2011 Nissan Sentra
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Great Car No Body Knows About

by from Hudson, Ohio on September 21, 2010

I have driven my 2010 Sentra for over 500 miles, city and highway. Year end sale and got a great price. These are my impressions: 1) The car is extremely quiet for its size. Low road noise and low en...
I have driven my 2010 Sentra for over 500 miles, city and highway. Year end sale and got a great price. These are my impressions: 1) The car is extremely quiet for its size. Low road noise and low engine noise. The engine growls only under heavy acceleration. 2) The ride is excellent and comparable to many cars one class size larger. 3) Interior is roomy. The dash is brightly illuminated, but has an odd amber colored LED showing gas, engine temp odometer, etc. I eventually I got used to it. 4) Huge trunk and has 60/40 rear seats that fold flat. I wished the trunk opening was a bit larger. 5) The CVT transmission is very smooth and seems to keep the engine rpm at a specific rpm. Since there are no perceptable "shifts", you underestimate how fast you're accelerating. 6) Handles fine. Stable and secure at 70mph+. Tight turning radius. Final thoughts. Drive the Corolla and Civic, then drive the Sentra. You'll be surprized.
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Great little car

by from Rockford, IL on November 10, 2010

I am driving this car for a rental car for a week. Wow, what a surprise. It's a 2011 with only 250 miles. It has more horse power that other 4 cylinders I have driven. I had to make a quick emergency ...
I am driving this car for a rental car for a week. Wow, what a surprise. It's a 2011 with only 250 miles. It has more horse power that other 4 cylinders I have driven. I had to make a quick emergency stop today and it really came through. I am now looking at this car for the 16 year old that will be driving soon.
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An Under-Rated Car

by from on April 23, 2011

My family and I have been searching for a new car for months and always concluded with the Nissan Sentra. There are more pro than cons that I can point out. Pro: Very spacious interior compared to mos...
My family and I have been searching for a new car for months and always concluded with the Nissan Sentra. There are more pro than cons that I can point out. Pro: Very spacious interior compared to most sedans. Glove compartment and truck was surprisingly huge! Stability and steering feels like driving a luxury truck (steady steering). SL model comes with a beautiful 4.3 monitor screen. USB port. Although the car has rear drum brake, still has 4-wheel ABS. Great fuel economy! Sensitive speed volume for the radio. Everything is displayed on the trip monitor. Fold down seats in the rear + cup holders. Perfect amount of power for daily driving. Bluetooth hands free also standard. IMO great styling. More bang for your buck!! Cons: Drum brakes (got to live with it) Small side mirros. Minor blindspots. Overall I'm very satisfied with my purchase. From all the cars I have tested and dealership I have visited, the Nissan Sentra tops them all. With the money I am putting down, I get all that I need, nothing more and nothing less. I'm glad I didnt listen to my friends on pursuading me to buy something else.
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Had the car a day and love it!!

by from Atlanta, GA on January 23, 2011

Nissan has some great incentives right now and I jumped and bought my THIRD Sentra since 1991 yesterday. The Sentra's new CVT transmission is unreal.....it is the same transmission they use in the Nis...
Nissan has some great incentives right now and I jumped and bought my THIRD Sentra since 1991 yesterday. The Sentra's new CVT transmission is unreal.....it is the same transmission they use in the Nissan Altima and Consumer Reports ranks this CVT top of the line for mid-size cars. You don't even feel the car shifting gears!! Nissan threw in a 96 month bumper to bumper warranty for 1400 dollars, which gives me peace of mind. I am pleased with the features of the 2011 Sentra and it feels much like my 2004 Sentra I used to trade in on this. I needed a car with cruise control as my '04 did not have it. This new Sentra has the 2.0 liter engine so is peppier than the '04's 1.8 liter engine. Overall I am very pleased with my choice. You can't go wrong with a Nissan!!! -----Reviwer in Atlanta, GA
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LOVE my new little car!!

by from va on March 20, 2011

I love my Sentra SL!! It comes with an in dash nav system and it works great! I love that it has a USB port for my iPhone! I was looking in to this car, a corolla, and a mazda3, I decided to go with t...
I love my Sentra SL!! It comes with an in dash nav system and it works great! I love that it has a USB port for my iPhone! I was looking in to this car, a corolla, and a mazda3, I decided to go with the sentra because for the price I got a lot more with the sentra. I like the way it drives and I feel like it handles very well. I only gave three stars for comfort because I have a lower back injury and the driver's seat seems to upset my back quite a bit... but, other than that it's an awesome car for me and my 1 year old to get around town.
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Great Car!

by from Johnson City, TN on April 11, 2011

I researched and test drove 6 new cars that I was considering. The 2011 Sentra blew its competitors out of the water. From the more powerful engine to the CVT it was clearly the best value in its clas...
I researched and test drove 6 new cars that I was considering. The 2011 Sentra blew its competitors out of the water. From the more powerful engine to the CVT it was clearly the best value in its class.
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Very reliable car!!

by from Orange Park, FL on May 3, 2011

I have owned my Nissan Sentra for 6 months and have really enjoyed the reliability, gas mileage and overall comfort of driving this vehicle.
I have owned my Nissan Sentra for 6 months and have really enjoyed the reliability, gas mileage and overall comfort of driving this vehicle.
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Former Happy Stick Shift PT Cruiser Owner.

by from SOUTHERN OREGON on April 21, 2011

Traded in my 2006 PT Cruiser Stick Shift--which was a wonderful car for me and my assist dog--folded flat rear seats or remove them. This 2011 Sentra has the same kind of utility in the back--just not...
Traded in my 2006 PT Cruiser Stick Shift--which was a wonderful car for me and my assist dog--folded flat rear seats or remove them. This 2011 Sentra has the same kind of utility in the back--just not so top heavy or quite so big.Thus it handles and corners better--and the 6 speed stick shift model I purchased is perfect for me--as I am a stick shift old guy who likes stick shift control. It might get very good mileage on he long distance freeway runs I take. IT WAS AWESOME ON A WINDING TIGHT TURN STEEP GRADE ROAD NEAR HERE, AND I COULD NOT GET IT TO BREAK AWAY ON TURNS.--IT CORNERS VERY WELL--THE STABILTY CONTROL AND THE ABS MUST HELP THAT--I AM VERY IMPRESSED--MUCH BETTER THAN MY OLD SPORTS CAR--. --AND A COMPACT VAN-- CRUISER WHICH WAS GOOD FOR A BIGGER TOP HEAVY RIG.--STICK SHIFT ALSO. --i AM HAPPY BUT CONCERNED MY INSURANCE COMPANY RATED IT NOT SO WELL --APPARENTLY BECAUSE OF VARIOUS THINGS i AM BAFFLED ABOUT?
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The worst new car I have ever purchased.

by from Dallas,tx on September 22, 2012

I purchased my 2011 sentra and have had nothing but problems since I purchased the car. I have had numerous problems such as airbag warning lights and rattles in the interior. Those are just minor thi...
I purchased my 2011 sentra and have had nothing but problems since I purchased the car. I have had numerous problems such as airbag warning lights and rattles in the interior. Those are just minor things that i can deal with. My cvt transmission failed at 23,000 miles and now at 40,000 miles my engine is being replaced do to piston slap. I have had all maintenence (oil changes Etc) done at my local nissan dealership so i know its not my fault. I would not recommend this car to anyone.
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My first Nissan

by from Ohio on August 22, 2011

This is my first time purchasing a Nissan. I purchased it as new in March 2011. For the last 10 years I have owned Toyota vehicles. I compared the Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla. My choice came down...
This is my first time purchasing a Nissan. I purchased it as new in March 2011. For the last 10 years I have owned Toyota vehicles. I compared the Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla. My choice came down to price. I was able to get a 2011 Sentra S for about the same price as the closeout 2010 Corolla. The Sentra has a smooth ride, except on very bumpy rodes. The seats seem to be comfortable. Even the rear seats seem very comfortable. I do have upper and lower back problems but since I don't drive far, I haven't noticed much problem. I do wish that the driver's seat had an adjustable lumbar support. I like the CVT transmission. You do have to adjust to it. The CVT is nice when you are getting on the highway. The engine will rev high but if you keep the gas pedal down, the transmission will allow the car to get up to speed pretty quickly before going into overdrive. The Sentra seems to handle well on the road. I haven't had the chance to experience handling in the snow yet. Gas mileage seems to be very good. The only time I noticed poor mileage was when the weather was very cold. The transmission didn't seem like it would shift until it warmed up. In the very cold month's, I was getting in the lower 20's in mostly city driving. Now in the warm Summer month's, I am getting around 29 to 30 MPG in mostly city driving. I took the car on a small highway trip last month and got around 42 to 43MPG. I like the Sentra but the quality doesn't seem to be even close to that of Toyota. Within my first week of owning it, the rear door frame where the window comes out of the door was rattling and loose. The dealer had to replace it because the clips were broken. The first time I filled the gas tank, I noticed that the gas cap retainer was broken so I had to set the cap on the ground and remember to put it back on when I was finished. A few weeks ago, I was on a bumpy road and not long after I noticed that the car was squeeking loudly like an old pick up truck. I looked underneath and noticed that the heat shield above the muffler was bent under the muffler and rubbing on it. I bent it back and it seems ok now. I am hoping that the mechanics of the car are of higher quality. These problems are scaring me because they remind me of some of the reasons that I stopped buying American cars. Although the American cars I have owned were worse with transmission and engine problems. Remember Nissan, first impressions are lasting impressions. I rarely had to do anything besides regular maintenance with my Toyota.
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