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These days, many have seen their discretionary income fall faster than a ZR1's fuel gauge at full gallop. Recognizing this fact, Nissan has responded with a new iteration of the Sentra for 2009 called, rather cryptically, the FE+ 2.0 SR. On the surface, the new SR looks like the high-spec SE-R model – which itself has given up a bit of performance in the name of comfort and convenience over the last few years – with sporty front and rear fascias, a rear spoiler, smoked head- and tail-lamps and 16-inch alloy rims.

Despite its sporty appearance, this model's main purpose in life is to save on fuel bills. Under the hood lies the standard Sentra's 140-horsepower 2.0-liter four-banger, as opposed to the SE-R's enlarged 2.5-liter mill. When mated to the standard CVT transmission, Nissan is estimating that the SR will return 26 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway, which is a slight improvement over last year's 25/33 with the same powertrain combination.

The new SR will carry an MSRP of $17,760 (all prices plus $695 destination fee), which matches the price of the carry-over S model. Also available will be a base FE+ for $16,730, an up-level SL for $19,660 and the SE-R for $20,660. The top-rung SE-R Spec V will go for $21,160 and will be available solely with a 200-horsepower 2.5L mated to a manual transmission. Head past the break for the full press release.



Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced an expansion of the popular Nissan Sentra line-up with the addition of a sport-styled Sentra FE+ 2.0 SR model. The Sentra FE+ 2.0 SR is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan retailers nationwide beginning on April 17, 2009. The Sentra FE+ 2.0 SR has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)* of $17,760, the same price as the Sentra FE+ 2.0 S model. The full 2009 Sentra lineup now features seven models, ranging from the entry-level Sentra FE+ 2.0 to the performance-oriented Sentra SE-R Spec V.

"With so much attention being paid to high value, high mileage vehicles like Sentra today, we want to offer customers a range of choices within the lineup – so they can find the perfect level of equipment, sportiness and performance to fit their needs and budgets," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, NNA.

The new Sentra FE+ 2.0 SR was created in response to customer demand for a sportier looking Sentra without going all the way up to the high-performance Sentra SE-R and Sentra SE-R Spec V models. The "SR" starts with a standard Sentra 2.0 S and adds sport-inspired exterior enhancements, including SE-R-style front and rear fascias, side sills and rear spoiler; sport grille; dark chrome bezel headlights and dark smoked bezel taillights; 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; exhaust finisher; and "SR" trunk lid badge. It is available in six exterior colors, including the limited Sentra SE-R/SE-R Spec V colors, and will be offered with a Charcoal cloth interior.

Along with a range of models, the 2009 Sentra is available with a choice of two engines and two transmissions. All models except the SE-R and SE-R Spec V are equipped with a fuel-efficient 140-horsepower (135 hp CAL emissions) 16-valve 2.0-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine. Estimated fuel economy is 34 mpg Highway/26 mpg City (Sentra FE+ 2.0-liter with CVT).

The 2009 Nissan Sentra SE-R and Sentra SE-R Spec V models feature sporty styling, enhanced performance and additional standard equipment (versus non-SE-R models) and a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine (rated at 177 horsepower in the SE-R and 200 horsepower in the SE-R Spec V). Available Sentra transmissions choices (depending on model) are the advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission) and 6-speed manual.

"We've been inviting customers to take a closer look at Sentra for its value, style and performance. Now we're adding one more reason – more choice," said Castignetti.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com.

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* MSRP excludes applicable tax, title and license fees. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      That soothing reflection makes me want one... mmmm
      • 6 Years Ago
      true the window sticker on an 08 Z06 says 24mpg highway, but i consistently get 30mph if i cruise along in 6th gear and don't have any "fun". This is verified by mileage and gas receipts not just the onboard DIC computer.

      This car is boring and has nothing that stands out to make even bland consumers go "oooo!" I was just making a smartass remark on the fact I'd rather sacrifice 4MPG for an extra 380HP :)

      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like the guts are ok but the outside is really plain. Looks like a "Move-up"car. Get them in thedealer and then sell the next model up.Which is altima , much better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Poor Sentra once an awesome compact ( B13 SE-R / B14 SE-R ) Now just a terd and ugly as sin. Use to posses a nice SR20 with upgrade options in any direction such as high powered NA ( SR20VE VVL ) or high powered turbo ( SR20DET )

      Its a shame what they have done to this car is its main competition for so long has gotten much better ( GTI & Si ) and also nice newcomers such as the MS3
      • 6 Years Ago
      FE? Did they use the symbol for iron to remind us that this thing performs like a boat anchor?
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1! The very first thing I thought of was iron and after seeing the performance numbers, I'm not sure either of us were that far off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To me, silver is not the right colour to introduce the public to every single new automobile that comes down the pike. It seems that the automakers are stuck in a rut with silver. This car is hideous, and silver is its worst enemy!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just don't understand why that car looks too tall & narrow...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I own a 2007 Sentra, and while by no means will I ever even try to say that it is the best out there, most people on here would never drive it even if it was.

      Fuel economy is about the same as a Corolla or Civic. Driving at 80MPH, I will get about 33/34MPG, 70MPH - 36mpg, 60MPH about 37-38, and 50-55 will usually get me around 40/41MPG(U.S). Best I have ever done on a tank was 965KM on 53.5litres, which is around 600miles on 14gallons (US) (mostly highway at 55, although there was a bit of city driving, but barely). I've seen a few civic and corolla drivers get slightly better, but not much.

      Typical driving though with about 80%HWY @ 75-80MPH over the course of a tank lasting me about 2 weeks, usually gives me 6.7/100KM 34MPG(U.S) avg in the summer (luckily the times I travel to work are off times, so i rarely see traffic)

      0-60 it is faster than a civic (something like 8.5 vs 8.9, not that it's saying much), and I am not sure on the prices in the U.S, but price wise it was about $5000 cheaper to match most options in a civic or corolla (and at the time you couldn't get bluetooth/leather or RDS in a civic/corolla). I also got it at 0.5% APR, where as Honda wouldn't budge below 7% and Toyota 4%. They also threw in a few freebies such as 10 free oil changes, window tinting and winter tires.

      Funny thing is a friend of mine bought a 07 civic the same summer, His car has since been into the shop 3 times, my Sentra never. I once even had to pick him up during this winter when it was -45c out and his civic wouldn't start. This is obviously only my experience and not a representation of all Sentra's/Civics, but still funny.

      By no means am I going to be trying to race any guys driving around z06's, but I have no desire to either. My mechanic whom used to be big on racing, even commented that the CVT in my Sentra "isn't as much crap as they used to be", which coming from him is actually a compliment.

      I would still like to see them shave off weight, make it not so tall and improve fuel economy more so, but the looks don't bother me. Then again, I'm also a guy that thinks most of the concepts seen on this site are not so bad either, which is the complete opposite of 99% of the comments made in those articles.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Talk about a face full of fail...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I am sure it's way better then crap you are driving. Focus?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Man why does everyone hate on the Focus?
        • 6 Years Ago
        A Focus is better; same HP, better MPG with no lame CVT, you can actually add stability control, Sync, you can get a good deal on one...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Focus or Sentra, who cares they're both turds.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Really? You're just going to throw out a guess like that from that one post?

        Wow. Speaking of fail again though...
      • 6 Years Ago
      You guys sure are harsh.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't understand the headlights comments. The Sentra has has those headlights for 2 years now. Are you people auto buffs, or do you really just not know what's being sold?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder which motor Nissan is using for this car. Maybe they saved costs and rehashed the SR20DE for this? It would be interesting to see what they did to it if this was a variant of the SR20 motor.
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