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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
very spacious seating front and rear
cramped rear seat
The Sentra stands taller than conventional compacts
The Sentra is delightfully refined compared to most other models of its size and price, with a roomy interior, a nice, settled ride, and good isolation of road and wind noise. Don’t expect sports car handling in the non-enthusiast models, and you won’t be disappointed.
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." Edmunds points out the "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 also appreciates how the "dashboard seems low and far forward, which gives the cabin an open, roomy feel." Backseat space seems about the same as most vehicles in this class according to TheCarConnection.com's editors, but ConsumerGuide cites the "cramped rear seat."
Materials feel about right for this price range, and all the examples TheCarConnection.com has seen have been very well put together. Not everyone agrees; ConsumerGuide compliments the textured surfaces but notes the "budget-grade interior materials" in the cabin "are hard and unyielding." Further, the reviewer says, "the few padded surfaces are either wafer thin or too hard to be comfortable for extended periods of time." Edmunds, however, notes the "well-organized controls and generally agreeable materials quality.”
While the 2010 Nissan Sentra definitely has a more compliant ride than most vehicles in this class, reviewers differ on how comfortable it is. Cars.com says that the ride is "more comfortable than most compact cars,” but ConsumerGuide warns that "large bumps and rippled pavement bring about sloppy wheel patter and other unwanted motions."
Opinions are split on interior space, materials, and ride comfort, but the 2010 Nissan Sentra has a quieter cabin than most cars in its class.