2005 Nissan Sentra

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$12,900

starting MSRP

2005 Nissan Sentra

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Fuel economy
  • Maneuverability
  • SE-R handling
  • SE-R performance

The bad:

  • Backseat space
  • IIHS side-impact crash-test rating

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2005 Nissan Sentra trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Choice of four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic
  • FWD
  • High-performance SE-R and Spec V models

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.9
  • Interior design 3.8
  • Performance 3.9
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 3.9
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Excellent car

I bought it used in January 2022 with just under 54,000 miles to replace a 2008 Forester. I've been very happy with the car. I use it to get to and from work, do errands, and go to fishing destinations. It's reliable and economically friendly with a nicely designed interior for those who don't need a lot of tech and features. I'm 5'7" 175lb and the driver's seat is comfortable with enough head and legroom. Cargo capacity, along with the rest of the interior, has enough room for me to fit a large carry bag, a good amount of fishing gear, an inflatable fishing vessel, and 3 fishing rods as long as 8 feet in order to go on a weekend fishing trip. It doesn't accelerate quickly from a complete stop, but has very good passing and highway entrance acceleration. The steering is very impressive, where there's the perfect touch of power steering to go with the perfect touch of stiffness to prevent looseness while at higher speeds and oversteer. The steering wheel is also quick to recover on its own after making a turn. The ride quality isn't all that perfect, but it soaks up smaller bumps and holes better than my Forester did.

4.1

Great everyday car.

Use every day for work. Great on gas. Easy to drive in traffic. Very reliable. Front wheel drive, good in bad weather. Easy to park in city.

4.3

The most reliable car I've owned to date.

Car met and still continues to meet all expectations, lacks low end power but the higher you go in the rev range the wider that smile gets. Peppy little engine, handles corners amazing with 0 understeer when power driving. Will recommend getting the sentra 1.8 with a standard transmission to get the most out of it. Car is very very reliable, and very fuel efficient.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
N/A
Powertrain
84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)
Dealer certification required
167-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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