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Nissan Sentra : Used

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Justin Pritchard
Refined ride and space loved by last-generation Sentra owners
Model:  Nissan Sentra : Used

Vehicle Type: Compact Sedan

The Verdict: Other than a few fairly minor problems, a used, last-generation Sentra appears to be a relatively safe bet -- so long as it gets a mechanical thumbs-up ahead of your purchase.

Price: Standard Sentra models tend to be priced from around $8,000 for a 2007 model with some miles to $18,000 for an “almost new” 2012 model with a few thousand clicks. Shoppers should expect no problem finding a decent model towards the lower end of that spectrum.

2010 Nissan Sentra SER spec V 3/4 view
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What Owners Like About The Used Nissan Sentra:
Commonly, Sentra owners report good ride quality, a relatively roomy interior and decent-size trunk. In fact, more than one owner talking to the web to share his/her experience said that the Sentra will surprise folks who don’t like driving small cars. Storage space on board (as well as styling) was also highly rated.

What Owners Dislike: Dull orange instrument illumination is a big complaint here, as is the wide turning radius. Some owners wish for better fuel economy and easier-to-clean seats, too.

History/Description: Standard versions of this 6th-generation Sentra got a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with 140 horsepower and a 6-speed manual transmission. Nissan’s CVT gearbox was available. All models were front-wheel drive.

Sentra 2.0 was the base model, while the 2.0S and 2.0SL amounted to mid- and top-range models, respectively. Sporty, up-powered SE-R and SE-R Spec V models were available as well.

On higher-end models, look for available heated mirrors, Bluetooth, leather seating, a power sunroof, Rockford Fosgate audio, and more.

2010 Nissan Sentra SER spec V inside
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Justin Pritchard
Justin Pritchard
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