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2000 Nissan Sentra Review
Not your average economy.
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The 2000 Nissan Sentra is a big change for the economy vehicle. This year saw a complete overhaul that changed the economy Sentra into a have-to-have vehicle for those on a budget. Improvements to the engine, the body, the size, and more, have made this vehicle an indispensable model in the Nissan fleet. Shoppers will be hard pressed to find a car that’s as fun to drive, offers as many standard features, and costs as little as the Sentra. Don’t pass this car up if you’re looking for a good day-to-day workhorse.
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Nissan Sentra XE, Nissan Sentra GXE, Nissan Sentra SE
The 2000 Nissan Sentra has received a complete overhaul this year. The vehicle’s length and body rigidity was increased. Further changes include a larger interior and more standard equipment.
The 2000 Nissan Sentra is not the most impressive vehicle to look at. In fact, if there is one major flaw with this vehicle, it is its rent-a-car looks. However, even though it looks bland, there are a lot of improvements this year. The Sentra has always been Nissan’s smallest vehicle, but this year the little guy grows a bit, gaining 6.5 inches. The Sentra now measures 177.5 inches overall. This minor increase is enough to change the vehicle from a subcompact into a compact. Some of the old economy features have been erased as well by combining the looks of the old Sentra with that of the Maxima. These changes include a lower hood with a higher rear stance, more lines throughout the vehicle body, and a new trunk.
The interior of the 2000 Nissan Sentra has had a lot of improvements. Rigidity of the vehicle is increased this year by 30 percent. This big tweak has reduced rattling and noise inside the vehicle considerably, contributing to a quieter ride. Along with the tweak to the body, interior space is increased as well. Space inside the vehicle has increased by 2.2 cubic feet. Headroom and rear seat space is also increased. In fact, there is a lot of storage space inside the 2000 Nissan Sentra. There are pockets everywhere, making it easy to store a lot of materials. There’s even a storage box on top of the instrument panel that gives you an extra place to store items. According to Nissan, this little storage area nearly doubles interior capacity. There are also huge cup holders, door map pockets, and more. The trunk space even increases by .6 cubic feet for a total of 11.6 cubic feet. The back seat is a locking, 60/40-split bench that lowers to increase that space even further. The big bucket seats in the front are very comfortable. The driver gets the benefit of a six-way adjustment lever. Standard features on the base model include bucket seating, a center console, tinted glass, clock, cloth seating, remote trunk release, and a tilt steering wheel. Optional equipment includes air-conditioning and an AM/FM cassette audio system.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Nissan Sentra comes equipped with one of two engines. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine is new, replacing the previous 1.6-liter four-cylinder. This engine produces 126 horsepower. It comes paired with a five-speed manual transmission. A two-liter four-cylinder was already available with previous incarnations of the Sentra, but the two-liter this year produces 145 horsepower, four more than before. It uses a variable-capacity muffler that is also available on the Nissan Maxima. A CA version of the 1.8-liter engine complies with California emission standards. It uses a four-speed automatic transmission. Many of the refinements to the engine have addressed previous issues with noise and the car feeling underpowered. The new 2000 Nissan Sentra floats along, merging seamlessly onto the freeway and giving a lot of fun overall. Steering is responsive, although one shouldn’t forget this is an economy vehicle.
The 2000 Nissan Sentra comes with driver and passenger front airbags. The NHTSA only tested driver and passenger safety. The 2000 Nissan Sentra received four out of five stars for passenger and driver safety. The IIHS did a more thorough check and found that the Sentra performed pretty well. Chest, neck, and restraints received the best score, ""good,"" during crash tests. Overall, the IIHS gave the 2000 Nissan Sentra a score of ""acceptable,"" its second best rating.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Sentra 1.8-liter four-speed automatic: 23/30 mpg city/highway
Nissan Sentra 2.0-liter five-speed manual: 21/28 mpg city/highway
Nissan Sentra 2.0-liter four-speed automatic: 21/27 mpg city/highway
- Great engines
- Big sports sedan version
- Cheap but doesn’t feel like
You Won't Like
- Pretty generic looking
Not your average economy.
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