The 1997 Nissan Sentra is a front-wheel-drive, four-door sedan that carries on Nissan’s tradition of reliability and good performance. Although this is not the flashiest rides on the market, it does offer buyers many options and a fun experience behind the wheel. Drivers get the satisfaction of smooth acceleration and easy handling, while passengers enjoy a comfortable ride with sufficient room to move around. Even with all the benefits, it may have a hard time enticing those looking for more power and luxury options.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Nissan Sentra, Nissan Sentra XE, Nissan Sentra GXE, Nissan Sentra GLE
The 1997 Nissan Sentra has a couple of changes, and the number of suspension-mounting points has been reduced. Furthermore, a bigger muffler is installed to quiet the interior.
The 1997 Nissan Sentra has approximately a 170-inch length, 67-inch width, 55-inch height, and 100-inch wheelbase. It has a curb weight of approximately 2300 pounds and sits on 13-inch wheels. The design does not attract much attention yet is still quite efficient. It features black front and rear impact-absorbing bumpers, chrome trim around the side windows, externally-adjustable black door mirrors, halogen bulb single headlights, a fixed rear window, and tinted glass. A rear spoiler is optional on all models, and a power moonroof is available only on GLE models.
The 1997 Nissan Sentra is roomy enough to fit five passengers; three of them can fit in the rear on a cloth bench seat. In the front, there are reclining cloth bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints, divided by a console that includes two cup holders. There are pockets in the door and bins on the seats for easy storage. The dash contains gauges that are logically arranged for easy readability. It features full floor carpeting, side window demisters, vinyl door trim, and an AM/FM stereo; meanwhile, a cassette and CD player are optional.
Performance & Handling
The 1997 Nissan Sentra is packed with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 115 horsepower and 108 lb-ft of torque. It's mated with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, and considering its small engine size, it has exceptional acceleration. Zero to 60 mph can be accomplished in just over eight seconds, which is faster than most other compact sedans.
The 1997 Nissan Sentra 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. It offers a firm and comfortable ride, even when travelling at high speeds. Handling is agile, giving drivers the ability to maneuver gracefully in traffic and take corners with ease. Steering is well-balanced and predictable, allowing for precise control.
The 1997 Nissan Sentra has driver and front passenger front-impact airbags installed, and a four-wheel ABS system is available on the GLE and GXE. An anti-theft alarm system, which provides increased security, is optional on all models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Sentra: 29/39 mpg city/highway
- Very reliable
- Good gas mileage
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