In addition to a variety of new names, the 2004 Nissan Sentra enters the market with a revitalized body style and technology features that modernize this popular sedan. It continues to climb sales charts and ranks high on the list of Nissan’s best sellers thanks to its modest price point and comfortable ride. For the 2004 model year, it took cues from the Maxima in terms of exterior attributes and interior accommodations. From the remodeled front and rear fascia to the updated grill and inside technology, consumers will find plenty to enjoy.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Sentra 1.8, Nissan Sentra 2.5 S, Nissan Sentra 1.8 S, Nissan Sentra SE-R, Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V
The 2004 Nissan Sentra updates the front with a remodeled hood and grill. Inside the cabin, there’s a new, modern trip computer that is now standard on the SE-R, 2.5 S, and SE-R Spec V trim packages. All of the previous trim packages are rearranged and renamed to fit the new styling. There are a variety of sporty, new perks in the SE-R Spec V, ranging from new color palettes to new seating and brake package options. Improved safety features are now optional, with side curtain airbags reaching the top of the list.
The 2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8 sedan features a standard five color palette, including classic Blackout, Bronze Shimmer, White Cloud, Radium, and Vibrant Blue. With the higher-end SE trim packages, consumers can also choose from Sunburst, Volcanic Orange, and Aztec Red. The SE rides on 16-inch alloys wheels, while the SE-R Spec V is set on 17-inch alloys wheels with performance tires. All 1.8 and 2.5 trim packages are available with 15-inch alloy wheels coupled with all-season tires.
The 2004 Nissan Sedan is modest in the lower level trim packages. Throughout the 1.8, consumers are limited to power steering, a tilt-adjustable steering well, cup holders for front seated passengers, and just two color options: Sage or Taupe. The SE-R and SE-R Spec V offer technological upgrades, including a trip computer and upgraded audio systems. Power doors and mirrors are also found on the SE trim packages along with one interior color option labeled Black/Silver.
Performance & Handling
The 2004 Nissan Sentra base model offers 129 horsepower through its 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine. A comfortable ride and adequate performance is expected with a five-speed manual transmission. High grade engines are found in the 2.5 S and the SE-R. Both climb to 165 horsepower coupled with 175 lb-ft of torque. The sportier SE-R Spec V offers a slight upgrade, with performance reaching 175 horsepower with 180 ft-lb of torque through the six-speed transmission. A MacPherson strut front suspension and double overhead cam also give it an edge over the other models.
Unfortunately, The 2004 Nissan Sentra receives unfavorable safety scores. The IIHS gives it a rating of ""acceptable"" for both overall front structure and safety cage. Four out of five possible stars were earned for driver and front passenger safety, according to NHTSA. They also gave the Sentra only two stars for front side impact safety. Child seat anchors are available on all models. Minimal safety features are added to any trim package and ABS brakes are only standard on the 2.5 S Sedan.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Sentra 1.8: 24/32 mpg city/highway
Nissan Sentra 2.S: 20/26 mpg city/highway
Nissan Sentra 1.8 S: 24/32 mpg city/highway
Nissan Sentra SE-R: 20/26 mpg city/highway
Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V: 20/27 mpg city/highway
- Fuel Economy
- Modest Price Tag
You Won't Like
- Small Backseat Cabin Space
- Outdated Interior Specs
- Low Safety Ratings
Continues to remain high on the best seller list for Nissan due to its affordable price tag and overall good performance.
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