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2008 Nissan Sentra Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Nissan Sentra was new.

The 2008 Nissan Sentra seats five. It's a bigger car than past Sentras, and most agree that seats are comfortable and ergonomics are well designed overall. The Auto Channel says the interior is "mighty modern and aesthetically distinctive, attractively edgy in fact. Materials are better than expected. Fit and finish are up to high standards."

However, there are a few who side with the Detroit News, who says the Sentra "isn't going to win any prizes in the styling department."

Reviewers agree that the Sentra's seats are comfortable. While reviewers hail the introduction of practical features including a deeper-than-usual glove box and the Divide-N-Hide trunk container, the interior materials and dash presentation are not listed as highlights.

According to the Detroit News, "I know they took it back to the drawing board once or twice for some tweaks, but the '07 Sentra still looks boring and timid." Autoweb seconds, "The interior is comfortable, but not excellent or very innovative."

Seating

Seating in the Sentra is described as spacious. The Sentra's interior caused Edmunds to write, "No longer does owning an economy sedan mean you'll be holding your breath or retracting limbs as you wedge yourself into a pint-size compact." When assessing the seats specifically, Autoweb says, "The buckets are soft, yet prove supportive over long distances; seat bottoms are long and have bolsters that give way with the slightest pressure and the back rest is curved to offer a slight lumbar benefit, while also providing more of those soft bolsters." Reviewers also like the legroom and overall sizing of the Sentra. "The extra room in the new generation car does not go unnoticed, because the new Sentra feels more spacious, with ample leg and shoulder room in the front and rear, says CNET. This opinion is not shared completely. "Knee room is tight even if the driver is of average height, reports the Chicago Tribune, asserting that "if the driver is on an NBA roster, take public transportation."

Interior Features

"If you're looking to be pampered inside, well, you'll be reminded that this is an economy car, after all," says U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman. "The basics, like power windows and locks, are there, and you can upgrade to niceties like leather upholstery, keyless ignition, and a six-CD changer. The Sentra's options and packages are disappointing, however. Heated seats and power-adjustable seats aren't even available." Other reviewers are satisfied with the range of features. "Nissan deserves praise for offering lots of upscale amenities on the Sentra," says the Detroit News.

For 2008, Nissan upped the quantity of standard amenities for the Sentra trims. Edmunds explains, "ABS, cruise control and a security system become standard fare on 2.0 S models, while all 2008 Nissan Sentras gain auto-up convenience for the power driver window."

Stereo and Entertainment

The base model comes with an AM/FM/CD audio system and four speakers, while the 2.0 S, 2.0 SL, SE-R and SE-R Spec-V come standard with a "premium" AM/FM/CD audio system and six speakers. Several reviewers are unimpressed with the sound quality of the optional eight-speaker Rockford Fosgate Audio System (which is not available on the base model), "The optional Rockford Fosgate six-CD in-dash audio system didn't win us over on sound quality, and unfortunately this package is the only way to get MP3/WMA capability in the Sentra," says CNET. "Despite eight total speakers, including two 8-inch subwoofers, the sound didn't seem enveloping or particularly lush. We did appreciate the burned-CD playback … but given the fact that the sunroof package is required with the audio package, we'd have to question checking those option boxes were we ordering a new Sentra."

Navigation

Reviewers are surprised the Sentra doesn’t have an available navigation system like other vehicles such as the Honda Civic, but note that available Bluetooth cell phone integration is a unique feature among competitors. "The choice comes down to whether you want to find where you're going or place hands-free calls," says CNET.

Cargo

"Nissan believes that these folks virtually live in their cars, so in designing the new Sentra, they've tried to create a 'mobile backpack,' " says New Car Test Drive about the Sentra’s 13.1 cubic feet of cargo space, multiple storage containers and cubbies.

The rear seat features a 60/40 split design that allows for transportation of large or unusual-sized items. "The seat cushions must be flipped forward first, which is a drag," says Cars.com. "But results in a continuous, almost-flat floor." Also here, the Divide-N-Hide, is described by MSN as a clever removable trunk divider panel that creates a hidden storage compartment. "Looks like they're going after the lucrative smuggler market," says Cars.com. The Divide-N-Hide is available as part of the Convenience Package on the Sentra 2.0 S and comes standard on the Sentra 2.0 SL. "Besides routine stuff, items such as snowboards, hockey sticks and bicycles can be hauled," they say. "The large trunk has a wide opening with a lid that moves well up and out of the way on hydraulic struts, but no interior pull-down handle on the lid's inside metal means hands will get dirty on the outside metal -- a curious oversight for a car destined to see many shopping centers."

Many reviewers label the Sentra’s interior features as "handy" and convenient," in reference to the Divide-N-Hide and built-in CD holder on the driver visor that keeps up to eight compact discs within easy reach. Motor Week calls the CD holder innovative. "A definite crowd pleaser for the young and hip." But Edmunds asks, "hasn't everyone who wants to carry eight CDs worth of music around bought an iPod by now?" If that’s the case, the Sentra also has an audio auxiliary input on the center console. Another feature, which reviewers love, is the deep locking glove box. Nissan advertises it is large enough to hold a laptop computer. The size and locking feature wins over reviewers who agree it is a great place for storing valuables. The Chicago Tribune says it "might hold a small laptop, but for sure a purse. Neat."

 

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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