Nissan models 2009

Nissan models 2009 DEFAULT

The Maxima belongs to a threatened species, the front-drive sporting sedan. No one is talking extinction here, but rear drive allows a balance of handling and a purity of steering that’s just not possible in a front-driver with upwards of 270 horsepower. So, over the last, say, dozen years, the popularity of rear-drivers from Benz, BMW, Cadillac (CTS), Infiniti, and Lexus—not to mention Mustangs, and 300s, Magnums, and Challengers from Chrysler—have bled away the excitement from the front-drive class.

Now comes an all-new Maxima with a distinctive, hourglass shape and plenty of motor muscle, but it’s still a front-driver. Where shall we park it in the new-car pantheon?

Over by the Acura TL, for sure, along with the VW Passat, perhaps. The Maxima’s opening price within a shallow breath of $30,000 puts it lower than most of the famous-maker European imports, and its lack of a manual gearbox damps its appeal to the red-hot-corpuscle crowd. Actual sporting flavor comes down to a single option, which we’ll cover below in more detail. Without that, the Maxima is merely the top-line four-door available in Nissan stores.

This new car, chopped nearly four inches in length compared with the previous model, has been moved to Nissan’s all-purpose D platform, also used for the Altima and Murano. The Maxima is notably wider than the Altima, 2.5 inches overall on a track that’s up by 1.5 inches in front and 1.6 in back, but other dimensions are within an inch on both. Inside spaces, except for more shoulder width on the Maxima, are similar within an inch, too, and the Maxima’s total interior volume is five percent smaller than the Altima’s.

Nissan found a new look for this car, with a simplified grille shape compared with its other models. The way the fenders flare wide around the wheels reminds of Seventies-era IMSA racers. In the wind tunnel, air flowing over the new surfaces shows its disapproval, with a drag coefficient of 0.33.

There are zero powertrain options. Nissan’s lusty 3.5-liter V-6 is standard, backed by a CVT. Output is 290 horsepower, up 35 from that of the 2008 Maxima, with a 6600-rpm redline. If you get some enjoyment from the idea of a transmission that’s never caught with the wrong ratio, you’ll delight in the CVT. On most calls for acceleration, the revs smoothly zoom up in proportion to thrust; there’s never a harsh downshift. Nissan’s way with a CVT tops all other makers, we think.

New for 2009 is the “drive sport” shifter calibration, which opens a complex discussion of the options menu. In the base Maxima, indicated by an “S” in the literature, or the step-up SV model—neither is badged on the car—you move the console shifter to the left into the manual mode, which engages software that maintains engine revs during cornering and holds a racy ratio on exit. If you order the SV with either the Premium or the Sport package—these designations are not physically indicated on the car, either—you get large shifter paddles above and below the horizontal steering-wheel spokes to do the same thing without moving your hands from the wheel.

This is a peppy performer, sprinting to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, continuing on to finish the quarter in 14.5 seconds at 98 mph.

The standard tire for both S and SV is a 245/45R-18. The Goodyear Eagle RS-A all-weathers on the test car gripped sufficiently to achieve 0.85 g on the skidpad and stop from 70 mph in 175 feet. These are generally quiet tires with good masking of small-bump harshness and very little tread noise. In other words, they’re not overtly sporty and won’t annoy an owner who just wanted a nice car with a touch of upmarket panache.

The Maxima line starts with the S, at $29,950, which should account for about 10 percent of sales. You get cloth seats but leather on the wheel and shifter, blue-dots-on-black trim panels on the dash and console, smart-key entry, a sunroof, dual-zone climate control, and all of the safety equipment, including front and side airbags for front occupants and side curtains in front and back. Stability control, traction control, and tire-pressure monitoring are standard, as they are with most cars these days.

Next up is the cooking SV, $32,650, expected to account for 45 to 50 percent of sales. This level brings leather seats, Bose audio with nine speakers and speed-sensitive volume control, a thigh-support feature to extend the front edge of the driver’s seat, power lumbar support, fog lamps, and turn blinkers in the outside mirrors.

You build your special-purpose Maxima by adding either the Premium package or the Sport package to the SV. Together, these “packaged” SVs will run 35 to 40 percent of sales. Sport versions have upsized tires, 245/40VR-19 all-weathers, with the option of summer tires in the same size. To take the additional forces imposed by the high-grip rubber, the front structure of Sport versions gets additional bracing, the suspension components are beefed up, and the springs and shocks are recalibrated. A full bulkhead behind the rear seat—with a pass-through at the armrest—stiffens the rear structure.

The version in our photos is an SV with the Premium package, which also gets the rear bulkhead, plus higher-grade leather on the seats and steering wheel, eucalyptus-inspired trim in place of the blue dots, a two-panel sunroof, a power shade for the rear window, seat-position memory, Bluetooth phone connection, and heated seats and outside mirrors.

Our Maxima impressions are formed by this Premium SV and from lengthy driving in a cooking SV, which has a 60/40 split rear seat that folds to open a large passage to the trunk. The body did not seem notably flexy, and we think the Home Depot crowd may prefer to avoid the packages in order to preserve hauling flexibility.

The SV and Premium SV are both relaxed tourers. The driver’s bucket is wide and comfortable for the long haul. Special mention goes to knee space; this is one of only a few cars in which an average-size male’s right knee doesn’t bump against something. One notch extended on the thigh support was agreeable, too.

Twenty years ago, the Maxima created a fashion with white dial faces set into a black instrument cluster, a sporty gesture that was picked up by Dodge and a few others. But this new Maxima is too reserved for that. Instead, it has large-diameter black-face dials outlined with thin chrome bezels, and thin-stroke numbers in white, very much in the Infiniti style. The only extravagant gesture in the all-black interior is pale-raspberry stitching around the seats, so subtle you won’t notice if you’re wearing sunglasses.

Although the Maxima has belts for five occupants, be warned that the center position in back has limited headroom, even with the standard sunroof. Deeply carved reliefs in the backs of the front buckets open generous knee spaces for two passengers. The cushion is somewhat low but nicely resilient, even plush.

Based on the two Maxima test cars we’ve driven, which had the prompt reflexes we expect of modern sedans but were not recognizably sporty, we think Nissan is dealing with the threatened status of the front-drive sporting car by, mostly, abandoning the class. And why not? The Infiniti line is perfectly positioned to take over that side of the business, at least at the higher price points. But let’s not write off the old Maxima spirit before we try the Sport package. Most of our staffers complained of torque steer in the test cars, a sort of queasy feeling in the steering if the car is not pointed straight ahead during brisk acceleration. With the body reinforcements that come with the 19-inch wheels, Nissan is going back to the fundamentals of vehicle dynamics. That’s the right approach.

For now, don’t be misled by the Altima relationship. This new model is so much more refined in its ride and noise qualities. You’d never know the two were kinfolk.


The Maxima and the smaller Altima have been tangled up in size, style, and mission for generations—even their names are indistinct. The new Maxima at least ends the confusion from a stylistic standpoint. Inside and out, it’s a richer, more mature design, but from behind the wheel, it’s still nearly identical—a slightly bulkier Altima with the same stiff legs and sharp inputs. Nissan wants the Maxima to be a four-door sports car, but maybe it’s time to forfeit that role to the Altima and let the Maxima relax.


In many ways, the Maxima is a car that doesn’t deserve to exist. While it is appreciably more refined than the front-drive Altima on which it’s based, it’s got a less comfortable rear seat and costs a few grand more. If you want a punchy sedan with plenty of room for five, the Altima fills the bill quite well. But if you want something sportier, a grand or two more than the price of the Maxima will get you the better-in-every-way, rear-drive Infiniti G35.

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Following is a brief overview of the changes, refinements and enhancements to the complete 2009 Nissan range of sports cars, sedans and coupe, trucks and SUVs. Full information on each vehicle will be available closer to its on-sale date.





2009 Nissan GT-R

With independent instrumented test times below 3.5 seconds 0 – 60 mph and 0.99g on the skidpad, the all-new 2009 Nissan GT-R, the fifth-generation of the legendary Nissan supercar, is more than living up to the legendary reputation of its predecessors. 


The 2009 Nissan GT-R features an all-new 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 producing 480 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, backed by an all-new, paddle-shifted, dual clutch transmission.  The Nissan GT-R is built on an exclusive Premium Midship platform, which enables the use of a world’s first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system. The transmission, transfer case and final drive are placed at the rear of the vehicle, optimizing weight distribution and maximizing handling capability. 


The Nissan GT-R’s functional styling utilizes advanced aerodynamics (0.27 Cd), while the hybrid body construction combines steel, carbon fiber and die-cast aluminum. GT-R’s four-passenger cabin features a sloping “aero blade canopy” roofline and curved C-pillar, as well as GT-R’s hallmark four-ring taillights, functional rear carbon fiber underbody diffuser, rear spoiler and large, integrated quad exhaust tips.


GT-R’s interior balances functionality with a sense of ease and comfort. It features sculpted performance bucket seats for an optimal driving position, a cockpit-style instrument panel with a large center-mounted tachometer and multi-function display – which includes mechanical and driving information, as well as an on-board driving recorder. 


The 2009 Nissan GT-R will go on sale at nearly 700 GT-R Certified Nissan dealers in July 2008. It has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $69,850 for the GT-R and $71,900 for the GT-R Premium model (exclusive of $1,000 Destination & Handling).



2009 Nissan Z Coupe

A dramatic all-new Nissan Z Coupe will be introduced at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. More details on the next generation Z coming soon.



2009 Nissan 350Z Roadster

The 2009 Nissan 350Z Roadster continues to offer sports car lovers high performance excitement and a dynamic driving experience. For 2009, three models are offered for the 350Z Roadster: Enthusiast, Touring and Grand Touring. Each comes equipped with a standard VQ35HR3.5-liter V6 producing 306 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque and a choice of 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions. 


Revisions for 2009 include:

·         One new exterior color: Moonlight White (replaces Pikes Peak White)

·         Orange ventilated seats no longer available


The 2009 Nissan 350Z Roadster goes on sale in September 2008.





Nissan continues to be a strong force in the North American sedan segment with four high-quality, locally produced (U.S. and Mexico) models – the flagship Maxima, best-selling Altima, high-value Sentra and high-mpg Versa. Here are highlights of the changes and refinements for the 2009 model year.


2009 Nissan Maxima

The 2009 Nissan Maxima, the seventh generation of Nissan’s flagship sedan, is offered as two well-equipped models, Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV, and is scheduled to arrive at Nissan dealers nationwide in June 2008.


Designed as a commanding four-door sports car, Maxima is unique in both appearance and driving feel. The breakthrough exterior design of the new Maxima combines an aggressive stance and powerful fender design – not unlike many exotic sports cars on the market today. Maxima’s new stance comes, in part, from a slight reduction in wheelbase and overall length, along with a wider front and rear track.


The new Maxima’s interior imparts the feeling of sports car with controls ergonomically close, yet with ample roominess and comfort for both driver and passengers. The interior includes a special driver’s sport seat, available leather-appointed seating, offset shifter lever that is closer to the driver, “Daylight Illumination” gauges and a wide range of available technology – including a premium audio system, RearView Monitor and Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system with XM NavTraffic® real-time traffic information (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Voice Recognition and 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive. 


The 2009 Maxima features a standard award-winning 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve VQ-series V6 engine, enhanced and refined to take driving performance to new levels.  The revised engine is now rated at 290 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque, increases of 35 horsepower and 9 lb-ft of torque over the 2008 Maxima engine.  



All 2009 Maximas come equipped with a revised standard Xtronic CVT™ with manual mode, tuned specifically for Maxima’s sporty driving character, and available paddle shifters. A new “Ds mode” (drive sport) is added to the CVT for 2009.



2009 Nissan Altima Sedan

Following its total redesign for the 2007 model year, the Nissan Altima Sedan continues to set individual sales records. Designed with the goal of being the best-performing front-wheel drive sedan available globally, the latest generation Altima is built on Nissan’s advanced “D” platform. For 2009, Altima Sedan is again available with a choice of two engines: the award-winning VQ-series 3.5-liter V6 or the powerful 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder.


Refinements for the new model year include revised standard features for the base grade, revised option package content and three new exterior colors. Here’s some of what’s new:


·         New standard features on Altima base model:

–         Improved manual transmission operational feel

–         New 16-inch wheel cover design

–         Black grille highlights

–         Dual power remote-controlled sideview mirrors

–         Trip computer and outside temperature gauge

–         Power door locks with auto speed-sensing door lock system

–         Air conditioning with in-cabin microfilter and front side window demisters

–         Trunk cancel switch and rear seat lock

–         Dual sun visors with driver’s side vanity mirror

–         Speed-sensitive variable intermittent windshield wipers

·         Revised 2.5 S equipment (standard Xtronic CVT™, dual zone automatic temperature control)

·         Revised 3.5 SE Sport Package content (Vehicle Dynamic Control, HID bi-xenon headlights), standalone Moonroof Package

·         New stand-alone 3.5 SL Vehicle Dynamic Control Package

·         Three new exterior colors: Sonoma Sunset, Majestic Blue and Sonoran Sand


The 2009 Nissan Altima Sedan is available in four models: 2.5 (6MT), 2.5 S (CVT), 3.5 SE (6MT, CVT), 3.5 SL (CVT).  It goes on sale in August 2008.



2009 Nissan Altima Coupe

Introduced as an all-new design for 2008, the 2009 Altima Coupe receives just minor refinements for the new model year, including:


  • 6-speed manual transmission refined for improved operational feel
  • New 16-inch wheel cover design
  • New standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design for Altima Coupe 3.5 SE model, along with standard 235/45R18 Michelin tires
  • New high-gloss grille finish (previously medium gloss)
  • New auto speed-sensing door locks





For 2009, Altima Coupe is available with a choice of the award-winning VQ-series 3.5-liter V6 rated at 270 horsepower or 175-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engines, each offered with either a 6-speed manual transmission or Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission).


Also offered is a long list of user-friendly technology features – including standard Nissan Intelligent KeyÔ with Push Button Ignition, available Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, available advanced touch-screen navigation system with XM NavTraffic® with real-time traffic information (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and RearView Monitor.


The 2009 Altima Coupe is offered in two models: 2.5 S and 3.5 SE. It goes on sale in August 2008.



2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid

Introduced in 2007, the 2009 Altima Hybrid mates a refined version of Nissan’s QR25 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine with an advanced electric drive motor/generator. Together they give Altima Hybrid a net power rating of 198 horsepower (148 kW). With its standard electronically controlled eCVT, the Altima Hybrid achieves an EPA estimated fuel economy of 35 mpg City and 33 mpg Highway and is rated as an Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV).


For 2009, enhancements to the Altima Hybrid include:

  • New auto speed-sensing door locks

·         Four new exterior colors: Red Brick, Navy Blue, Sonoran Sand and Mystic Jade


The 2009 Altima Hybrid is offered in one model, with available Technology and Moonroof Packages. It goes on sale in August 2008.



2009 Nissan Sentra and Sentra SE-R

The sixth generation Sentra, which debuted in 2007, offers style, space, quality, performance and interior flexibility for active lifestyles. For 2009, Sentra is again available with standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, standard 6-speed manual transmission or available fuel-efficient Nissan Xtronic CVTä (Continuously Variable Transmission). 


Sentra is also available in Sentra SE-R and Sentra SE-R Spec V models – both featuring sporty styling, enhanced performance and additional standard equipment versus non-SE-R models. Sentra SE-R features Nissan’s refined QR25DE 4-cylinder engine rated at 177 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque (on regular unleaded fuel), matched with an Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission) with paddle shifters for smooth, sporty performance. The 6-speed manual-equipped Sentra SE-R Spec V features a high-output version of the QR25DE engine, with top end engine modifications that help it achieve 200 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Contributing to the Spec V’s outstanding performance is unique suspension tuning, larger diameter brakes and an optional Helical Limited Slip Differential.






For 2009, Sentra offers minor revisions, including:

·         Revised trunk lid design

·         New velour charcoal and beige seat cloth and door trims (2.0 and 2.0 S models)

·         Revised driver-side and passenger-side seatbacks (2.0 SL)

·         Additional (two total) 12-volt power points (2.0 S, 2.0 SL, SE-R. SE-R Spec V)

·         MP3 playback capability (2.0 S, 2.0 SL, SE-R, SE-R Spec V)

  • New auto speed-sensing door locks

·         New 2.0 SL Premium Package with moonroof and heated driver and front passenger’s seats

·         New SE-R Upgrade Package (moonroof, Nissan Intelligent KeyÔ)

·         New SE-R/SE-R Spec V Premium Audio Package

·         Five new exterior colors: Red Brick, Metallic Blue, Sonoran Sand, Midnight Sky and Artic Blue


The 2009 Nissan Sentra is available in five models: 2.0 (CVT), 2.0 S (6MT, CVT), 2.0 SL (CVT), SE-R (CVT) and SE-R Spec V (6MT). It goes on sale in October 2008.



2009 Nissan Versa Hatchback and Sedan

Introduced in the 2007 model year, Versa remains one of Nissan’s hottest-selling models. Versa comes with a standard 122-horsepower 1.8-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine and a choice of three transmissions, including Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVTä (Continuously Variable Transmission). The 2009 Nissan Versa goes on sale in June 2008. There are no significant changes from the 2008 model.


A series of revisions will be introduced later in the 2009 model year, including:

·         Power automatic door locks (standard on 1.8 SL, optional on 1.8 S)

·         Four new exterior paint colors: Red Brick, Metallic Blue, Sonoran Sand, Artic Blue (Hatchback models only)


The 2009 Nissan Versa is available in four models: 1.8 S Hatchback (6MT, 4AT), 1.8 SL Hatchback (CVT), 1.8 S Sedan (6MT, 4AT) and 1.8 SL Sedan (4AT). 





2009 Nissan Murano

The all-new, second generation 2009 Murano went on sale in January 2009. With its new exterior and interior, enhanced technology and a new premium driving feel, Murano continues to experience strong sales in an increasingly competitive marketplace.


As with the original, the 2009 Murano offers a striking visual design with a bold grille, wide front headlights, powerful wheel arches and available 20-inch wheels. Murano’s redesigned rear end features a unique rear glass shape for maximum visibility, rear air deflector, large rear LED taillights and dual exhaust outlets with chrome finishers. The new Murano design also includes an available dual panel power sliding glass moonroof and 2nd row skylight.






Inside, the 2009 Murano lives up to its “mobile suite” design theme with new levels of warmth and luxury. New front seats and a new steering wheel design provide increased passenger comfort, and warmth is provided by a new “Welcome Lighting” ambient lighting system, a new instrument panel design, available wood and aluminum accents and a 60/40 fold-flat rear seat with available power return. 


All 2009 Muranos feature a VQ-series 3.5-liter DOHC V6 rated at 265 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque and an advanced Xtronic CVT with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) that provides a sporty and smooth driving experience. 2009 Muranos are available in front-wheel drive or with an advanced all-wheel drive system, and all Muranos come standard with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with a Traction Control System (TCS) for all-weather confidence.


The 2009 Murano features a new “D” platform, new lighter suspension components with increased stiffness and a new twin-orifice speed-sensitive power steering system.


Available technology features include Nissan Intelligent KeyÔ, Bose® premium 11-speaker audio system, an advanced touch screen navigation system with 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive, DVD Mobile Entertainment System and Voice Recognition for audio, Bluetooth® and navigation system.


The 2009 Murano is offered in five well-equipped models: S 2WD, S AWD, SL 2WD, SL AWD, LE AWD.



2009 Nissan Armada

Following an extensive number of enhancements in the 2008 model year, the 2009 Nissan Armada continues to refine its equipment and package offerings in order to maintain its leading position as the full-size adventure SUV for active families. For example, equipment previously included in the LE Preferred and LE Tow Packages now comes standard on the Armada LE base model.


The 2009 Nissan Armada is equipped with a standard 5.6-liter Endurance V8 rated at 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque. Available Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) technology allows drivers to use traditional gasoline or an alternative fuel such as E85. Also standard is an advanced 5-speed automatic transmission. Available towing capacity of up to 9,100-pounds is provided by Armada’s heavy-duty frame and suspension. Refinements for 2009 include:


·         Equipment previously included in the LE Preferred Package (heated front seats, power quarter glass flip-out, power folding outside mirrors with puddle lamps and turn signals, memory setting for driver’s seat/mirrors/pedals and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System) and LE Tow Package (receiver hitch with 7-pin wiring harness, larger battery, 3.357:1 gear ratio) is now standard on Armada LE base model

·         New 20-inch Chrome Clad wheels on the Armada LE equipped with the Technology Package

·         Moonroof is now available with the Armada SE Driver’s Package

·         New auto speed-sensing door locks





The 2009 Nissan Armada is available in SE and LE models, each offered in both 4x4 and 4x2 drive configurations. It went on sale in April 2008.



2009 Nissan Pathfinder

The Nissan Pathfinder, which expanded its lineup in 2008 with the addition of an available V8-engine, continues in the 2009 model year with revised packaging and equipment availability, including the addition of standard 18-inch machined aluminum alloy wheels on Pathfinder V6 LE models (previously standard on V8 LE models only). Other changes include the addition of standard side and curtain supplemental air bags on all models and a new auto door lock function. Two new exterior colors are also available for 2009.


Pathfinder’s 5.6-liter DOHC V8 engine is rated at 310 horsepower and 388 lb-ft of torque, which helps it to achieve 7,000 lbs of maximum towing capacity. Also available is Pathfinder’s proven 266-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 version of the award-winning Nissan VQ-series engine. All Pathfinders continue to be built on a high-strength, fully boxed, all-steel frame based on the full-size Nissan Armada SUV.


The refined Pathfinder interior offers a range of amenities, including available leather-appointed seating, heated steering wheel, Nissan Intelligent KeyÔ with twist start, Nissan Navigation System with 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and RearView Monitor. Here are the changes for the 2009 model year:


·         Standard front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags on all models

  • New auto speed-sensing door locks

·         Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System now standard on LE models

·         Two new exterior colors: Red Brick and Navy Blue

·         SE Premium Package contents now split into SE Journey and SE Premium Packages

·         Power Moonroof Package now a stand-alone option on SE and LE models

·         17-inch machined aluminum-alloy wheels now available with SE Journey Package

·         18-inch machined aluminum-alloy wheels now standard on LE V6 (previously standard on LE V8 only)


The 2009 Nissan Pathfinder is available in five models: S-V6 (4x2, 4x4), SE-V6 (4x2, 4x4), SE Off Road (4x4), LE-V6 (4x2, 4x4) and LE-V8 (4x4). It goes on sale in July 2008.



2009 Nissan Xterra

The Nissan Xterra, created as tough, essential gear designed to inspire and facilitate outdoor enthusiasts’ activities wherever they go, receives a number of enhancements for the 2009 model year – including a redesigned front end appearance, new Roof-Mounted Off-Road Lights (Off-Road model only), new wheel designs, new seat materials and colors (with leather-appointed seats standard on SE models), new trim level content and standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear seat occupant head protection.




The changes to the second generation Xterra enhance the differentiation between the four available Xterra models – X, S, Off-Road and SE – making it easier for buyers to determine the exact Xterra model for their particular needs and lifestyle. Optional equipment packages have also been simplified with two packages – Technology Package and X Gear Package – offered for 2009.


For a limited time, beginning at the 2009 Xterra’s sales launch in July 2008, the contents of the Technology Package – including an advanced Rockford Fosgate® audio system, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately, automatic transmission models only), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and more – will be provided at no charge with every 2009 Xterra S, Off-Road or SE.


All 2009 Xterra models feature an advanced 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine, rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque, along with a rugged “F-Alpha” truck platform for adventure-ready performance. Xterra is available with a choice of 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions and in a choice of part-time 4-wheel drive or 2-wheel drive.


Xterra provides a distinct “multi-flex” interior with an abundance of useable space, storage and convenience features – including an available Easy Clean cargo area, a tie-down channel system similar to the Utili-trackÔ system on the Titan and Frontier, 10 cargo hooks and a built-in first-aid kit.


Changes for 2009 include:

·         Standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear seat occupant head protection

·         Redesigned front end appearance with new grille shape and colors, new front bumper fascias

·         Two new grille treatments – a Sandblast Aluminum finish for X, S and Off-Road models and Satin Chrome finish for Xterra SE models

·         SE models also receive a newly designed body colored side molding treatment

·         X and S models receive a newly designed black headlight inner housing surround

·         New Roof-Mounted Off-Road Lights built into the roof rack air dam as a standard feature for Off-Road models

·         New side-step and roof rail colors and a new 4x4 badge on Xterra 4-wheel drive models

·         New wheel designs on all models, including a new 16-inch bright machine-finished wheel for the Xterra Off-Road

·         Two new exterior colors, Navy Blue and Red Brick

·         New seat materials and colors (with leather-appointed seats standard on SE models)

·         New center instrument panel cluster with a new fascia and new HVAC switches

·         New standard leather-appointed seating on SE models, new seat cloth an X and S models

·         New, unique seat cloth on Off-Road models

·         New available packages, including X Gear Package (roof rail crossbars, fog lights) and Technology Package (Rockford Fosgate® audio system, XM® Satellite Radio, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, steering wheel audio controls and auxiliary input jack)




The 2009 Xterra is offered in four models – X, S, Off-Road and SE. It goes on sale in July 2009.



2009 Nissan Rogue

The popular Nissan Rogue, which was introduced as an all-new 2008 model, receives only minor changes for the 2009 model year. Rogue continues to offer aggressive, performance-oriented styling, a powerful engine, responsive handling and a driver-focused cockpit combined with thoughtful everyday utility. 


Rogue features an impressive array of standard features, including Nissan’s Xtronic CVT™, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and a 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). Available equipment includes Nissan’s Intuitive All-Wheel Drive system with yaw moment control and Nissan Intelligent KeyÔ.


Rogue’s stylish, driver-centered interior environment features a high-utility cockpit-like feel that is enhanced by an available Boseâ-developed audio system, Bluetoothâ Hands-free Phone System and steering wheel-mounted control switches.


Enhancements for 2009 include:

  • Front fold-flat passenger seat, driver seatback pocket, dual-level center console tray and mood lighting for SL models
  • New auto speed-sensing door locks
  • Drive computer and outside temperature display added to SL models
  • Two luggage side cargo hooks and dual visor vanity mirror illumination for SL models
  • New Leather Package option for Rogue FWD SL models
  • Bluetoothâ Hands-free Phone System and Nissan Intelligent Key™ added to Rogue FWD Premium Package


The 2009 Nissan Rogue is offered in four models: S FWD, S AWD, SL FWD and SL AWD. It goes on sale in August 2008.



2009 Nissan Titan King Cab and Crew Cab

The Nissan Titan full-size pickup, which enters its fifth year of production in 2009, continues to build on its reputation as rugged, reliable, spirited choice for active truck buyers seeking style, innovation and excellent value. Changes for the new model year include revised features and equipment packages – including new Max Utility Packages that combine some of the most popular towing and bed utility items.


The 2009 Titan is offered in King Cab and Crew Cab body styles with a choice of4x4 and 4x2 drive configurations, along with two wheelbases and four bed lengths.

The 2009 Titan is built on Nissan’s rugged F-Alpha pickup platform, featuring a powerful 5.6-liter DOHC Endurance V8 rated at 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft torque. Titan features a standard 5-speed automatic transmission and a maximum towing capacity of up to 9,500 pounds for King Cab and 9,400 pounds for Crew Cab (when properly equipped).






Titan continues to boast innovative features such as first-in-class Wide-Open rear doors (King Cab) that open 168 degrees for nearly unlimited interior access, a high-utility bed that includes an industry-first factory-applied spray-on bedliner, a Utili-trackÔ tie-down system that provides ultimate cargo hauling flexibility and an integrated, lockable bedside storage compartment.


Enhancements to the 2009 Titan include:

·         Matte black finish grille and body-color front bumper for Titan XE models

  • New auto speed-sensing door locks

·         New SE and LE Heavy Metal Packages (except Texas)

·         New SE and LE Texas Titan Package (Texas only)

·         New Max Utility Package


Titan is once again available in four well-equipped models – XE, SE, PRO-4X and LE. Titan is also available as a Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) designed to run on E85 Ethanol. It went on sale in May 2008.



2009 Nissan Frontier King Cab and Crew Cab

The Nissan Frontier, a no-compromise pickup forged with premium hardware, extraordinary power and off-road athleticism, continues to be a leader in the mid-size truck segment. Improving its already impressive packaging, the 2009 Frontier is updated with a new front fascia grille and headlight design and new machine-finished 16-inch wheels (PRO-4X) and new 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (LE). Additionally, a Frontier PRO-4X off-road model is added, along with new Crew Cab LE and PRO-4X Value Truck Packages (VTP). 


Enhancement for 2009 include:

·         Restyled front fascia/grille design

·         New headlight design

·         LE models offer new 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

·         SE models feature new 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

·         PRO-4X models receive new machine-finished 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

·         Two new exterior colors: Red Brick and Navy Blue

·         New center radio and HVAC stack (V6 models)

·         New seat cloth for LE models

·         New Frontier PRO-4X model with body-colored grille and bumpers, outside mirrors and door handles and fog lights, Bilstein® off-road high-pressure shock absorbers, additional skid plates on the oil pan and transfer case, an electronic rear differential locker, 2- or 4-wheel limited-slip (ABLS) and unique machine-finished 16-inch aluminum-alloy off-road wheels with large BFGoodrich P265/75R16 Rugged Trail tires, leather-appointed red-stitched shifter knob (M/T only) and steering wheel, chrome accent ring around the white-faced meter gauges and trip computer

·         PRO-4X King Cab models include a factory-applied spray-on bedliner, bed rail caps, Utili-track channel system and four adjustable tie-down cleats (standard on Crew Cab)


The Nissan Frontier continues to offer an unmatched level of on- and off- road performance with the use of a 261-horsepower 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine or available 152-horsepower 4-cylinder (4x2 XE and SE I4 only). 




The 2009 Frontier is offered in XE, SE, LE and PRO-4X models. It goes on sale in July 2008.



2009 Nissan Quest

The Nissan Quest, redesigned in 2007, receives only minor changes for 2009, including:

  • New auto speed-sensing door locks

·         One new exterior paint color: Tuscan Sun


Quest provides sedan-like power and handling from its standard 235-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission and responsive suspension design. Standard Quest safety features include Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification, supplemental roof-mounted side-impact curtain air bags for front and rear seat (2nd and 3rd row) outboard occupant head protection, driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, front seat Active Head Restraints and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). 


The 2009 Quest is offered in four well-equipped models – 3.5, 3.5S, 3.5SL and 3.5SE. It goes on sale in September 2008.



About Nissan North America

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online and


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List of Nissan vehicles

Model Calendar year
introduced Current model Current main markets Vehicle description Introduction Update (facelift) Hatchback
LEAFLeaf2010 2017 — Global Full-electric compact car (C-segment).
MICRA/MARCH (K13)Micra1982 2010 2013 Latin America and Asia Previous generation, continued production in various markets. Was available in Europe before it was replaced by the Micra (K14). Not available in the United States while sold in Canada and Mexico.
MICRA (K14)2016 — Europe Subcompact car (B-segment) oriented for the European market.

NOTE AURANote2004 2012 2020 Japan and Thailand Subcompact car (B-segment) oriented for the Japanese market. Was available worldwide, including in North America where it was sold as the Versa Note. E-Power powertrain available in several markets.
TIIDA (C12)Tiida2004 2011 2017 Taiwan Compact car (C-segment). Previous generation, continued production in Taiwan.
TIIDA (C13)Tiida2014 2020 China Compact car (C-segment). Was available in Europe and other regions as the Pulsar before it was phased out in 2018. Sedan
ALMERA/VERSA/SUNNY/V-DRIVE (N17)Almera1995 2011 2016 Global (except Europe) Subcompact car (B-segment). Previous generation, continued production in Latin America as the V-Drive. Previously sold in Japan as the Latio.
ALMERA/VERSA/SUNNY (N18)2019 — Subcompact car (B-segment).
ALTIMAAltima1992 2018 — Americas and China Mid-size car (D-segment).
FUGAFuga2004 2016 — Japan Rebadged Infiniti M/Q70 executive car for the Japanese market.
LANNIALannia2015 2015 — China Compact car (C-segment) for the Chinese market.
MAXIMAMaxima1980 2015 2018 North America and China Full-size car, the largest sedan in Nissan line-up.
SENTRA/SYLPHYSentra1982 2019 — Americas Compact car (C-segment). Sylphy and Sentra models were merged as one model in 2012. Sylphy2000 Asia
SKYLINESkyline1957 2014 2019 Japan Rebadged Infiniti Q50 compact executive car for the Japanese market. SUV/crossover
ARIYAAriya2020 2020 — Global Full-electric two-row compact crossover SUV (C-segment).
JUKEJuke2010 2019 — Europe Subcompact crossover SUV (B-segment). Phased out in most markets, new generation introduced for Europe and Australia.
KICKS (P15)Kicks2016 2016 2020 Global (except Europe) Subcompact crossover SUV (B-segment). E-Power powertrain available in several markets.
KICKS (D15)2019 2019 — India Subcompact crossover SUV (B-segment) larger than the Kicks (P15), largely based on the Renault Captur GA.
MAGNITEMagnite2020 2020 — India and Indonesia Entry level subcompact crossover SUV (A/B-segment) destined for the Indian market, will be introduced in other regions.
MURANOMurano2002 2014 2019 North America Two-row mid-size crossover SUV (D-segment) which sits between the Rogue/X-Trail and Pathfinder.
PATHFINDERPathfinder1985 2021 — North America Three-row mid-size crossover SUV (D-segment).
PATROL SAFARI (Y61)Patrol1951 1997 N/A Middle East and Africa Continued production in the Middle East and African market.
PATROL/ARMADA (Y62)Patrol1951 2010 2019 Global (except Europe) Full-size body-on-frame SUV. Armada2003 2016 2021 North America
QASHQAI/ROGUE SPORTQashqai2007 2021 — Global (except Southeast Asia and Japan) Two-row compact crossover SUV (C-segment) slots between the Kicks or Juke and Rogue/X-Trail.
ROGUE/X-TRAILRogue2007 2020 — Global Two-row compact crossover SUV (C-segment). Three-row available in several markets. Rogue and X-Trail models were merged as one model in 2014. Hybrid available in several markets. X-Trail2001 2021 —
TERRA/X-TERRATerra2018 2018 2020 Southeast Asia, China, Middle East Mid-size body-on-frame SUV based on the Navara (D23).


2012 — Russia Rebadged and restyled first generation Dacia Duster. Phased out in most markets, continued production in Russia. MPV
ELGRANDElgrand1997 2010 2020 Japan Large MPV/minivan with sliding doors for the Japanese market and other Asian markets.
LIVINA (ND)Livina2006 2019 — Indonesia Three-row compact MPV, a rebadged and restyled Mitsubishi Xpander.
SERENASerena1991 2016 2019 Japan and Southeast Asia Compact/medium MPV/minivan for the Japanese market. Hybrid and e-Power available. Kei car
DAYZDayz2013 2019 — Japan Semi-tall height wagon kei car with hinged rear doors. Developed by NMKV joint venture, also sold as the Mitsubishi eK.
ROOXRoox2009 2020 — Japan Tall-height wagon kei car with rear sliding doors. Developed by NMKV joint venture, also sold as the Mitsubishi eK Space. Sports car
GT-RGT-R1969 (GT-R nameplate) 2007 2016 Global Flagship sports car. ZZ1969 2022 Global (except Europe) Two-seat sports car. Model Calendar year introduced Introduction Update (facelift) Current main markets Vehicle description Current model
W.C.E - Nissan Evolution (1933 - 2019)

2009 Nissan Cube reports here on its initial driving experiences with the 2009 Nissan Cube in this comprehensive Bottom Line assessment. In writing the accompanying Full Review, also researched a range of reviews and road tests covering the 2009 Cube and bring you some of the most useful highlights.

Is the 2009 Nissan Cube a new kind of utility vehicle, a city-friendly microvan, or an especially tall compact wagon? It's tough to say; the quirky new Nissan Cube fits into several existing categories but ends up being the odd one out—in a positive sense.

The previous-generation Scion xB—sold in the United States from 2004 through 2006—turned into a cult hit for urbanites for its sharp, boxy look. But the newer, larger model introduced for 2008 hasn't been received quite as well, partly because its new styling just wasn't as crisp and distinctive. Shoppers are fickle in the area, but thinks that the new 2009 Nissan Cube will hit the right buttons for those motivated by styling and fashion, as well as those who need a healthy dose of practicality in their next vehicle.

Snout aside, the Cube is almost cubical, but the details make the design feel special. Perhaps what makes the 2009 Cube stand out so prominently is that it has one of the most overtly asymmetrical vehicle designs seen in recent years. The rear hatch opens at the side and is hinged at the left; the rear window curves continuously—almost uninterrupted—around the right rear corner and right side of the vehicle. The windows are bordered all around by a beveled "frame," and the middle pillar on either side tapers at the middle. Yet especially from the front, the Cube has a surprisingly macho stance, enhanced by the wide-set headlights and strong horizontal themes in front and in back; designers call the inspiration "Bulldog in Sunglasses." The overall design has rounded corners everywhere, but with the asymmetry and flared sheetmetal for the wheel wells and rear fascia, it's far more distinctive than the xB.

Review continues below

The 2009 Nissan Cube is just as distinctive inside, but a lot more functional than the weird exterior might suggest; designers follow a "Casual Lounge" theme in the cabin and give it the curves of a Jacuzzi tub—with a rounded, recessed instrument panel running through to the door panels and carving out areas for the front occupants, along with water-ripple styling cues that echo throughout. The dash has two scooped shelf areas, and trim pieces and other styling cues show off prominent oval designs.

A 122-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine powers the front-wheel-drive Cube, and it's offered with either Nissan's Xtronic CVT automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Nissan continues to improve the CVT's calibration and drivability, so it's smooth going and there's none of the lurching feeling on moderate acceleration that we still observe on other CVTs. At the time of writing, Nissan expects EPA ratings of 28 mpg city, 30 highway with the CVT—the low highway rating probably the consequence of the tall, boxy design. In especially rapid stop-and-go on a short driving loop, saw 24 and 25 mpg in two different CVT Cubes. The six-speed manual has a nice linkage, but the slow-to-react electronic throttle doesn't encourage spirited driving.

While the Cube displays tremendous personality in terms of styling, design, and function, it doesn't exhibit much of a driving personality. The Cube handles decently in ordinary driving, and it feels maneuverable but not especially nimble. Because it has such a short wheelbase, there's more fore-and-aft pitching over bumpy sections of road than there is for longer vehicles. The steering wheel brings no feel of the road, and it stays almost fingertip light whether parking or cruising at expressway speeds. It's a bit susceptible to crosswinds, so we found ourselves overcorrecting sometimes when thrown off course. That said, the Cube accelerates adequately, with enough reserve power for passing on two-laners, and brakes have a nice, firm feel, even though under it they're just drums in back. The soft suspension is a smart setup for most city driving, as it soaks up jarring expansion strips and even modest potholes without drama.

Refinement in the 2009 Nissan Cube is way beyond what most buyers in this price class will expect. The engine is luxury-car smooth at idle and has none of the roughness or vibration transmitted through to the floor or pedals while accelerating as we've observed on some competing models. Wind and road noise are also notably muted, and we didn't sense any of the boomy resonance that's common in other small-car models at high cruising speeds.

The Cube's interior feels more spacious for passengers than the exterior design suggests. Front seats are soft and supportive, and they're a step up from those offered in Nissan's Versa and Sentra models, while the bench in back has plenty of space for two tall adults, with a pull-down center armrest. In a pinch, three can fit across, and the rear bench not only slides fore and aft but the backrest reclines somewhat (though not flat).

Cargo-wise, the Nissan Cube isn't quite as stellar. The backseats fold forward, but they don't provide a flat, continuous cargo floor by flipping forward. There are, however, plenty of places to put smaller items, including door pockets, dash cubbies on either side of the steering wheel, and cup holders up high and down low. The side doors even have bungee hooks.

Visibility is surprisingly good through the large side mirrors—and the expanded corner window when parking. What the 2009 Nissan Cube lacks, due to a seating space that's so far back from the windshield header, is good upward visibility from the driver's seat. It's not a safety issue but a minor annoyance; you'll find yourself bowing down and craning your neck upward to see street signs and to watch stoplights turn green—although shorter drivers won't be as affected.

Most small cars skimp on standard safety equipment to some degree—whether it means not offering electronic stability control or making anti-lock brakes optional—but the 2009 Cube comes with all the safety features that a shopper gets on most crossover SUVs costing twice as much. Six airbags are standard—including front side airbags and side-curtain bags for front and rear occupants—along with front-seat active head restraints. And in the way of accident avoidance, electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist are standard, even on the base S model.

The 2009 Nissan Cube is offered in four different models: base 1.8, 1.8 S, 1.8 SL, and 1.8 Krōm. Even the base model is better equipped than most vehicles in its low price range; it includes remote keyless entry, power windows, air conditioning, a trip computer, and a sound system with auxiliary input. The 1.8 S gets cruise control, map lights, and a host of upgraded interior appointments, while the 1.8 SL is only offered with the CVT and includes alloy wheels, automatic climate control, and an upgraded sound system with iPod connectivity. The Krōm model gives the Cube a dressed-up appearance—including a roof spoiler, a chrome grille with horizontal bars, bright painted alloy wheels, interior accent lighting, aluminum pedals, and a different front and rear fascia, plus various extras, such as Bluetooth, steering-wheel audio controls, and a Rockford Fosgate subwoofer. There's only one factory option package, the SL Preferred, which brings push-button ignition, Intelligent Key, fog lamps, rear parking sensors, XM Satellite Radio, an upgrade to Clarion speakers, and the subwoofer.

Like Toyota with its Scion models, Nissan offers more than 40 dealer-installed accessories to customize the 2009 Cube. They're not all appearance-related; the list includes several cargo-organizing options, and a Garmin nav system.


2009 nissan models

Wees slim, check van tevoren CARFAX. Jouw bron van voertuighistorie.


Schone schijn is er genoeg in de markt van tweedehands auto's. Maar wat zit er onder die glanzende motorkap? Als onafhankelijke aanbieder van kentekenchecks en voertuighistorie heeft CARFAX een missie: om je zo veel mogelijk informatieve mijlpalen (zogenaamde meldingen) uit het leven van een tweedehands auto te bieden. We willen namelijk dat jij je volgende tweedehands auto leert kennen. Van binnen en van buiten. En dat alles vóórdat je beslist, je leven met hem te delen.

We hebben daarvoor een unieke tool: een databank met meer dan 25 miljard historische meldingen uit het leven van gebruikte auto's. 3 miljard daarvan komen uit Europa. En deze databank groeit dagelijks. Zelfs als de gebruikte auto uit een land komt waarvan we geen informatie hebben, is een kentekencheck de moeite waard. Wie weet, misschien blijkt die kleine Italiaan wel grotendeels uit Oost-Europa te komen.

Maar begrijp ons niet verkeerd. We doen ons uiterste best om de complete achtergrond van een voertuig door te lichten, maar de achtergrond van de vorige eigenaren houden we er buiten. De meldingen in onze databank hebben op geen enkele wijze betrekking op personen. We richten ons uitsluitend op de gebruikte auto en zijn kilometerstand, mogelijke verdekte ongevallen, waar de auto vandaan komt en nog véél meer. Soms vinden we ook niks. En dat is alleen maar mooi, toch?

Waarom is uitgerekend vóór de aankoop de voertuighistorie zo belangrijk? Het is een feit dat er meer gebruikte auto's dan nieuwe auto's worden verkocht. Deze vorm van hergebruik kunnen we natuurlijk alleen maar anmoedigen. Maar daardoor ontstaan natuurlijk ook in de markt gangbare methoden en tactieken om schadewagens in goud om te toveren, de kilometerstand te manipuleren of andere dingen zoals de herkomst of zelfs diefstal te maskeren. Het zijn allemaal onvermijdelijke nadelen van een vrije markt in occasions. Wij vinden, dat je nieuwe tweedehands auto je juist een gevoel van zekerheid zou moeten geven. Daarom is ons doel, dat jij je bij het kopen van je auto goed voelt en dat je niet het gevoel krijgt, dat je teveel voor je nieuwe levensgezel hebt betaald.

Toch willen wij vooral dat je niet onbewust aan het stuur van een risicowagen komt te zitten. Wij helpen dagelijks om dit soort wagens letterlijk uit de roulatie te halen. Zo maken we niet alleen de markt van tweedehands auto's, maar uiteindelijk ook onze straten veiliger.


CARFAX is in 1984 in de Verenigde Staten opgericht en maakte in 2007 de stap naar Europa. Momenteel werken 100 medewerkers bij zes Europese filialen om meldingen uit het leven van tweedehands auto's uit meer dan 20 landen te verwerken.

Door langdurige samenwerkingen met toezichthouders, handhaving, ministeries, verzekeringsmaatschappijen, taxateurs, automotive partijen en andere toonaangevende organisaties zijn wij in staat om een unieke internationale databank voor tweedehands auto's op te bouwen. Met meer dan 25 miljard meldingen is deze tot nu toe de grootste databank van voertuighistorie wereldwijd. En elke dag komen er meer meldingen bij. We gebruiken deze databank als basis voor een aantal slimme voertuighistorie-applicaties, zoals bijvoorbeeld ons uitgebreide voertuighistorierapport. Zo maken wij de occasion-markt transparanter.

Ondanks deze nauwe samenwerking met instanties en bedrijven zijn wij neutraal en onafhankelijk. Want uiteindelijk is ons doel, onze klanten zoveel mogelijk voorlichting en veiligheid te bieden. Daarbij gebruiken we overigens geen persoonsgerelateerde informatie en houden we altijd rekening met de wet op de gegevensbescherming. Verder gebruiken we de informatie altijd met het oog op juridische randvoorwaarden - en dat doen we in alle landen waar we actief zijn. Van illegale activiteiten als bijvoorbeeld datadiefstal, scraping of hacking distantiëren we ons nadrukkelijk.

W.C.E - Nissan Evolution (1933 - 2019)

2009 NissanSentra Pricing and Specs

Compare 9 Sentra trims and trim families below to see the differences in prices and features.

Trim Family Comparison


View 3 Trims


  • 2.0L I-4 Engine
  • 6-spd man w/OD Transmission
  • 140 @ 5,100 rpm Horsepower
  • 147 @ 4,800 rpm Torque
  • front-wheel Drive type
  • 15" steel Wheels
  • front air conditioning, manual
  • AM/FM stereo, seek-scan Radio
  • cloth Seat trim


View 1 Trims

Additional or replacing features on 2.0SL

  • 2.5L I-4 Engine
  • 177 @ 6,000 rpm Horsepower
  • 172 @ 2,800 rpm Torque
  • 17" silver aluminum Wheels
  • AM/FM/Satellite-prep, seek-scan Radio
  • premium cloth Seat trim
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2009 Nissan Sentra

The Nissan Sentra, which was completely redesigned and re-engineered for the 2007 model year, continues into 2009 with only minimal changes. Among those things which are new for 2009: A slightly restyled trunk lid, new cloth seat selections, automatic door locks are made standard, MP3 capability on the 2.0 S and 2.0 SL trim levels, a new Premium Plus Package for the 2.0 SL, and three new exterior colors.

The Sentra may be thought of as a compact, but it's not that small. The truly small cars are subcompacts: Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris, and Honda Fit. The Sentra is larger and roomier than those cars and competes with compacts such as the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. Sentra comes only as a four-door sedan (no hatchback is offered) and all models are front-wheel drive.

This latest-generation Sentra was designed for American buyers. As a result, the cabin is spacious and it's finished like a more expensive car, with wonderfully supportive seats in cloth or leather. The 60/40 split rear seat folds flat, opening up the trunk space and creating a large flat cargo area. It's enough space for two to sleep back there, or to haul long items.

The high-performance Sentra SE-R and the higher performance SE-R Spec V feature a 2.5-liter four-cylinder tuned to 177 horsepower and 200 horsepower respectively. These SE-R models have suspension modifications for sharper handling. The SE-R models have more power and better handling, but they're easy to live with and offer all the advantages of the standard Sentra. For 2009, SE-R models have a new Premium Audio Package and two new exterior colors.

Sentra 2.0 models come with an aluminum 2.0-liter engine and a choice of a wonderful six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT continuously variable automatic transmission. These cars are good values. They're roomy inside, the engine is modern and competitive, and the chassis provides good handling and a comfortable ride. Sentras with the 2.0-liter engine are EPA rated at 25/33 mpg City/Highway with the CVT, 24/31 mpg with the six-speed manual. Nissan is a leader in CVT, or continuously variable transmission, design, and we've been happy with them.

Model Lineup

The 2009 Nissan Sentra comes in five models: 2.0, 2.0 S, 2.0 SL, SE-R, and SE-R Spec V.

Sentra 2.0 models come with Nissan's 2.0-liter four-cylinder aluminum engine, making 140 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. The standard transmission in the 2.0 and 2.0 S is a high-tech and fuel-efficient Nissan Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), but a six-speed manual is available on the 2.0 S for $800 less.

Sentra 2.0 ($16,730) comes with cloth seats, air conditioning, interior air filter, tilt steering wheel, remote manual mirrors, four-way adjustable manual front seats, 60/40 split fold-down rear seats, power windows, power door locks, electric power steering, AM/FM/CD stereo with four speakers, auxiliary audio input jack, theft-deterrent system, and P205/60R15 tires on steel wheels with wheel covers. Anti-lock brakes are optional ($250). A read deck-lid spoiler ($210) is optional for all 2.0 models.

The 2.0 S ($16,960) adds a height adjustment for the driver's seat, power exterior mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, illuminated steering wheel audio controls, a six-speaker sound system, vehicle information display, and P205/55R16 tires. ABS with electronic brake-force distribution is standard. The 2.0 S is also available with the CVT ($17,760). A Convenience Plus Package ($850) for the 2.0 S with CVT includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth wireless cell phone link, overhead CD storage, power trunk release, and Intelligent Key keyless entry and ignition. ABS with electronic brake-force distribution is standard. Options for the 2.0 S include XM Satellite Radio ($150), a Moonroof package ($750), and alloy wheels ($350).

The 2.0 SL ($19,660) gets leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Intelligent Key, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone link, XM Satellite Radio with three months of service, and alloy wheels. Optionally available is an Audio Package ($700) with a 340-watt Rockford Fosgate AM/FM radio with six-disc CD/MP3 changer and eight speakers. The Divide-N-Hide trunk is optional ($150).

The SE-R ($20,660) features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 177 hp and 172 pound-feet of torque, and it is mated to a CVT. The SE-R comes with a sports suspension, a rear spoiler and P225/45R17 all-season tires. Both SE-R models offer an optional Premium Audio Package ($850) and an SE-R Upgrade Package ($1,000).

The SE-R Spec V ($21,160) comes with the 2.5-liter engine tuned to produce 200 hp and 180 pound-feet of torque, and it links to a six-speed manual gearbox. The SE-R Spec V sports a performance suspension and W-rated P225/45R17 tires. It deletes the folding rear seat. A helical limited-slip differential is optional ($400).

Safety equipment is extensive on all models, including dual-stage front airbags, front side airbags, full-length curtain airbags, active front-seat headrests, and a tire-pressure monitor. Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are standard on all but the 2.0, where they are optional. Electronic stability control isn't available.


The Sentra is built on Nissan's C-platform, which is larger than the subcompact Versa's B-platform and smaller than the midsize Altima's D-platform. The current-generation Sentra is considerably larger than the pre-2007 model. From every angle, it looks like the latest-generation Nissans. With its crisp character lines, the Sentra resembles a scaled down Altima.

The Sentra is offered only as a four-door sedan. Hatchback buyers will want to look elsewhere, including to the smaller Versa.

Designers paid special attention to the grille, front fascia, big trapezoidal halogen headlamps, and steeply raked windshield. The short front overhang lends a sporty look.

Along the sides, only widened bodywork around the wheels breaks up the clean, attractive doors and quarter panels. A character line rises from the front door back to a tall trunk, giving the Sentra a bit of a rake. Large door openings make it easy to climb in and out, and a high, distinctive rear deck offers ample trunk space.

The contemporary Nissan look continues at the rear, where the high trunk lid is flanked by white and red taillights that have a Nissan family look. The long roof line resolves itself in a short trunk lid.

Sentra SE-R models have more aggressive front and rear fascias, side sill extensions that visually lower the car, a rear spoiler, and beefy, low-profile 17-inch tires on alloy wheels.

No matter what Sentra you choose, you'll make no compromises in looks, comfort, safety or style, to have this inexpensive compact car in your driveway.

Interior Features

The Nissan Sentra is a good choice for drivers who practically live out of their cars. For example, the locking glovebox is deep enough to hold a laptop computer. There is also an available integrated removable CD holder on the headliner above the driver's sun visor. The front of the center console has a tray for items such as cell phones, as well as two cupholders that are adjustable for 20-ounce bottles or 32-ounce mega cups. Pockets with see-through netting are provided on the backs of the front seats for passengers' cell phones and iPods.

With 97.4 cubic feet of cabin space, the Sentra offers more room than the Mazda3, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Chevy Cobalt.

The trunk measures 13.1 cubic feet (12.0 cubic feet for the SE-R Spec V). The Cobalt offers 13.9 cubic feet. The Sentra 2.0 SL offers the simple but clever Divide-N-Hide trunk ($150). The trunk is so deep that it can accept a false folding back, creating a secret space about 20 inches wide, just behind the rear seat.

For cargo space, the 60/40 split rear seat can be folded flat, to open up the space into the trunk (due to a structural bulkhead, the SE-R Spec V lacks the folding seat). There's no problem fitting a bicycle or maybe two back there, through the trunk; two friendly people could even sleep back there.

We've spent time with a bare-bones Sentra 2.0 with cloth seats, a fully equipped 2.0 SL with leather, and a SE-R Spec V with its sport seats.

We loved the supportive feel of the cloth seats; they embrace your back like a good hug, and are neither too firm nor too soft. The available leather is plush for a compact car; there's no reason to ride in a penalty box just because you're trying to save gas. The SE-R's sport seats are better bolstered and have a grippy fabric to keep the driver in place during enthusiastic cornering. They also get more flair, with special stitching and red seat belts on the Spec V.

The four-speaker sound system in the 2.0 was okay, while the eight-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system with in-dash 6CD in the 2.0 SL was great.

A long wheelbase with short overhangs results in agreeable legroom for the rear-seat passengers. The back seats are relatively flat, however, so they won't be comfortable for long trips.

The instrument panel might be the nicest aspect of the interior. Again, it is very stylish, and functional, too. The instruments are sharp, the controls easy to operate, and the center stack features a strong-looking shift lever rising out at a 45-degree angle. The trim around it all is a handsome flat silver. SE-R models get two additional gauges at the top of the center stack, one for oil pressure and one that displays acceleration and deceleration g forces.

Driving Impressions

The Nissan Sentra holds its own in a world of big vehicles. The base 2.0-liter engine puts the Sentra on par with other high-tech four-cylinder engines. Boasting an aluminum block and head, continuously variable valve timing, and electronic fuel injection, the 2.0-liter makes 140 horsepower (same as the Honda Civic, eight hp more than the Toyota Corolla and eight hp less than the Mazda3). However, the real story is its strong torque: With 147 pound-feet, it beats those other cars. Torque is important because it's needed for acceleration from lower speeds, such as when accelerating from an intersection or up a steep grade, and the Sentra feels quite powerful around town and in traffic.

Our Sentra 2.0 zoomed up freeway on-ramps, and felt like it belonged in the fast lane. It ran in 80-mph traffic with ease and had no trouble cruising at 90. The engine wasn't loud and didn't feel strained at that pace, although under full-throttle acceleration it was a bit noisy from 5000 rpm up to its redline of 6500.

Fuel economy for a Sentra with the 2.0-liter engine is an EPA-rated 25/33 mpg City/Highway with the CVT transmission, and 24/31 mpg with the six-speed manual.

The CVT (continuously variable transmission) is now in its third generation, and the technology has improved greatly. The main benefit with a CVT is better gas mileage, a result of less internal friction. With only two ranges, high and low, it's smoother because there's less shifting, though the sound is odd, as if the car is winding up like a snowmobile. Floor the gas pedal and the Sentra surges ahead aggressively.

The Sentra SE-R Spec V feels docile in traffic, in spite of the performance from its 200-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder. It makes its best power near redline, from 6600-7000 rpm, so you need to drive it enthusiastically it to get the most out of it. It doesn't feel high-strung, however. It's easy to live with and provides that extra bit of oomph when you want to play. The Spec V comes with an easy-shifting six-speed manual transmission and the clutch works with ease, making the Spec V feel more like an everyday driver than a sport compact.

The suspension on all Sentras is an independent configuration in front, with a torsion beam in the rear, a compact design with separate shocks and coil springs that allows more room for the trunk that's above it. In its base form, it's forgiving. In its most aggressive state, in the SE-R Spec V (with higher-rate springs, shocks and bushings), it's firm in a quality kind of way, yet never harsh or uncomfortable. It feels rugged and inspires confidence out there in the cruel world of roadway realities. It even felt comfortable over a series of Chicago potholes. We haven't driven the standard SE-R, but we suspect it is also quite comfortable.

We had the opportunity to drive the SE-R Spec V at the fast 4.0-mile Road America circuit near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. We found it to be fun but not razor sharp. The engine revved predictably, without climbing too quickly for the driver to keep up with gear shifts. The brakes didn't fade during our high-speed lap, and the handling gave nice feedback but didn't feel as agile as a Subaru WRX STi or Mitsubishi Evo X.

We also thrashed it around an autocross course. The engine provided good power out of corners, so much so that we spun the inside wheel. We would recommend the optional limited-slip differential for anyone wanting to do parking-lot autocrosses or other hard driving in the Spec V. The car leaned more in quick, sharp turns than an autocrosser would like, and wasn't as sharp as the likes of a Mini Cooper S, BMW 1 Series, or even a Chevrolet Cobalt SS. Overall, when it comes to ride and handling, we'd liken the Spec V to the Honda Civic Si: They're both comfortable road cars, with decent handling that provides a lot of feedback as they approach the edge of adhesion.

The brakes felt good on the street. Base models have vented 11-inch discs in front and drums in rear. The SE-R has 11.7-inch front discs and 11.5-inch rear discs, and the SE-R Spec V gets 12.6-inch front rotors. ABS is standard on all but the base model. We recommend ABS because the anti-lock brakes allow you to brake and steer at the same time in a panic stop.

The Sentra uses electric power steering, as opposed to hydraulic. It's speed-sensitive, which means the feel is lighter when parking and heavier out on the freeway, as it should be.


The Nissan Sentra is a solid compact sedan that gets good gas mileage and offers a great value. The cabin is roomy and comfortable with nice seats and an attractive instrument panel. Sentra offers two excellent engines and a fine, forgiving chassis. The SE-R Spec V provides driving fun without being harsh or high strung. Nissan nailed this one. correspondent Sam Moses reported from San Francisco, with Kirk Bell reporting from Chicago.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Nissan Sentra 2.0 ($16,730); 2.0 S ($16,960 manual, $17,760 CVT); 2.0 SL ($19,660); SE-R ($20,660); SE-R Spec V ($21,160)
Engines:140-hp 2.0-liter inline-4; 177-hp 2.5-liter inline-4; 200-hp 2.5-liter inline-4
Transmissions:6-speed manual; CVT
Safety equipment (standard):dual-stage frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, full curtain airbags; active front seat headrests, tire pressure monitoring system
Safety equipment (optional):ABS with EBD
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Aguascaliente, Mexico
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Nissan Sentra 2.0 ($16,730)
Standard equipment:continuously variable transmission (CVT), cloth upholstery, air conditioning, interior air filter, tilt steering wheel, four-way adjustable manual front seats with height adjustment, power windows, power door locks, AM/FM/CD stereo with four speakers, auxiliary audio input jack, vehicle immobilizer system, P205/60HR15 tires, tire pressure monitoring, rear defroster
Options as tested (MSPR):none
Destination charge:$625
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$17425
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:2.0-liter dohc 16-valve inline 4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):140 @ 5100
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):147 @ 4800
Transmission:continuously variable transmission (CVT)
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:25/33 mpg
Wheelbase:105.7 in.
Length/width/height:179.8/70.5/59.5 in.
Track, f/r:59.8/60.8 in.
Turning circle:35.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.6/54.1/42.4 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.3/53.0/34.5 in.
Cargo volume:13.1 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, struts with coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, r:torsion beam and stabilizer bar
Ground clearance:5.6 in.
Curb weigth:2930 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:disc/drum
Fuel capacity:14.5 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of June 14, 2009.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-647-7261 -

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