Despite its cute exterior and polite, if uninspiring, on-road demeanor, the Nissan Sentra is one aggressive sedan - at least in terms of value. Priced to start at just $15,420 this year, the compact sedan now offers more optional technology equipment, meaning you don't have to skimp in order to save.
The $15,420 figure gets you a base Sentra 2.0 with a six-speed manual, but stepping up to a continously variable transmission (CVT) will bump the price to $16,600, a reduction of $130 from last year's price. As you move up the model range, the price cuts get bigger, with the Sentra 2.0 S CVT and 2.0 SR dropping $600 each, the 2.0 SL dropping $1,100 and the SE-R and SE-R Spec V slashing $1,080 from their bottom lines.
Those are big numbers in a sedan that tops out at $20,080 (the 2010 Sentra SE-R Spec V). Also new for 2010 is the first Navigation Package to be offered in the Sentra, available on the 2.0 SL and both SE-R models, starting in January 2010. The $00 nav package includes a 5-inch color screen and XM NavTraffic service when combined with a monthly XM subscription.
Other updates for the 2010 Sentra lineup include new interior fabric and revised headlights and tail lights for all trims, with the 2.0, 2.0 S and 2.0 SL also getting an updated grille and front fascia. Optional leather is now available on the 2.0 SL, and more flexibility in customizing the SL and SR models with new wheel designs, convenience options and interior trim colors.
The SE-R and Spec V models get similar upgrades, plus revised instrument panel accents and lighting, a new wheel color and a new 4.3-inch color display head unit with USB interface and iPod integration. Two new exterior colors are also added: Anodized Orange and Aspen White.
Rated at 177 horsepower (SE-R) and 200 horsepower (SE-R Spec V) the top-end Sentras offer a lot of performance-per-dollar as well, carrying over the same powertrains from 2009 despite the $1,080 price cut.