Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review: 2015 Nissan Sylphy 1.8V

Photos by Ulysses Ang
What’s in a name? This is perhaps the question that faced the marketing gurus at Nissan Philippines when they raised their compact car from the grave with an all-new nameplate. Like the builders of the Tower of Babel, there was shock and then utter confusion: Syl-what? How do you spell that? Like “selfie”? Whatever happened to Sentra? From an outsider looking in, it didn’t make sense. ‘Sentra’ had such a strong recall, so why kill the name? You don’t have to look far to realize that Nissan themselves or more specifically the former distributors who handed the brand caused the Sentra’s demise. Ask anyone below the age of thirty what they think of ‘Sentra’ and only two things come to mind: taxi cabs and cold air conditioning. These aren’t exactly the best adjectives to hear when you’re trying to resurrect the brand, but the reality must be faced: the era of the B13 is over. And Nissan Philippines knows that entirely.

Nowadays, creating a competitive compact sedan is perhaps the hardest chore that automakers face today. Shoppers in this segment require a single vehicle that’ll do just about everything for them: get great fuel economy, give a comfortable and confident ride, have a usable backseat with plenty of cargo space, offer an abundance of technology. And at the top-end of the segment, compacts actually face competition from crossovers while at the bottom, they must compete with smaller, often more efficient sub-compacts that are better than they’ve ever been. Further complicating things, this is a segment that’s cut-throat competitive in terms of pricing. The spread is very thin: you have around a dozen models and their countless variants starting from about P 800,000 and capping off at just a little over P 1,200,000. And yet, buyers aren’t willing to cut corners. These 30-something yuppies know exactly what they want and they’re not willing to settle for anything less.



Enter the Nissan Sylphy. Distancing itself from the utter disaster that was the last-generation Sentra (may it rest in peace), the Sylphy is Nissan’s way of starting fresh; creating a brand-new market image that sorely lacked with the Sentra. And it all starts with the looks. Knowing quite well everyone else has ‘sportiness’ nailed down tightly; Nissan instead went for something much refined and stately. The overall silhouette looks elongated giving emphasis towards the Sylphy’s planted stance. The rounded frontend gives it visual height while the bulging character line does the same from the profile. The rear successfully echoes the front but adds that signature touch: arrow-shaped LED tail lamps. The larger greenhouse lends a more top-heavy look, but it’s thankfully balanced by the 17-inch rollers.

This feeling of stateliness is carried to the Sylphy’s interior which is roomy, to say the least. The rear seats, with ample seating for three abreast, is as capacious as you’ll ever get in this segment. Sadly, you only get two headrests and two three-pointed seatbelts over there (the middle guy has to settle for a throwback lap belt). The room upfront is equally large, though perhaps not to the same generous levels as the back. The light-toned interior gives a feeling of airiness, but the sharply raked roofline does rob the driver of usable headroom. Not to mention, the light and dark beige cabin is truly a pain to maintain plus it ages the Sylphy’s interior by at least twenty years. Thankfully, Nissan didn’t even put an ounce of fake wood.



As the top-spec 1.8V, it gets a nice, solid list of interior amenities and creature comforts. Leather comes as standard as does dual-zone climate control (with rear vents), a keyless entry system with push-button engine start/stop, and a Sony 2-DIN audio system with six speakers. It feels like a solid, well put together car with great fit and finish and material choices used throughout. The only gripe is that at P 998,000 it desperately needs Bluetooth. Bluetooth audio streaming is a great bonus, but at the very least, the Sony audio system should have Bluetooth hands-free telephony. If a sub-P 500,000 car has it as standard equipment, a car double the value should consider that standard too.

On the road, the Sylphy surprises with its great road manners. The noise, vibration, and harshness are exceptionally well-managed with only the exhaust note barely audible when accelerating hard. When keeping the throttle steady though, it feels remarkably solid and quiet. Just a bit of wind from the side mirrors would interrupt the car’s quiet-cruise nature. The ride is also as impressive as its NVH isolation giving the Slyphy the feel of a larger, more expensive vehicle. Suspension compliance over potholes is excellent and will only be upset by cracked bits of asphalt or those washboard-like sections near intersections. At the same time, this supple ride doesn’t come at the expense of floatiness or ambiguity. During more aggressive cornering, the Slyphy will tend to lean, but it feels planted and secure.



However, this fine balance shouldn’t be confused with an overly sporting character. It delivers nice balance between ride and handling, but it won’t set the loins of enthusiast drivers on fire. For instance, the steering is overboosted and lacks feedback. At moderate speeds, it does alright but increase either the pace or the complexity of the corners, you’ll soon find the response time between input to reaction a bit too slow.

And of course, the 1.8-liter motor and the Xtronic CVT also play a huge part in determining the Sylphy’s less than sporty nature. With its competitors all moving up to a 2.0-liter displacement, Nissan’s decision to keep the Sylphy to a 1.8-liter mill is down to a global decision (blame China). When not pressing it, the drivetrain is smooth with good power. The transmission’s also tuned for low-end response and highway cruising fuel economy, both of which the Sylphy does well (highway mileage for instance is at an amazing 18.2 km/L). However, for that 10 percent you want to gun it, you’ll only be rewarded by an engine drone coupled with a car that doesn’t have any sense of urgency.  Still, if you’re a Point A to Point B driver, the Sylphy’s more than enough, enabling you to squeeze out not less than 10 km/L in heavy traffic. The overall mileage figure is 13.7 km/L which is pretty amazing considering it doesn’t use any fancy fuel-saving mechanism.



Like the Sentra before it, Nissan’s making a play to have the Syphy be the content-per-peso champ of the compact car segment. Only this time, they’re not referring to the tacked on stuff. Nissan has done their homework and has come up with a fresh design that’s engineered to be a solid, spacious, and commendable compact sedan.  For as long as you disabuse yourself of any notion that this is an enthusiast’s car, you’ll see the Sylphy score high on people’s hierarchy of needs. It’s refined and confident. Above all, it’s very well priced and packed to work well in the “do-everything” mold that compact car shoppers seem to desire. So while the Sentra has bitten the dust, that chapter’s best forgotten. The Sylphy opens up a fresh new start at Nissan—one that’s actually worthy of your hard-earned money.

2015 Nissan Sylphy 1.8V
Ownership 2015 Nissan Sylphy 1.8V CVT
Year Introduced 2014
Vehicle Classification Compact
The Basics
Body Type 4-door sedan
Seating 5
Engine / Drive F/F
Under the Hood
Displacement (liters) 1.8
Aspiration Normally Aspired, EFI
Layout / # of Cylinders Inline-4
BHP @ rpm 131 @ 6,000
Nm @ rpm 174 @ 3,600
Fuel / Min. Octane Gasoline / 91~
Transmission CVT
Cruise Control No
Dimensions and Weights
Length (mm) 4,615
Width (mm) 1,760
Height (mm) 1,495
Wheelbase (mm) 2,700
Curb Weight (kg) 1,260
Suspension and Tires
Front Suspension Independent, MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Torsion Beam Axle
Front Brakes Vented Disc
Rear Brakes Disc
Tires Continental ContiPremiumContact 2E 205/50R17V (f & r)
Wheels Alloy
Safety Features
Airbags 2
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) Yes
Traction / Stability Control No
Parking Sensors No
Exterior Features
Headlights HID
Fog Lamps Yes, Front
Auto Lights Yes
Auto Wipers No
Interior Features
Steering Wheel Adjustment Tilt/Telescopic
Steering Wheel Material Leather
Seating Adjustment Manual
Seating Surface Leather
Folding Rear Seat No
On-Board Computer Yes
Convenience Features
Power Steering Yes
Power Door Locks Yes
Power Windows Yes
Power Mirrors Yes, with Fold
Climate Control Yes, Dual
Audio System Stereo
CD
MP3
Aux
USB
No. of Speakers 6
Steering Wheel Controls No

98 comments:

  1. Hi Ulysses, I believe this has a torsion beam rear suspension set-up and not a multi-link.

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    1. Sorry...I wasn't able to update that part of the spec sheet. Corrected now.

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    2. Uly, which among the 3 compact cars with non-independent rear suspensions have the best handling and ride quality? I'm talking about the Sylphy, Altis and Elantra. All the rest of the compact cars have independent rear suspensions. Can you rank the 3 in terms of 1) handling/ride dynamics, and 2) comfort, NVH. Thanks in advance.

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    3. I'd rank them as:

      1. Altis - best balance between handling and comfort. Good NVH.

      2. Sylphy - more oriented towards comfort but still has decent handling. Worse handling than the altis though. NVH on par with toyota.

      3. Elantra - crappy handling, soft suspension, vague steering, too much body roll. Decent NVH though. Don't bother with it since its a korean car.

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    4. @uly

      sir, would swapping out the HU with a Bluetooth capable 2-din Sony HU help? If I'm not mistaken, it will cost 20-30k depending on the model.

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    5. Hmmm...I would think Nissan should have included the Bluetooth capable audio system as standard equipment in this day and age. But again, to each his own.

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  2. How's the ride quality & NVH compared to the corolla?

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  3. Are the rear vents connected to the main aircon? Or is it like in the Almera where its only like a separated fan blower?

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    1. The rear vents are connected to the front A/C and it will blow cool air.

      In Dual zone mode, the rear vents will follow the temp of the driver side temp, not the passenger side temp.

      Fans aren't as strong to push cold air out though, but still better than nothing at all for the rear.

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    2. More manufacturers should follow what Nissan did here. Its the only one in its class that have rear aircon vents.

      Too bad its still a Nissan.

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    3. the focus and elantra L variants have rear aircon vents

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    4. Oh they have rear vents too? My bad. Anyway, its so rare for compacts to have these. Rear aircon vents should be standard on TOTL models in my opinion.

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    5. @Anonymous January 13, 2015 at 6:28 PM

      What's the problem with Nissan? The brand may have been damaged by the previous distributors but Nissan cars are in no way crap.

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    6. Sure, the car itself is good, but what happens after a few years when parts would normally wear and break down? You'll be in deep shit because Nissan's service sucks. Parts are also overpriced, so when something breaks down, you better have lots of money or else you'll be seeing your 10 year old Sylphy in the junkshop.

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    7. We'll see. Nissan is now being managed by the japs.

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    8. @Anonymous January 16, 2015 at 5:08 PM

      I owned a B13 before. It took 18 years before the original alternator failed. The compressor took 19 years before conking out. Timing chain got replaced on the 21st year. Yes, the parts may be expensive compared to a toyota, but it sure lasts quite a long time.

      Suspension parts are not problem as well. Very easy to source as well. Aftermarket parts do become available after some time.

      If you know how to maintain your own car then you do not become dependent to any service shop. I only bring in my unit to shops if I need a lifter or other tools not found at home.

      I never found the need to go to the casa for maintenance. Nowadays the lemon law covers you for two years independent of the manufacturer's warranty. As long as you follow the recommended PMS schedule, it would not matter where you have your unit serviced, even if they threaten to void the warranty.

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    9. nissan is crap? let's see...i've had the 1st gen xtrail, a b14 sentra, and now i have the teana and a GL. i've also had mitsu (lancer ex, paje), honda(cr-v, civic), and toyota (lovelife)...well i could say the nissans were actually more reliable.
      i'd prefer the 'crappy' nissan over the even more crappy (as in malagkit) 'crowded, pila' service of the above three others anytime.

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  4. This is made where Uly? China? I can see where they cut corners to get the price below 1M for this TOTL model (ex.: safety features). I'd choose this over the 1.8L Civic, but maybe not over the 1.8L Elantra, much less the 2.0L Altis or Mz3, but those cost 200K more of course.

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    1. Its probably made in Thailand.

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  5. Let's face it. This car is built for adults with ages 40 and above. Its like a compact sedan with the virtues of a mid size sedan.

    DOMs will surely love this car.

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    1. im 34 and I love this car.

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    2. The guy above is only 34 but is already a self-admitted DOM. Lulz. Mag-bagong buhay ka na bago pa dumating si Papa Francisco! Hehehe.

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    3. I know of some DOM's who use Picantos, Wigos, Mirages and other small cars for their clandestine operations.

      They use their chedengs/bmws from home to the office building, then switch cars at the car park. :D

      When the wife checks, the car is in the building, the guards and other personnel will swear that they have seen the culprit somewhere in the building but they will never really find him.

      Moral: You don't need a fancy car to be a DOM. Lol

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  6. bias lang tayo, pero this is indeed a good car. I used to have a sentra exalta sta, it is very good and comfortable.

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  7. This is a good car, Nissan's pricing is just right but they should add steering wheel audio controls to this variant

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  8. @10:50pm guy

    Lexus, Benzs, and Jaguars are branded DOMs car. Change your mind dude. I did not self admitted being DOM. I said I love this car. And what's your pope have to do with it?..

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  9. Land cruisers, Patrols and the like are also DOM cars. :)

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    1. So are Camry, Accord and Altima. I imagine when you step inside any of these DOM owned cars, it'll smell like cigar smoke and alcohol. If you see some Accords and Camrys near college campuses, I guarantee you that DOMs are scouting there for some tuition girls.

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    2. those cars you see might be owned by the members of the school board, with their Ph.D.'s, and consultancies, and honorariums from their respective professional fields, and all that shit and more. you know nothing, because you are nothing. when you get older, and know more, let me know.

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  10. @AnonymousJanuary 14, 2015 at 10:07 PM
    Amen to that! :)

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  11. I have a Mazda 3 as a graduation gift from my parents. I will be selling the car soon (I hate Mazda service center people) and now looking for a new compact car. Here's how I rank the first car to buy with my own money.
    1) Sylphy
    2) Altis
    3) Focus/Civic
    No to Mazda 3 again. I want M/T and their people s*cks.
    No to Kia and Hyundai cars. Can only last three years. Kia could be for four years.
    No to Cruze. Disposable car. America's Hyundai.

    Now, why Sylphy? Because my dad's Teana is a piece of art. And because I need a compact sedan below 1M pesos that works best with my dressy shirt.

    Definitely not a DOM. I am just 27.

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    1. You forgot that there's the Subaru Impreza 2.0L which has a manual transmission option.

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    2. "Anonymous January 16, 2015 at 5:03 PM

      You forgot that there's the Subaru Impreza 2.0L which has a manual transmission option."

      unfortunately the Impreza breaks the 1M barrier.

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    3. Yes but it has a 2.0L engine and I think its made in Japan.

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    4. You only think its made in Japan. Nowadays its hard to say that a product is fully made in one country. Assembled maybe but not 100% made in (insert country). Heck even BMW's are made in Africa these days.

      2.0L engine so what? it still breaks the 1M barrier.

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    5. I wasn't really sure if its made in Japan. If you really want a decent performing car with a manual transmission, there's the base Honda Civic with a 1.8L engine and its cheaper than the TOTL Sylphy. Although it has less features, I'd get it over the Sylphy but that's me.

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    6. Subaru's M/T variant is now gone. There's a base CVT variant though at P 1,128,000.

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    7. Wow, you're only 27 and you already have a poor taste in cars. GTFO and buy a Wigo you pretentious spoiled brat still dependent on your parents.

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    8. DOM mostly driving multicabs, fortuner, Montero's, or pick ups... Good choice with the sylphy. Don't mind the negative comments here those can't even afford a wigo pretty sure..some aussi suckers riding kangeroo in the djungle.. He's right Mazda's service sucks big time and their dealerships are old.. Sylphy with all its bang for the buck or Honda civic would be best picks.

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    9. Hey easy there buddy i happen to own 2 hyundais and mind u they are both more than 5 years old. A santa fe and a getz crdi. I bet these cars can run circles around your crappy mazda 3. You would be surprise how these korean cars have improve overtime, unlike mazda in the philippine market at least. "YOU PRETENTIOUS SPOILED BRAT STILL DEPENDENT ON YOUR PARENTS" now, where is that like button when you need it?:-). Lol

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    10. Hey easy there buddy i happen to own 2 hyundais and mind u they are both more than 5 years old. A santa fe and a getz crdi. I bet these cars can run circles around your crappy mazda 3. You would be surprise how these korean cars have improve overtime, unlike mazda in the philippine market at least. "YOU PRETENTIOUS SPOILED BRAT STILL DEPENDENT ON YOUR PARENTS" now, where is that like button when you need it?:-). Lol

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  12. To be considered a DOM car, it has to have these characteristics:

    - Boring conservative look
    - Wood trim
    - Comfort is the top priority kasi madali na sumakit ang buto ng mga DOMs.
    - Rear aircon vents (para di pagpawisan habang may kahalikan na chicks sa likod)
    - Lots of chromey bits
    - Large legroom (para maka position ng maayos pag sex)
    - Dapat hindi mabilis kasi si manong driver lang naman din,ang laging magmamaneho.

    So far, sa wood trim lang nagkulang ang Sylphy pero swak na swak talaga para sa DOMs.

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    1. Why dwell on the DOM issue? Grow up guys! We need facts here. Please be responsible with your posts.

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    2. @Katarata88

      I think those who try to make an issue over a non-issue are the real issues as they seem to "know" quite a lot so perhaps experience? =)

      At any rate, I think people should just let the car speak for itself and if it doesn't work for you that's fine. If it does, then great, you've found the car you were looking for.

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    3. I think what everyone's trying to say is that the Sylphy is targeted to the older and more matured market.

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    4. If I was a DOM, i would just get a room than duke it out at the back seat.

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    5. I think it suits for 28-45 old... Anyway you can wear a nice suit when driving it and don't look funny. Wearing a tuxedo while driving a Mazda 3 or elantra would be ridiculous... If you are a young entrepreneur rather go business class than youthful and sylphy means business, at least we know that its not a teenager driving with pubertiy and with masturbation problems...

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  13. A very handsome car! My first car and my last. Two thumbs up!!

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  14. The author forgot to mention the lack of side and curtain airbags. Bluetooth connectivity? Seriously? Safety first.

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    1. I'd like to know which manufacturer sells cars in the PH with side/curtain airbags for under 1M.

      This is a sad reality in the PH because Filipinos do not demand more for what we pay for. Sanay sa "Pwede na" mentality.

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    2. Hey. The Honda City VX+ with side airbags and VSA wants to say hi to you!

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    3. SO I stand corrected. The extremely overpriced Honda City VX+ has side curtain airbags. I'd rather have a Civic and some change than a City VX+

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    4. Kung ganun, eh di kasali ka din sa mga may mentality na "pwede na". Hahaha.

      There's also the slightly cheaper Honda Jazz which is equipped with side airbags.

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    5. Honestly, I wasn't expecting a car that's less than P 1M to have curtain and side-impact airbags. Even if you look up, some cars such as the base Camry and even CR-V don't carry side and curtain airbags.

      Given the Sylphy uses an aftermarket radio, they could have specified one that had Bluetooth already, right?

      That said, I agree that the City and Jazz are available with advanced safety features...if only Pinoys will actually get them over the more affordable variants.

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    6. I'm looking at the Honda City/Jazz and Mazda 2/3 for comparison. The 2 with SkyActive is soon to be released in the Philippines, but no date yet.

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  15. It does not even have stability control. Nissan lowered the price but removed some features. Please make sure that safety feature like ABS with EBD, traction or stability control and side and curtain airbags plus the 2 front airbags are present for you and your familys safety. Do your own due diligence

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    1. ABS (Anti-Lock brake System) With Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) are standard features for the Slyphy.

      Curtain airbags for compact cars under 1M in the PH... you're not high are you? Heck even the 2.5L PHDM Camry's do not sport side/curtain airbags.

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    2. Mitsubishi dealerships lost their sanity and are now offering big discounts for the Lancer GT-A which are incidentally equipped with side curtain airbags. You can probably haggle the SA to lower the price to a sub-million. Problem is, the lancer is old and they're doing this crap because a new model's about to come.

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    3. As posted by Anonymous 1/18/15 8:11pm, there is ABS with EBD plus BA that comes as standard. Brakes also bite quite strongly which is a good thing if you really want to stop in an emergency situation.

      As for traction and stability control, I personally don't see a need for it. I don't drive fast especially when it's raining hard or the road is muddy/has water planes knowing I could aquaplane/lose control.

      The lack of airbags is something I think is more market driven rather than the dealer itself. Our local market here would not like to pay the premium for additional airbags and I somehow see why. I do think there should a move to make additional airbags optional to incorporate to certain mid to TOTL trims in the future in all car models as an option.

      If the buyer is willing to wait for it, along with the additional premium for the added safety, why not? But I can't see it being a standard sub 1m php compact card.

      The Honda City VX and/or Jazz is a hard sell but the premium does come with added safety kit. Majority just call it overpriced without actually looking at what it has. So from there you already see the mindset of the market here in our country



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    4. Filipinos would move up the higher vehicle class if pricing is close or overlaps the pricing of the lower class.

      In other markets, side/curtain airbags are standard across the range. Here, its touted as a premium.

      Furthermore, there are folks that prefer Manual transmission. Sad to say M/T these days are usually offered at the base trim. And base models are poorly equipped.

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    5. And then there's people who still buy overpriced and outdated crappy AUVs such as the Isuzu Crosswind and Mitsubishi Adventure. No wonder car manufacturers won't equip cars with full safety kits, because many would still buy AUVs that aren't even equipped with ABS, EBD and airbags.

      Many Filipinos are still ignorant when it comes to these matters. All they think about is how many passengers they can cram inside their car, the diesel's fuel efficiency (even though its one of the major contributor of pollution) and the "ease of maintenance". Practical daw kasi ang nakararami sa atin eh. Ito ngayon ang resulta.

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    6. Lang kwenta mga AUV.

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    7. Some people have big families so they want something where all of them can fit 😀

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  16. It must be painful for Nissan to see this gorgeous, capable, well-thought-of product being associated with DOM. Only because they opt for mature styling, it doesn't mean they are targeting older people. In fact, what fit better to our heavy traffic inflicted roads are cars like these, which focus on comfort.
    This car could be sold to different demographic. I dare you, automobile nitwits. Half of Mazda 3 owners can't outrace me in a Sylphy 1.8.
    This car could be good (probably great) for you- even if you are not dirty, even if you're not old, and believe me, even if you're not a man.
    -CJ Ang

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    1. well said, mr CJ Ang.

      This car doesnt shout sporty or DOM's car. I believe its a well thought of product. what i like best about this car is the ergonomics and SPACE. this car is the roomiest in the segment (im looking at you Mazda3). It's CVT is eons away from the Civic's archaic 5A/T and more lively than the Corolla's. Sporty is good, but it's tiring in long drives. This car is soft tuned and delivers in spades. Its a good balance between utility and comfort. Go for the 1.8 if the budget permits... peace to all

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    2. I dunno. The Sylphy's design screams "Uncle's car" to me.

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    3. If Nissan would have given me a good trade-in deal for my 90's nissan sentra, I would have purchased this in a heartbeat.

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    4. Of course you would. Anyone with their right mind would also dispose that piece o' crap sentra for a brandnew car. Hell, I'd even take a brandnew wigo and sell that dilapidated 90's sentra to some stinky hobo on the streets of Tondo.

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    5. I see what you did there. :P
      People who associate this car to DOMs are only particular about the exterior. I had this car test driven. While driving, first thing you'll notice: It's huge. Second: Everything an average driver wants is in it. I would like to say that it's basic but I must say, it is everything. I liked it better than Civic and Altis. It has a Cruze feel. Might be better. Manly, yes. Youthful, definitely yes.

      This car is also in the US and they name it Sentra. But in the US, they have the colors, blue and red. Why nissan can't offer the blue and red version is beyond me. Their salespeople have no idea as well. That could have solved this DOM issue. Black, white, silver, and gray are, although manly, not exactly giving Sylphy the youthful vibe it actually has.

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    6. I wouldn't exactly call the grey/beige interior "youthful" either. Everything about it leans on the family-oriented type of vehicle. No matter how I look at it, I really can't see any youthful vibe.

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    7. Performance isn't youthful, sure. You can't say it about a civic, elantra, and altis either.
      When it comes to looks, blue Sylphy is awesome.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBB52zSNobo

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    8. Hi! I find it kind of a loser-ish comments section (and the people who post it) when you keep focusing on the DOM issue. Seriously, who cares!!

      I am female, and I just need to know if the Sylphy is a good car. I am looking for something kind of mature & elegant, not too expensive but with good quality, that will last me about 7 years. All I really need to know is, is this a good buy? I do not want to keep going to the talyer.

      Would appreciate comments from actual owners...

      Thank you!

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  17. The comments section is always more entertaining, even if Mr. Ang did write an excellent article. I learned so much about the Sylphy and it's probably a good buy. Nissans are so underrated.

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    1. Comments here are very entertaining indeed. I've checked this car in person. Its big inside out. The base model doesn't look very base model like to me.

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    2. The base 1.6 is a revelation, bang for the buck! You get dual airbags, keyless entry with trunkopener, chrome trims, ABS EBD with BA, LED tail lights, 16 alloy wheels with bridgestone ecopia tires, all power features front and back, Eco drive assist, and a very huge and spacious car for its price 812,000php only, what a great price. I tested it and its manual trans is very punchy and smooth. Imagine the mid almera sells at 830,000, Honda city's selling higher and they are just subcompacts with tight space, good for women lang... And compared to other compacts altis 1.6E or focus 1.6 ambiente sedan, the sylphy have the best kit!

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  18. Performance isn't youthful, sure. You can't say it about a civic, elantra, and altis either.
    When it comes to looks, blue Sylphy is awesome.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBB52zSNobo


    Bring in the M/T blue, Nissan.

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    1. Looks good but as the reviewer said, it has a grown-up feel meaning its targeted for those that have mature and conservative tastes.

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  19. A brilliant car! My first and buddy best! Sylphy features ABS, EBD airbags, comfort, space CVT speed and SWAGG. Comfort and safety for sure! Now all said. Peace y'all pipz!

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  20. This was a good and thorough review of an equally good car. Some nitpicking of mine though, are the images - they do not show up when you click on them (if you are using lightbox, there is a problem), so I had to rightclick and open in a new tab instead. Another thing, this perfectly good car could use a better backdrop. Greenery is much preferred than dry, unpainted concrete. Other than that, well made. I think Nissan is in the right direction in mitigating the consumer's undeserved hate towards them.

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  21. Good car, period. I respect your opinion if you don't like this car.

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  22. At least not a kids car in this segment like a Chang suit, and I prefer a Chang suit instead a hammerhead shirt. Sylphy very elegant. And by the way for the enthusiasts, sylphy have so many aftermarket parts that you can turn it into a sporty sylphy instead luxurious one. Casa offers bodykits already... And check Google for the modified ones

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  23. Don't tell me about altis, its interior is crappy ,overall the car feels like a China car its so slow 0-100km and consumes a lot more gas... A lot!!!. The sylphy feels very solid, best NVH also, good consumption, good space, beautiful interior, and specially in black luxurious looking. Even the base comes with chrome trims and LED tail lights. The sylphy fills a hole in the market, I just waited for a luxury compact sedan, that saves 700k for an over a mid size and for that you can buy your wife an extra new hatchback. Sylphy and civic are the best, the rest in this segment are student cars...

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    1. LOL. Uwi ka na. Both the cars you mentioned have the worst reviews and bad specs. Get real.

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    2. That was real, both cars for their price tag are best options. Get cancer.

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  24. Hi! i want to inquire which is a better buy. 1.6L Upper CVT Nissan Sylphy or Honda City VX. both are priced relatively the same; 25thou difference

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    1. Mag Honda City ka na. Pangit service ng Nissan.

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    2. Mag Nissan ka na their serive is bery impressive especially nowadays when the Japanese came in!

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  25. Renault Nissan is the Global no 3 car maker after VW and Toyota producing close to 9Mil cars globally. Except in Asia which is dominated by Toyota, the rest of the world have realize the car/company's potential. Give it a test drive before you buy

    GLOBAL CAR PRODUCTION (FCST)
    NO SALES GROUP Sum of 2014 Sum of 2015
    1 Volkswagen Group 10,170,048 10,354,112
    2 Toyota Group 10,059,525 10,040,192
    3 Renault-Nissan Group 8,249,565 8,749,366


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  26. Well this is kinda idiotic. Coz anyone in their 30s sure knows the sentra especially the "ECCS" was once the desirable compact in its market. Besides what you call the "cold ac" which is a typical old pinoy mechanic blabber.
    It was the first to bring 4 channel abs, rear disk brakes, its retractable antenna was soo cool too back in the day. And performance? It was the best pre vtec vti days! Was even banned in Ph Touring cars! I guess you don't know that huh? ;) Well I do, coz my brother use to compete.

    As for the sylphy its one of the best compacts in our local market. I'll place it on the top 3 with rolla, and civic. And I think its probably the best looking IMO.

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  27. Just like what Roa said about the the big brand players. Nissan (w/o Renault) is actually part of the "Japanese Big 3", its currently the num. 2 Japanese brand globally. Yes num. 2! It just so happen Nissan Ph is sort of mis-managed, the 2 seperate co. didn't help, and when the Taiwan co. Yulon came, it didn't help as well. Remember guys our market is very small compared to other countries, but even if that's the case Nissan took notice. And now Nissan Japan wants a revamp. You will notice new nice models are coming in quickly.

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  28. I have a Nissan Sentra 2009 GX AT and I purchased it when I was 25 years old. I sold it for a measly 140,000 for my loving lola last week. This July 2015, I will welcome my Sylphy 1.6 CVT :) The comments in this article really made my decision (of course pati yung review ni Uly hehe). Wala talagang perfect car between Civic, Altis, Elantra and Sylphy. You have no choice but to pick your poison. I choose Sylphy :)

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    1. Are you happy? Im thinking about it... Are you the July 2 person at 1.04 pm?

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    2. There is a perfect car now. It's the Honda Civic 2016. Check it out.

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  29. This car is amazing! Have a good fuel consumption. Not bad for a 8.1km/L. A unique car with elegance and swag. Thanks Nissan! Superb!

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  30. FOR MORE INQUIRY : CLARIZA VERZOSA NISSAN U.N AVE.MANILA
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  31. Im 23 and this is my first car. At anong ibig sabihin ng DOM? Pang matanda? Okay naman ang name niya Sylphy pang gwapings.

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  32. My car is nissan sentra 1.3 FE. Its 1999 model but still very reliable. It has never breakdown ever since I bought it. The aircon is still cold and has strong underparts. In fact I even sold it for 80k last october because we bought a new sylphy

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