2011 Nissan Sentra Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, The 2011 Nissan Sentra receives a host of revised option packages as well as new standard equipment. The list of new packages includes the SL Value Package, SL Audio Package, and Visual Audio Package, which is available on the 2.0 S and 2.0 SR. Navigation is now standard in the SE-R Upgrade Package, while ABS and stability and traction control are standard on the 2.0.
The Nissan Sentra entered the market in 1985 and its is the carmakers oldest offering. The Sentra combines excellent economy, reliability, and performance. The 1991 debut of the SE-R had consumers turning their heads. The SE-R sports a 2.0 Liter, 140 horsepower engine, a limited slip differential, and a sport-tuned suspension. It is a leading seller for Nissan.
The last few models haven’t met the established Sentra standards however. This leaves the car struggling against models from Chevrolet, Honda, and Hyundai. All of the latter manufacturers offer smaller vehicles with greater style, better economy and greater dynamics. The long coveted SE-R is now lacking too. The Spec V, its upper trim, is struggle with the likes of the Honda Civic Si, the Mazdaspeed3, and the VW GTI.
Nissan will have to give the Sentra a major upgrade to remain in the car segment as a competitor. Its current C platform has an aging torsion beam suspension in the rear. The addition of an independent rear suspension would be a good step forward. Hopefully Nissan will give the Sentra redesign soon.
Using a long 105.7-inch wheelbase, short overhangs, and large door openings, the Sentra sports a stubby appearance. In addition to last year’s new headlamps, taillamps, and front fascia, the 2011 2.0 S and 2.0 SL get an SE-R-style rear spoiler. The Sentra possesses a five-person interior with 97.7 cubic-feet of passenger volume. The trunk, at 13.1 cubic-feet, offers generous cargo space, which can be enlarged via an oversized pass-through and a 60/40-split folding rear seat.
Motivating the Sentra is a 2.0-liter, 140-horsepower I-4 mated to a six-speed manual or CVT. The suspension is comprised of front struts and a rear torsion beam. The high-performance Nissan Sentra SE-R and SE-R Spec V up the ante with larger 2.5-liter I-4s, delivering 177 (SE-R) and 200 horsepower (Spec V). While both boast sport suspensions and larger brakes, the Spec V touts a limited slip differential.
Every Sentra is equipped with front, front-side, and side curtain airbags. Moreover, all Sentras get front-seat active head restraints, while the 2.0 SL, SE-R, and SE-R Spec V receive stability and traction control.
Engines: 2.0L I-4, 2.5L I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Models: 2.0, 2.0 S, 2.0 SR, 2.0 SL, SE-R, SE-R Spec V
EPA Fuel Economy
2.0 (CVT): 26 mpg city/34 mpg highway
2.0 (manual): 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway
SE-R: 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway
SE-R Spec V: 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Price : $15,840 – $20,400