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Pros: Comfort, price and drivability.
Cons: The gas mileage could be a little better for a small 4 cylinder engine.
Advice: Have the dealer install after market cruise as a condition of purchasing the vehicle like I did!!!!I REALLY LOVE my Rio Cinco. It is very INEXPENSIVE yet the quality does NOT suffer one bit. I bought my Cinco for $12,000 (cruise too!!) and it is FULLY loaded!! No other car w/similar options could even come close to that!! The 5 door Cinco is very easy to drive and cart things around in. It is very quiet & has extremely COMFORTABLE seats along with an adjustable lumbar support. I am 6' 2' tall and have more head room in my Cinco than in my girlfriend's Lexus RX300 SUV!! This is a WONDERFUL car. :)
Pros: Powerful V6
Cons: Floor carpeting
Advice: Consider this car before deciding on the competitionWe have owned Camry V6's in the past. The Altima V6 is just a better engine. Overall the car has performed beatifully. The price is hard to negotiate but worth it in the end. Unsure of the long term but from what I've seen so far, a solid car that turns heads.
Cons: 2x to the dealer for minor issues
Advice: A serious contenderThe Sentra really is an excellent car. I got a sporty looking car with an engine cheap and sturdy that's fun as hell to drive the materials are great. and I find that they stand out amongst the sea of civics out there
Pros: Then V6 engine.
Cons: No power seat memory.
Advice: Shop several dealers against each other.Great looks, great engine & transmission. Some interior features on the cheap side, but none of the important features. Lots of storage space, great drink holders. A great family car for the young (and still alive) family.
Pros: The celica engine (VVTL-i)
Cons: The large blind spot. (can be alleviated with larger rear inside mirror)
Advice: Definantly go with the XRS. It is well worth it.The manual 6 speed was excellent and the handling was great... Remember the XRS borrow its engine from the sporty car Celica. The cargo space is awesome and the price is awesome. Remember, toyota is only making 75,000 of these this year. Better get your hand on one or else just wait till next year. The elec outlet is totally unprecedent and I love it with my laptop. I didn't go for the navigation cuz I can just use my laptop as a navigation system. HEHEHE! Definantly go test drive and see this car at the dealer even if you are not looking into buying this car.
Pros: smooth VR6 engine
Cons: all the rest
Advice: buy a previous generation- they had less quality issuesEngine is fabulous except in the first year spent in the dealership more time than on the road because of every possible electrical problem.All the window motors burnt without chance of replacing for lack of spares in the US; ECU was eventually replaced; all anti-corrosion wax melted and ended down on the road; leather seats have no side-bolstering; seat memory never worked; passenger side mirror has a mind of its own; rear view mirror does not automatically dim( I miss a normal mirror).Car is going thru its 3rd battery, for its original capacity is too low for a car with a million of power features.Engine heats up very fast on hot days running AC. Requires Premium gas for normal ride.Original air filter must be thrown away after signing purchase papers-it sufficates the engine from 2500 rpm( replace it with a K&N unit).1st gear engages very ruffly in any situation. Cupholders over the CD tray-Duh!!! Autoclimate controls are too small and too close to a shiftstick, eventually they start sticking to each other. Wood trim though of good quality- was an afterthought by fitment.Outside mirrors should be %10 larger for this size of a car.
Pros: Accelleration and Gas Milage
Advice: My sales person was excellent but watchout for con artists...BE PREPARED!I am have been a loyal Nissan consumer for almost a decade. My first car was a '86 200sx. My parents bought it for my my 16th b-day. At 156,000+ miles, it is a workhorse. I just bought a '02 Sentra GXE two weeks ago. I am very pleased. For an entry level car it has out performs most of the cars in its class. I would advise anyone who is just starting out like me to strongly consider the Sentra.