2010 Nissan Sentra vs. Its Competition

2010 Nissan Sentra
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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.

Meanwhile, the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra are the least fashionable of the group.

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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Quick Specs
7.6
The 2010 Nissan Sentra looks plain on the outside and is only offered in one body style, but there's a lot to love for shoppers who value a comfortable, well-appointed interior.
7.8
The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
7.2
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
The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
7.8
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
MSRP From     
$15,420$15,350$14,395$13,970$13,895$13,010
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 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 I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
CompactCompactCompactMid-SizeCompactCompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.04-Door Sedan Manual (Natl)2-Door Coupe S4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*Classic 4-Door Sedan DX Manual
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 Sedan4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
ManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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