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Pros & Cons

  • Good list of standard features
  • Solid crash test scores
  • Smooth transmission
  • Limited safety features

New for 2009

  • Automatic door locks became standard
  • MP3 playback capability added on 2.0 S and 2.0 SL models
  • SR and FE trims debuted




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.6
Safety: 9.3
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2009 Nissan Sentra Overview

Most reviewers agreed that the 2009 Nissan Sentra has a comfortable, well-made interior. The base model has more standard features than a lot of competitors, including air conditioning, power windows and door locks and a four-speaker stereo with auxiliary input. The base model lacks anti-lock brakes. That’s not uncommon for the class, but you can’t get electronic stability control or traction control on any model, which is rare, even for a 2009 small car. The Sentra’s crash test scores, however, are good.

The Sentra has a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that averages up to 25/33 mpg city/highway. Reviewers said the Sentra’s continuously variable transmission (CVT) is smooth, but the overall driving experience is boring. The Sentra’s SE-R Spec V model has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that reviewers said is significantly stronger than the base engine.

Though reviewers didn’t have much to complain about with the Sentra, competitors easily overshadow it with more engaging performance and more available safety features.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Hyundai Elantra ranks near the top of the class with plenty of passenger and cargo space, and has good safety scores. The Elantra’s performance isn’t inspiring, but it is well-suited for commuting. While the Elantra doesn’t have as many standard interior features as the Sentra, it can come comparably equipped. Some Elantras may also be outfitted with electronic stability control and traction control, which the Sentra doesn’t offer at all.

The 2009 Toyota Corolla is another practical commuter car with good fuel economy and interior space. The Corolla’s list of standard features is basic, but comparable with the Sentra’s. It also has standard anti-lock brakes, which the Sentra doesn’t have, and as well as available electronic stability control and traction control. 

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Best 2009 Compact Cars

  • #1

    2009 Scion xB

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    2009 Scion tC

    $2,833 - $7,160 AVG. PAID

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    2009 Nissan Sentra

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