2007 Nissan Sentra

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2007 Nissan Sentra Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Nissan Sentra was new.

The Sentra delivers an affordable price with an emphasis on efficiency over style, but take a hit on its underwhelming overall performance. If you're in the market for an affordable small car, you should also consider the Honda Civic.

6.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.4
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 7.1
Safety: 9.5
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Affordable price and excellent predicted value
  • Seats provide a satisfying level of comfort and support
  • Superior fuel economy
  • The 2.0-liter engine is underpowered, with low horsepower and torque
  • Mixed response to steering and overall handling
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESP) is unavailable and ABS is not standard on some trims

2007 Nissan Sentra Overview

Redesigned for 2007, the Nissan Sentra moves into the "sporty" segment of the compact car class. The Sentra is no longer Nissan's lowest priced economy car, thanks to the new-for-2007 Versa taking that spot.

Despite being marketed as the more athletic sibling, the 2007 Sentra disappoints many reviewers with its acceleration and engine noise. It does, however, deliver on comfort and fuel efficiency (the Sentra's fuel consumption is on par with the economy Versa). "Even if the new Sentra falls a little short on the thrill scale, this enlarged compact proves pleasant and capable for everyday driving," says AutoMedia.com. Reviewers also call the interior styling of the Sentra plain. "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," says the Washington Post. For its shortcomings, USA TODAY warns that the Sentra is "not necessarily pick of the litter" when compared to the VW Rabbit, Honda Civic, Mazda3, and others.

For the price, however, Automotive.com considers the 2007 Sentra a "great value." IntelliChoice named the 2007 Nissan Sentra a "Best in Class" award winner for SmartChoice Maintenance Costs. IntelliChoice gives the 2007 Nissan Sentra an "Excellent" value rating for predicted five-year cost of ownership compared to other vehicles in its class.

The 2007 Nissan Sentra is available in five trims: the base 2.0, the 2.0 S, the 2.0 SL, the SE-R and the SE-R Spec-V. The 2.0 and the 2.0 S are available with either the base six-speed manual transmission or the optional automatic, continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 2.0 SL and the SE-R are only available with the CVT, while the SE-R Spec V is only available with the six-speed manual.

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