The 1996 Nissan 240SX uses rear drive and a two-door coupe design that has both respectable gas mileage and an attractive appearance. Otherwise, it struggles to outmatch competitors in its class in terms of performance and cost.
Drivers get the satisfaction of sharp, agile handling, along with a solid set of convenience and standard safety features, making the 240SX a fun car to drive. Rear passengers rarely feel the same after experiencing a long ride in a cramped back seat.
Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Nissan 240SX, Nissan 240SX SE
The 1996 Nissan 240SX presents a couple of changes to earlier models. On the outside, it features a fancy new grille. The interior uses fresh, sporty-looking fabrics.
The 1996 Nissan 240SX has approximately a 177-inch length, a 68-inch width, a 51-inch height, and a 99-inch wheelbase. It shows off a sporty design, which appeals to young drivers. The 240SX features body-colored front- and rear-impact-absorbing bumpers, body-colored power door mirrors, conventional-lens halogen headlights, a fixed rear window, and tinted glass. A power sunroof remains optional. It has a curb weight of 2753 pounds and sits on 15-inch wheels.
The interior of the Nissan 240SX feels roomy enough to fit four passengers. In the front, sit low-back cloth bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints, divided by a console that includes a storage box and cup holders. The 1996 Nissan 240SX has pockets in the doors and bins on the seats for easy storage. The dash contains logically arranged gauges for clear readability and conveniently placed controls for easy use. In the rear, passengers sit in two bucket seats, divided by an armrest. The seat may be folded down for access to the trunk. The 240SX features a lockable glove compartment, one-touch power windows, a digital quartz clock, side window defoggers, a 12-volt power outlet, and an AM/FM stereo with four speakers. The SE comes standard with a CD player. Leather seating and power door locks remain optional.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Nissan 240SX comes packed with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 155 horsepower and 160 lb-ft of torque. It mates with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration proves decent, but leaves much to be desired. After a strong takeoff, it tapers off as speed increases. Going from zero to 60 mph takes about 10 seconds. Also, hard acceleration produces a high amount of engine noise, which causes a bit of an annoyance.
The 240SX has an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with an independent multi-link rear suspension with coil springs. This results in a relatively smooth and stable ride. Handling feels very good, giving drivers the ability to make quick maneuvers without trouble and take corners with ease. Steering responds well and predictably, allowing for precise control.
The 1996 Nissan 240SX has driver and front-passenger, front-impact airbags installed. Anti-lock brakes on all four wheels remain optional on the base model and come standard on the SE.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan 240SX: 22/28 mpg city/highway
Nissan 240SX SE: 22/28 mpg city/highway
- Good handling
- Easy operation
- Good fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Cramped rear seating
- Limited cargo room
- Road noise
A sport coupe with style and finesse.
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