1998 Nissan Sentra

  • 1998 Nissan Sentra E Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      39
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      115/108
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $11,499
  • 1998 Nissan Sentra GLE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      39
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      115/108
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,749
  • 1998 Nissan Sentra GXE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      36
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      115/108
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,699
  • 1998 Nissan Sentra SE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/132
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,549
  • 1998 Nissan Sentra XE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      36
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      115/108
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $14,499
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1998 Nissan Sentra Review

Affordable reliability with a touch of attitude.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1998 Nissan Sentra is a solid entry among lower priced sedans. While it does not have the features or performance of higher-priced competitors, it is a solid offering at a low price. It offers a smooth ride and easy handling, making it an easy vehicle to drive for day-to-day driving. Interior features are a little sparse on the lowest priced models, but the still inexpensive midrange Sentra models have all the basic features most drivers expect.

The 1998 Nissan Sentra has remarkable fuel economy with the smaller 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine in particular, getting far better gas mileage than most of the competition. However, the downside is that the smaller engine is somewhat underpowered in terms of acceleration, but some more thrifty drivers might find the trade-off worth it in the long run.

Overall, the 1998 Nissan Sentra does exactly what it is designed to do. It gets the driver from point A to point B for as little money as possible, without suffering any major reliability or performance issues. It is not as exciting as some of the other options on the market, but it is a solid offering for more cost conscious drivers to consider.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Nissan Sentra, Nissan Sentra XE, Nissan Sentra GXE, Nissan Sentra GLE, Nissan Sentra SE

What's New

The 1998 Nissan Sentra only gets some minor alterations to the front and rear fascias. Meanwhile, the SE is a new model offering.

Exterior

The 1998 Nissan Sentra is 171.1 inches long, which makes it an average four-door sedan. The base and other lower-priced models do not have any remarkable exterior features. The higher-priced SE comes with standard features such as alloy wheels and a rear spoiler.

Interior

The 1998 Nissan Sentra is anything but memorable on the inside. The low-end models have almost no features; even air-conditioning and an audio system are only available as optional features. On the higher end, it still doesn't offer that much. The SE, the highest-price model, features air-conditioning, leather trim, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, and a cassette player. Optional features include a power moonroof, keyless entry, anti-theft system, and a CD player.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Nissan Sentra is competent in regards to performance and handling. The acceleration is a little on the weak side, but this is generally a minor issue. It steers and maneuvers quite well. Overall, it performs just as well, if not better, than competitors in the same price range, but underperforms when compared to higher-priced sedans.

Safety

The 1998 Nissan Sentra gets dual-front airbags as its only safety feature. The GXE and GLE can be equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes as an optional feature.

EPA Fuel Economy

Nissan Sentra, 1.6-liter, four-speed automatic: 23/33 mpg city/highway
Nissan Sentra, 1.6-liter, five-speed manual: 25/35 mpg city/highway
Nissan Sentra, 2.0-liter, four-speed automatic: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Nissan Sentra, 2.0-liter, five-speed manual: 20/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Low price
  • Good overall performance
  • Excellent fuel economy

You Won't Like

  • Nothing particularly unique or impressive
  • Air-conditioning and audio system are optional on lower-priced models

Sum Up

Affordable reliability with a touch of attitude.

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