With the automotive press giving oohs and aahs to the new Mazda 3, it’s only natural for Nissan to look at the Sentra and wonder how to respond. How about a price cut? With the exception of the base model, Nissan has cut prices on all Sentras from a few hundred to over $1,000.
Nissan has also given the Sentra a slight freshening up for 2010. Headlights and taillights have been revised, along with a new grill and wheel designs. Small changes, but the overall look of the Sentra has been softened a bit, which should appeal to more buyers. For the first time in a Sentra, a navigation system with XM Traffic will be available at an impressive $400. Leather seating is also a new option. Mazda, VW and Honda offer similar features on their competing models, so I am pleased to see Nissan get in the game.
For enthusiasts seeking a Sentra, then the top-spec SE-R Spec V is your ride, and is even more appealing with a price drop of over $1,000 from 2009. For $20,080 you get a 200hp engine-not a bad deal. Considering the Honda Civic Si 4-door costs $22,108, and the VW Jetta GLI costs $24,770-same power as the Spec V-the Sentra is quite a bargain.