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1997 Nissan Sentra (continued)


Affordable, practical, comfortable and fun to drive are the words that best describe the Sentra.

This sedan offers an attractive, roomy and comfortable interior. It's quiet underway with little engine, road or wind noise. It soaks up bumps, but handling is precise and controlled. Acceleration is adequate, yet the engine is downright miserly with fuel.

Driving a Sentra is not a chore. It does the job well and even provides a little fun while doing it. These attributes make the Sentra well worthy of consideration when shopping for a small sedan.

Model Line Overview

Model lineup:N/A
Transmissions:4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):Dual airbags
Safety equipment (optional):N/A
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Smyrna, TN

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP):GXE
Standard equipment:GXE) Air conditioning, AM/FM/cassetteaudio, power steering, power windows, power mirrors, power locks, tilt steering, intermittent wipers, rear defogger, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, cruise control
Options as tested (MSRP):ABS
Destination charge:N/A
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $15,718
Engine:1.6-liter dohc 16v 4-cyl.
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):115 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):108 @ 4000
Transmission:5-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:30/40 mpg
Wheelbase:99.8 in.
Length/width/height:170.1/66.6/54.5 in.
Track, f/r:58.3/56.9 in.
Turning circle:34.1 ft.
Seating capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.1/50.1/42.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:36.5/52.8/32.4 in.
Cargo volume:10.7 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:Independent
Suspension, r:Beam axle
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weight:2315 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:disc/drum
Fuel capacity:13.2 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of March 15, 1997.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-335-3592 -

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