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2008 Nissan Sentra 4dr Sdn I4 Man SE-R Spec V

In the 1990s, the Nissan Sentra SE-R not only looked a little like a BMW 3-Series, it performed quite a bit like one, too. Sentra SE-Rs from that era remain hot on the used-car market, an excellent example of a "pocket rocket" that not only performed but cheerfully served as reliable, inexpensive day-to-day transportation.
But after that model died, Nissan Sentra sort of lost the thread with inexpensive factory hot rods -- the company built them, but they never caught on with the budget performance crowd. With the redesigned Sentra, Nissan likely thought it had found the formula again, with the SE-R model introduced in March, as well as an even hotter SE-R Spec V.
The difference: The Nissan Sentra SE-R has a 2.5-liter, 177-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which acts like an automatic. The Spec V has that same engine, but with 200 horsepower, and it has a manual transmission. The Spec V lists for about $500 more than the regular SE-R.
On the outside, Nissan certainly got it right: The new Sentra resembles a scaled-down Altima, a quantum leap in styling from the last-generation Sentra. The SE-R and Spec V models have mild body cladding, a rear spoiler and handsome 17-inch tires and wheels, so they certainly look the part.
On the inside, the test SE-R had special charcoal cloth-covered bucket seats that looked and felt as though they belonged in much more expensive car. Instruments and controls look similarly upscale. Rear seat room is passable; trunk space is generous.
The SE-R and Spec V seek to compete with other Japanese-brand performance compacts, such as the Honda Civic Si and Mazdaspeed3. The SE-R is closer to the Honda, with above-average power and crisp handling, while the Spec V is more like the Mazdaspeed3, which trades comfort for some performance.
The SE-R's CVT transmission robs a little of the car's sportiness. A CVT operates like a regular automatic transmission, but instead of having four or five or six set gears, it has an unlimited number of ratios. Take off from a standing start, and it's like a speedboat: You go faster and faster, but the engine sound remains the same. You can use little shifter paddles on the steering wheel to change gears manually, but it feels a bit artificial.
The base-model Sentra starts at a great low price. The SE-R starts at a fair price. With several options including an upgraded stereo and a sunroof, plus shipping. That isn't bad, but it isn't a bargain, either. Nissan still hasn't quite captured the magic of that original Sentra SE-R. But they're a lot closer than before.

MECHANICAL

  • 2.5L DOHC SMPI I4 engine
  • 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission
  • Clutch interlock
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery saver timing device
  • Rear trunk-mounted V-Brace
  • Reinforced upper cowl
  • Independent strut front suspension w/coil springs, enlarged stabilizer bar
  • Rear torsion beam suspension w/integrated rear stabilizer bar
  • Sport-tuned suspension-inc: springs, shocks, struts
  • T125/70D16 spare tire
  • 17" aluminum wheels
  • Electric pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Front ventilated disc w/SE-R logo/rear disc brakes
  • Chrome finish exhaust tip

EXTERIOR

  • Body color bumpers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Side sill spoilers
  • Unique front & rear sport fascias
  • Sport grille
  • Sport appearance headlights/taillights
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlamps
  • Daytime illumination
  • Driving lights
  • Green tinted glass
  • Body color pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Body color door handles

INTERIOR

  • Sport cloth bucket seats w/SE-R embroidery, red front seatbelts
  • Front 4-way manual adjustable seats
  • Driver seat height adjustment
  • Front active head restraints
  • Rear bench seat
  • Center console w/lid
  • Floor & trunk carpeting
  • Dashboard storage location w/lid, sunglass storage
  • Sport leather wrapped steering wheel-inc: red stitching, tilt steering column w/cruise controls
  • Vehicle immobilization system
  • Instrument panel sport finisher
  • Instruments-inc: tachometer, fuel, trip odometer, oil pressure meter acceleration/deceleration G-meter
  • 2-line dot matrix info display monitor
  • Trip computer
  • Fuel consumption gauge
  • Outside temp display
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Pwr windows w/driver 1-touch auto up/down, safety reverse
  • Remote trunk/fuel door release
  • Vehicle security system
  • Roof mounted radio antenna
  • Air conditioning w/in-cabin micro filter
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • Oversize illuminated glovebox w/lock
  • 12V pwr outlet
  • Front center console cup holders
  • Rear center armrest cup holders
  • Driver/front passenger door map pockets
  • Integrated overhead CD storage
  • Illumination-inc: center console storage light, overhead map light
  • Cargo area lighting
  • Aluminum pedal pads
  • Leather wrapped sport shift knob
  • Sport cloth door trim
  • Chrome door handles
  • Front/rear passenger assist grips
  • Rear parcel shelf

SAFETY

  • Dual-stage driver/front passenger airbags w/occupant classification sensor
  • Driver/front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags
  • Roof mounted side-impact curtain air bags for outboard positions
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners w/adjustable upper anchorages & load limiters
  • 3-point ELR driver seat belt
  • 3-point ALR/ELR seat belts for passenger seating positions
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Child seat anchorages in rear outboard seating positions (LATCH)
  • Emergency inside trunk release
  • Clutch interlock
  • Pipe-style steel door beams
  • Front/rear crumple zones

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