Nissan Sentra NISMO Concept at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show

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Looks like: Nissan says the look is "more sophisticated and confident than 'in-your-face' boy racer."
Defining characteristics: Amped up body and NISMO trim and badges
Ridiculous features: This Sentra is capable of 240 hp
Chance of being mass-produced: Undetermined, but Nissan's given the NISMO treatment to several vehicles, and it doesn't look like Sentra is out of the question.  

Usually NISMO spells cool for Nissan, but it'll take a lot to convince us that the latest car to get the automaker's motorsports treatment passes muster. Nissan unveiled the Sentra NISMO concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, just a couple days after introducing a NISMO vehicle at the opposite end of the spectrum, the GT-R NISMO.

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Based on the brand's less than impressive compact car, the Sentra NISMO's specs inspire some confidence. The Sentra NISMO rides on a sport-tuned suspension and 19-inch aluminium-alloy wheels with red-painted Brembo-brand brake calipers. Under the hood is the Juke NISMO's turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder; it makes 240 horsepower in this application, a definite step up from the production Sentra's anemic 130-hp, 1.8-liter four cylinder. A six-speed manual is the sole transmission.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2013 | Comments (1)

Jury Finds 'Reckless Disregard' in Toyota Unintended-Acceleration Death

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Following a California court victory earlier this month that Toyota had hoped would be a good omen in its unintended-acceleration debacle, a jury in Oklahoma City on Thursday found the automaker liable for the death of one woman and the serious injury of another in a 2007 crash. According to the Los Angeles Times, the jury ordered Toyota to pay $3 million in compensatory damages to both victims' families, with unspecified punitive damages still to come based on the jury's finding that the automaker exhibited "reckless disregard" in its response to a faulty electronic throttle system.

By Matt Schmitz | October 25, 2013 | Comments (3)

2014 Nissan Sentra: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: CVT and suspension tuning; wider availability of convenience details
  • Price change: TBD
  • On sale: Late November
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? The 2013; we don't expect pricing to change much and most of the new features are on the most-expensive trim level or optional equipment.

Nissan redesigned its compact sedan for 2013 with a more fuel-efficient powertrain and a new look, inside and out. The Sentra also got lighter and longer for 2013; for 2014, the updates are minor.

The 2014 Sentra uses the same 130-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable automatic or six-speed manual transmissions. Also carrying over are S, SV, SV, SR and SL trim levels, as well as the fuel-efficiency-oriented FE+ Package on the S and SV trims. Nissan says the 2014 Sentra received revised CVT, steering and suspension tuning.

By Jennifer Geiger | July 25, 2013 | Comments (3)

2013 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Join NHTSA's Five-Star Club

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Several new vehicles joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star club today, earning the top score of five stars overall in crash tests performed by NHTSA. New inductees are the 2013 Ford Fusion, 2013 Lincoln MKZ and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Meanwhile, the all-new 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and redesigned 2013 Nissan Sentra didn't fare as well, with both having to settle for four stars overall.

The Fusion's and MKZ's front-, all-wheel-drive and hybrid models all received five stars in the frontal crash test and four-star ratings in side and rollover crash tests. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class' rear- and all-wheel-drive models scored five stars in the side crash test and four stars in frontal and rollover crash tests.

Both the C-Max Hybrid and Sentra fell short, receiving five-star scores in only the side crash test and four stars in the other two tests.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Nissan Sentra: First Look

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Nissan is in the midst of refreshing most of its lineup, and now it's the Sentra's turn. The Sentra is redesigned with a new engine and a more upscale look, inside and out. The compact sedan gets lighter, longer and more fuel efficient for 2013.

The Sentra grows 2.3 inches longer this year and gets exterior styling updates that tie it to Nissan's recently redesigned Altima. It wears the Altima's new trapezoid-shaped grille and similar wraparound headlights with LED accents. 

The new Sentra will be available in base S, FE+ S, SV, FE+ SV, SR and SL trim levels. Sporty SR versions add 17-inch five-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, sport-oriented front and rear fascias, a unique grille, lower-body side sill extensions, a rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light and a chrome-tipped exhaust pipe.

By Jennifer Geiger | August 31, 2012 | Comments (14)

2010 Nissan Sentra Gets New Look, Lower Price

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How does Nissan try to convince car shoppers it has a legitimate compact in its lineup that can compete with the big boys, named Civic and Corolla? Well, for 2010 it’s lowered the price a bit on some and refreshed the styling a tad on all Sentra models. The 2010s are arriving at dealers now and officially go on sale today.

If you’re shopping the base Sentra 2.0 with a continuously variable automatic transmission, the MSRP has dropped just $130, to $16,600, but move up to the 2.0S and the price falls $600, to $17,160. Move up to the higher SL, SE-R and SE-R Spec-V, and the price savings come down $1,100 and $1,080, respectively. A full price breakdown is below.

Changes to the Sentra for 2010 include a slightly revised front and rear end, although we can only see the changes to the front, which has a new grille and lower-bumper treatment. Wheel covers and alloy wheels are also new for 2010. Inside, nothing has changed.

Nissan has changed some of its option packages and added a tech and navigation package for the SL. Again, a full price breakdown of option packages is below, along with a few more photos of the 2010 model and how it compares with the 2009.

By David Thomas | August 12, 2009 | Comments (12)

2009 Nissan Sentra FE Adds 1 MPG

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In January, Nissan started production on a slightly revised version of its Nissan Sentra lineup. All Sentras with the continuously variable automatic transmission now get 26/34 mpg city/highway, an improvement on the previous version’s 25/33 mpg. To get the mileage recertified with the EPA, Nissan had to change the trim designation of CVT-equipped trim levels, adding an FE — for Fuel Efficiency — to them. Yesterday, the company announced the addition of an entirely new trim level, the FE SR. That makes the current Sentra lineup look like this:

  • Sentra FE 2.0
  • Sentra 2.0 S
  • Sentra FE 2.0 S
  • Sentra FE 2.0 SR
  • Sentra FE 2.0 SL

There are also high-performance SE-R models that, along with the manual 2.0 S trim, have not seen any mileage gains.

By David Thomas | March 12, 2009 | Comments (4)

Nissan Offering Zero Percent Financing on Five Models

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Nissan has been offering cash back on its models sporadically for a while now, but the company has yet to really ramp up its financing offers the way some other companies have. That will change in November. Starting Nov. 4, Nissan will offer customers 0% financing for 36 months on its most popular models: the Rogue, Murano, Altima, Sentra and Versa hatchback. The offer ends Nov. 30.

What does that mean for buyers? Let’s take a Versa hatchback with a price of $16,210. Using our financing calculator, the difference in monthly payments between the current average financing rate for new cars, 6.6%, and a 0.0% one is about $40 a month – from $436.16 to $394.72 on a 36-month deal with $2,000 down for a total savings of $1,492. Obviously, the more expensive the car, the more 0% adds to the bottom line.

Nissan is also offering $199 per month lease deals on Rogue and Altima.

Check out a full list of current incentives on our Cars.com Incentives page.

By Eamonn Brennan | October 31, 2008 | Comments (2)

End-of-the-Model-Year Deals: Nissan

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It's that time of year again: Manufacturers need to make room on dealer lots for new 2009 models, so the 2008s have to hit the road, and that means more incentives. We'll be highlighting deals from a number of manufacturers, along with notes on which models will change substantially for 2009.

Like many manufacturers, Nissan is offering huge cash-back offers on its trucks and SUVs — the Armada and Titan, specifically — but is also offering a good variety of cash-back deals on other 2008 models. A full list of 2008 Nissan deals from our incentives page is below:

  • 2008 Altima: $1,000
  • 2008 Armada: $5,000
  • 2008 Frontier: $2,500
  • 2008 Maxima: $2,500
  • 2008 Pathfinder: $2,500
  • 2008 Quest: $3,500
  • 2008 Sentra: $1,000
  • 2008 Titan: $5,000
  • 2008 Xterra: $3,000
  • 2008 Versa: $800

Those offers are available across a variety of regions we tested, but as always, be sure to use your own zip code to make sure offers apply in your region.The deals are good through Sept. 2.

The Maxima is all-new for 2009, and you can read our coverage of it here. The Frontier and Xterra receive some upgrades, but they aren't as significant. Check out the changes here.

By Eamonn Brennan | August 4, 2008 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2007-08 Nissan Sentra

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Nissan is recalling 170,000 Sentra compact sedans due to a faulty brake cylinder. The part can potentially leak, leading to a brake warning light illuminating. If left unaddressed, the problem could eventually lead to brake failure.

Nissan says there have been no accidents or injuries reported due to the problem, and the company will replace the faulty cylinder.

Contact your Nissan dealer to schedule the necessary repairs.

Nissan recalls Sentras due to brake problems (MSNBC.com)

By David Thomas | July 23, 2008 | Comments (16)

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