Quality Nissan Sentra Models in Cleveland, TN

The Nissan Sentra has become one of the go-to compact cars on the road. With a history of reliability and value packed into a more affordable price than the bigger, more luxurious sedans, the Sentra has carved out a space of its own in the compact car world. Through the years, the Sentra has gotten larger while still receiving excellent EPA ratings and praise for its ability to remain competitive in pricing for its class while outshining the competition with a sharp-looking exterior and comfy, tech-savvy interior.

Brief History of the Nissan Sentra

The Sentra started out in the early 80s as an EPA-favorite compact sedan that was near the top in EPA ratings among similar competition. It’s legacy as an economy car has transformed into having a history of economy car pricing with midsize-sedan style and features.

Sporting a new redesign for 2020, the Sentra has continued on this tradition while offering drivers plenty of features that make it a top contender in its class.

The Sentra currently comes in three different trim levels: the S, SV and SR.


The first-generation Sentra was introduced in the U.S. in 1982. It was available in four different styles including a two-door coupe, four-door sedan, five-door wagon and three-door hatchback coupe. It received excellent EPA ratings at the time with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and three-speed automatic, or four and five-speed manual.


The second generation appeared in 1986. By 1988, all Sentras began using the E16i engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission, with the 1989-1990 models using the more powerful 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The 1989 model only saw mild changes to the exterior and interior.


The body style choices for this generation were narrowed down to a two-door coupe or four-door sedan, plus the 1993 model was upgraded with new interior updates, a standard driver’s airbag for the GXE and optional across other trims. The Sentra SE-R was also introduced, which included a new 140-horsepower engine.


The fourth generation dropped the coupe and now came in sedan-body only. These came with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that featured a timing chain, not a timing belt, which was to improve reliability and durability.


The 2000 model was the first to become classified as a “compact” car. The redesigned model set itself apart from the traditional economy car designs. This model remained a four-door sedan only and most came with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, while the performance-oriented SE-R trim was equipped with a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The 2004 model received mild updates to the exterior and interior.


The sixth-generation Sentra technically was classified by the EPA as a midsize sedan due to the new and improved 110 cubic feet of interior space, but still competed in the compact sedan segment. This model was bigger all-around, including a wheelbase that was six inches longer than the previous generation and most models came with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a CVT.

The performance-oriented SE-R and SPEC V models used a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, plus improved suspension, brakes and interior and exterior trim. The 2010 Sentra saw upgrades to the exterior and especially the interior, featuring a revised audio system and navigation system, optional backup camera and USB ports.


The latest generation of Sentra models are built on the Nissan V platform, with a modern, sportier, more upscale look for both the exterior and interior. Most models come with a 1.8-liter engine and CVT, and a sleeker, more stylish look similar to the Altima or Maxima. The spacious cabin is packed with modern technology and comfort features, including Bluetooth® and leather seating, rivaling the luxury of what many midsize sedans offer.

What’s New for 2020?

The 2020 Sentra is completely redesigned with a lavish, beautiful exterior and quality interior similar to the Altima. With the V-shaped grille and LED headlights, the new Sentra appears more muscular and stylish than ever before. It also comes with a new 2.0-liter inline-four engine. Tech-wise, the Sentra is loaded with NissanConnect®, featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability, eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control and an upgraded cloth interior. Plus, the Sentra finally comes equipped with the Nissan Safety Shield® 360 suite of driver safety features such as forward and rear collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

The Sentra has midsize-sedan level luxury for compact-sedan price. Come see for yourself today. Stop by and browse our quality selection of used models here at Vehicles Direct Cleveland. We love nothing more than serving the great people of Cleveland, Chattanooga and Decatur, TN.

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If you’d like to purchase or lease a used Nissan Sentra, stop by Vehicles Direct Cleveland at 2490 S. Lee Highway, Cleveland, TN 37311 for a test-drive today. We look forward to serving our customers throughout Chattanooga and Decatur, TN.

*All prices are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license and options. Dealer sets actual price.

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