The 2005 Nissan Sentra is a compact four-door sedan and one of the best-selling cars for Nissan. It was originally styled in California, the interior was designed in Germany, and the engineering was completed in Japan and the United States. It is built in Mexico. This vehicle is loaded with a wide array of features. Available are four models, which are the 1.8, SE-R, 1.8 S, and SE-R Spec V that are coordinated with a six-speed manual, four-speed automatic, or five-speed manual transmissions.
The Sentra’s popularity is due to having a lot of bang for the buck, respectable reliability, and excellent gas mileage. The interior is cramped, especially the rear seat; however, the trunk space is decent. The ride is noisy, and the 1.8 has slow acceleration, but the SE-R has plenty of pep and handles well. The cup holders are in inconvenient locations in front of the optional CD player.
Body Styles: four-door sedan
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Sentra 1.8, Nissan Sentra SE-R, Nissan Sentra 1.8 S, Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V
In 2005, the Sentra gets a new grille and a satellite radio is standard. A new Sport package for the 1.8 includes leather trim, 16-inch wheels, and a rear spoiler. The sporty SE-R receives stronger shocks, a stiffer suspension, and larger wheels. The Spec V gets Brembo brakes, bolstered seats, and upgraded trim. Anti-lock brakes are now standard on all the models except the base 1.8. The SE-R gains a cruise control and a trip computer as standard equipment.
The Sentra’s exterior has an upscale appearance due to the low hood and high rear deck. The side molding and bumpers are body color. It has flush mounted headlights and chiseled lines run from the front to the rear. Fifteen-inch wheels are standard and 16-inch aluminum wheels are optional for the 1.8 S trim as is a power sunroof. The SE-S model includes a mesh grille, fog lights, body color side sill extensions, and a rear spoiler.
Underneath, the SE-R has a 2.5-liter, four cylinder engine that makes165 horsepower and is teamed with a four-speed automatic transmission. The SE-R Spec V has the same engine, but is teamed with a close ratio six-speed manual gearbox. The Spec V features a silent chain drive, liquid filled engine mounts, and a compact balancer system for the purpose of decreasing vibration frequently present in large four cylinder engines.
The driver’s seat features either four- or eight-way adjustment and bucket seats are in the front. Although it is cramped for adults, it claims room for three in the rear. The rear seat back is split providing addition cargo area if necessitated. The trunk space for all models is 11.6 cubic feet.
The instrument panel is straight ahead and easy to read. The controls are laid out well and easy to reach. The 1.8 SE-R sedan model features a standard remote keyless entry, power windows and locks, a CD player, and a trip computer. The front door pocket contains cup holders. A 300-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo is optional.
Other optional equipment includes front side airbags, fog lights, and anti-lock brakes. Also obtainable is leather trim, satellite radio, a security system, and a sunroof. The dimensions of the interior are 99.8-inch wheelbase, 177.5-inch length, 67.3-inch width, and 55.5-inches tall.
Performance & Handling
Although it is not known for speed, it is not normally purchased for that purpose. The Nissan is popular for is its reliability, reasonable comfort, and fuel economy. All models have a pleasant ride and easy maneuverability. However, its cramped rear seat and only moderately low gas mileage have it slightly under par to comparable cars. The SE-R is known for its handling. Whipping through tight curves is tons of fun, and the tight suspension grips the vehicle to the pavement.
Standard safety features include ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, and emergency interior truck release. The crash tests are mixed. The NHTSA rated it a four out of five stars for both passenger and driver protection, but only a two out of five for side impact front protection. A four star rating is given for rollover protection. The IIHS rated the Sentra an ""acceptable"" for frontal off-set crash test, a ""poor"" for side impact, and a ""poor"" for rear crash protection and head restraint.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Sentra 1.8/1.8 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
- Loaded with standard features
- Decent gas mileage
- Good handling
- Functional cabin design
You Won't Like
- Cramped backseat
- Generic style
- High price on the SE-R Spec V model
Not a car made of speed but rather of reasonable cost, good handling, fuel economy, and a lot of bang for the buck.
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