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2009 Nissan Sentra vs. Its Competition

 
2009 Nissan Sentra 2.0
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The 2009 Nissan Sentra stands in the middle of a fiercely competitive class with many excellent offerings.

The 2010 Mazda3 launches in early 2009 and offers features not found on any other competitors; it’s also an enthusiast favorite.

The 2009 Honda Civic matches the variety, including coupe and sedan body styles and multiple powertrains—even hybrid and natural gas—and it has more interior style than most others in this class.

The 2009 Toyota Corolla has been recently redesigned, and its LE trim level is very attractive.

The Ford Focus puts forth a coupe alongside the sedan, plus Ford’s unique SYNC hands-free system and great fuel economy, but it can’t compete with the Sentra on looks.

The 2009 Hyundai Elantra and Dodge Caliber lag this pack in overall refinement and style.

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7.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2009 Nissan Sentra is a worthy contender in the compact segment, but the CVT transmission may turn off some buyers.
7.0
/ 10
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The Caliber has a very practical layout and quite a few innovative features to get excited about, but it's lacking in driving enjoyment or refinement--even compared to its low-priced competition.
7.2
/ 10
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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.
7.6
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The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
7.8
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The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
MSRP From     
$15,350$14,965$14,395$13,970$13,895$13,010
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Natural Gas I4
EPA Class     
CompactMid-sizeCompactMid-SizeCompactCompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.04-Door HB SE FWD2-Door Coupe S4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*Classic 4-Door Sedan GX CVT w/Side Airbags
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door SedanHatchback2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
ManualManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODCVT

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