2002 Nissan Sentra Overview


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2002 Nissan Sentra Overview

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The 2002 Nissan Sentra isn't satisfied with just being an affordable compact commuter car.  Apparently it wants to have as much fun as some of the flashier Nissans.  So for 2002, it brought back the Sentra SE-R and the new SE-R Spec V, sports-performance versions of the humble compact sedan with pretensions of greatness.  To this end, both SE-R trims feature a 2.5-liter DOHC I4 that gets 165-hp in the SE-R and 175-hp in the Spec V.  Both boast more menacing Skyline-inspired styling.  The SE-R has a sports suspension, bigger brakes, a rear spoiler and 16-inch tires.  A 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto tran are available.  The Spec V takes it further, with a stiffer racing suspension, 17-inch tires, sport seats, red and black interior colors, 17-inch wheels, and 0-60 in less than seven seconds.  

The other trims remain the same in terms of powertrains and features.  The SE is dropped this year, so the 2002 Sentra comes in XE or GXE.  A 1.8-liter, 126-hp I4 is standard on both, but an optional 2.0-liter, 145-hp I4 is offered on the GXE.  The low-emission Sentra CA gets a 122-hp rating with the same engine.  Both manual and auto trans are offered.  The GXE is the preferred trim, with power features, cruise control, and an 8-way driver's seat.  Dual front airbags are standard on all models, while side bags and ABS brakes are optional.  

The new 2002 Sentra SE-R and Spec V are sure to give the Civic Si and Neon R/T some heavy competition.  Drivers like the new sporty look and feel behind the wheel and the more powerful engine.  Handling is crisp, and a high gas mileage helps keep the 2002 Sentra in the economy class.  The front area is roomy, and there are lots of storage compartments, but rear legroom remains tight.  There are also issues with the quality of the interior materials and the paint.  The 2002 Sentra went through numerous recalls, primarily for problems with sensors and the catalytic converter.


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