|The 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO.|
|2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO.|
The best of those is the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. It replaces the 1.8-liter normally-aspirated four in the Sentra SR, and that makes a huge difference in power. The 1.8 makes 124 horsepower, the 1.6 turbo makes 188. And in a car this size and weight, an extra 64 horsepower doesn't go unnoticed. Yes, there's a fuel economy penalty (29 city/39 highway becomes 25 and 31, respectively), but you're not buying a NISMO for fuel economy. And 25/31 is very respectable for the power you're getting. This little sedan flies. And it has the handling and braking to go with.
|2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO interior.|
$24,990 is well below the average price of a new car these days, and the Nissan Sentra NISMO is well above the average small sedan. It's also $8,460 below the base price of the entry-level BMW 320i (and good luck finding one of those with zero options)...whose 7.1-second zero-to-60 time is only two-tenths of a second quicker than the Sentra NISMO.
In many ways, this is an echo of the autumn of 1967. Only time will tell if the 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO becomes our era's Datsun 510.