest in the class) yield a spacious and airy cabin that actually puts the Sentra in the EPA’s mid-size class. For those over six feet in height, the Sentra may prove to be the best-fitting of the compact segment. Interior design is decidedly modern, but the materials used can feel a bit cheap and actually trail behind those of the less expensive Versa.

While the high roofline pays dividends in interior volume, it also raises the center of gravity, which can give the Sentra a tippy and unsettled feel. In the regular Sentra, the shocks are tuned for a supple rather than sporty ride.

The Sentra comes in several different trim levels. The most basic is the 2.0, with the 2.0S, 2.0SL, SE-R, and SE-R Spec V following in the hierarchy. Two engines are available on the Sentra. The 2.0 models are, not surprisingly, powered by a 140-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual is available as is a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Fuel economy for Sentras powered by the 2.0-liter comes in at 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway for the six-speed manual and 24 mpg city and 30 mpg highway for the CVT-equipped model.

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