Sentra has a lot of luxury touches to love

•What's the drivetrain? 2-liter, four-cylinder engine rated 140 horsepower at 5,100 rpm, 147 pounds-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm; six-speed manual transmission (2.0 and 2.0S) or CVT (SL). Traction control is not available.

•What's the safety gear? Expected bags and belts plus side-impact bags for front occupants, head-curtain bags front and rear. Anti-lock brakes are optional on 2.0 and 2.0S, standard on SL. Anti-skid control is not available.

•What's the rest? Standard equipment includes climate control; power steering, brakes, windows, locks; AM/FM/CD stereo; rear defroster; fold-down rear seat.

•How big? Several inches longer, taller and wider than the car it replaces. The '07 Sentra is 179.8 inches long, 70.5 inches wide, 59.5 inches tall on a 105.7-inch wheelbase.

Passenger space is listed as 97.4 cubic feet. Trunk is 13.1 cubic feet. Weight ranges from 2,853 to 2,991 pounds, depending on model and equipment. Rated to carry roughly 1,000 pounds of people, cargo and accessories, depending on model. Rated to tow 1,000 pounds.

Turning circle diameter is listed as 35.4 feet, curb-to-curb.

•How thirsty? Manual transmission is rated 28 miles per gallon in town, 34 on the highway, 30 in combined driving. CVT is rated 29/36/32.

Tank is 14.5 gallons. Regular fuel is specified.

Test cars driven hard on winding, two-lane roads averaged 28 mpg, according to cars' trip computers. Test car driven with brio in suburbs averaged 19 mpg. All had CVTs.

•Overall:Clever storage, comfortable interior, engaging driving feel undercut by engine drone, clunky styling and slightly dear pricing.

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