2011 Nissan Sentra from North America


Nothing as this was a rental.

General Comments:

We rented this car on a week long trip to Hawaii. For the most part I found the car to be decent with fairly good fuel economy, performance, and comfort. The styling to me at least is a bit bland and anonymous. The interior was well laid out. Unlike a lot of new cars I've driven more recently, I had no problem figuring out where the controls were. All of it was very intuitive. The stereo was very good - in fact perhaps better than some of the more pricey cars I've driven. A nice, solid sound with great bass.

The engine was a bit loud during hard acceleration. Definitely more "gutsy" and quicker than a lot of 4 cylinder engines. It also had halfway decent handling.

The interior was comfortable and roomy. The trunk was surprisingly large, and able to accommodate all of our luggage easily. The interior materials were sort of cheap and overly plasticy looking. But it wasn't bad either. I wouldn't expect a high level of refinement on an entry level car, so for all practical purposes, the interior on this car was decent.

I'm not sure what the fuel economy actually was on the car, but we only had to add a few gallons during the whole trip. I'm guessing it was getting close to 35MPG.

Overall, I think it was a decent car for the money, and perfectly adequate for everyday commuting.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th May, 2011

2011 Nissan Sentra S 2.0 from North America


Sensible ride for the money



General Comments:

An unexpected surprise.

I purchased this Nissan for my wife 1 week ago, and she has already put over 1000 miles on it. For a family on a budget, this was one of just a few new Nissans we could realistically afford. Of course I was a little skeptical of the little cheap car, and wanted to drive off the lot in a new 370-Z, but my wallet laughed at me. I have owned a few Nissans, and I’m familiar with their reliability, but when offered the low monthly payment coupled with the 10 year – 120,000 mile warranty (including bumper to bumper) plus free oil changes for the duration of the warranty, I lost sight of the 370-Z and my wallet smiled instead of laughed.

The gas mileage was a huge plus, seeing how the 2001 X-Terra we traded in barely gave us 15 MPG. It more than doubled the MPG. Based on what we were paying monthly for gas, we actually came out $60.00 per month cheaper buying this Sentra.

Now I’m a big guy, and was worried that I may not fit in this car too well. I was pleasantly surprised when I got behind the wheel. It was roomy in the front and in the rear, with adequate head room.

The Sentra we bought came with the 2.0 engine, which gives all the horsepower we need carrying around a family. I have no problems accelerating onto the interstate in this car. It handles well in the mountains for what it is. I would not hesitate buying another Sentra or any other Nissan product. It sure hurts this Chevy man’s heart to say that, but hey, gas mileage and reliability beckons me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2011

9th Apr 2011, 11:49

I agree, just got one myself, and I'm happy.

9th Apr 2011, 17:36

The Sentra is supposed to compete with compact cars like the Corolla, Civic, and the new Cruze, but it has so much interior room that it's classified as a midsize car. I would much rather have one over a Focus, Cruze, Corolla, or Civic. Many people say it doesn't look very good, but I like its looks.

21st Aug 2011, 17:52

I bought one 8 months ago and love mine. Big enough for a road trip, great on gas and quiet inside. I look forward to driving the Sentra each time I go somewhere. The engine and transmission is first rate.