Nothing much to add to the star review except I love my Sentra. Have always been impressed with all Nissan cars.
i've had this car for about 4 years now, and can't WAIT to make a change. i live in chicago, winters can get pretty terrible (just had 20 in. of snow last week). this car DOES NOT handle well in the snow. i have to drive 10 mph in flurries, and even then my car won't stop for a red light. its bad. i've bent my wheels so many times with potholes and curbhits that it makes me cry. thats another thing, the special edition alloy wheels? jesus, that adds up! the size makes the tires vulnerable to flatness (i've had to replace my tires 6 times already, and believe me they aren't cheap because they are "special"). when i bought the car i was a single college student. now i'm expecting my 2nd kid, and i've got a toddler with long legs kicking at the passenger side seat. not quite sure how i'm going to fit another kid in there. i have long legs as well, and my seat is all the way back and i'm still a bit cramped. F for lack of any kind of space. the brakes and steering are REALLY sensitive, but i got used to that. unfortunately, the pick up is TERRIBLE. my 03 mazda protege was a helluva lot better. this car... let's just say your reaction better be to brake rather than speed up when faced with a timing situation when other cars are around. this car won't make it. on the flip side, the gas mileage is fantastic, even in the city. maneuverability is sharp. mechanically purrs like a kitten, if taken care of (don't go too long without oil changes). if you live down south, drive 35 mph and have no chance of getting knocked up in the next 5 years... go for it.
I have a 2006 SE-R Spec-V in molten silver. I've modified my car with Eibach springs, Eibach sway bars, Koni yellow shocks and struts, a short throw shifter, cold air intake, full exhaust... you get the picture. Stock, this car was fun to drive, and I've always been an American muscle car guy. I needed something with 4 doors that wouldn't make every on ramp a disappointing experience and my SE-R certainly serves up the fun factor. After my modifications, this car handles exceptionally well. The sway bars were the largest improvement. Almost no more torque steer while turning. My fuel economy is much better than my old muscle car, which was a 1989 IROC-Z Camaro with a 350 TPI. You know what? I'll bet my SE-R is just about as fast as that Camaro too. Pretty impressive considering the "sport compact" tag attached to my car. If you have a need for 4 doors and want to still have some fun without busting the bank, this is your ticket!