2005 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)
This is my top pick for $20,000 and under sport compacts. I purchased my Spec V in Mar. '04, and I still love driving it more than ever! My favorite part is the extremely competent handling and torque. The car has excellent power to weight ratio. 6sp. manual has great ratios but has trouble finding 5th gear alot. styling is a bit econocar on steriods,but the driver doesn't mind.
Torquey 2.5 liter, v-rated suspension, 215,width z-rated tires, 17 in. alloy wheels. Helical limited slip differential( no cars in this price range have this-worth it's weight in gold)
long overdue styling makeover, back leg room cramped, 6200 redline, notchy shifter.