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2007 Nissan Sentra

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2007 Nissan Sentra Review

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Launching the new subcompact Versa early in 2006 left Nissan's existing compact Sentra in an ambiguous spot. Now, by redesigning the Sentra for its sixth generation, Nissan has clarified the distinction between the two. The 2007 Sentra sedan has grown by 5.9 inches in wheelbase, 2.3 inches in overall length, 4.0 inches in height and 3.2 inches in width. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, but the big news is Nissan's continuously variable transmission (CVT), which is offered for the first time in a Sentra. About 700 algorithms are available and an overdrive button alters the shift points to improve responsiveness.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the idea of ride comfort mixed with frugal fuel economy and almost-sporty road behavior in a spacious compact, the Sentra can be a good common-sense choice. Shoppers who demand complete safety features should note that every Sentra contains both side-curtain and seat-mounted airbags, though anti-lock braking (ABS) is an option rather than standard, except on the top-rung 2.0 SL model.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Despite its power-transmitting efficiency, a CVT-equipped Sentra probably won't satisfy those who demand all-out performance, so a stick-shift model or the coming-later SE-R would make a snappier choice. While Nissan's enlarged compact proves pleasantly capable, and the company promotes it as sportier than its predecessor, in reality it falls a bit short on the excitement scale.

What's New for 2007

In addition to CVT availability, Nissan's second-smallest sedan is bigger inside and out, as well as more powerful: Specifically, 140 horsepower versus the prior 126. Buyers who crave more assertive performance can wait for the Sentra SE-R, which debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show and goes on sale in 2007.

Driving the Sentra

Driving Impressions Nissan's CVT works very smoothly and efficiently. At idle, the engine is nearly silent and, while some noise appears when pushing hard, most other CVT-equipped vehicles are noisier. Although its...

powertrain is willing, the CVT sedan is a little on the sluggish side—but more energetic from a standstill. Ride comfort is pleasant on most surfaces and tolerable even over rougher pavement, although the Sentra S felt slightly less smooth on highway rough spots. Occasionally, a serious bump may yield a sinking sensation or a rather harsher hit. The steering feel isn't sporty, but it's close, and the Sentra tracks well on highways and behaves adroitly on twisting roads.

Continuously Variable Transmission
Nissan's CVTs rank among the best, a result of the company's development process over the past 27 years. CVTs have been available in Nissan vehicles globally since 1992 and in U.S. models since 2003.

Expanded Interior Space
Significantly increased dimensions mean passengers have considerably more room than in previous Sentras, as well as in many other compact sedans. The four-inch height increase also eases entry/exit, as well as adding headroom.

2007 Nissan Sentra Details
2007 Nissan Sentra photo Interior

Specifically designed for North America, the 2007 Sentra has an interior that Nissan claims is "a little more upscale and functional" than the previous model. There's a new instrument panel layout and the gearshift location is no longer down on the floor. Passenger volume has grown by 8.9 cubic feet and trunk capacity by 1.5 cubic feet; without question, this sedan is roomier than past Sentras. Front occupants get plenty of space and rear-seat room is abundant. Instruments are simple but readable, except for the bar-type fuel and temperature gauges and the trip odometer. Front cupholders adjust to hold a 32-ounce cup.

Exterior
2007 Nissan Sentra photo

Built on Nissan-Renault's Global C platform, which is also used for the Renault Megane and other models not sold in the U.S., the Sentra is manufactured in Mexico. So was the prior generation, but the Mexican plant has benefited from 353 additional assembly robots. Some Sentra styling touches are reminiscent of the current Quest minivan, especially up front. Use of a relatively long wheelbase (108.7 inches), coupled with greater height, permits substantially increased passenger space. Short front and rear overhangs help give the Sentra a modern profile. Nissan notes that the Sentra's 70.5-inch width is comparable to many midsize sedans.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Three trim levels are offered. Even in base 2.0 trim, the Sentra includes air conditioning, power windows/locks and a CD player, with either manual shift or the optional CVT. Nissan's volume leader, the midlevel 2.0 S model, gets bigger (16-inch) tires, remote keyless entry, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and a trip computer. Topping the line, the 2.0 SL adds the continuously variable transmission, as well as leather interior trim, 16-inch alloy wheels, anti-lock braking (ABS), an "Intelligent Key" and Bluetooth hands-free phone operation. On all models, seat-mounted airbags and curtain-type airbags are standard.

Optional Equipment

In the base Sentra and 2.0 S, Nissan's CVT adds $800 to the price, while it's standard in the 2.0 SL sedan. Special features included in the Convenience Package include an overhead CD holder and a trunk divider that permits hidden storage. Also optional are an "Intelligent Key" keyless entry system, leather upholstery, Rockford Fosgate sound, Bluetooth hands-free phone operation and either XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Anti-lock braking is a stand-alone option for the base sedan, but bundled with alloy wheels for the 2.0 S model.

Under the Hood

Every regular Sentra has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine driving either a six-speed manual transmission or Nissan's continuously variable transmission (CVT), which includes an overdrive button. The SE-R Spec V model, which debuts in 2007, will have a 2.5-liter engine.

2.0-liter in-line 4
140 horsepower @ 5100 rpm
147 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/34 (manual), 29/36 (automatic)

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2007 Nissan Sentra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 406 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

adequate vehicle for everyday commute.

By on Saturday, August 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "comfortable, quiet, good interior space"

Cons: "engine lacks horsepower"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This vehicle is a good everyday commuter. Comfortable, quiet with good interior space. Exterior is nice looking, not flashy, but not old either. Have owned this certified Sentra S for almost 1 year and have no real complaints other than the 140hp engine is somewhat lacking. Overall I would recommend this vehicle for the great gas mileage which I average 35+ mpg."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

This is a quality vehicle with power and econemy

By on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Smooth, economical, dependable and fun."

Cons: "Engine has always been a little rattly."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This car has not had any problems so far and is powerful, smooth and very economical. I am making my final payment in a few days and am glad in my selection. This car is fun to drive and still gets over 30 mpg combined."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Nissan Rules!

By on Friday, May 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 173,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Overall quality. Nissans run til the end of time."

Cons: "The inner design isn't very stylish."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"For the life of me I can't understand why Honda and Toyota have the reputation for being the longest lasting cars on the road. Every Nissan I've ever driven has gone for years and years with no problems at all. My Sentra has 173,000 miles on it and it has never broken down, and still runs perfect. Others I know who drive Nissan have all had similar experiences. These are the cars to drive if you don't want to deal with mechanical problems or costly repairs. If those are your thing, buy an American car."

25 people out of 38 found this review helpful

Great gas mileage

By on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "gas mileage"

Cons: "SOUND LOOKS BLAHHH"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"i have owned my car for almost 2 years now. let me just say this...its really reliable and amazing on gas (20 mpg around town) but unfortunately that's all its good for. the gutless 2.0 engine is hardly acceptable (all its built for is gas mileage) and the very interesting not shifting CVT will have you scratching your head because it doesn't shift. the car has gear ratios the smaller it is the faster you go the bigger it is better gas mileage. the car does come equipped with a really good sounding stereo system. Oh yeah enough beats that the car next to you might glance over. The interior of the car is so boring it could literally put you to sleep. now lets move to the back seat i have a 2 year old and this car is our family car. On ever seat in the back it has safty hooks for car seats.....Only one problem tho....um...the back seat is very tiny. seriously NO ONE will be sitting in the back if you have a car seat in the back. And now the trunk! Its amazing super big.. whoopdy-do..... In all honesty i hate my car the way it drives, sounds, looks, and sounds....OOPS did i say that already? i wish i would have gotten something completely different"

3 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Awesome compact sedan with excellent reliability

By on Wednesday, May 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Super reliable, good gas mileage, interior is soli"

Cons: "Gas mileage could be better"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this car used in 2009, when it was about 2 years old with 30k miles on it. Have driven it as a daily driver for the past 5 years, racking up close to 60k miles on the odometer. We have done regular oil changes and replaced the tires once during that time. Other than that normal scheduled maintenance, we have had to do zero repair work to the vehicle. We love the keyless entry and start with the key fob - literally impossible to lock your keys in the car, and super convenient to keep your keys in your pocket at all times and never have to pull them out. The interior of the car is laid out about as well as you can expect, with great controls for the radio and A/C. Overall, everything you could ask for out of a compact sedan, with excellent reliability, good gas mileage and fun to drive to boot."

11 people out of 15 found this review helpful

2011 Nissan Sentra SL (Bought Used)

By on Sunday, April 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliability based on price"

Cons: "Leather seats on some SL models"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my 2011 Sentra SL - Nav sys w/back up camera, bluetooth, sunroof, rear spoiler, chrome trim etc... Due to a partial highway closure around here, the recent traffic on the local roads has constantly been just stop then go then stop... This car still hits avg 30 mpg no matter what - I actually calculated this based on a full gas then next-time-fill-up ratio a few times and not based on the Sentra's calculation. The stereo sounds excellent with embedded equalizer w/6 speakers with the automatic volume control based on the speed. I can hook up iPhone, Android, iPod and/or whatever I can via USB that my 6 year old daughter can even control what she wants to listen to and the volume off of her device that is connected to it while sitting in the rear seat. One thing I do not like it? I've never been a big fan of leather seats... I always feel I'm not settled while driving for some reasons but it came with it. So, it wasn't Nissan's fault since I could go for something else if I wanted to. My son and I play ice hockey and the trunk actually easily holds two full hockey bags w/o even folding the rear seat if you know how big each is. VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) on/off is really helpful if you ever get stuck in mud and/or snow."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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