Compare 2008 Ford Focus vs 2010 Nissan Sentra

2008 Ford Focus
2010 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 26 34 $15,923 $16,600
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 26 34 $16,009 $17,160
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 26 34 $17,312 $18,560
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SR 26 34 $16,009 $17,160
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $18,260 $19,580
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 24 31 $14,794 $15,420
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 28 $18,725 $20,080
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,569
$15,923
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,395
$16,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$240 / month
$277 / 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 2010 Nissan Sentra looks plain on the outside and is only offered in one body style, but there's a lot to love for shoppers who value a comfortable, well-appointed interior.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 34 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
Liftover Height (in)
29.1 28.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 70.5
Track Width, Front (in)
58.2 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.6
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
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 Size
P195/60R15 P205/60HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/60R15 P205/60HR15
Spare Tire Size
NA T125/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
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
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 2.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 100
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122
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 NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 34
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 29
Transmission
Trans Type
5 1
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 1.75
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.56 5.41
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 2.35 - 0.39
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Nissan Sentra
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.83 0.91
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
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 6.5

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