2002 Nissan Sentra Consumer Review: Drivers (On A Budget) Wanted

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2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)


Needed: a long-term reliable commuting car, quick and fun, for a little money as possible. At $18K fully loaded, there's no decision to make. Key attractions: Altima engine, big for the Sentra class, delivers serious torque without a turbo- or super- charger; 6-speed; handling-oriented suspension; and driver interfaces for real drivers (seats, steering, etc.) Strangely, while this car is clearly targeted at the 17-25 demographic (black-netting-over-orange fabric, Rockford-Fosgate stereo w/ trunk mounted kicker box), it only comes with 4-doors. Fortunately, Nissan did a great job of giving the dull Sentra body a totally different SE-R look.

Best Features

Torque, torque, and more torque -- serious acceleration from any speed. Handling is excellent -- on-ramps are 4th or 5th gear events now. Interior is well equipped with most every convenience, and feels larger than our '92 Sentra.

Worst Features

The 6-speed would be a great toy, except the shifter doesn't seem to want to play hard, discouraging quick, confident shifting. Rear end looks sort of saggy, bulbous and plain, particularly in silver. I suggest the black exterior to minimize this impression.
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