The Nissan 240SX bounces around from being a sports coupe to a luxury coupe, depending on the model year. The 1998 Nissan 240SX predominately serves as a sport coupe, but the LE model offers many luxurious features as standard equipment. Unlike many performance-oriented coupes, the 240SX does not emphasize speed. The 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine provides good speed and acceleration, but doesn’t make it the fastest vehicle on the market. Instead, the 240SX focuses mostly on turning and maneuverability. Very few other vehicles on the market turn as well as the 240SX does.
The Nissan 240SX comes at a reasonable price and it is decently equipped with the SE model. The LE almost feels like a luxury vehicle. It feels more fun to drive than many other sport vehicles, since it emphasizes maneuverability rather than speed. Like a champ, the 240SX handles the twisting, turning roads commonly encountered by most drivers.
Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Nissan 240SX, Nissan 240SX SE, Nissan 240SX LE
The 1998 Nissan 240SX looks identical to the previous year’s model.
The Nissan 240SX classifies as a two-door coupe with a curved, but slightly flattened appearance. It looks sporty, but remains more pragmatic with its design than some other performance vehicles on the road. Alloy wheels provide an option for the base model and standard equipment on the SE and LE models. The SE and LE models also include a rear spoiler as standard equipment.
The interior of the 1998 Nissan 240SX varies widely between each of its models. The base model only offers power windows as standard, while everything else (including air-conditioning and an audio system) remain optional. The 240SX SE seems much better equipped with cruise control, air-conditioning, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player as optional equipment. The 240SX LE adds leather trim, leather seating, an anti-theft alarm system, and a CD player as standard equipment. The LE model also includes the same cassette player as the SE model.
Performance & Handling
The Nissan 240SX originally saw performance as a primary concern. The importance of performance varies with each model year, but the 1998 Nissan 240SX follows the original incarnation more closely than some of the luxury-focused production runs. The 1998 240SX’s 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine proves more powerful than it sounds. It does not seem extremely impressive, but it provides good acceleration to highway speeds. Turning marks the main strength of the 1998 Nissan 240SX. This coupe makes tight turns that few vehicles can handle outside of sports cars. Nissan presents the 240SX as a fun vehicle to drive, but primarily in terms of maneuvering through twisty roadways, rather than pure speed.
The 1998 Nissan 240SX has dual front airbags as standard safety equipment for the driver and passenger. In addition, four-wheel anti-lock brakes provide an optional safety feature on the 240SX SE and the 240SX LE.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan 240SX: 19/24 mpg city/highway
- Extremely tight cornering
- Good acceleration
You Won't Like
- Poor headroom uncomfortable for taller drivers
- Inadequate suspension with rough ride
Sporty driving pleasure that’s perfect for those windy roads.
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