Going without a redesign for six years (2000-2006) the Nissan Sentra moves up Nissan's line up with a massive redesign for the 2007 year. Nissan joins the other car manufacturers in moving their traditional sub-compact cars into the compact range, which keeps the Sentra competitive with cars such as the Honda Civic.
The Sentra is powered by a 2.0L 4 cylinder engine that produces 140HP at 5100 RPM. A rarity for this class of cars is the standard 6-speed manual transmission, a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) is the only available automatic option and the highest end SL model is available with only an automatic CVT.
Moving from the 2006 to 2007 remodel and upgrade, the Sentra underwent an upsizing. Overall the car isn't much bigger than its predecessor, however inside the Sentra is one of the top in class for interior space. Passenger space is 97.4 cubic feet with 13.1 cubic feet of storage in the trunk. The rear seats are 60/40 foldable, meaning they can be folded forward to create a flat space to dramatically increase storage capacity. Nissan has also included a large amount of storage compartments for convenience, one of which is the Divide 'N Hide capability in the trunk which allows for a removable wall to split the trunk into two separate spaces (base model not included).
Nissan has included many safety features standard. Six airbags (including side curtain and side front), active head restraints and a tire pressure monitoring system. However, anti-lock brakes are only available as an option for 2.0 and 2.0S and comes standard on only the 2.0SL trim.
Sentra 2.0 ($14,750) includes air conditioning, 15" steel wheels, remote manual mirrors, power windows and locks, electric power steering, and AM/FM/CD stereo system with four speakers.
Sentra 2.0S ($15,650) replaces the 15" steel wheels with 16" alloys, the stereo system is upgraded to six speakers
Sentra 2.0SL ($18,400) adds leather interior, anti-lock brakes, keyless ignition, cruise control, and bluetooth hands-free.
No tests for the 2007 model.
National Highway Safety Traffic Association (NHTSA)
Front crash driver's side - 5 stars
Front crash passenger's side - 5 stars
Side crash front seat - 5 stars
Side crash rear seat - 4 stars