2008 Nissan Sentra 2.0 S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
I researched Corolla, Civic, and Jetta. I have driven my Sentra for 1200 miles, and am happy overall with my purchase. It is sharp looking, especially in Sonoma Red, and I am happy with the room inside the vehicle. I have good vision of the road, because you set the height of the drivers seat.
Lots of trunk space and folding rear seats were impressive. I disagree with Edmunds negative review of the droning noise the CVT makes on long drives. Lots of room and storage. Enough pep to pass slow moving vehicles. Digital display has been helpful for trips, gas economy, and song titles.
I am disappointed in fuel economy. I average 28-31 MPG on mixed driving. My salesman testified the fuel economy gets better as the vehicle breaks in. The interior quality and material is a bit chintzy, even for an economy car.