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1997 Nissan 240SX Review
Finesse and power combine.
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The 1997 Nissan 240SX is a rear-drive, two-door coupe that has both respectable gas mileage and an attractive appearance. Otherwise, it struggles to outmatch the Mazda MX-6 in terms of performance and cost. Drivers get the satisfaction of a solid set of convenience and standard safety features, making it a fun car to drive. Rear passengers will likely not feel the same after experiencing a long ride in this coupe.
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Nissan 240SX, Nissan 240SX SE, Nissan 240SX LE
The 1997 Nissan 240SX changes its exterior with new headlights and taillights, a newly-designed hood and front fenders, and a new front bumper and grille, enhance the appearance. Also, a luxury model, which flaunted keyless entry, a CD player, leather seats, and an anti-theft alarm system was added to the lineup mid-year.
The 1997 Nissan 240SX has approximately a 177-inch long, 68-inch wide, 51-inch tall, and 99-inch wheelbase. It has a nice looking design, which is both sporty and appealing. It features body-colored front and rear impact-absorbing bumpers, power body-colored door mirrors, front fog lights, halogen bulb single headlights, a front body-colored lip spoiler, a wing spoiler on the trunk, and tinted glass. A power sunroof comes standard on the LE, while it is optional on base and SE models. All trims have approximately a 2800 pound curb weight and sit on 15-inch wheels.
The interior of the 1997 Nissan 240SX is roomy enough to fit four passengers. In the front, there are two low-back cloth bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints, divided by a storage box and cup holders. There are pockets in the doors and bins on the seats for easy storage. The dash contains logically-arranged gauges for clear readability and conveniently-located controls for easy use. In the rear, there's a folding seat with a trunk pass-through. It features one-touch power windows, side window demisters, and an AM/FM stereo with a cassette player included. Leather seating, power locks, and a CD player are optional.
Performance & Handling
The 1997 Nissan 240SX are packed with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 155 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque. It's mated with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is decent but leaves much to be desired; from zero to 60 mph, it takes 10 seconds. Hard acceleration produces a high amount of engine noise, which is a major annoyance.
The 1997 Nissan 240SX is built with an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with an independent multi-link rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. The result is a relatively smooth and stable ride. Handling is very good, giving drivers the ability to make quick maneuvers and take corners with ease. Steering has a good feel and is responsive and predictable, allowing for precise control.
The 1997 Nissan 240SX installed driver and front passenger front-impact airbags. A four-wheel ABS system is also optional on the SE and LE.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Good handling
- Ease of operation
- Good gas mileage
You Won't Like
- Lacks horsepower
- Road noise
- Cramped rear seating
Finesse and power combine.
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