Review 2010 Nissan Sentra SER is a tall order

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Review: 2010 Nissan SE-R is a tall order

The Sentra has long been the of America’s C-segment. Few consider it to be yet it would be a stretch to call second-smallest sedan the category’s dweller. In the past, the Sentra been the fastest, it hasn’t the prettiest and it certainly hasn’t the best interior, but the affordable has quietly continued to sell enough to keep Nissan in the

Unlike some of its more competitors, the Sentra is offered as a sedan, while other offer coupes or hatchbacks. makes up for this deficiency in by offering six different variants of the ranging from a base 2.0 to the 200-horsepower SE-R Spec V. We had the to spend a week in the mildly 2010 SE-R model slots in just below the V, and with 177 horsepower on tap and quite a few options, we wanted to find out if upper-middle child could its own in what has fast become one of the interesting and competitive segments in the

All Sentra models receive for 2010, with tweaks to headlights and taillights, a new front and grille and a lower MSRP. specifically, all SE-R models received attractive 17-inch a standard 4.3-inch color with USB connectivity and updated panel accents. The biggest is two-fold: The SE-R’s price tag by $1,080 versus the 2009 and Nissan has introduced a new low cost system on the 2010 model.

One at the 2010 Nissan Sentra and we were immediately taken by its surprising size particularly its and length. This compact is actually one of the largest entries in its It’s the widest vehicle at inches, besting competitors the Toyota Corolla and Honda and it’s within a half of the Mazda3 in length. The Sentra is so that it’s within of an inch of Nissan’s own midsize and the smaller sedan is more a full inch taller. Our tester is also the second vehicle among its competitors, the scales at a rotund 3,115

That’s even heavier the all-wheel drive Subaru and second in tonnage only to the Volkswagen Jetta. Even the comes in only 65 pounds

We were surprised at how close the was to the Altima in many dimensions, and for a sedan in a Nissan showroom even more complicated considering the Sentra’s downmarket the Versa. The so-called B-segment is a big boy in-and-of-itself, just three shorter and slightly narrower the Sentra, while coming in one inch taller. Naturally, causes us to wonder how many sales are lost to the Versa.

the Versa has 55 fewer ponies in 1.8 SL but it’s also over 500 lighter, available in both and hatch configurations, and starts at fewer bucks to boot.

The overly generous height and wheelbase conspire to create odd proportions, and to our eyes, the resulting looks awkward and narrow just no getting around the tall, incredibly bulbous On the bright side, our SE-R did have some nice-looking that differentiate it from its sporty siblings. For starters, the new 17-inch wheels help the Sentra’s profile some visual pop.

Also are bodyside moldings and a restrained wing that lends the amount of sporting pretense.

Nissan has added more cues inside the cabin, a pair of leather buckets front seat occupants. The are incredibly comfortable and well-bolstered, the Sentra a more upscale Unfortunately, that initial of quality quickly departed closer inspection of the rather dashboard laden with low hard-to-the-touch plastics.

If the SE-R come with twin pod displaying oil pressure and lateral along with Nissan’s new navigation system, the interior have looked like a landscape of automotive-grade Tupperware.

But the Sentra’s interior is nothing to at (or touch, for that matter), the and functionality of buttons and knobs are executed. There’s something to be for a vehicle that’s incredibly to operate from Day One, and the large knobs and steering controls are as intuitive as they While it’s true the Sentra’s overstuffed dimensions for a pretty bland-looking sedan, you get behind the wheel, those inches work to your

Nissan’s new $400 system was for lower cost, high vehicles like the Sentra, and it’s not as sophisticated as other we’ve sampled, it’s about a quarter of the price. the discount, it still comes with a 4.3-inch, touch-sensitive LCD and the ability to interface with and MP3 players while also with Bluetooth-equipped phones to hands-free calling.

All would be if the SE-R lived up to its sporting

Like the rest of the Sentra we found the system to be intuitive and offering all of the gas station and restaurant-finding we’ve come to expect. our pre-production tester apparently had a that inhibited its route abilities, but Nissan assures us the system will work once it reaches mass-production. reserve judgment until we can another example.

As much as we’d like the interior quality to improve, all be forgiven if the SE-R lived up to its ancestry. After all, we the original B13 SE-R of the early and the $4,000 premium over the Sentra means that model ought to live up to badge. Dolling out 177 horsepower and 172 of torque from its 2.5-liter the SE-R had enough power to 3,115 pounds of sedan, but it managed to set our blood to boil or get it much above room

Redline comes at a pedestrian RPM, with maximum available at 2,800 RPM. The mill delivers smooth (we’d estimate 0-60 at 7.5 and 8 seconds) that’s a bit better what you’d expect in a sedan, but it doesn’t sound or race-inspired and the SE-R’s XTronic variable transmission (CVT) any hopes of enthusiastic driving.

The CVT a gearless transmission keeps the in the optimal RPM range at all times in to improve performance and efficiency. But other CVT-equipped vehicles, we ourselves using the paddle to provide six forward shifting and avoid the feeling of the shiftless for performance purposes. It worked, but barely.

To compound matters, the CVT appear to do much to improve economy either we only a marginal 10.2 litres per 100 km moderate to heavy driving a 60/40 highway/city mix.

But the got a bit better when it came to and handling. The sport-tuned suspension a bit of an edge, without punishing the occupants on imperfect roads. And the speed variable electronic has a nice heft to it, the tiller some feedback for our tastes. tackling turns at higher we noticed more than a body roll not surprising the Sentra’s high ride but for a vehicle billed as a sporting there was more lean we expected.

Coupled with the aforementioned steering, the SE-R doesn’t offer a recipe for confident carving. Beyond sport-tuned rates, the only other hardware update for the SE-R is 17-inch wheels mated to Continental ContiProContact tires aid in keeping this up-level connected with the road.

We did a few bouts of torque steer accelerating hard from a and in each instance the SE-R to the right on dry pavement again, not Braking was solid thanks to four-wheel disc brakes inches up front and 11.5 in the rear), but you may want to step up to the V model with its larger front rotors to keep distances and rotor temps in if you’re into canyon or track days.

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After a few behind the wheel of the Nissan SE-R, we found ourselves between uninterested and nearly Not the sort of emotions that us to a new car. The Sentra scored for comfort, ease-of-use and general and we commend Nissan for offering an in-dash navigation option.

But a cheap navi and WYSIWYG enough to justify a $22,000 tag for this Sentra SE-R? Not The Sentra’s interior materials are too cheap and the SE-R’s performance too to justify its higher price tag alone its once-storied SE-R

From where we sit, either needs to get serious the Sentra or its compact sedan never end up at that altar; it’s in charge of fluffing the dress.

Second Opinion: 2010 Sentra SL

Even with the once-over it received for 2010, the Sentra doesn’t have a bone in its body. While may prove disappointing to those the above SE-R (or the even Spec-V), for a large segment of the there’s no shame in pursuing game. All of this is to say, buyers, wouldn’t you rather save some coin and an SL?

In addition to the boy-racer SE-R, we a wintery week with a Sentra SL in Michigan and Ohio, and no pulses were raised our time with the car, it itself well and received a number of compliments while people about.

First first this car is easy to Given that tiller and external brake levers long since disappeared off the of the automotive landscape, that may not like a particularly big accomplishment, but it is. Not are all the major controls where should be, all the minor ones are as The rotary HVAC controls are the model of efficiency, the Bluetooth was to pair and use, and the SL’s new color display on the audio head unit (with USB and satellite radio) wasn’t crisp, it may have been the intuitive iPod interface ever used. Admittedly, the is a sea of hard plastics, but with the color interior (tan), it look particularly cheap, when paired with the leather seating surfaces and the aforementioned slick stereo drawing one’s eyeballs.

One rear-seat passenger even that the interior was surprisingly and almost Lexus-like.

That might sound a bit of ridiculous hyperbole, but he has a point: say, Lexus’ ES350, the SL is an utter snooze dynamically, and all of its have been chamfered off for comfy, thought-free motoring. exact qualities are important to a lot of even if that sort of list is alien to most staffers and readers.

Admittedly, if you your boot in the 2.0-liter four, the Xtronic CVT gearbox produce that dreaded rubber-brand drone as it surges to the most of 140 horses and 147 pound-feet of But if you drive as conservatively as we imagine Sentra drivers do, you’ll notice anything but the handsome economy figures (26 city/34 The rest of the SL’s dynamic is as safe as houses and about as

What we have here, is a great car for thrifty seniors and types who might be put off by a Honda low-slung seating and spacey dashboard or a Mazda3’s firm Are those competitors better? an enthusiast’s standpoint, no question.

But for a group of buyers, the Sentra still have a certain charm about it.

— Paukert

LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable

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