the Nissan Sentra
When saving money, staying suave and luxurious, yet having space and amenities are all the important stuff.. Just hope you aren't in that big of a rush...
The good stuff...
Well change comes slowly. Sometimes it doesn't come at all, but thanks to competition and higher standard equipment in the competition, small cars with superb fuel mileage no longer just come in an empty shell with manual roll down windows, a speedometer, four tires and doors that open.
The seats are in the same league as the larger Altima though they seem a bit smaller and tighter. The windows are power, a six speed manual is standard as is traction and stability control. A/C, a four speaker AM, FM, AUX, CD player stereo, tilt and telescopic steering, 16in steel wheels, and an electroluminescent instrumentation panel. Indicator lights come courtesy of LED's, both in the front and the rear of the car. Try to find that in any other automobile in this class.
Optional Equipment includes an automatic CVT transmission for $18,050, and a fully loaded 2013 Nissan Sentra SL tops out just under $23,000 with some equipment you couldn't have had for $100,000 just a few years ago. In addition to a moon-roof, leather seats (heated fronts), more stylish 17-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control and automatic headlights, a fully optioned Sentra includes keyless entry and push-button start, a backup camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, USB/iPod integration, satellite radio, an 8-speaker Bose audio system and NissanConnect with Navigation featuring a 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Google, Pandora and texting.
Compact Luxury at it's best
..And now the bad
If this is what you are looking for then pass by the Sentra, at least until the SE-R version comes out. This car is made for the comfort of cruising and getting there with money in your pocket and fuel to spare.
Hope you aren't in a rush
Now as stated earlier, this is a fantastic car for it's size content and ability to carry a full size family for hundreds of miles, in relative comfort, that is as long as you're not in a big rush to get to where you are going. Most complaints have come from the fact that it is not a fast car, or people not particularly liking the sound of the CVT tranny, but trust me, as an econo car the Sentra does just fine. No worse than anything else in the Compact segment, and with mpg numbers are 30city and 39highway (Combined numbers are 36mpg), I would gladly give up a little power on any day for more mpg, how bout you..?