2007 was a great year, the iPhone was released, the first Transformers movie came out, and the new 2007 Nissan Sentra was born. That’s right, another iteration of the Nissan Sentra was released to market as a practical and affordable option for those looking for a new car. And while it may not be as flashy as an iPhone or as exciting as a transformer, the Sentra is still a great car that offers plenty of value for your money.
The 2007 Nissan Sentra is the definition of affordable and practical. A family car that provided a large amount of space on the interior but kept the exterior sleek and slim looking. The car is filled with the type of accessories that once you use them, you can’t live without them.
The Sentra series by Nissan has been one of the most consistent models of any car ever made. From the 1980s to the modern day, the Sentra has been a pillar for safety and practicality in the car world. Along with this practicality and reliability was affordability, with the 2007 Nissan Sentra being one of the cheapest among its competitors. So why don’t you fasten your seatbelt and learn about the 2007 Nissan Sentra with me?
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History Of The Nissan Sentra
The first Nissan Sentra got released to the American public in May of 1982. Being only the second Nissan model to be released in America, it was also the first Nissan model that included a front-engine and front-wheel drive. The Nissan Sentra became quite popular among the American population because it used much less fuel than many cars at the time and was notoriously safe to drive.
The Nissan Sentra has been such a hit among customers that between the years 1982 and 2021, the Nissan Sentra underwent eight different generations worth of changes, updates, and definitely upgrades. The exterior, interior, infotainment systems, the engine, and many other features were changed and upgraded throughout the years. However, Nissan was persistent in making an already-great car even better.
The first-generation Nissan Sentra was one of the first cars imported from overseas to have four different body-style options for consumers. The engine of choice in the original Nissan Sentra was a 1.5L Four-Cylinder SOHC. The engine was able to provide drivers with a high amount of torque in medium to low RPM ranges and was able to produce up to 50kW (67hp) of power. The car’s performance was astounding for the engine it used and the fuel economy it got.
The second-generation, third-generation, fourth-generation, and fifth-generation models of the Nissan Sentra were released in 1987, 1990, 1995, and 1999 respectively. Each new version of the Nissan Sentra earned itself exterior updates, as well as interior and engine updates. As a result, the Nissan Sentra slowly transformed from the traditional rectangular shape of cars in the 1980s to a modern-sedan style with rounded edges everywhere possible.
In 2006, the sixth generation of the Nissan Sentra got released to the American public. The aim of this Sentra generation was to provide maximum power and performance to the drivers without creating a hole in their pockets due to the rising oil prices at the time. This new generation Sentra was also slightly more prominent in size than any of the previous generations. The sixth-generation Nissan Sentra came with the standard 2.0L 16-valve inline-four engine that was capable of producing up to 104kW (140hp) of power.
Then in 2007, Nissan released an updated version of the Sentra called the Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec-V. This model came standard with 4-wheel disc brakes and a relatively minor update on the interior and exterior of the previous model. The previous engine got replaced by a 2.5L QR25DE engine that was capable of producing 132 kW (177hp). In addition to the automatic transmission, the new model also came with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
2007 Nissan Sentra Vs Older Models
In the 1980s until 2000, the Nissan Sentra was one of the best economy-class cars you could buy. But after its fifth-generation release, the Sentra began to fall off compared to their rising competition in the economy-class of cars. As a result, Nissan began to realize that an upgrade was necessary in order to compete with rival vehicles effectively.
The 2007 Nissan Sentra received an exterior, interior, and performance upgrade on its predecessor. The wheelbase is 6-inches longer than the previous model while also receiving 4 inches in height and 3 inches in the car’s total width. These small additions to the size proved to make a huge difference, with many of the Sentra drivers saying the car felt way larger than previous models, with plenty of space for the driver and rear passengers at the same time.
The trunk has an outstanding 13 cubic foot compartment that contains a hidden chamber that allows you to store your valuables safely, highlighting Nissan’s emphasis on safety. In addition, an overhead compartment enables the driver to store up to 8 CDs and small pockets around the vehicle designed to hold cell phones inside the car.
The previously made Sentra was relatively disappointing in both the interior and exterior aspects of the car, but the 2007 model stunned customers that a budget car could look the way it did. As you will read, the looks weren’t the only winning aspect of the car, with the performance being some of the best among the car’s competitors.
2007 Nissan Sentra Performance
The performance was another category that the previous Nissan Sentra had fallen behind its competitors in. The model made in 2007 received a 2.0L inline four-cylinder engine standard in this new model. This new engine was able to produce 104kW (140hp). Besides that number not sounding like a lot, it had around 20 more horsepower than the previous model. As a result, it could now keep up with its competitors in terms of acceleration.
The SE-R and the SE-R Spec-V versions were also released in the same year, with the SE-R Spec-V being able to produce up to 149kW (200hp) of power, with both ‘sporty’ versions receiving 2.5L four-cylinder engines.
The 2007 Nissan Sentra came in two transmission options. The first was a 6-speed manual transmission (most economy-class sedans only had a 5-speed transmission), and the second was a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and Nissan offered no automatic transmission option.
Both these transmission options proved to be more economical (fuel-wise) than previous Sentra models and even the majority of competing economy-class vehicles at the time. As said above, the power that the 2007 Nissan Sentra produces is impressive relative to the car’s fuel economy. So if you were looking for a fuel-savvy vehicle, the 2007 Nissan Sentra was for you.
Despite the handling being rated by many consumers as not being the best, the performance of the 2007 Nissan Sentra is awe-inspiring for a budget economy-class car.
Safety Features Of The 2007 Nissan Sentra
Drivers and passengers in the 2007 Nissan Sentra will find airbags on the sides of the front seats and full-length airbags in the head curtains. In addition, tire-pressure monitors come standard in all four tires, alongside an ABS system in every model.
Previous models of the Nissan Sentra had a front disc and rear drum brake setup, but the 2007 model received four-wheel brake discs to improve braking and therefore increased safety.
There are high-performance luxury cars, sports cars, hypercars, and cars that barely move without being pushed. Then you get the 2007 Nissan Sentra, a high performance, economical, stylish, safe, and budget vehicle that blows competitors out of the park. Safety, performance, and style were the three most important pillars when Nissan decided to revamp this already-reliable vehicle.
Better looking exterior than previous Nissan Sentra models, an interior that makes it hard to believe it is a budget vehicle with various safety features and high safety ratings. Besides the average ratings in the car’s handling compared to previous versions and their competitors, the 2007 Nissan Sentra tops the majority of their competitors in most categories possible.