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2000 Nissan Sentra (continued)


Nissan's new Sentra is a willing sedan with a smoothness that leaves you feeling it's worth more than its price. Cruising along an interstate is a peaceful experience in both the GXE and the SE models. On winding roads, it offers sporty handling that makes it fun to drive. Stiff suspension tuning and big 16-inch wheels with Firestone Firehawk GTA tires give the SE with the Performance Package the abilities of a European sedan.

All-new styling is neat and proportioned. We sense that Nissan is in the position that Volkswagen was a decade ago when its cars were very good, but nobody noticed, and few purchased. If you're in the market for an affordable sedan that's easy to look at and tons of fun to drive, then you shouldn't wait for Nissan's fortunes in the mass market to improve as a result of this new Sentra.

Model Line Overview

Model lineup:XE ($11,649); GXE ($13,499); SE ($14,899)
Engines:1.8-liter 16v dohc inline-4; 2.0-liter 16v dohc inline-4
Transmissions:5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):driver and passenger front air bags standard; side-impact airbags, ABS optional
Safety equipment (optional):N/A
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Aguascalientes, Mexico

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP):SE ($14,899)
Standard equipment:(SE) cruise control, power windows, viscous limited-slip differential, 8-way adjustable driver seat, air conditioning, power locks, mirrors, fog lights, AM/FM/CD/cassette stereo with steering wheel controls
Options as tested (MSRP):SE Performance Package ($899); sunroof ($599); 180-watt CD stereo ($199)
Destination charge:($520)
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $17,116
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:2.0-liter inline-4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):145 @ 6400
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):136 @ 4800
Transmission:5-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:24/31 mpg
Wheelbase:99.8 in.
Length/width/height:177.5/67.3/55.5 in.
Track, f/r:58.1/57.3 in.
Turning circle:34.7 ft.
Seating capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.9/52.1/41.6 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.0/52.3/33.7 in.
Cargo volume:11.6 cu. ft.
Payload:1,000 Lbs.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:struts, coil springs
Suspension, r:beam axle, coil springs
Ground clearance:4.5 in.
Curb weight:2674 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc
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 February 24, 2000.
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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