What Is It?

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Last week’s photo showed the 2013 Nissan Sentra, which in its redesign takes on the styling lines of the larger Altima and Maxima sedans as Nissan makes itself over. For a better photo and information, read this week’s road test.

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Picked from the correct entries was Jim Muraski, of Martinez.

He wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle.

There were other guesses, such as the Toyota Camry and Toyota Avalon, but other readers identifying the vehicle were:

AUGUSTA: Carolyn Ogles wrote: “This year’s Nissan Sentra is 150 pounds lighter with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine as last year’s was a 2-liter engine. Fuel economy is 30/39 mpg city/highway.”

CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “Nissan, like most all of the auto manufacturers today, has already decided what the content of your next car should be. There is only one engine available in the Sentra, a 1.8-liter, 130-horsepower four-cylinder. Only the base S model has the six-speed manual standard (but good luck finding one on a dealer lot!) and the continuously variable automatic is the only available option on the S model.

“As well-appointed as the base model is, if you want anything else, you will have to step up to one of the next trim levels. Even within each trim level, the only choices are the standard equipment for that level and certain, but not all option packages. If there is a certain feature you want that is not available in an option package, then you have to move up one or more trim levels.

“For instance, the Hyundai Elantra comes with four-wheel disc brakes standard – a feature I feel should be standard on every car. No trim level of the Sentra has rear disc brakes as standard equipment. They are available only as part of two different option packages on the top two trim levels, the SR sport trim and the top most SL trim.

“The SR trim offers the rear discs as a part of Driver’s Package, which makes sense, but they really should be standard on anything marketed as a Sport option. On the SL trim, the rear discs are included in the Leather Seating Package. Can someone please explain to me the correlation between leather and disc brakes?

“Hyundai apparently understands that even auto buyers on a modest budget would like the added safety, confidence and convenience of four-wheel discs.

“How long is it going to take me to realize that today’s auto dealership is not Burger King? I can’t have it my way!”

EVANS: Wayne Wilke wrote: “The What Is It? car is a 2013 Nissan Sentra. It is completely restyled and actually looks like a three-quarter-scale Maxima or Altima. The 2012 Sentra’s styling was plain and stodgy looking; the 2013’s is very attractive. “

Jerry Paul wrote: “The car for this week is the easiest it has been for a while! It is the Nissan Sentra.”

PERRY, FLA.: Larry Anderson wrote: “The car is a 2013 Nissan Sentra.”

SARDIS, GA.: Johnnie Jordan guessed the Nissan Sylphy, which is what the Sentra is called in China, and even sent along a photo of it shot for the Beijing Auto Show.

WARRENVILLE: James Covar

THIS WEEK’S CONTEST

Can you tell us the make, model and year of this vehicle, and perhaps this particular car’s significance today?

If so, call (706) 823-3419 or send an e-mail to glynn.moore@augustachronicle.com.

Please tell us your name and telephone number and the city you live in. It helps if you spell your name for us so we can include your response.

You have until noon Wednesday to respond. A winner will be chosen randomly. If you win, please let us know when you would like to pick up your prize.

– Glynn Moore, staff writer


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