Intent on raising the desirability index of its Sentra line, Nissan
has refreshed this compact, front-drive four-door for 2010 by giving it a more contemporary look, enhancing standard and optional equipment rosters and significantly lowering prices across the lineup, in some cases by up to $1,080. Both the basic Sentra set (2.0, S, SR and SL) as well as the performance-oriented SE-R and SE-R Spec V models boast restyled headlamps/taillamps and new wheels while the baseline cars also get a revamped grille and front fascia. Inside, new fabrics add a richer feel to all Sentras, but the biggest upgrades are found at the 2.0 SL level and above, where a new audio head unit brings a 4.3-inch color display and adds Bluetooth/iPod connectivity and early next year, buyers will be able to opt for a new $400 navigation system that has a 5.0-inch color screen and includes available XM Satellite Radio with real-time NavTraffic capability. Nissan also will offer a rear-view camera on cars equipped with the Navigation package. More good news for buyers who favor the already popular 2.0 SL model, as it also adds Vehicle Dynamic Control and Traction Control System to its long list of standards and now offers leather upholstery as an option. Pricing for the 2010 Sentra opens at $16,220 for a 2.0 with 140-horsepower/2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission and tops out at $20,800 for the hot SE-R Spec V with its 200-horse, 2.5-liter four cylinder that's also paired with a close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox.