2007 Nissan Sentra Review

Nissan completely redesigned their compact Sentra for the 2007 model year – and it could not come soon enough. The previous generation Sentra was getting quite long in the tooth, and Nissan truly needed a better offering in this area to compete with the Civic and Mazda 3.

Enter the 2007 Sentra – it looks more like a scaled down Maxima than the previous Sentra, and that’s a good thing. Though I’m not a personal fan of the styling, it is worlds better than before. Any step in the right direction is a positive thing, and to be honest, it’s hard to make a good looking compact car.

2007 Nissan Sentra Specs

  • 2.0 Liter 4 cylinder engine, good for 140 HP and 147 lb-ft of torquey goodness
  • 6 speed manual or available CVT transmission
  • 28 MPG city / 34 MPG highway
  • 14.5 gallon fuel tank

2007 Nissan Sentra Reviews

The Truth About Cars reviews the 2007 Sentra and isn’t particularly impressed – ‘The new Sentra works extremely well sitting still. When you begin to move, everything starts to go a bit pear shaped. Most dramatically, all that clever styling has resulted in huge C-Pillars, tiny side mirrors, a porthole-like rear window and a high rear deck. Visibility is roughly on a par with a buttoned-up M3A3 Bradley.’

The Auto Channel reviews the 2007 Sentra and writes – ‘Handling is good, but nothing special. I wouldn’t try any tricks with it. Suspension is by independent struts in front and torsion beams (semi-independent) in the rear. Front vented disc and rear drums stop the car pretty well. Steering is electronic drive-by-wire. The chassis feels good and tight. After a bit less than a week with the Sentra we have nothing to complain about and nothing to brag about. It’s just a comfortable, competent car derived from a Renault platform.’

Evo Auto Blog reviews the 2007 Sentra and writes – ‘All in all, the 2007 Sentra really surprised us. We had very low expectations for this car — in fact, we went in expecting to dislike it. However, we walked away rather impressed with Nissan’s compact sedan. In fact, we feel that it will make an excellent base for an SE-R version of the car. We’ll hopefully find out how right we are when the next-gen Sentra SE-R makes its sure-to-be-announced debut in the next round of auto shows.’

Motortrend reviews the 2007 Sentra and has this to say – ‘It’s a comfortable cruiser with decent acceleration and exemplary fuel economy. Electric power steering is quick, with so-so feel. Stiff damping makes for a firm ride over road imperfections, but with moderate body roll in the corners, and the tires squeal for their lives when the car is pushed.’

Autobytel reviews the 2007 Sentra and writes – ‘The ride is soft and boring, the interior comfortable and quiet but not excellent or very innovative. Performance numbingly average — an average car for average money. Isn’t that fair? Okay. Maybe. But three cars over on the lot sits the Versa, as a less expensive, above average option. Which one would you buy?’

Anita and Paul Lienart review the 2007 Nissan Sentra and write – ‘Nissan was smart to improve on the Sentra, especially since competitors such as Honda have upgraded their small cars recently. You may not be crazy about the Sentra’s looks, but I get the last word on this car. It’s a solid performer that’s relatively easy on the pocketbook. It would be high on my shopping list if I were trading in my gas hog on a more fuel-efficient ride.’

The Car Connection reviews the 2007 Nissan Sentra 2.0SL and writes – ‘In keeping with its pleasant generalist nature, when we pushed the Sentra SL hard into corners, it wasn’t at its best. Arcing through high-speed corners, it tended to feel kind of springy – like a hobby horse – a condition we expect will be refined out the high-performance SE-R edition. To our surprise, the electric power steering provided decent feedback without the numbness we’ve experienced with other similar systems.’

Published on December 15, 2006 in Nissan

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