First, let me say that this car was chosen after much deliberation. I compared and test drove over 5 competitor’s car before I made my decision. The final selection came down to the Honda Civic and the Sentra (no surprise as these are each others main competition). Final decision was the bottom line price. I purchased a 2010 Nissan Sentra SER in black out the door before tax, tag, or title for $17,500. The very best price on the most comparable Civic (Si model) was $21,700. That’s over 4K! Honda also decided not to offer their performance enhanced Si in an automatic so I even compared the “normal Civic to the SER and the best I could do on a comparable car was almost 2K more! I was impressed
Compare the closest Civic price wise and the power, looks, features, wheels and tires, paddle shifters, sport seats, special air effects exterior kit, cool upgraded sportier interior, way more power and torque, uses regular unleaded with 177 HP vs. the civic Si 200HP premium unleaded, Sentra wins!
The SER ate the Civic for breakfast in smoothness (lots of low end torque so I didn’t have to rev the beans out of the Sentra SER vs. the Civic) acceleration, seating comfort and visibility. If this review were one word it would have to be “VALUE”! Honda Civics are not hundreds but thousands over