I'll get right to my point.
I just purchased a 2013 Sentra SR.
Originally looking at Optima, Sonata, Altima and Accord.
Optima and Sonata don't come with spare tires??
I liked the Altima better to drive but ruled it our due to additional cost and size (fitting in my garage).
The Accord was just too boring.
I am a retired Toyota Salesperson.
I have driven most cars in this category at one time or another.
Was introduced to the Sentra by a neighbor.
Read every road test and drove a demo 3 times.
Every professional criticized the car for noise and acceleration.
In a 0-60 mph race the Sentra beat the Corolla and Civic.
The performance is about the same as the Corolla I
own and a lot quieter.
Nissan upscaled the level of the car substantially.
The fit and finish are excellent.
Gas mileage is about 32 average with the air on.
I expect 34 in the winter.
Performs on the highway perfectly.
Unless I floor the vehicle I think it might be the quietest care I have every owned.
It reminds me of driving a Prius to some degree.
Although no sports car, the SR sure looks like one.
I get comments on the looks all the time.
Frankly, my Corolla, although a great car is not in the same category regarding the feel and refinement.
Had I listened to the road testers, I would not have purchased this vehicle.
Glad I didn't listen.
I have no suggested improvements.
This car feels much more expensive than it is.