2010 Nissan Sentra SE-R

Base price (with destination): $20,300
Price as tested: $22,600

Standard Equipment:
CVT
Sport-suspension
Side and side-curtain airbags
Air conditioning
Auto-up/down driver's window
Auxiliary audio input
Leather wrapped steering wheel
Sport bucket seats with SE-R embroidery
Aluminum sport pedals
Rear decklid spoiler
SE-R front and rear fascias
SE-R sideskirts
Sport headlights and taillights

Options on this vehicle:
SE-R upgrade package - $2050
- Moonroof
- XM satellite radio
- Rearview camera
- 340-watt 8-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system
- Nissan Intelligent Key keyless entry and ignition
Splash guards - $140
Floor mats - $110

Key options not on vehicle:
Auto-dimming rearview mirror - $125
Interior accent lighting - $300

Fuel economy:
(city/hwy/combined)
24 / 30 / 26 mpg

Engine:
Size: 2.5L DOHC I-4
Horsepower: 177 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 172 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm

Drive:
Front-wheel

Transmission:
Continuously variable

Weight: 3078 lb

Wheels/tires:
17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
225/45 all-season tires

Competitors: Chevrolet Cobalt, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Kia Forte

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Blueprint
In Canada, the SER is actually cheaper than the US figure quoted here, and the SPEC-V is 6000$ less than a GTI, 10 000$ less than WRX ... giving it much value. And Sentras cost next to nothing to insure ... sleepers!
Blueprint
What the Sentra offers is rear-seat room for a car guy with three kids, two in boosters. The Spec-V's thirst for premium made me go with a manual 2.0S, and that car's suspension copes very well with the broken pavement of my commute.

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