2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0 SR 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
After 20 years owning various Hondas, we test drove nearly everything in this class/price range, and nothing even came close.
This has a smoother ride than the Civic, better handling (by far!) than the Corolla, and is roomier than all others.
So roomy, in fact, that the EPA classifies it as a mid-size sedan.
With the larger tires on the SR model it feels as though you're driving a much bigger vehicle, and I've noticed that I'm sitting ABOVE Altima drivers!
The styling is not as frumpy as some reviewers say, it seems to look different from various angles.
From the front it's positively sleek.
Next to it, the new Toyotas and Hondas look dull.
We have no regrets.
Interior space, accelleration, dash layout, back seat comfort, and styling (SR).
A bit more trunk space, the iPod interface is dreadful, and the "Panic Button" on the key fob is so easy to press that the alarm goes off every time your keys shift in your pocket.
There should be a way to disable that panic feature.