2008 Nissan Sentra vs. Its Competition

2008 Nissan Sentra 4-door Sedan Man SE-R Spec V Open Doors
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Nissan Sentra is up against tough competition.

The 2008 Honda Civic offers such variety, including coupe and sedan body styles and multiple powertrains, even hybrid and natural gas.

The 2009 Toyota Corolla is especially attractive in its top trim level, but the Corolla looks less appealing in the base trim.

Domestically, the all-new 2008 Ford Focus offers coupe and sedan body styles, but buyers tend to be attracted to its powerful SYNC entertainment system rather than its homely new look.

The 2008 Sentra also has to compete against the Mazda3, a perennial enthusiast favorite for its handling.

Comparatively, the Hyundai Elantra and Dodge Caliber lag this pack in overall refinement and style, but the Sentra (even in Spec V trim) is no match for the 285-hp Caliber SRT4.

2008 Nissan Sentra 4-door Sedan Man SE-R Spec V Open Doors2008 Nissan Sentra
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2008 Dodge Caliber SE2008 Dodge Caliber
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2008 Ford Focus 4-door Sedan SE Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford Focus
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2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS2008 Hyundai Elantra
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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Sport *Ltd Avail*2008 Mazda MAZDA3
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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2008 Nissan Sentra is worth a drive, but its CVT may turn off some buyers.
7.8
The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
7.0
The Caliber has a very practical layout and quite a few innovative features to get excited about, but it's lacking in driving enjoyment or refinement--even compared to its low-priced competition.
7.2
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.
7.6
The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
7.8
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
MSRP From     
$16,140$15,350$14,965$14,395$13,970$13,895
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
CompactCompactMid-sizeCompactMid-SizeCompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.04-Door Sedan Manual (Natl)4-Door HB SE FWD2-Door Coupe S4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanHatchback2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
CVTManual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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