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Engine and Transmission

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 8/23/2018 Tony Markovich

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It says something that a car wearing an Eco badge-the Hyundai Elantra-is quicker than the base Sentra in our testing. The Sentra 1.8-liter is slow, and it barks in protest when it’s pushed. The six-speed manual transmission adds a modicum of spice to an otherwise mind-numbing experience, and the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) attempts to mimic the shifting feel of a conventional automatic by using simulated fixed ratios. The turbocharged engine provides significant improvement in off-the-line speed and response times, but the models powered by it are too expensive to justify.

Test Results: Acceleration

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Manual Shifting Capability

The Sentra’s CVT has an optional manual shifting mode on SR Turbo and NISMO models. The Sentra is also available with a manual transmissions, and those so inclined should buy that instead.

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Automatic Stop/Start

The Sentra cannot be ordered with automatic stop/start technology.

Engine and Transmission: The Sentra 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine is slow, and it barks in protest when it’s pushed. The turbocharged engine provides significant improvement in off-the-line speed and response times, but the models powered by it are too expensive to justify.© Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc The Sentra 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine is slow, and it barks in protest when it’s pushed. The turbocharged engine provides significant improvement in off-the-line speed and response times, but the models powered by it are too expensive to justify.
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