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2011 Nissan Sentra

The Nissan Sentra always has been an affordable and popular car as a family sedan. But with time it kept losing its place to it competitors like Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta, which cost about the same but comes in better design and equipments. Nissan recently started upgrading Sentra, in year 2007 it was redesigned, In 2011, Nissan gave the Sentra standard stability control, traction control and antilock brakes, enhancing safety features to make it more class competitive. Fuel economy also got a little improvement. Overall Nissan Sentra scores well with high fuel economy, spacious seating and with decent llist of features.

The Nissan Sentra gets two engine choices, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The 2.0L engine produces a healthy 140 horsepower and can achieve 24mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway while the 2.5L engine delivers 177hp with fuel economy of 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. while the top end variant Sentra SE-R Spec V increases the engine output up to 200 hp with fuel economy of 21mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway. The 2.0L engine and top end SE-R Spec-V engine is paired with a six speed manual transmission while the 2.5L engine is paired with a variable speed automatic transmission.

The Nissan Sentra is available in six trim-level, the base-model Sentra gets power windows and locks, air-conditioning, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, 15-inch steel wheels, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack as standard equipments. The Sentra 2.0 S adds a height-adjustable driver seat, 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, keyless entry and a six-speaker audio system with an iPod interface.

The 2.0 SR adds fog lamps, rocker sill extensions, a rear spoiler and 16-inch wheels. The 2.0 SL gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition/entry, a USB audio input, Bluetooth, and a premium audio system with satellite radio and a color display. Most of the top end features are available as standalone optional features for the lower end models. Other optional features include leather upholstery a sunroof,, heated front seats and a navigation system. The Sentra SE-R adds an aero-style body kit and cloth sport seats. The top end Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V adds higher-performance tires, larger front brakes and sportier interior trim.

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Title › 2011 Nissan Sentra

The 2011 Nissan Sentra comes with antilock brakes, front-seat side airbags, stability control, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints as standard safety features. The higher-performing SE-R models come with four-wheel disc brakes.

Inside the cabin the Nissan Sentra gets a sleek looking dashboard with easy-to-use controls with decent quality of materials. The front seats are spacious and comfortable, even the tall adults might find enough space to be comfortable. The rear seats are also specious with decent headroom and hip room. The trunk can hold 13.1 cubic feet of luggage but the 60/40 foldable rear seats helps it increase the loading capacity.

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2010 Suzuki SX4 Sport

While fuel-conscious Americans have been snapping up subcompacts from Honda, Toyota and Nissan, their Japanese counterparts have been buying the

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2010 suzuki sx4 sport

kei, or mini-car, in record numbers.

These tiny hatchbacks make subcompacts look positively spacious. But with prices starting under $9,000 and fuel economy up to 54 mpg, it’s no surprise that the segment accounts for more than 35 percent of all


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new-car sales in Japan.

What may surprise is that Suzuki has been the number-one kei brand for 33 consecutive years, only relinquishing the top spot to Daihatsu earlier this year. Although it’s unlikely Suzuki will offer a mini-car in the U.S., it does have two models geared to appeal in this part of the world — the SX4 5-door and SX4 Sport sedan.

The new SX lineup takes over for the discontinued Suzuki Aerio cars. The SX4 5-door arrived last year, and Suzuki can barely build enough to meet U.S. demand. Now joined by the SX4 Sport sedan, the two will battle smaller entrants such as the Honda Fit, Chevrolet Aveo, Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa and, at same time, face off

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Title › 2010 Suzuki SX4 Sport

against the well-established Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Nissan Sentra.

Unlike the all-wheel-drive SX4, the SX4 Sport is front-wheel-drive only. The automaker is betting its new arrival will meet with equal success for two reasons: It’s sporty, and it has a base price of just $14,770.

More Sporty Than Sport

The 143-horsepower rating of the SX4 Sport’s all-aluminum, double-overhead-cam 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine puts it near the top in this class, but it’s the torque curve that makes things happen. The 126 lb-ft start early and the torque curve is fairly flat across a wide band. By tuning the engine for more low-end grunt, 0 to 30 mph happens in just 3.4 seconds. According to Suzuki, this bests the 2.0-liter powerplants in the Mazda3 and Nissan Sentra. Though losing the 0-60 march (a yawning 10.2 seconds), it catches both in the quarter mile at a respectable 17.6 seconds.

Shifting gears with the standard five-speed manual transmission requires a deliberate effort, but the clutch engages quickly with little pedal effort. The optional ($1,100) four-speed automatic shifts succinctly, even during hard acceleration. Steering is properly weighted with good on-center feel, and the ride is solid without feeling numb. With less road and wind noise than you expect for the class, the Sport is a pleasurable small car.

2010 suzuki sx4 sport Review

2010 suzuki sx4 sport Review

Bright, Roomy Interior

Longer and wider than the Aerio models, the SX4 Sport’s interior space is markedly improved. Even tall folks will feel at home in the front seats, where there’s ample head-, leg- and shoulder room for the six-foot-plus set, while a tilt steering wheel makes it easier to find a comfortable driving position.

The interior is one of Suzuki’s best, illustrating the automaker’s steps forward in layout and ergonomics. Glass all around is big, allowing for good visibility, while making the cabin seem bright and spacious. The deft blending of interior materials appears to be of high quality, with tight and consistent gaps between panels. The only mar is the rudimentary levers for the fuel door and trunk release poking out of a rough opening in the carpet.

2010 suzuki sx4 sport road test

2010 suzuki sx4 sport road test

Fun to Drive, But Not Too Frugal

If you want a small car that’s fun to drive for less than $15,000, the SX4 Sport is an able candidate. Unfortunately, fuel economy isn’t one of its strongest suits. With the standard five-speed manual transmission, estimated EPA fuel economy is 22 mpg city, 30 highway; with the automatic, the estimate is 23 city/31 highway. Certainly helping its cause will be its headline-grabbing 10-year/100,000-mile warranty.

With true performance versions available of the Mazda3, Civic and Sentra, and the Fit, Aveo, Versa and Yaris touting fuel economy, the Sport is staking out a narrow middle ground in a tough category. Strong on content, styling and comfort, its pricing should help keep it slotted among the best values in its class.

Larry E. Hall

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