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in 2009 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $7,748 - $11,148
Original MSRP: $15,350 - $21,160
MPG: 24 City / 31 Hwy
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2009 Nissan Sentra Interior

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Most agree that the five-seat Sentra has a comfortable interior that's well equipped and designed. Several writers find that even six-footers have enough space behind the driver's seat -- and occasionally -- in the rear row.

  • "A remarkably quiet cabin. We're talking library quiet. Church quiet. More-expensive-car quiet." -- Cars.com
  • "Designed for U.S. buyers, the Sentra's nicely furnished and well-appointed cabin comes in either beige, charcoal or saddle tones with aluminum-look or faux-wood accents." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Nissan Sentra is a good choice for drivers who practically live out of their cars." -- New Car Test Drive

Front Seats

Reviewers say that the Sentra's front seats are comfortable because they offer the appropriate amount of support. The SL's leather-appointed trims are preferred over the other models' suede cloth seats.

  • "We loved the supportive feel of the cloth seats; they embrace your back like a good hug, and are neither too firm nor too soft. The available leather is plush for a compact car; there's no reason to ride in a penalty box just because you're trying to save gas." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Sentra offers sufficient headroom and legroom for six-footers. Seat comfort is good, though some occupants will want more lumbar support." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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." -- Autoweb
  • "Smaller drivers ... may feel a bit buried in the car due to the Sentra's high dashboard and door panels and a non-telescoping steering wheel." -- Edmunds

Rear Seats

Praise for the Nissan Sentra's rear seats is muted, but present. While some report that there's plenty of space for the rear passengers, others say the dimensions mean only short trips will be comfortable.

  • "The cabin is spacious, comfortably accomodating taller adults in any seat." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear seat is only comfortable for short trips with no more than two medium-sized adults aboard. Head clearance is adequate for six-footers, though knee space is cramped even with front seats well forward." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2009 Sentra doesn't offer remote keyless entry for its base model, which is not uncommon for the class. But Nissan breaks the mold of other similarly priced and sized sedans with power windows and locks. In general, writers find that the Sentra's features and interior design are greater than a lot of the competition, but they also say some of the gauges are hard to read.

  • "Inside, the 2009 Sentra carries over Nissan's modern industrial design, with well-placed controls and decent materials." -- Edmunds
  • "Control layouts are good and main gauges easy to read, but the charcoal-and-orange LCD displays for the fuel and temperature indicators and audio and air conditioning readouts suffer legibility problems." -- Kelley Blue Book

Stereo and Entertainment

The base Nissan Sentra comes with an AM/FM/CD audio system and four speakers, while the 2.0 S and the 2.0 SL offer a premium stereo system with six speakers. But reviewers are more vocal regarding the higher trim's optional Rockford Fosgate system with a six-disc CD changer. While some praise the sound quality, the tech experts at CNET express their displeasure with it. 

  • "The four-speaker sound system in the 2.0 was okay, while the eight-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system with in-dash 6CD in the 2.0SL was great." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "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. 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." -- CNET

Cargo

The Sentra's tiny dimensions are hiding a healthy amount of cargo space with its "Divide-N-Hide" trunk, as well as multiple storage containers and cubbies. The Sentra's rear seats also feature a 60/40 split design that folds well into the floor for more space.

  • "The Sentra offers the simple but clever Divide-N-Hide trunk. The trunk is so deep that it can accept a false folding back, creating a secret space about 20 inches wide, just behind the rear seat." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Sentra offers more space for both people and their carry-ons than most of its competitors -- including a laptop-sized locking glovebox and a 13.1 cubic-foot trunk." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The seat cushions must be flipped forward first, which is a drag, but results in a continuous, almost-flat floor." -- Cars.com

 

Most agree that the five-seat Sentra has a comfortable interior that's well equipped and designed. Several writers find that even six-footers have enough space behind the driver's seat -- and occasionally -- in the rear row.

  • "A remarkably quiet cabin. We're talking library quiet. Church quiet. More-expensive-car quiet." -- Cars.com
  • "Designed for U.S. buyers, the Sentra's nicely furnished and well-appointed cabin comes in either beige, charcoal or saddle tones with aluminum-look or faux-wood accents." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Nissan Sentra is a good choice for drivers who practically live out of their cars." -- New Car Test Drive

Front Seats

Reviewers say that the Sentra's front seats are comfortable because they offer the appropriate amount of support. The SL's leather-appointed trims are preferred over the other models' suede cloth seats.

  • "We loved the supportive feel of the cloth seats; they embrace your back like a good hug, and are neither too firm nor too soft. The available leather is plush for a compact car; there's no reason to ride in a penalty box just because you're trying to save gas." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Sentra offers sufficient headroom and legroom for six-footers. Seat comfort is good, though some occupants will want more lumbar support." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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." -- Autoweb
  • "Smaller drivers ... may feel a bit buried in the car due to the Sentra's high dashboard and door panels and a non-telescoping steering wheel." -- Edmunds

Rear Seats

Praise for the Nissan Sentra's rear seats is muted, but present. While some report that there's plenty of space for the rear passengers, others say the dimensions mean only short trips will be comfortable.

  • "The cabin is spacious, comfortably accomodating taller adults in any seat." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear seat is only comfortable for short trips with no more than two medium-sized adults aboard. Head clearance is adequate for six-footers, though knee space is cramped even with front seats well forward." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2009 Sentra doesn't offer remote keyless entry for its base model, which is not uncommon for the class. But Nissan breaks the mold of other similarly priced and sized sedans with power windows and locks. In general, writers find that the Sentra's features and interior design are greater than a lot of the competition, but they also say some of the gauges are hard to read.

  • "Inside, the 2009 Sentra carries over Nissan's modern industrial design, with well-placed controls and decent materials." -- Edmunds
  • "Control layouts are good and main gauges easy to read, but the charcoal-and-orange LCD displays for the fuel and temperature indicators and audio and air conditioning readouts suffer legibility problems." -- Kelley Blue Book

Stereo and Entertainment

The base Nissan Sentra comes with an AM/FM/CD audio system and four speakers, while the 2.0 S and the 2.0 SL offer a premium stereo system with six speakers. But reviewers are more vocal regarding the higher trim's optional Rockford Fosgate system with a six-disc CD changer. While some praise the sound quality, the tech experts at CNET express their displeasure with it. 

  • "The four-speaker sound system in the 2.0 was okay, while the eight-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system with in-dash 6CD in the 2.0SL was great." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "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. 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." -- CNET

Cargo

The Sentra's tiny dimensions are hiding a healthy amount of cargo space with its "Divide-N-Hide" trunk, as well as multiple storage containers and cubbies. The Sentra's rear seats also feature a 60/40 split design that folds well into the floor for more space.

  • "The Sentra offers the simple but clever Divide-N-Hide trunk. The trunk is so deep that it can accept a false folding back, creating a secret space about 20 inches wide, just behind the rear seat." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Sentra offers more space for both people and their carry-ons than most of its competitors -- including a laptop-sized locking glovebox and a 13.1 cubic-foot trunk." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The seat cushions must be flipped forward first, which is a drag, but results in a continuous, almost-flat floor." -- Cars.com

 

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