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#112 of 224 2007 Nissan Sentra
Nov 08, 2006 (10:33 pm)
I just purchased a 2007 Nissan Sentra SL about 2 weeks ago, and I'd have to say that i'm really satisfied. I love the interior and the drive is so smooth. I also love the intelligent key system. I didn't get the audio package, but the premium stereo sounds pretty good. I just wish I had the in-dash CD changer. Overall, I am happy with my sentra. Hopefully this info helps everyone.
#113 of 224 Re: 3 Sentras at our Dealership [denver_nissan]
Nov 10, 2006 (10:07 pm)
Sorry for my slow reply. We did the "Ride and Drive" comparing the three cars. The acceleration felt comparable on all of them on a relatively short straight. The CVT is not the greatest off the line. The straight was only about 150 yards long.
In the cornering, the Sentra really did feel better. Very flat with no under/over steer. The Corolla went through 3 sets of tires one day I understand. They were really worn on their edges. I have to admit that the Sentra's were scalloped, but the Toyota's were trashed. The course had the surface of 10,000 grit sandpaper, that didn't help.
Regarding the torsion beam suspension, Nissan tuned it beatifully. I defy you to find an appreciable difference between the handling quality of the Civic and the Sentra. One great thing this suspension affords is more useable trunk room. Combine the low profile of the suspension, with the innovative trunk hinge mechanism, and you have more wall-to-wall capacity.
I found the solidness of the door closing better on the Sentra than the Civic. The Civic's door felt pretty light. Overall room felt much better in the Sentra than the other cars.
The CVT is a fine transmission. No maintenance required. Light and efficient. Hard to beat. I tend to like it more in our more powerful vehicles (the Maxima, the new Altima 3.5 (just scorchingly amazing I must say)). What is amazing is that it gets better mileage than the 6 spd manual. I don't know why we make the 4 spd auto. The Altima is CVT or 6M. That works for me.
We are receiving more Sentras than Versas now. Do test drive the new 3.5 Altima. You will be wanting one immediately.
#114 of 224 Re: 3 Sentras at our Dealership [denver_nissan]
Nov 11, 2006 (8:58 am)
Overall room felt much better in the Sentra than the other cars.
That's not surprising since the Sentra is much bigger inside than the Civic or Corolla, and is in fact the roomiest car in its class except (by a very small margin) for the Elantra.
The gas struts on the trunk are a nice feature to maximize usable trunk room--very unusual in this class.
#115 of 224 Re: 3 Sentras at our Dealership [backy]
Nov 11, 2006 (1:37 pm)
Is the Sentra classified Midsize for interior room as the Elantra is?
#116 of 224 Re: 3 Sentras at our Dealership [moparbad]
Nov 11, 2006 (1:46 pm)
By the EPA "size classes", it is--as is the Versa!
By the EPA's "market classes", which supposedly groups cars from the "buyer's perspective", the Sentra and Versa are in the "small car" class while the Elantra is in the "family sedan" class. And the top-ranked "family sedan" in EPA fuel economy is... a hatchback (Prius). Go figure.
#117 of 224 Leather Not Heated?
Nov 11, 2006 (8:42 pm)
It looks like the leather seats don't have heaters. I don't see that function listed anywhere and I didn't even know they still made unheated leather seats in modern cars.
#118 of 224 Re: Leather Not Heated? [jaxs1]
Nov 12, 2006 (9:15 am)
And the seats are manual!
I test drove a loaded Sentra SL yesterday and was really surprised about that.
I was going to go with an SL, but living in MN I can't have leather seats with no warmers! I'll freeze my butt off!
I haven't read all messages, but did anyone else think the engine was really noisey??
#119 of 224 Re: Leather Not Heated? [vikarious]
Nov 12, 2006 (9:34 am)
Power seats are very rare in this class. The only cars that have them are I think the Jetta/Rabbit.
I have a car with leather seats and no warmers. I didn't want leather in the car because I thought it would be too cold in winter and too hot in summer. But they came standard on the car. I've found that it's not as bad, winter or summer, as I thought. In winter, body heat warms them up quickly. Maybe you can go for a test drive in a SL on a cold day and see what you think.
I thought the engine was pretty quiet when cruising on the MT Sentra 2.0S I drove. There was some noise when moving up through the gears, but it sounded kind of sporty so I didn't mind. Remember it's a 4-cylinder economy car.
#120 of 224 Sentra review USA Today
Nov 12, 2006 (11:25 am)
USA Today Sentra 07
My opinion is
Engine and Transmissions - Thumbs up for NVH and power. Fuel economy could be better.
Interior - Thumbs down. Use of space and amount of space is much better than the 06 Sentra. My major complaint is the steering wheel (center portion of the wheel is too bulky) and the styling of the dash, particularly the radio and too darn many buttons.
Exterior styling- It is OK, not great and not bad, the styling fits in with the other current Nissans
Overall- Sentra is priced too high when you consider added equipment such as ABS which is optional on Sentra and standard on Civic. Also the trim levels and options need to be re-aligned. Requiring the SL and with leather to obtain a sunroof is a mistake.
Will be interesting to see how the SE-R and SE-R Spec V are priced when they are officially introduced at the end of November.
Spec V is expected to have 2.5L with 200 hp, 6 speed manual trans., limited slip, and once again brembo brakes and 17" wheels.
#121 of 224 Test drove a new 2007 Sentra S CVT
Nov 12, 2006 (7:21 pm)
The had one SL with the orange leather seats and I confirmed that seat heaters are not standard and they aren't available as an option either, so I didn't bother to test drive it. The orange leather seats looked out of place as if they belonged in a different car especially since there was no color matching with any other part of the grey interior.
Since the S seems to have available as an option about every feature the SL has available other than leather or moonroof, I test drove the S instead.
After reading the reviews, I was expecting and ready for it to be super quiet.
It was kind of quiet. Idle is extremely quiet, but as soon as you step on the gas, you hear the buzzy engine. Once at cruising speed it is not shockingly quiet as reviews expect you to believe. It was at least as quiet as any other little 4 cylinder sedan. Maybe slightly quieter.
It drove well enough and has some features Civic and other competitors don't have like the Bluetooth, keyless entry and keyless start. The rear seat folds flat and the optional Rockford Fosgate stereo is nicer than what you can get on a Civic EX sedan or Corolla.
I then test drove a Civic and still preferred the way the Honda drove, but the Sentra is at least in competitive range with cars like the Civic now. Some people might prefer the Sentra especially if the optional Sentra features not available on Civic are important to them.