1998 Nissan 200SX

  • 1998 Nissan 200SX E Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      39
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      115/108
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $13,149
  • 1998 Nissan 200SX SE Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      39
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      115/108
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,399
  • 1998 Nissan 200SX SE-R Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/132
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,749
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1998 Nissan 200SX Review

The feel of a high-end coupe at a fraction of the price.

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Overview

The 1998 Nissan 200SX is a two-door version of the Nissan Sentra, which was introduced in 1995 as a replacement for the Nissan NX and the Sentra coupe. The 200SX nameplate was actually used by Nissan for two different automobiles from 1995, but it was chosen in the United States for the successor of the NX and the Sentra coupe. Traditionally, every Nissan car with a name ending with an SX indicated that it was based on the Nissan S platform. The 200SX, however, strays away from this nomenclature. It was based on the B14 platform, which was also shared by the Nissan Sentra.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 1.6-liter I-4, 2.0-liter I-4
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Nissan 200SX, Nissan 200SX SE, Nissan 200SX SE-R

What's New

The 1998 Nissan 200SX has revised bumpers, white-faced gauges, and new headlights. The 13-inch wheels in the base model have been replaced by 14-inch ones, and the SE-R model has been brought back to California after passing the additional emission tests. This year also marks the last production year for the 200SX.

Exterior

The 1998 Nissan 200SX models share the same front-end appearance, dimensions, and front-drive chassis with the Nissan Sentra. However, the discreet fog lights, attractive alloy wheels, and small rear spoiler indicate that the 200SX is more than a regular Sentra coupe. The 1998 Nissan 200SX has a wheelbase of 99.8 inches and a length of 171.8 inches. It has a width of 66.6 inches and a height of 54.2 inches.

Interior

The 1998 Nissan 200SX is far roomier than a Nissan Sentra coupe irrespective of the model chosen. In fact, it offers more than the average passenger room that is expected from a small coupe. The space available at the rear is especially commendable, but the overall space available is still not adequate enough by absolute standards. The front seats are comfortable but firm and offer adequate legroom and headroom. The rear seats still tend to be a little cramped, but enough space is available for adults to sit comfortably. Entry and exit is fine for front seat occupants, but a little challenging for those in the rear seat. However, it is not as much of a challenge as that in other coupes. The 1998 Nissan 200SX also has one of the biggest coupe cargo spaces. In fact, the cargo room available in the 200SX is among the best in its class. The gauges up front are positioned properly and marked clearly. The functional and ergonomically designed dashboard ensures that all controls can be easily accessed by the driver.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Nissan 200SX SE and base model are fitted with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 115 horsepower. A bigger two-liter four-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams is fitted under the hood of an SE-R. Both engines may be fitted with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission. The 1.6-liter engine used in the base model and the SE offers adequate acceleration with the manual transmission but tends to deliver less power with the automatic transmission. The SE-R’s engine is a big step up, delivering enough torque and power for a fast and fun ride.

Safety

The 1998 Nissan 200SX is fitted with dual airbags in all models and optional antilock brakes in the SE and SE-R models. The coupe received a full five-star rating in terms of driver safety and four stars for passenger safety during frontal impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.

EPA Fuel Economy

Nissan 200SX: 23/30 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good looks
  • Reliability
  • Good value for money
  • Amazing performance of the SE-R
  • Great fuel economy

You Won't Like

  • Poor ride quality
  • Poor acceleration with the base engine and automatic transmission

Sum Up

The feel of a high-end coupe at a fraction of the price.

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