2001 Nissan Sentra SE 2.0 SR20DE from North America


A mini version of the Maxima SE


There is nothing wrong with the car.

General Comments:

When the 2000/2001 compact car models came out, there are only a few that really stood out. I purchased the 2001 Nissan Sentra SE for this reason.

The new design and vehicle specs are definite improvements from the earlier models. The only thing I am not happy with is the rear design. They should have just patterned it with the Infinity G20 or Nissan Primera.

As far as performance, this car has an SR20DE engine, which is a light weight 2.0 engine. You can find this engine in Nissan Sylvia with the added turbo. It delivers 145 hp and 136 lbs of torque that gives it good mid-range power. You can actually move the car from a full stop on 2nd gear in a manual transmission.

Helping out in delivering engine power is the intake and exhaust system. The twin muffler helps in performance as well as efficiency. In normal driving conditions, one pipe is closed, but when power is needed (like in hard acceleration), both pipes are open.

In addition, the SE comes with a viscous limited slip differential. This definitely helps when quick acceleration is needed and prevention of under steering. One of the downsides is that it creates a lot of torque steer.

Another added bonus to this car is that the suspension is upgraded to sports level. I have had several close calls and I can truly say that the sports suspension kept me away from trouble. Plus, driving it on the Pacific Coast Highway is pleasure. Though I wish that the tires were better so that it could keep up with the nice suspension upgrade.

Because of the stiffer suspension, the quality of the ride is compromised. You can definitely feel the road on the steering wheel and the shifter. But if you are a racing buff, that is actually a nice thing.

The interior amenities of the car are great. The seats conform to the body well, the ergonomics are nicely done and the sound system makes you forget about the exhaust and road noise this car makes.

Although the car is bigger than the previous model, there seems to be no improvement with the leg room for the rear passengers.

Overall, it's a very good car. Its quick, reliable, quite comfortable and fun to drive. As you can see, I enjoy it so much I've already put 20,600 miles in just 15 months. For the price, it's an excellent car. No other stock compact car even comes close.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2002

2001 Nissan Sentra SE 2.0 I4 (SR20DE) from North America


The sane Civic alternative


Nothing has gone wrong with this car mechanically.

When a rock shattered my windshield when I was driving on the highway, and the dealership installed the new one, the seal around the windshield wasn't installed properly and began to peel off. This was promptly repaired by the Nissan dealership.

General Comments:

The Nissan Sentra is probably the best car overall in its class.

With the over-priced and under-performing Honda Civic becoming ever more popular for whatever reason, people seem to forget that there are other options. The Nissan Sentra, particularly the SE with the optional performance package, delivers in a way that no stock compact car in its class can.

Options on my car include power moonroof, performance package with 7 speaker CD stereo system, 16" 6 spoke alloy wheels, performance H-rated low profile tires, and sport tuned suspension, as well as the rear spoiler, which, despite its total lack of functionality - this being a front wheel drive car - manages to conceal the somewhat ugly rear end of the car.

Performance is adequate with 0-60 times of just under 9 seconds equipped with the automatic transmission, or 7.8 with the manual if you can shift it correctly. I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a well equipped, quick car on a relatively tight budget.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2002

16th Jun 2002, 22:09

I know everyone loves their cars and you want to back yours up. There is no way that a sentra SE with any kind of stock performance package would be able to go from 0 to 60 in 7.8 seconds. Don't just regurgitate what the manufactures tell you. Maybe 7.8 seconds down a hill or something, but not on flat ground. Test it yourself, but those numbers are unbelievable. I own a honda civic and like both cars very much. My friend owns a sentra and I also like his car. Let me tell you that my car is claimed to go from 0 to 60 by the factory in 8.9 seconds and edmunds says it can reach the 60mph mark in 9.5 seconds. Testing I did on my car before it was modified produced times around 9.8 seconds and now after I have done some work on the car the numbers are around 8.5 seconds. Don't buy into hype! anyone can tell you that a car will be so fast or an aftermarket part will a so much, but research it before you just take someone's word for it who you have never met, who by the way is trying to sell you something. For example a Subaru Impreza WRX type STI has claims that it can go 0 to 60 in 5.5 seconds. It can't, those numbers are more like 6.0 or 6.1. Nothing mean just don't take peoples' word for things like that.