Video: 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS vs. 2008 Nissan Sentra SE-R


Last week we got to look at two models head-to-head that we hadn’t been able to get together before. The 2009 Lancer GTS has a new engine, and the Sentra SE-R Spec V is an under-the-radar model. Kelsey Mays takes both on the track and on the street to deliver his verdict in this video.

By David Thomas | May 14, 2008 | Comments (1)

Frugal Compacts Add Up with Basic Options


The compact car segment is no new place to find low base prices and a good deal on a new car. After having three major players in our hands over the past few weeks, including the 2009 Toyota Corolla, 2008 Honda Civic and 2008 Ford Focus sedans, we were scraping together specs and options to evaluate the competition. When we started to compare the cars, something surprised us. Mostly optional features that we think are necessary for a comfortable and safe daily driver — automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows, cruise control, keyless entry, power locks, antilock brakes, side airbags and a CD player — have a funny way of changing each car’s relative value.

By Joe Bruzek | April 17, 2008 | Comments (11)

Best Cash-Back Finds: 01.25.08


Ford, Lincoln and Mercury are dolling out pretty darn good deals through the end of February, and we had to be selective about which ones we picked for this round of our top finds. We could have gone with the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner with decent cash back, or numerous SUVs, but we went a different way. We also added one fun-to-drive model that’s surprisingly still in decent supply. For a complete list check out's Incentives page.

2008 Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable

MSRP: $23,485/$23,780
Cash back: $2,000
Percent off MSRP: 8.4-8.5%   
Expires: 2/29/08
5-Year Ownership Costs

Just this week, Ford’s CEO said the company is going to redesign the Taurus completely for 2009. That kind of move would usually have us telling folks to wait and see, but the Taurus and Sable were just updated this year, and we just spent a week in the new Sable and found it to be a great daily driver. The new Premier trim had a pretty nice interior, too. Both also look much better in person and offer a ton of space in the second row and trunk.

By David Thomas | January 25, 2008 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 2002, 2005-2006 Nissan Altimas, Sentras

2005 Nissan Altima

Last August, Nissan recalled more than 200,000 Sentras and Altimas equipped with its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Now the company is expanding the recall to cover some 653,910 vehicles. The new model years impacted by the recall include 2002, 2005 and 2006 Sentras and Altimas.

The problem involves a faulty sensor that, if working improperly, can cause the engine to shut off. 

Nissan Recalls 653,910 Sentras, Altimas to Fix Sensor

By David Thomas | November 26, 2007 | Comments (0)

Ch-Ch-Changes: 2008 Nissan Sentra Drops Manual Base Model

Nissan announced prices for the 2008 Sentra compact sedan today. The Sentra was completely redesigned in 2007, so we wouldn’t expect any major revisions in the 2008s. There are two noticeable changes, however: First, Nissan has discontinued the manual version of the base Sentra 2.0, so the starting price for any Sentra goes from sub-$15,000 to $15,750, not including a $625 destination charge.

The other major change is that antilock brakes are now standard instead of a $600 option on the 2.0 S trim level. That absorbs most of the small price increases, roughly $300, but the SL, SE-R and SE-R Spec V receive similar price bumps without adding such a significant feature. Full pricing is below.

By David Thomas | August 14, 2007 | Comments (1)

Reader Review of the Week: 2007 Nissan Sentra


The new Nissan Sentra has flown under the radar since its redesign this year. Sure, we’ve reviewed it and tested it on a number of occasions, but for some reason it’s still rare to see one on the street. We’re not sure what’s keeping people from buying one, but “Too Dang Hot” from Phoenix, Ariz., lays out why it was the right choice for him, or her. We liked the user review because some significant negatives are addressed along with the usual praise. To submit your own car review go here.

By David Thomas | August 6, 2007 | Comments (7)

2007 Nissan Sentra SE-R: Video senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder delivers another up close look at a new model, this time taking on the redesigned Nissan Sentra’s high performance trim, the SE-R Spec V. If you were wondering whether Nissan can run with the rest of the go-fast for less pack, you need to check out our video.

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By David Thomas | May 17, 2007 | Comments (0)

First Drive: 2007 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V


The lesser 2007 Sentra trim levels have been on sale since last year, but there's been no SE-R Spec V since the previous generation retired. Now it’s here, and what better place to test a high-performance model than on a track? However, the SE-R left our writers a bit perplexed about its go-fast aspirations.

Joe Wiesenfelder: I was looking forward to this redo, in part because the 2006 didn't cut the mustard ... or even the custard, which, I think you'll agree, is marginally easier to cut. Also, the redesigned Sentra improves on the previous gen, and I hoped Nissan would dial it up on this version, too. Having driven the new one, I'm sad to say I'm disappointed.

By David Thomas | May 4, 2007 | Comments (19)

Nissan Prices Sentra SE-R Under $20,000


Prices have just been announced for the new Nissan Sentra SE-R, which packs 177 hp and a continuously variable automatic transmission. The even sportier version of this sporty compact sedan is the SE-R Spec V, and it has 200 hp and a six-speed manual transmission. How much more would you pay for the sportier of the two? Surprisingly, you’ll only have to shell out an extra $500 when the car rolls onto dealer lots in April.

The Sentra SE-R starts at $19,400 and the SE-R Spec V starts at $19,900. Both prices exclude a $615 destination charge. The direct competition for the SE-R is the 197-hp Honda Civic Si, which can be had in coupe ($21,090) or sedan ($21,290) form. Early reports on the SE-R Spec V is that it is indeed faster than the Civic Si. Full option pricing is below.

By David Thomas | March 9, 2007 | Comments (8)

Four Will Enter, One Will Leave: Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa and Suzuki SX4


At last week’s media rally, staffers Bill Jackson and Kelsey Mays tried four entry-level cars — the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, Suzuki SX4 and Hyundai Accent. Since most people don't rush out and buy four cars, each from a different manufacturer, we thought we'd narrow the field down to an overall winner.

In true beauty-pageant fashion, we'll start with the third runner-up.

By Kelsey Mays | October 12, 2006 | Comments (11)

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