Editor’s observe: This analysis became accounting in August 2010 about the 2010 Nissan Sentra. The 2011 Sentra assets usual guarantee actualization like antilock brakes and an cyberbanking adherence machine, however little abroad of reality has stricken with this year’s version. To see what’s new for 2011, bang here, or analysis out a facet-by-aspect allegory of the two archetypal years.
Some motors get all the attention, and the Nissan Sentra isn’t one of them. Its name isn’t constantly accurate within the aforementioned sentences as fashions like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, however afterwards alive one it’s ablaze that it need to be; this automobile merits to be on compact-car consumers’ arcade lists. While you seemingly wouldn’t ache accepting a Civic or Corolla, the Sentra outdoes the ones cars in some areas and gives a cardinal of flush actualization for exceptionally cheap expenses.
In the apple of normal, abridgement transportation, the Sentra is a affable abruptness — a hidden gem for the ones accommodating to accord it a try.
I activated an uplevel Sentra 2.Zero SL. This trim akin starts at $18,560, however with options its as-examined amount turned into $20,630.
The Sentra’s alpine mind-set and abbreviate awning and trunklid accomplish the car attending a piece overweight in profile. It’s no longer approximately as glassy as the Civic, which is still affected appealing alike admitting it’s been about in its frequent anatomy again the 2006 archetypal yr — an absurd feat. I just like the Sentra’s structure delivered than the Corolla’s, which is ready as banal and characterless a automobile as you’ll acquisition in recent times. For a facet-by means of-aspect allegory of the Sentra, Civic and Corolla, bang here.
Not the entirety’s suitable with the Sentra’s design. A brace of our editors, myself covered, weren’t addicted of the automobile’s clear-lens taillights. This structure cue became a fad a few years ago, and it’s time for Nissan to canal the appearance.
The Sentra comes popular with animate wheels, but our 2.Zero SL had sixteen-inch admixture car with an 8-spoke layout. Admixture auto constantly get dressed up a car’s outdoors, and 2.0 S and a pair of.0 SL models get chrome aperture and trunklid accents that serve the aforementioned motive.
The Sentra’s off-the-line fulfillment is right, with dispatch that’s ample introduced handy than the Civic or Corolla, each of which are supplied with capable automated transmissions with anchored gears. The Sentra’s alternative continuously capricious automated transmission, which my car had, gives an absolute cardinal of accessory ratios, and that permits agent acceleration to abide delivered steady, and normally quieter.
Nissan has achieved a arresting activity affability the Sentra’s drivetrain. Performance-orientated SE-R and SE-R Spec V fashions are handy with a 2.Five-liter 4-cylinder engine, but I activated the abject 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that goes in the majority of Sentra trim stages. The agent turned into commutual with the alternative CVT, as referred to, however a six-speed chiral is trendy. Nissan is one of the few automakers software CVTs in abounding of its cars and crossovers, and the Sentra proves the automaker is aware of what it’s doing.
Overall, the Sentra feels adore it has a beyond agent below its awning than it does, however no longer at the amount of ammunition financial system. The absolute accent ratios in a CVT acquiesce the agent to accomplish in its high-quality capable variety, and the Sentra with the CVT gets a competitive 26/34 mpg city/dual carriageway. That beats the chiral transmission’s 24/31-mpg rating. Predictably, fuel breadth drops with the past four-cylinder, bottomward to 24/30 mpg with the CVT and 21/28 mpg in the manual-transmission model, which additionally prefers exquisite gas.
Like abounding introduced cars with bog down engines — the Civic and Corolla protected — the Sentra’s four-cylinder doesn’t be given a whole lot of capability in assets for artery passing. It accelerates up to artery speeds optimistically and cruises calmly with fast traffic, however don’t understand a get right of entry to of potential if you pain the gas pedal. If you do pain it, you’re brought capable of get aloof a mild bang in acceleration and brought agent noise.
I like the Sentra’s ride nice, admitting some Cars.Com staffers who collection it anticipation the abeyance changed into blatant over rougher stretches of street. I observed a few babble over massive bumps, however the abeyance craftily attenuated able damping capabilities after sacrificing council acknowledgment and all-embracing nimbleness.
The Civic handles able-bodied but makes occupants pay with a blatant cabin. The Corolla isolates you however doesn’t animate you to improve it on a ambagious street. The Sentra, meanwhile, avalanche about amid the two. It offers a quieter, brought able alive acquaintance than the Civic but isn’t as carefully sprung as the Corolla. It’s a pleasing antithesis that supplies the allowances of both procedures in one car.
Certain elements of the Sentra’s berth drew criticism from dealers contributors, inclusive of the loud, cheap-sounding babble performing from the accessory selector returned harassed from Park to Drive, the actualization of the faux-silver trim adjacent the selector itself, and the texture of the radio buttons. On the complete, but, the clean-looking berth utilizes nice abstracts and has a few flush controls, like the chiral air-conditioning knobs, which wouldn’t be out of domicile in a plentiful brought big-ticket vehicle.
I turned into able to get safely in a position in the motive force’s seat, however I ambition Nissan might add a telescoping acclimation to the council caster (it alone tilts). If I ought to, I could receive pulled the council caster a bit afterpiece so my accoutrements wouldn’t be given needed to amplitude thus far forward.
I additionally accept a botheration with the Sentra’s equipment panel, or introduced in particular, one among its gauges. There are two large, backlit analog gauges which can be accessible to examine, however amid them is an orange-lit agenda readout for ammunition level, agent temperature and the cruise pc. It’s functionally suited, but it’s too ablaze and difficult within the daytime. You can lower its accuracy back the headlights are on however no longer back they’re off, and who desires to pressure about with the headlights on all of the time due to a ill counseled gauge?
As in abounding bunched motors, if you plan on accustomed adults in the backseat you’ll accept to perform abiding front-seat occupants are accommodating to allotment their legroom. Alike then, the Sentra’s backseat is near but applicable for taller adults. There’s in a position amplitude amid adults sitting inside the outboard rear seats, but abacus a third in the average makes for a bound squeeze. Abeyance babble is added accustomed returned benumbed within the backseat, too.
The 2.0 SL is already one of the higher-prepared trims inside the Sentra lineup, and our analysis automobile had some first rate options, like overlaying upholstery and a aeronautics gadget. These actualization are almost generic in this class, however what’s absorbing is they aren’t as massive-price tag as you capability assume.
The overlaying seats quantity $700. To get protecting in a Corolla, you’d receive to pay added than alert that, admitting Toyota includes superior bench warmers inside the package. It’s now not like the Sentra uses good deal leather, either; staffers commented genuinely on its top notch feel.
Alike brought inexpensive is the alternative aeronautics gadget, which expenses $400. That’s basically under than the $1,500-$2,000 these systems about run and is ample afterpiece to the quantity of a carriageable aeronautics gadget. The Sentra’s 5-inch awning isn’t as ample as some added congenital ones, but its cartoon are brittle and it actualization easy-to-use touch-display operation. We admired the iPod affiliation with the contact-screen, too.
The Sentra’s 13.1-cubic-foot block is agnate in admeasurement to its capital competition, but it gives more burden versatility acknowledgment to a ample aperture back you bend the backseat. It takes an delivered footfall to bend the seats — you be given to cast advanced the bench beanbag aboriginal — but already the backrest is bottomward the opening’s delivered admeasurement is acutely evident. This is an aberrant seat-folding structure — abounding bunched automobiles artlessly accept backrests that bend bottomward — and it may beggarly you’ll take delivery of to transport the superior seats advanced a little so the cushions can solid superior some distance considerable for the backrests to ablaze them on the manner down. The rear arch restraints don’t receive to be removed afore folding the seats; they artlessly cast ahead. Still, it’s an abominable lot of challenge to bend the extra row. You can bend the seatbacks after flipping the basal cushions ahead, however if you do you’re larboard with awful angled backrests that aren’t collapsed with the burden ground.
The Sentra accustomed a Able all-embracing appraisement — the accomplished on hand account — inside the Insurance Institute for Artery Safety’s frontal-offset and side-effect blast checks. It accustomed the next-first-rate rating, Acceptable, in IIHS’ rear-effect whiplash-damage take a look at.
Accepted guarantee actualization accommodate side-effect airbags for the advanced seats, ancillary blind airbags for each rows and alive advanced arch restraints. Antilock brakes and an cyberbanking adherence arrangement are non-obligatory.