2002 Nissan Sentra
The Nissan Sentra is a car produced by Nissan since 1982. Originally subcompact in classification, for model year 2000 it was reclassified as a compact car, becoming mid-size for 2007. Until 2006, Sentra was a rebadged export version of the Japanese Nissan Sunny, but since the 2013 model year, Sentra is a rebadged export version of the Nissan Sylphy. The Sentra nameplate is not used in Japan. Many other countries in South America sell their versions of the Sunny as the Sentra. In Mexico, the first three generations of the Sentra were known as the Nissan Tsuru (Japanese for crane), and the B13 model is still sold under that name, alongside the updated models badged as Sentra.
2002 Nissan Sentra
The Sentra finally crossed over into the “compact” class when the redesigned model launched in February 2000 as a 2000 model. When new, this redesign was considered a substantial upgrade, compared to the “cheap” economy car it replaced. Previously, the compact class had been occupied by the Altima, which moved to the mid-size class in 2001, and its wheelbase remained unchanged from the previous generation. Also to be noted is that while earlier Sentras were very similar to their Japan-market B-series Nissan Sunny twins, the B15 Sentra diverged greatly from the B15 Sunny (Nissan Super Sunny). Production shifted from Smyrna, Tennessee to Aguascalientes, Mexico, and the Smyrna production line was retooled to build the Nissan Xterra. The 2000–2001 Sentra SE with the SR20DE Roller rocker motor, which has 145 hp (108 kW) and 136 lb·ft (184 N·m) of torque, occupied the top of the line Sentra until the SE-R returned for model year 2002. The 1.6 L GA16DE engine was dropped in favor of the 1.8 L QG18DE(1809 or 1769cc), rated at 126 hp (94 kW) and 129 pound-feet (175 N·m). In Brazil, this engine generated 113 hp (84 kW) at 5,600 rpm and 114 lb·ft (155 N·m) at 4,400 rpm. Numerous upgrades were made over the previous generation. The new model featured a new interior with higher quality plastics and more comfortable seats. The exterior was also substantially updated and now featured body-side moldings and clear headlights. The curb weight on the QG18DE-engined Sentra is 2,513 lb (1,140 kg). With the introduction of the B15 in year 2000, Nissan also introduced a CA ‘Clean Air’ trim only available in California. The CA trim boasts a double walled exhaust, 3 catalytic converters, quick catalyst warm up, and a radiator that has a special coating which actually changes ground level ozone (smog) into oxygen. The Sentra CA model is the only gasoline-fueled vehicle in the world to receive California Air Resources Board (CARB) super ultra low emission vehicle (SULEV) certification and obtain zero-emission credits.
2002 Nissan Sentra
Nissan introduced the sixth generation Sentra at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in January. Classified as a mid-size sedan by the EPA thanks to its interior passenger and cargo volume of 110 cubic feet (as the EPA considers “mid” or “intermediate” size a car with interior passenger and cargo volume between 110 and 119 cubic feet), the Sentra is bigger in every dimension than the B15 model, being 65 mm (2.3 in.) longer, 91 mm (3.2 in.) wider, and 113 mm (4.0 in.) taller. The wheelbase is also 167 mm (5.9 in.) longer than the previous model. The sixth generation also marked a change in Nissan’s North American lineup, with the Nissan Versa becoming brand’s entry-level model. This generation is based on the C platform architecture that also underpins the first-generation Nissan Rogue, Nissan Qashqai and also the T31 Nissan X-Trail, as well as other Renault models. The Sentra’s standard engine is a 2.0-liter 16-valve 4-cylinder rated at 140 hp (104 kW) and 147 pound-feet (199 N·m) of torque. Fuel economy for with the 2.0L mated to the CVT is rated at 26 city/34 hwy, and the 6-speed manual at 24 city/31 hwy. SE-R is rated at 24 city/30 hwy with the CVT being the only transmission available. SE-R Spec-V is rated at 21 city/28 hwy mated with the 6-speed manual.
2002 Nissan Sentra Values The 2002 Nissan Sentra ranks high in affordability and function. It boasts a comfortable ride and a comfortable interior too. And the top-of-the-line SE-R Spec V is a great car with plenty of creature comforts for those looking to get the most bang for their buck. The Sentra is offered in XE, GXE and SE-R trims, with engines ranging from a 126 horsepower 1.8-liter inline 4 to a 175 horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4, with your choice of automatic or manual transmission. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, front bucket seats and driver/passenger-side airbags. Read more Read less
2002 Sentra Overview Nissan’s Sentra is a nice four-door compact sedan.Starting at just $11,799, it competes with the Honda Civic sedans and offers a good value.Smooth, quiet, and economical, it’s stable and enjoyable on long drives.For 2002, Nissan has introduced the SE-R and SE-R Spec V versions of the Sentra.They are an absolute hoot to drive.The SE-R models take the traditional hot-rod approach of dropping a big engine into a small car, but add brakes, suspension, and tires to turn them into ultimate value sports sedans.Hide Full Review
In North America, the Sentra currently serves as Nissan’s compact car, despite being rated as mid-size due to its interior volume since the 2007 model year. While previous Sentras were subcompacts, the Sentra has grown over the years, with the Nissan Versa having replaced the Sentra in the entry-level area, and the Sentra is now rated as a mid-size car due to its interior volume.
The first generation of the Nissan Sentra was introduced in the United States in May 1982 as a direct replacement for the Datsun 210. Initially the model was imported from Japan, where it was produced at Zama plant. Available in four body styles (two-door sedan, four-door sedan, five-door wagon and three-door hatchback coupe), it was the second car to be marketed in the United States under the nameplate of Nissan and using a model name instead of a number. The first one was the Nissan Stanza, introduced in the 1981 New York Auto Show as a 1982 model. While previous Sunny models had used a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, the B11 Sentra was the first to use a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout. Engine choice was the 67 hp (50 kW) (E15) 1.5 L four-cylinder SOHC, replacing the old A-Series OHV. This featured semi-hemispherical combustion chambers, high-swirl intake ports and a semi-dual exhaust manifold to provide strong torque at low and medium rpm ranges. Torque peak was 85 lb·ft (115 N·m) at 3200 rpm. Transmission options were a four-speed manual, 5-speed manual or a three-speed automatic with lock-up torque converter. Drag coefficient was 0.39 for the coupe and 0.40 for two- and four-door sedans.
The Sentra name was adopted in several other countries, such as New Zealand, where it was used for the Nissan Pulsar range from 1986 (though, interestingly, the station wagon version was actually a rebadged Nissan Sunny California). The Sentra name continued to be used in New Zealand for the Pulsar until 1998, just as Almera was used in Europe. After 2002, the Pulsar name was adopted.
The Sentra name was created for Nissan by Ira Bachrach of Namelab, and Bachrach describes the origin as “Nissan wanted consumers to understand that it was quite safe even though it was small. The word Sentra sounds like central as well as sentry, which evokes images of safety.”
Nissan unveiled the seventh generation Sentra in August 2012. The new Sentra is completely redesigned inside and out, with styling upscaled to look more similar to Nissan’s other sedans, the Altima and Maxima including LED tail lamps, LED accents in the head lamps, and a new navigation and electronics system.
The 2002 Nissan Sentra ranks high in affordability and function. It boasts a comfortable ride and a comfortable interior too. And the top-of-the-line SE-R Spec V is a great car with plenty of creature comforts for those looking to get the most bang for their buck. The Sentra is offered in XE, GXE and SE-R trims, with engines ranging from a 126 horsepower 1.8-liter inline 4 to a 175 horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4, with your choice of automatic or manual transmission. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, front bucket seats and driver/passenger-side airbags.
The 2002 Nissan Sentra ranks high in affordability and function. It boasts a comfortable ride and a comfortable interior too. And the top-of-the-line SE-R Spec V is a great car with plenty of creature comforts for those looking to get the most bang for their buck. The Sentra is offered in XE, GXE and SE-R trims, with engines ranging from a 126 horsepower 1.8-liter inline 4 to a 175 horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4, with your choice of automatic or manual transmission. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, front bucket seats and driver/passenger-side airbags. Read more Read less
In Southeast Asia, the Nissan Bluebird Sylphy N16 was marketed as the Nissan Sentra in Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. A facelifted version was introduced specifically for this region at the end of 2005, which was offered instead of the second generation Nissan Bluebird Sylphy, also launched at the end of 2005.
In Brazil the B17 Sentra is offered with the MR20DE Nissan 2.0 engine, the same used in the previous Sentra model due to market demands (all direct competitors use a 2.0 engine). The model exported and sold in Brazil is built in Aguascalientes, Mexico.