The Freshman 15 Didn’t Do Any Good To The Nissan Sentra SE-R
Ok, ok, ok. I have a slight obsession with the Nissan Sentra SE-R produced from 1991-1994. It’s not my fault though. Nissan did a horrible job trying to replace it. Nissan tried with the 1995 200SX SE-R, but it couldn’t even be loved by it’s own mother. Two generations span the worst Nissan Sentra SE-R of all time. They are know as the B15 (2001-2006) and the B16 ( 2007- 2012). And any enthusiast with a brain wouldn’t touch the Nissan Sentra SE-R of today.
I hate the Nissan Sentra SE-R produced from 2001-2012. HATE. Not one time did it take home a Car and Driver 10 Best Award. Not only that but it couldn’t take home a comparison test trophy. It gives the Nissan Sentra SE-R a bad name. By comparison the first generation SE-R was on the Car and Driver’s 10 Best list ever year it was produced!
Here’s Why The 2001-2012 Nissan Sentra SE-R Is Bad
The original SE-R weighed in at 2,200 lbs. Had a 2.0-liter engine with 140 hp. And was perfectly balanced. Nissan was never able to find the balance of the original Sentra SE-R. Like Mazda was able to with their newest Miata.
The B15 and B16 SE-R came from the factory with the base Nissan Altima engine. A 2.5-liter DOHC engine that made 180 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque in “Spec V” trim. Ten years later it couldn’t even beat the original SE-R’s 0-60 time of 7.5 seconds. They are heavier than the golden child B13 (1991-1994) Sentra SE-R. And the shifter might be made of J-E-L-L-O.
More Always Isn’t Better
I think this is a perfect example of the fact that more always isn’t better. It’s a humans natural instinct to always want more. More power, More money, More space. But when does “more” stop and lose it’s value? The Nissan Sentra is a perfect example of how adding more ended up in a loss.