• (3.5) 18 reviews
  • MSRP: $430–$5,330
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 27-31
  • Engine: 122-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2001 Nissan Sentra

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2001 Nissan Sentra Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Nissan’s smallest U.S. model was redesigned and introduced in February as a late 2000 arrival, so it basically carries over for this year. The front-drive Sentra comes only in sedan body styling and is now classified as a compact and not a subcompact by the EPA.

The Sentra illustrates the increasingly global nature of the auto industry. The styling took place in California; the interior was designed in Germany; the engineering was done in Japan and the United States; and the car is built in Mexico. To add more international intrigue, French automaker Renault owns a controlling interest in Japan-based Nissan.

Nissan tries to give the Sentra a more upscale image with Maxima-like styling features, including a low hood/high rear deck, chiseled character lines that run front to rear and an arching line for the trunk.

The length grew by 6.5 inches to 177.5 overall with the redesign.

The Sentra has the usual small sedan accommodations of two front bucket seats and a rear bench with nominal space for three people. Most adults will feel cramped in the back. The split rear seatbacks fold for additional cargo space, and the releases are in the trunk.

New interior features include a covered storage box on top of the instrument panel, holders for 20-ounce beverage bottles in the front door map pockets and optional side-impact airbags for the front seats.

Under the Hood
Two engines are available in the Sentra. A new 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 126 horsepower replaced a 1.6-liter as the base engine. A carryover 2.0-liter four-cylinder from the previous generation gained 5 hp to 145. A Sentra CA (Clean Air) model is available in California with a low-emission version of the 1.8-liter engine.

Both engines are available with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. Antilock brakes are grouped with side airbags as an option package.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 18 reviews

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It's a good daily driver and first car

by BoostinJT from West Chicago, IL on July 23, 2017

The car serves me as a great daily driver, and first car for beginner drivers. It has good mileage and fuel efficient for the year the car was made.

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There are currently 8 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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