• (4.6) 14 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,466$9,642
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 25-32
  • Engine: 135-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD
2009 Nissan Sentra

Our Take on the 2009 Nissan Sentra

Our Take

The Nissan Sentra sits between the subcompact Versa and the midsize Altima. Regular Sentras come in base 2.0, 2.0 S and 2.0 SL trim levels. The Nissan Sentra is an alternative to the likes of the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. The Sentra SE-R and SE-R Spec V are Nissan's representatives in ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • ABS not standard
  • Drum rear brakes standard
  • A-pillar can block view
  • So-so styling
  • SE-R is underwhelming
  • No stability system

Notable Features

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual or CVT
  • Trunk partition
  • 2.5-liter SE-R version

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in June 2008 about the 2008 Nissan Sentra. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2009, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.This review focuses on the sportiest Sentra trim level, the SE-R Spec V. I already reviewed the regular 2007 Sentra, and that model is mostly ... Read full review for the 2009 Nissan Sentra

Consumer Reviews

4.6

Average based on 14 reviews

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Small is good.

by TomR from Gainesville, FL on February 16, 2011

For a small economical car, this Sentra impressed me. It rides smooth and is light enough where it is fun around corners. I like the continuously variable transmission. No anoying upshifting and downs... Read Full Review

9 Trim Levels Available

Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2009 Nissan Sentra trim comparison will help you decide.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

Learn More About Warranties

Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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