The Sentra is a pleasant small sedan in everyday driving. It has a comfortable ride, a quiet cabin, a roomy backseat, and a well-designed interior. But we found the Sentra tricky to control in a simulated emergency maneuver, as it had a tendency to lose grip too easily and slide. Braking was also unimpressive.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Fun to drive"

Anonymous, NE (2008 Nissan Sentra)

"The 2.0 liter engine is underpowered to drive the CVT. As a result, it does not function well on the highway. Works OK for in town commuting."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Nissan Sentra)

"You can hear the engine when you accelerate, like the thing wants to blow up. The noise overpowers the A/C and the radio. It makes a high pitched whine like it's being forced to do something it doesn't want to do."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Sentra)

"Handling and acceleration great...shifts well.....stops well and looks great."

Robert P., FL (2008 Nissan Sentra)

"The acceleration could be a bit more robust, and again I wish the whining noise were less at highway speeds. I am satisified with the overall gas milage. Normal road noise in the cabin is not real bad, but I think it could be improved upon.... maybe the newer models have addressed this??"

Randy K., PA (2008 Nissan Sentra)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Have had more issues with the dealer of work done. There is an annoying squeak in the dash when you go over every little bump in the road. I spend $200 to have the rear end aligned properly. A joint in the exhaust system started leaking and had to have a patch joint welded in."

KATHLEEN F., MI (2008 Nissan Sentra)

"The car is very road noisy. The only cold air is when running the A/C. If you just run the vent on a cold day, it's not cold air, you still need to run the A/C if you want cold air."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Sentra)

"I think the 2008 Sentra has a "whine" in the engine area that is annoying once the car is on the highway at crusing speeds of 50 mph or greater. At times it can sound like a distant siren. I love the adjustment range of the seats, and the way I can access the trunk through the rear seats... I have actually hauled 8 foot timbers in this vehicle with the back seats folded down.... amazing.... and great.. I also love the trunk capacity and the trunk partition that folds down to increase the ove..."

Randy K., PA (2008 Nissan Sentra)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"No majors problems. We took the extended warranties."

Anonymous, QC (2008 Nissan Sentra)


Anonymous, NB (2008 Nissan Sentra)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Just looks good to me. This car is in very good condition for its age"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Nissan Sentra)

"Good looking car for it's size"

Anonymous, QC (2008 Nissan Sentra)
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Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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