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A Look at the Nissan Sentra Over the Years

Last updated 6 years ago

For 30 years, the Nissan Sentra has served American drivers as a fun, reliable, and practical sedan. While the Sentra was once Nissan’s entry into the subcompact segment, it has become larger, more powerful, and more luxurious over the years. Read on for a look at the Nissan Sentra, from the 1982 subcompact to the spacious 2012 sedan that waits at your local Fairfax Nissan dealer:

The First Sentra

In 1982, the Nissan Sentra line of subcompact cars was introduced to American drivers as a replacement for the Datsun B210. The Sentra was only the second car to be marketed in the United States under the Nissan brand and use a model name instead of a number.

Early Changes

Throughout the 1980s, the Nissan Sentra saw several upgrades and redesigns. The engine was made a bit more powerful and the exterior received an updated look. New features to appear during this time included manual remote control mirrors and power door locks. With the end of this generation, the five-door wagon model was discontinued.

The Sentra of the ‘90s

As time went on, the Sentra became larger and picked up a more aerodynamic look. Drivers began expecting greater performance from the subcompact car, and Nissan delivered with a larger engine and a new suspension setup.

Growth and Development

By the 2000 model year, the Nissan Sentra had grown enough to be classified as a compact car. With this size came more power and further development. The Sentra took on a sharp new look that improved every year, and base horsepower was brought up to 126—nearly double what the 1982 model offered.

Today’s Nissan Sentra

For 2012, the Nissan Sentra is better than ever. While it still offers compact-car efficiency and agility, its cavernous cabin has led the EPA to rate it as a mid-size sedan. Offering a bold new style, several engine options, and a luxurious interior, the 2012 Nissan Sentra is sure to please any economy-car shopper.

To take a test drive in the new and improved Nissan Sentra, come to Brown’s Fairfax Nissan today. We provide excellent new and used Nissan vehicles and services in the Fairfax area. Call (703) 591-8009 or contact us online to learn more.


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