Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2009 Nissan Sentra?
Mileage is great for the roominess.
Corners good, very little roll. Great family car/40 miles one way to work car. Great for trips, can put a TON of stuff in the trunk. Hidden compartment is great for spare stroller stowage! (More below)
More on brakes in my review. Engine is 2.2, you want mileage, you wont be doing 7 second 1/4 miles, but then again, if you like 25 bucks a week for gas, this is your car! We are easily getting 400+ miles on a fill up.
Cons: How would you improve your 2009 Nissan Sentra?
Okay, look, Nissan, pay attention, I'm only going to say this once:
MAKE YOUR SIDE FLIP OUT SUNGLASS/GLASSES HOLDER BIG ENOUGH TO PUT AN EYEGLASS CASE IN FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. Good grief another 1/4 inch and it's perfect!
Stupid speed controlled junk radio. For anyone else, you can shut that off under speed sensor "Audio options". Totally stupid.
Radio jack hookup for Mp3/whatever, hey, 2 wires down to the center console (Like they did with the Scion Xa) and my radio wont look like it's growing a tentacle across to the passenger seat. Jack in the middle! (But thanks for the extra power socket!)
2009 Nissan Sentra Review:
We just crashed the 2008 Sentra with S trim with just a few thousand miles on it. We now a month later have a 2009, so we were able to jump out of one into a near exact replica, with some improvements.
1. The seats have that plush material on them vs the fabric whatever on the 08, definite plus. Radio is the same, Hands Free Bluetooth is an absolute deal breaker, IF you don't have it on the car. I picked my 09 on that basis alone, which left few options for colors lol. (Silver, Blue, or White). There's no side body moldings, so the doors look kind of naked, but you can put them on yourself from dealer (55 bucks a side, well worth it), plus get a front bra from dealer (115 bucks well spent), and a rear spoiler (not the racing kind just a low profile one), and the ONLY thing different on this year vs 2008, was the auto-dimming mirror (2009 didn't have it, bummer!) BUT, remember if you are going to tint the windows (we are), then the auto-dim might veritably leave you near blind to headlights when coupled with tint. Just a thought.
Now, the engine, same engine, transmission always feels a little slippery, but I guess that's the CVT working and SOP. Also the brakes, on our 2008 model, one tiny tap and you were screeching to a halt. WAY too sensitive. This year, ahhhh, just perfect. No worries.
Since my wife is not a road demon, she sips gas, and we have stretched mileage up to 37 mpg highway, that's exactly what we got in that tiny Scion Xa!
Room, talk about room, check this out, I put FIVE (5 gallon) water bottles in the trunk, standing straight up, 4 in a row, one in front of that, with plenty of room to spare. That's without opening the hidden compartment either! WOW. Duly impressed, haven't had that much room since my Chevy Long Bed.
Plus, whoever designed that "fit a BBQ inside" glove box, THANK YOU.
Handles great, drives great, brakes great, quiet on the road, cocoon effect is dangerous but can be remedied with loud radio or conversation on the hands free Bluetooth, which shuts radio off and answers a call for you, no more missed calls on the road, YEAH!
Bravo Nissan! (And thanks for trading in my Chevy!)
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