2009 Nissan Sentra

At a Glance

Pricing $16,730 - $21,160
Drive Types FWD
Engines 2.0l I4, 2.5l I4
Transmissions CVT, M6
Fuel Economy 21-25 (city), 29-33 (highway)

Once Nissan's smallest car in the US, the Sentra has had to make room for newer models like the Versa and Cube at the bottom of the lineup. Once known for its enthusiast oriented versions, the Sentra has bulked up on advanced features and creature comforts while cutting costs by equipping some models with drum brakes and twist-beam rear suspension. Most models are powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder rated at 140-bhp. When equipped with the CVT transmission, fuel economy is a respectable 26 city/34 hwy. The performance-oriented SE-R adds a larger displacement 2.5L engine, disc brakes and upgraded tires. With a MSRP of over $20,000, the SE-R is no longer the performance value that it once was.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
Sentra FE+ 2.0 2.0l I4 (140-bhp) CVT FWD $16,730
Sentra 2.0 S 2.0l I4 (140-bhp) M6 FWD $16,960
Sentra FE+ 2.0 S 2.0l I4 (140-bhp) CVT FWD $17,760
Sentra FE+ 2.0 SR 2.0l I4 (140-bhp) CVT FWD $17,760
Sentra FE+ 2.0 SL 2.0l I4 (140-bhp) CVT FWD $19,660
Sentra SE-R 2.5l I4 (177-bhp) CVT FWD $20,660
Sentra SE-R Spec V 2.5l I4 (200-bhp) M6 FWD $21,160