Nissan Sentra vs Nissan Altima: Is There a Better Choice?

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Nissan Sentra vs Nissan Altima: Is There a Better Choice?

July 29, 2018 / 34 / Podcast
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Matt 00:02
How’s it going, everybody. It is Matt Holandez here on the Nissan of Duarte Podcast. And as a guest today, I brought a friend of mine along. Her name is Amy, she’s a blogger at Nissan of Duarte. She also does much of their social media. So, I figure being in need of help as I am right now, not fully prepared to go talk to an actual dealer, but I wanted some help. And so, Amy, I’m hoping you can help me.
Amy 00:34
I’m pretty sure I can.
Matt 00:36
All right.
Amy 00:37
That’s what I do. Hi everybody.
Matt 00:38
Check this out. This is my dilemma here. I need a car.
Amy 00:43
Yes, you do.
Matt 00:45
And so, I kind of narrowed it down. I was looking around the Nissan of Duarte website and I found a couple that I kind of liked.
Amy 00:56
I know. But I’d like to ask for everybody listening before we start talking about a car you’re going to get in the future, what kind of car do you drive now?
Matt 01:05
I drive a Honda.
Amy 01:10
All right. And how do you like your Honda?
Matt 01:14
I actually really like it. Like, a lot. And I’ve had it for so long. You’ve seen it. I’ve kind of driven it to the ground. And I loved it for a long time now. It just might be time for me to–
Amy 01:29
All things come to an end?
Matt 01:31
Yeah. I guess so.
Amy 01:32
So, tell me, how come you got interested in Nissan?
Matt 01:36
Well, I heard a lot of good things just from other friends that own Nissans. They’ve had their cars for years themselves. And a lot of them have actually had it past on to them. So, having a previous owner and still having it maintained the way that it does. Of course, it’s of interest to me. And then I hear a lot about the things that you do. I’ve seen social media. And like I said, I just started browsing a little bit and I found a couple that I was interested in.
Amy 02:07
Okay. So, which ones are you interested in?
Matt 02:11
So, the first one I saw was a Nissan Sentra. There’s a couple of trims that they have. And there’s one in particular that looks really nice. And then also, the– What is it called? An Altima.
Amy 02:26
Okay. So, the Sentra and the Altima are the ones that you’ve kind of narrowed it down to.
Matt 02:31
Yeah. I think so.
Amy 02:32
Okay. Well, let me tell you. The Sentra is a great car. It’s actually a really good car for someone that’s maybe looking to save a little money. Doesn’t want to spend too much on a new vehicle, but still get something that’s a good quality vehicle to drive. It’s a five-seater, so you don’t have to worry about not having enough space for your friends. It has pretty decent gas mileage. You’re probably run into an average of 27 miles per gallon. So, it could be worse. What else do you want to know about a Sentra, Matt? How else can I help you?
Matt 03:09
Well, besides price tags. So, it started off, the price tag, I think, was saying something like 17 or something.
Amy 03:19
Yeah. So, you’re looking at around a $17,000 to start with. Which is why I said this is a great car for someone that doesn’t want to spend too much but still wants a good reliable vehicle. But you also mentioned that you were looking at some of the different trims. Like, maybe the Nismo you were interested in, which is the sportier line. So, that one’s probably going to cost you around 25,000.
Matt 03:52
Okay. So, I guess one of my concerns is, what am I giving up if I’m going with, I guess, the entry trim? What is that? The 17,000 one?
Amy 04:04
Okay. First, let me tell you what you are going to get. Okay. So, you are going to get automatic emergency braking. That’s going to be available on all trims. Maybe you’re interested in a rear-view monitor, that’s kind of like a pretty–
Matt 04:22
Yeah. I do like that.
Amy 04:23
–pretty popular feature. You are probably going to have to spend a little more for that. But you’re still going to get your Bluetooth, you’re infotainment center, all that on your standard. So, yeah. Anything else that I missed? Any other questions?
Matt 04:45
No. Well, what’s the major difference then between the Nismo model and the entry besides the price tag?
Amy 04:53
Well, it’s almost like a completely different car as far as looks. It’s a really sporty vehicle. It has a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine so you’re going to have fun with that. It’s kind of like the Sentra is maybe a car you would get when you want that sporty experience without the price tag. You want to look on the road. I know you, Matt.
Matt 05:24
No. Yeah. I mean, of course. Of course. I also want something that’s fun to drive, you know? And also, you kind of know me a little bit. I like to go out in nature and things like that. Hiking. I do want a vehicle that’s not going to struggle up the hills or anything like that.
Amy 05:46
Okay. I wouldn’t go off-roading with the Sentra [laughter].
Matt 05:53
Yeah. Right.
Amy 05:56
No, but I think you’re going to be fine. It handles itself. You’re not going to be unable to get up the hills. But if you are looking for something– You also mentioned Altima. Right?
Matt 06:08
Mm-hmm. Yeah.
Amy 06:08
As a car that you were interested in. So, the Altima is a great choice. Who doesn’t love the Altima, right? It’s so classic. It’s sophisticated. It’s a nice sedan. It’s roomy. It’s comfortable. It’s got a great quite ride that you can really enjoy. And also, you have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. So, you’re going to get–
Matt 06:40
Oh. So, that’s a four-cylinder also?
Amy 06:41
Yes. It is.
Matt 06:42
Okay.
Amy 06:45
You can choose a different engine if you want.
Matt 06:48
Gotcha. And so, starting price for that?
Amy 06:55
The starting price for the Altima is around $25,000. So, you’re looking at your Nismo model versus your basic Altima there.
Matt 07:03
Gotcha.
Amy 07:04
Yeah. So, if you wanted, you can get– You’re really interested in power? So, you might opt for the 3.5 V6 instead with the Altima. And then you’re going to get 270 horsepower. So, you’re going to get [inaudilble].
Matt 07:23
Nice. All right. It’s still a five-seater, you said?
Amy 07:28
Yeah. It’s very roomy. Very comfortable. People love their Altimas. That’s one thing that I can really tell you about my experience with Nissan is that people really love their Altimas. They love this car. It’s comfortable. They look good.
Matt 07:45
Yeah. I see a lot of them on the road.
Amy 07:46
Yeah.
Matt 07:47
So, I figure–
Amy 07:47
They’re popular for sure. Yeah.
Matt 07:49
I figured they must– Are they going to be doing anything new?
Amy 07:52
So, yeah. Actually, the Altima is about to undergo a redesign for 2019. You’ll probably start seeing it hit the stores maybe the end of the third quarter. So, that’s a good time to look out for that. Maybe that’s something you want to wait for because it’s probably going to be upgraded with all Nissan’s latest technology. Nissan is a leader in technology. Great technology, right?
Matt 08:16
Mm-hmm.
Amy 08:16
So, you’re looking at the opportunity to get that in a new Altima. There’s improved powertrain. Even if you’re opting for the four-cylinder. So, you’re looking at a good situation. With the 2019 Altima. And plus, who doesn’t like to be a leader, right? Getting a car when it’s brand new?
Matt 08:43
I mean, yeah. It’s true.
Amy 08:44
But another way you can look at this is that you might want to grab a 2018 Altima right around that same time.
Matt 08:51
Oh. Because the price will be different?
Amy 08:52
The price will go down. Yeah. I think a little bit.
Matt 08:55
Are dealer’s typically– Is it better to deal with them when they have a brand new model coming out? Like, with a new car year? Is that always like a good deal?
Amy 09:05
Oh. You mean dealing for the new model or for the previous model?
Matt 09:09
Well, for the previous year.
Amy 09:10
Yeah. Yeah. I think you’re going to find they’re going to want to get those cleared out to make room for the new. So, that’s a really good time.
Matt 09:18
All right. So, I could look into holding off a little bit, I guess. Just to see what we’re getting there.
Amy 09:27
I don’t know. I’ve seen your Honda. You might not be able to wait. But if you can, if you can.
Matt 09:33
Yeah. Yeah, I might be able to. Is there anything else that I might have missed?
Amy 09:41
I think so. I think you have completely overlooked the Nissan Kicks. Which is a new, small crossover on the market. It’s already, actually, I shouldn’t say out in the US market, it’s already been pretty popular in other countries like Mexico, China. But now it’s coming to the States. And it’s actually going to start out around $18,000. So, I think in your budget. You’re going to be able to haul a crew in that, too.
Matt 10:12
Is there a ton of room in there or?
Amy 10:15
Well, it’s a five-seater just like the others, so you’ll be able to get your dogs in.
Matt 10:22
Okay.
Amy 10:24
Yeah. It’s also equipped with some of the new technology that Nissan’s been rolling out. So, you won’t feel left behind in that. It’s actually like a perfect car for a young, career professional like yourself.
Matt 10:39
All right. I might look into that. I know you said, obviously, it starts around 17, 18 you mentioned?
Amy 10:48
Mm-hmm.
Matt 10:49
Do they also have some different trim levels that you might be able to get a little bit more out of it or?
Amy 10:55
Yeah. So, you can definitely get more out of it with some of the different trim levels and upgrades and some of the tech, some of your features and benefits. You’re not looking at spending more than 21,000 though when it comes to the Kicks, so.
Matt 11:15
Okay.
Amy 11:15
It’s actually really a budget, good quality– I think you’d be hard-pressed to find another vehicle that’s offering what it offers for that price.
Matt 11:26
Awesome. All right. How is it with– I know it’s kind of brand new and everything, so how is released to the States? How is it doing with as far as safety and all that stuff?
Amy 11:38
Oh, yeah. It’s doing great with safety. It’s a safe vehicle. It’s passing safety tests. One of the things that you’ve already expressed, kind of a concern about, power. I want to be honest with you because I want you to make the best choice. The Kicks may not be the most powerful vehicle. But like I just finished saying, you’re getting a lot for what you’re paying. It’s really a great vehicle. So, you want to think about. You also have some cool customization options with the colors. Some different bright colors. And different ways to customize those so that you can make it your own. So, yeah. I would definitely look into it. I think of it as being fun, you know?
Matt 12:31
Yeah. No. Yeah. That’s one thing that I do want in my next vehicle is something fun to drive. And having custom colors is, I mean, I like that stuff. Kind of make it look a little more unique. Something different than what you’re normally seeing out there on the road. Yeah, so I’ll look around. I’ll see. I’ll check that out. I thank you for bringing that up to me.
Amy 12:56
I wanted to talk to you, too. I know that we had previously discussed that you were interested in all-wheel drive, which is something that none of these vehicles offer presently. But it will be available on the 2019 Altima. So, you definitely want to keep that in mind as you’re deliberating.
Matt 13:15
Okay. So, 2019 Altima comes all-wheel drive. Is it going to be standard?
Amy 13:18
It’s an option. It’s an option.
Matt 13:21
Okay. Gotcha.
Amy 13:23
You know, maybe Nissan wants to see how that does so that they can bring it in more.
Matt 13:30
Definitely. I think all-wheel drive cars is definitely going to help me up in the mountains [laughter]. It’s just easier to drive that way. Okay, cool. Honestly I’m–
Amy 13:40
So, are you going to come into Nissan of Duarte for a test drive or what’s going on?
Matt 13:43
Well, I wouldn’t go anywhere else.
Amy 13:45
Yeah.
Matt 13:46
Yeah. Especially now that I have this. I’m going to take another look at the options. I might, honestly, hold off for that 2019 Altima and see what’s going on there. And then just go visit one of the guys at the shop and see if they could work a good deal for me. You have any other tips as far as me, you know before I go in there? Work some type of deal?
Amy 14:07
So, do you know anybody that drives a Sentra or an Altima?
Matt 14:11
Yeah.
Amy 14:12
Yeah. And have you asked them if you could drive it or have you asked them what they like about it or?
Matt 14:17
I’ve asked what they like about it. I’ve never drove one.
Amy 14:19
Have you ever asked them what they don’t like about it?
Matt 14:22
I haven’t. Huh-uh.
Amy 14:23
Actually, that’s a really good question to ask before you make the investment in a car. Because although everybody’s different and has the different things that they like and don’t like about their vehicle, finding out what their first-hand experiences will help you make the right decision for yourself. So even before you come in, I think that if you know people who have those cars, you should talk to them and find out how they feel about it. And that way– Otherwise, I think it’s really important that you know what you want. Kind of firm that up in your mind and then come in, drive the cars, and then talk to us. We want to help at Nissan of Duarte.
Matt 15:01
Okay. Sounds good.
Amy 15:05
So, if you have specific questions about things, I know that your sales rep will be more than happy to answer those.
Matt 15:13
Awesome. And then just because I know that you do a lot of the social media, in case people are like myself, looking at some cars that they might be open to in the future, how do they get to see you on social?
Amy 15:26
Oh, yeah. So, follow us on Facebook. Like us on Facebook. That’s where we have most of our social media presence right now. And some of the questions that you’re asking, they get addressed there. And we share all kinds of new information that’s going on there. Reviews so that you can kind of get another perspective on some of the different Nissan vehicles out there. Some of the weird news that happens. The, what should we call it, niche news. Like, for example, when the Star Wars vehicles came out, that was pretty cool, the thing that Nissan did, so.
Matt 16:00
Oh, with the Rogue?
Amy 16:00
Yeah.
Matt 16:01
Yeah. That was pretty cool.
Amy 16:02
Yeah. And Nissan does have some of those specialized vehicles like that. If you want to check out.
Matt 16:07
Okay. Well, that sounds good, Amy. I appreciate your time. I appreciate all the advice. Guys, if you’re anything like me, looking for a new vehicle sometime soon, go ahead and check out the website. It’s nissanofduarte.com.
Amy 16:23
And call-in if you have any questions.

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