The Nissan Sentra has been vying for the attention of economy-car shoppers since 1982. And, for a good part of this time, the Sentra has been one of the best choices in its segment. The latest Nissan Sentra, the seventh-generation, offers a roomy and high-quality interior and great fuel economy. Drivers feel it has a fine ride, good fuel efficiency and low upkeep costs. The Nissan Sentra is a solid, budget-friendly vehicle.
The current, seventh-generation Nissan Sentra debuted in 2013. It’s bigger, yet lighter than its predecessor, and has a more refined style. The interior boasts high-quality materials, even more passenger space and a full roster of technology features. The engine actually has less power than the previous model year, but it’s more fuel efficient. For the current Sentra’s second year of production, Nissan implemented anumber of changes aimed at reducing noise and improving driving dynamics, while smartphone integration was added via the NissanConnect interface.
The previous, sixth-generation Nissan Sentra was produced from 2007 to 2012. It featured slightly larger dimensions than the previous model. Thanks in part to its generous wheelbase, this Sentra has a roomier cabin than before, with adequate headroom and legroom for 6-foot passengers.
For much of this generation’s production, there were six main trim levels: four were based on the 2.0-liter engine (base, S, SR and SL) and two high-performance versions (SE-R and SE-R Spec V). All models but the SE-R got a 2.0-liter inline-4 that made 140 hp. The SE-R had a 2.5-liter four with 177 hp, while the SE-R Spec V had a modified version of the 2.5-liter engine that made 200 hp. A six-speed manual or CVT were the available transmission options.