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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
The Sentra has a notably quiet cabin
exceptional passenger room
Some road noise intrudes, but the cabin is well-isolated overall.
One shining spot for the 2008 Nissan Sentra is the praise it received from reviewers regarding comfort.
Cars.com likes that "the Sentra stands taller than conventional compacts" and notes that this is "a trend that improves forward visibility as well as entry and exit by increasing the minimum seat height." ConsumerGuide agrees the 2008 Nissan Sentra is a “competent compact sedan with a number of upscale features."
Edmunds praises the seats in the Nissan; 2008 Sentras have "very spacious seating front and rear, [and the] straightforward control layout" and goes on to say, "all the controls are exactly where you'd expect them to be and storage areas are abundant in number and variety." Cars.com concurs, saying the "dashboard seems low and far forward, which gives the cabin an open, roomy feel."
Not all reviewer comments were positive, however. ConsumerGuide critiques the Sentra, saying Nissan’s "cabin makes good use of textured surfaces, but most plastics throughout the cabin are hard and unyielding." Further, "the few padded surfaces are either wafer thin or too hard to be comfortable for extended periods of time." MyRide agrees: "The interior [is] comfortable and quiet but not excellent or very innovative."
ConsumerGuide sums it up by saying of the 2008 Nissan Sentra, "Its cramped rear seat, budget-grade interior materials, and in 2.0 models, lackluster acceleration and handling, make Sentra less appealing than the Honda Civic or Nissan's own Versa."
While not the best in class, the 2008 Nissan Sentra offers more headroom and a spacious cabin for drivers who are looking for a compact sedan at a low, low price.