in 2009 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $8,155 - $11,029
Original MSRP: $15,350 - $21,160
MPG: 24 City / 31 Hwy
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Used Car: 2009 Nissan Sentra Review

Review Last Updated: 5/19/15

Reviewers didn’t find a lot to complain about with the 2009 Nissan Sentra, but others in the class have better performance and more available safety equipment.

The 2009 Nissan Sentra is ranked:

Most reviewers agreed that the 2009 Nissan Sentra has a comfortable, well-made interior. The base model has more standard features than a lot of competitors, including air conditioning, power windows and door locks and a four-speaker stereo with auxiliary input. The base model lacks anti-lock brakes. That’s not uncommon for the class, but you can’t get electronic stability control or traction control on any model, which is rare, even for a 2009 small car. The Sentra’s crash test scores, however, are good.

The Sentra has a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that averages up to 25/33 mpg city/highway. Reviewers said the Sentra’s continuously variable transmission (CVT) is smooth, but the overall driving experience is boring. The Sentra’s SE-R Spec V model has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that reviewers said is significantly stronger than the base engine.

Though reviewers didn’t have much to complain about with the Sentra, competitors easily overshadow it with more engaging performance and more available safety features.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Hyundai Elantra ranks near the top of the class with plenty of passenger and cargo space, and has good safety scores. The Elantra’s performance isn’t inspiring, but it is well-suited for commuting. While the Elantra doesn’t have as many standard interior features as the Sentra, it can come comparably equipped. Some Elantras may also be outfitted with electronic stability control and traction control, which the Sentra doesn’t offer at all.

The 2009 Toyota Corolla is another practical commuter car with good fuel economy and interior space. The Corolla’s list of standard features is basic, but comparable with the Sentra’s. It also has standard anti-lock brakes, which the Sentra doesn’t have, and as well as available electronic stability control and traction control. 

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