2011 Nissan Sentra Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
Compared to most other models of its size and price, the 2011 Nissan Sentra has a delightful level of refinement. And that observation extends to seating ride quality, and interior noise.

While other compact models are offered as coupes or hatchbacks, the Sentra is only offered as a sedan; it's a very well-designed cabin, though, with generous appointments even in base 2.0 and 2.0 S models. Materials feel about right for this price range—strictly budget-grade, but tasteful—while all the examples our editors have seen have been very well put together.

Thanks to the rather high roofline in the Sentra, this small sedan's interior feels very spacious. While the seats themselves are flat and unsupportive, with padding that just won't work for long trips, most will be happy with the space and the driving position. The back seat, too, is a place good enough for adults for a trip across town.

A roomy interior, a nice, settled ride, and good isolation of road and wind noise make the 2011 Nissan Sentra very comfortable.

Ride quality is also surprisingly good in the Sentra; it rides nearly as well as the larger Altima, with a somewhat soft but well-controlled attitude, though it can have a little bit of small-car pitchiness on the highway. Top SE-R Spec.V models are not only firmer, but harsher and louder over pockmarked surfaces.

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