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
Rockford-Fosgate stereo w/ trunk
mounted kicker box), it only comes with
Fortunately, Nissan did a great job of
giving the dull Sentra body a totally
different SE-R look.
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.
The 6-speed would be a great toy,
except the shifter doesn't seem to want
to play hard, discouraging quick,
Rear end looks sort of saggy, bulbous
and plain, particularly in silver. I
suggest the black exterior to minimize
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