Right in the middle of a fiercely competitive class, the 2010 Nissan Sentra manages to find its niche.
It has a more refined ride and quieter interior than most of these other models, even if its styling or design isn't very memorable.
For those who enjoy driving a bit more, the 2010 Mazda3 might be worth a look; it's not quite as roomy inside, and it has a bit more road noise, but its handling is quick and responsive.
The MazdaSpeed3 is also one of the top rivals for the SE-R Spec V; compared to the Spec V the Mazda is a little more unruly and feels more like a tuner car, yet it's also more outright fun to drive.
The Honda Civic Si would be the other top rival for the Spec V, more closely matching its demeanor.
The rest of the 2010 Honda Civic lineup offers more 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.
Interior appointments—and the SYNC hands-free system—have been the emphasis in the latest Ford Focus.
Compared to the Sentra, both offer more features at the base-model level.
The Corolla now offers standard stability control and anti-lock brakes—features that remain optional in the Sentra.
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