Sentra's one gee-whiz model is for California only, because it needs the low-sulfur gasoline available there to perform properly.
That tech showpiece is Sentra CA, a clean-air version available late next month. Nissan claims it is "the cleanest gasoline-fueled car in the world." The fuel system is so tightly sealed that almost no fumes leak. Today's cars have such little tailpipe pollution that evaporation is a relatively big villain. CA adds clean-burning and exhaust-scrubbing technology, and a so-called smog-eating radiator like on Volvo's S80. Nissan figures Sentra CA pollutes less in a 20-mile commute than a conventional small car does parked at the curb all day, oozing fumes.
CA is $15,319, including automatic transmission. That's just $500 more than a similar GXE mid-level Sentra. Best news: CA drives like any other Sentra. After you shell out the price difference, there's no other penalty.
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