(4.6) 11 reviews
MSRP: $3,203$10,215
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

9 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.