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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 25 33 $15,483 $16,140
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 S 24 31 $15,275 $16,370
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 25 33 $16,018 $17,170
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 25 33 $17,786 $19,070
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $18,716 $20,070
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 33 $19,181 $20,570
2-Door Coupe S
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe S 24 35 $13,569 $14,395
2-Door Coupe SE 24 35 $14,180 $15,225
2-Door Coupe SES 24 35 $15,404 $16,570
4-Door Sedan S 24 35 $13,900 $14,755
4-Door Sedan SE 24 35 $14,508 $15,585
4-Door Sedan SES 24 35 $15,727 $16,925
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,483
$13,569
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,140
$14,395
Monthly Payment Estimate
$269 / month
$240 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Nissan Sentra is worth a drive, but its CVT may turn off some buyers. The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 33 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 53.0 48.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 53.5
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 38.3
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 53.6
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.7
Front Hip Room (in) 54.1 50.4
Second Leg Room (in) 34.5 36.1
Front Head Room (in) 40.6 39.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.4 93.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 59.8 58.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 179.8 175.0
Height, Overall (in) 59.5 58.6
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.8 58.1
Wheelbase (in) 105.7 102.9
Liftover Height (in) 28.1 29.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.5 67.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.1 13.8
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA NA
Brake Type Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 9.0 x - TBD - - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.02 x 0.94 10.9 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.4 34.2
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/60HR15 P195/60R15
Spare Tire Size T125/70D16 NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/60HR15 P195/60R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2925 2588
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.5 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.5 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 650 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 140 @ 5100 140 @ 6250
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 147 @ 4800 136 @ 4250
Engine Order Code NA 99N
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 35
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.75 3.72
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA 2.14
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 5.41 3.56
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.03
Trans Description Cont. CVT Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.35 - 0.39 3.67
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.45
Trans Type 1 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.77
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name Nissan Sentra Ford Focus
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.9 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Control blade
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Strut MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
 
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