I don't actually understand why so many people are saying the Bluebird is powerful and sporty. The 2.0L engine seriously lacks torque and needs to be punted fairly high in the rev range (over 3500rpm) for quicker acceleration. This makes driving up hills frustrating as the auto transmission is forever hunting for the right gear. The lack of torque also makes it a rather thirsty 2L car.
The handling of the car is rather average. Quite a bit of lean and body roll, not that much grip (and I've got premium touring tyres.) Bumps unsettle the handling, and big potholes overwhelm the suspension which I feel is neither particularly comfortable or sporty.
On the upside though, it's a steady cruiser. I've got top of the range SEL model and it's decked out with leather trim, CD player and the like which makes it a relaxed environment to be in, whether its stuck in city traffic or long distance to the countryside. Rear legroom however is not that generous and its noisy!
Overall the Bluebird has served me very well. It just seems like designers at Nissan got confused about whether it was going to be a luxury car or a sports car judging by sports car engine and overly heavy body. Firm pseudo-sports suspension, but crap handling.
The Bluebird is a great car for people who don't pay particular attention to the performance of the car, but value comfort and reliability more.