By James Bergeron

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2010 Nissan Sentra 2.0

Day 1:

2010 Nissan Sentra 2.0
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I’m an auto enthusiast and so are many of my readers, but we cannot forget that the majority of automobile consumers out there, and hopefully some of those reading this blog, are looking for some basic A-to-B transportation. This week, that is exactly what is in my driveway, in the form of the 2010 Nissan Sentra: nothing exciting, expensive or feature-rich, but I suspect it will get me from A to B just perfectly fine.

To a starting price of $15,198, add everyone’s most-hated transmission option the CVT (which by the way I don’t find that horrible especially in Nissan vehicles) for $1,300 and a convenience package for $1,450 and you have only slightly more than very basic transportation.

2010 Nissan Sentra 2.0
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The convenience package adds such luxuries as: air conditioning, power heated outside mirrors, trunk lid trim, remote keyless entry, power windows, 60/40 split rear flat folding seat a rear centre armrest and upgraded front speakers.

Standard is a 2.0-litre engine that puts out 140-horsepower engine that is mated to a six-speed manual transmission if you do not add the CVT. Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS are standard, while VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) and Traction Control are not standard but are available for $300. My opinion is you should pony up those extra dollars: it will be worth it if only for increased resale value as they will be mandated by Transport Canada in the near future and become desirable, even in the used market.

Although this Sentra seems very basic compared to most of the cars I drive, it could be considered well-equipped to someone with an older vehicle or when compared it to vehicles in this price range just a few years ago. The only glaring item missing here is cruise control, a feature that makes long highway trips more bearable.

2010 Nissan Sentra 2.0
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $18,083

For more information on Nissan and the Sentra visit Nissan Canada

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