Compare 2008 Ford Focus vs 2009 Nissan Sentra

2008 Ford Focus
2009 Nissan Sentra
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2-Door Coupe S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Focus 2-Door Coupe S 24 35 $13,569 $14,395
Focus 2-Door Coupe SE 24 35 $14,180 $15,225
Focus 2-Door Coupe SES 24 35 $15,404 $16,570
Focus 4-Door Sedan S 24 35 $13,900 $14,755
Focus 4-Door Sedan SE 24 35 $14,508 $15,585
Focus 4-Door Sedan SES 24 35 $15,727 $16,925
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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 24 30 $16,047 $16,730
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 FE+ 26 34 $16,047 $16,730
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 24 30 $16,567 $17,760
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S FE+ 26 34 $16,567 $17,760
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 24 30 $18,334 $19,660
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL FE+ 26 34 $18,334 $19,660
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SR FE+ 26 34 $16,567 $17,760
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $19,265 $20,660
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 24 31 $14,727 $15,350
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 S 24 31 $15,823 $16,960
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 29 $19,729 $21,160
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,569
$16,047
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,395
$16,730
Monthly Payment Estimate
$240 / month
$279 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2009 Nissan Sentra is a worthy contender in the compact segment, but the CVT transmission may turn off some buyers.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 34.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.2 40.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.3 97.4
Second Hip Room (in)
48.3 53.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.5 56.9
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 37.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
50.4 54.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
58.2 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
175.0 179.8
Height, Overall (in)
58.6 59.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
102.9 105.7
Liftover Height (in)
29.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 70.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.8 13.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.02 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.0 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2 35.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.9
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/60R15 P205/60R15
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P205/60R15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2588 2930
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 100
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 6250 140 @ 5100
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4250 147 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
99N MR20DE
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 30
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.72 5.47
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.56 2.69
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 2.56 - 0.43
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 NA
Trans Type
5 1
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Nissan Sentra
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.83 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear
Control blade Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Independent Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 8

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