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2006 Nissan Sentra Sedan - Overview

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$13,200 – $18,300 MSRP

$12,621 – $17,020 Invoice

23 / 28 MPG City/Hwy

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2006 Nissan Sentra Sedan

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Overview

What's New
There's an all-new Sentra coming in 2007, so the 2006 model gets only minor upgrades. The audio system in the Audio Fanatic Package gets an in-dash 6-disc CD changer. Two exterior colors are new for 2006: Sapphire Blue and Sunburst, the latter of which is new only to the 1.8L "S" model. The fifth-generation Sentra remains a popular choice for buyers looking for driving fun at an affordable price.

Overview
The Sentra remains one of Nissan's shining stars. It's always been considered the sporty model in the compact lineup, and the 2006 model is no different. The Sentra projects a clean exterior design that's highlighted by its smooth front and rear integrated fascias, distinctive hood and grille, and a wide, long, tall body. The model choices include the 1.8, 1.8S, SE-R (sport-tuned version), and SE-R Spec V, which is geared toward those who enjoy autocrossing.

There are two engines available on the 2006 Sentra, depending on the trim level. The base engine-a DOHC, 1.8L inline-four cylinder that cranks out 126 hp and 129 lb.-ft. of torque-is found on the 1.8 and 1.8S models. A positive spin on lower horsepower is good fuel economy; Sentras with the base 1.8L engine get 28 mpg in the city and 35 on the open road. The SE-R model gets a 2.5L inline-four cylinder, but it produces 165 hp and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. The SE-R Spec V model adds 10 more hp (175) and five lb.-ft. more torque (180).

Inside, the Sentra comes nicely equipped with many standard features-even on the "S" model. Standard features include remote keyless entry, a trip computer, cruise control, power windows/doors/mirrors, air conditioning, a rear window defogger, and an AM/FM radio with CD player. The list of Sentra's safety features is impressive for a small car. Dual front-seat air bags, three-point seat belts at all seating positions, and crumple zones designed to absorb energy in a frontal impact protect all occupants.

The Competition
The Compact Conventional segment in which Sentra competes, includes 18 models, all offering good "bang for the buck." It's a very competitive segment, with many big sellers.

The Honda Civic, which sold 308,415 units in calendar year 2005 remains a strong player, as does the Toyota Corolla (244,032), according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM The Chevrolet Cobalt (212,667 sales in 2005), which replaced the Cavalier, is selling well for a new model. The Sentra (119,489) is also a solid competitor. Other models with sales greater than 100,000 competing in the segment include the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Jetta, and Saturn Ion.

Available Trims for the 2006 Nissan Sentra Sedan

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
1.8 (50 State) ULEV (M5) 5 speed manual $13,200 126-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl 28/35
1.8S (50 State) ULEV (M5) 5 speed manual $15,200 126-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl 28/35
SE-R (50 State - Retail Orders Only) ULEV (A4) 4 speed automatic $18,100 165-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl 23/28
SE-R Spec V (50 State - Retail Orders Only) ULEV (M6) 6 speed manual $18,300 175-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl 23/29

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