08 Nissan Sentra

08 Nissan Sentra

Introduction Nissan’s economical and practical four-door Sentra underwent a serious overhaul for 2007 and remains largely unchanged for 2008. In the Nissan lineup, the Sentra is priced above the slightly smaller Versa and below the larger Altima. The Sentra sports a high roofline that is great for interior space—once inside, you’ll be surprised at all the room—but also raises the center of gravity, which gives the car an occasionally tippy feel. The interior materials aren’t quite as good as we’ve come to expect in the Sentra’s segment; in fact, Nissan’s less-expensive Versa has a better-looking interior than the Sentra. All Sentra models have front-wheel drive and are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 140 horsepower or a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is available with either 177 horsepower or 200 horsepower. A six-speed manual is available on some versions of the Sentra, but most are powered by a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that takes the place of a conventional automatic transmission. Sentras come in five different trim levels: 2.0, 2.0S, 2.0SL, SE-R, and SE-R Spec V. Regular Sentras powered by the 2.0-liter engine are quite dull from behind the wheel and offer little in the way of excitement. If you want a bit more sport and fun, many of the Sentra’s competitors offer a superior driving experience. Still enamored of the Sentra? Then the sportier and more powerful SE-R and SE-R Spec V versions might just be the ticket. Major competitors to the Sentra include the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Spectra, Scion xD, Suzuki SX4, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, Saturn Astra, Volkswagen Rabbit, and Mazda 3. Verdict The Sentra is a mid-to-bottom-of-the-pack entry in a competitive and burgeoning segment. Versions powered by the 2.0-liter are dull and appliancelike but offer excellent fuel economy with a manual transmission or the gearless CVT. Although there is little joy or fun in the base Sentra, the quick and spirited SE-R version goes a long way toward turning a boring car into something that one can get at least a little excited about. But even in SE-R guise, the Sentra lacks the inspiration and fun-to-drive nature of some of its competitors. Click here to read our full review of the Nissan Sentra SE-R and SE-R Spec V. Click here to read our latest comparison test involving the Nissan Sentra. Click here to read our latest comparison test involving the Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V. What’s New for 2008 For 2008, the Sentra gets a few bits of additional standard equipment, and some options groups are shuffled around. View Photos View Photos 1 2 Next Page
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08 Nissan Sentra

Reviews express ambivalence concerning the 2008 Nissan Sentra. Although its generally regarded as a good car, most report the four-door sedan gets lost in the shuffle of sporty Civics and functional Fits. Redesigned for the 2007 model year, the Sentra is marketed as the sporty sibling to another Nissan compact, the Versa. But test drivers have split views on the car’s performance as well — although the Sentra has good fuel economy, its acceleration is disappointing and its engine noise is excessive. The 2008 Nissan Sentra sedan is available in four trims: the base 2.0, the 2.0 S, the 2.0 SL and the SE-R. The SE-R Spec-V is the Sentra’s performance-trim sports compact. If you’re in the market for an affordable compact, you should note the Honda Civic is noted as a well-equipped small car with responsive performance. “Good on paper and the engine is willing, but in reality, this is a rather dull handling car that lacks any kind of spirit.” — Car and Driver “It does not outclass rivals such as the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, the Ford Focus or the Mazda3. But it is a very decent commuter — a good car for moving people of all ages between home and work, home and school, home and social events.” — Washington Post “If it weren’t for the ugly styling and the cranky-sounding engine, Sentra would be an easy car to applaud, mainly for its driving feel and pleasant furnishings. But it’s not necessarily pick of the litter.” — USA Today “The just-introduced sixth-generation Nissan Sentra has grown up. It’s larger, especially inside, very well-equipped, yet still reasonably priced and offers a more upscale experience than expected from a compact sedan.” — The Auto Channel “Even if it doesn’t overwhelm, it seems worth considering.” — Newsday “Sentra is truly like an IKEA appliance, attractive, modern, and perhaps just the furniture for your life, even if you’re well beyond the target age. But before long, you’ll be aspiring to something more.” — Motor Trend
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08 Nissan Sentra

Nissan’s economical and practical four-door Sentra underwent a serious overhaul for 2007 and remains largely unchanged for 2008. In the Nissan lineup, the Sentra is priced above the slightly smaller Versa and below the larger Altima. The Sentra sports a high roofline that is great for interior space—once inside, you’ll be surprised at all the room—but also raises the center of gravity, which gives the car an occasionally tippy feel. The interior materials aren’t quite as good as we’ve come to expect in the Sentra’s segment; in fact, Nissan’s less-expensive Versa has a better-looking interior than the Sentra.
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08 Nissan Sentra

2008 Nissan Sentra Details Interior Designed for U.S. buyers, the Sentra’s nicely finished and well-appointed cabin comes in either beige, charcoal or saddle tones with aluminum-look or faux-wood accents. Large doors simplify entry and exit for all seats, and the Sentra offers more space for both people and their carry-ons than most of its competitors — including a laptop-sized locking glovebox and a 13.1 cubic-foot trunk. Control layouts are good and main gauges easy to read, but the charcoal-and-orange LCD displays for the fuel and temperature indicators and audio and air conditioning readouts suffer legibility problems. Well-contoured front seats are matched with a 60/40 split-folding rear bench that’s fit for two average-size adults or three medium-size kids. Exterior Sharing the edgy design flair that characterizes all current Nissan products, the Sentra’s literally high-profile bodywork features a sloping nose and short decklid separated by a tallish roofline and large glass area that ensures good outward visibility. A relatively long 105.7-inch wheelbase results in fairly short front and rear overhangs while prominent shoulder lines transition into softer front and rear contours set off by large, wraparound head and tail lamps. Inside pronounced fender flares, the 2.0 has 205/60 tires on 15-inch steel rims while the 2.0 S and 2.0 SL move up to 205/55 tires on larger 16-inch wheels, steel on the former and alloy on the top-line offering.
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08 Nissan Sentra

The 2008 Nissan Sentra is no longer Nissan’s smallest car for sale in the U.S. market. For Nissan, 2008 is the year the company introduces the Versa into a slot below the Sentra, making the Sentra more of a compact than a subcompact.
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08 Nissan Sentra

Reviews express ambivalence concerning the 2008 Nissan Sentra. Although its generally regarded as a good car, most report the four-door sedan gets lost in the shuffle of sporty Civics and functional Fits. Redesigned for the 2007 model year, the Sentra is marketed as the sporty sibling to another Nissan compact, the Versa. But test drivers have split views on the car’s performance as well — although the Sentra has good fuel economy, its acceleration is disappointing and its engine noise is excessive.
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08 Nissan Sentra

Nissan offers higher-performance Sentra models: the SE-R and the Spec V. Both feature significant performance enhancements over lesser Sentra models because the SE-R and Spec V utilize 177- and 200-hp versions of the larger 2.5-liter four-cylinder found in the Nissan Altima sedan and Rouge crossover. Suspensions, brakes, and interiors of these Sentra performance models are also enhanced.
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08 Nissan Sentra

The Sentra is a mid-to-bottom-of-the-pack entry in a competitive and burgeoning segment. Versions powered by the 2.0-liter are dull and appliancelike but offer excellent fuel economy with a manual transmission or the gearless CVT. Although there is little joy or fun in the base Sentra, the quick and spirited SE-R version goes a long way toward turning a boring car into something that one can get at least a little excited about. But even in SE-R guise, the Sentra lacks the inspiration and fun-to-drive nature of some of its competitors.
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Overall, the 2008 Nissan Sentra has sharp styling and a roomy, quiet interior. Because it only comes as a sedan, it suffers against competitors that offer other body styles (like the two-door Honda Civics). The Sentra gets good fuel economy from its peppy 140-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but your driving experience can be dampened a bit by the CVT, and the suspension occasionally bobbles when you expect consistent responses.
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TheCarConnection.com’s editors read the latest reviews on the new 2008 Nissan Sentra to write this comprehensive review. Experts from TheCarConnection.com also drove several different 2008 Sentra models, including the 2.0 L, SL, SE-R, and Spec V, and offer additional driving impressions and details to assist you in making the best choice in your next new car.
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Under the Hood All 2.0 Sentras share an identical 140-horsepower version of Nissan’s 2.0-liter, 16-valve four-cylinder engine that was co-developed with parent-company Renault. This modern all-aluminum engine replaced the previous 126-horsepower 1.8-liter when the sixth-generation models arrived for 2007. The 2.0-liter makes an impressive 147 pound-feet of torque, and features variable timing on the intake valves that helps enhance its mid-range punch. Acceleration with either transmission is decent if not exhilarating, with a zero-to-60 mile-per-hour sprint requiring about nine seconds. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that EPA fuel economy figures with the Xtronic CVT actually surpass those of the six-speed manual gearbox, in both city and highway mode. 2.0-liter in-line 4 140 horsepower @ 5100 rpm 147 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/31 (manual), 25/33 (automatic) To compare current market prices, check out KBB.com’s car classifieds to view the new and used Nissan Sentra vehicles for sale near you.

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