The Nissan Tsuru (aka 1992 Sentra) is Dead: Here's Why

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
the nissan tsuru aka 1992 sentra is dead here s why

After over two decades of uninterrupted production, Nissan’s Mexican division is finally killing off one of the oldest cars currently on the global market — the Tsuru compact sedan. Virtually unchanged since 1992, Mexico manufactured it for 24 years, selling a grand total of 1,849,289 units in that time.

However the re-badged B13 Sentra’s rich history of reliable transportation and status as Mexico’s favorite taxi won’t save it from the axe. This popular little deathtrap has overstayed its welcome. Here’s why the blade needs to fall.

If you want one, the final 2017 model year will run you the Mexican equivalent of $7,564 (U.S.). Premium items like air-conditioning, a 12-volt outlet, hydraulic steering, and cloth-lined doors are extra. Also extra are the three-point seatbelts in the rear, and nonexistent are things like airbags, ABS, and a host of other safety items that modern cars take for granted.

According to Latin NCAP, those missing items contributed to over 4,000 Tsuru-related deaths in Mexico between 2007 and 2012.

This end of days

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  • Mario81587 Mario81587 on Oct 27, 2016

    They actually came out with the B13 Sentra in 1991, not 1992 as the article suggests. The only reason that I know that is my first car was a 1991 Nissan Sentra GXE. Mine had the extremely rare ABS option.

    • Greaseyknight Greaseyknight on Oct 28, 2016

      Correct 91-94, IIRC the 94's in the higher trim levels even came with Airbags, so the technology does exist for airbags in these cars, no idea if it would be effective or not.

  • Acehunter Acehunter on Oct 31, 2016

    My 92 Sentra (SE-R) had ABS. And an airbag was offered as an option in 93 IIRC. As far as crash safety goes: A couple months ago, after well over 300,000 miles, a high school student ran a red light and plowed into me, spun me around, where I was then T-boned (driver's side) by a SUV. My Sentra was totaled, but I walked away without a scratch.

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