2013 Nissan Sentra

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Nissan has a way of introducing new vehicles that instantly feel familiar. Earlier this year we drove the 2013 Nissan Altima, which felt like a more polished version of the 2012 Altima. The 2013 Sentra feels more like a baby Altima than an improved 2012 Sentra, which is a good thing.

More Curvaceous Exterior

Let's not beat around the bush: the old Sentra needed a fresh look. While other compact sedans were receiving exterior designs that looked modern and upscale, the Sentra soldiered on with a dowdy exterior that hadn't aged well. For 2013, the Sentra looks like a scaled-down Altima. Although the design is easily forgettable after you walk away from the car, the smooth lines should age gracefully and offend no one. Nissan hopes its corporate trapezoid-shaped grille and standard LED accent lighting will appeal to buyers who aspire to drive something more substantial than a compact, but don't quite have the cash for an Altima.

Interior Amenities

Compact cars have quickly moved from cheap penalty boxes on wheels to surprisingly luxurious transportation. Nissan does an admirable job of catering to the crowd that demands in-car connectivity, with its optional navigation system that includes Pandora and iPod integration as well as Bluetooth audio streaming and a rear view camera. The optional heated leather seats are also a nice touch on top-spec SL models and the wood trim looks pleasant as well. Unfortunately we weren't able to check out an S or SV trim level interior in person, so it's tough to say how the majority of Sentra interiors will feel or look. For comparison, a fully loaded 2013 Altima is very nice inside but Altimas with cloth seats feel too much like rental cars.

Trimming it Out

Nissan doesn't include a whole lot of standard equipment on the average Sentra. For S models, it is pretty much limited to air conditioning, power windows and locks, keyless entry, and a four-speaker audio system, for a base price of $16,770, including destination, for manual transmission cars. (And the S is the only version available with a manual.) A CVT-equipped Sentra S runs $18,040. The only factory options for the S trim level are the FE+ package and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Moving up to an SV trim level adds nicer cloth seating, cruise control, an alarm, another pair of speakers and steering wheel-mounted controls for the audio system, and $710 to the sticker. SR models are supposedly the sportiest of the Sentras, but none of the upgrades are mechanical: 17-inch alloy wheels are the most exciting bit and the SR also includes unique front and rear fascias, side skirts, a rear spoiler, and silver interior trim for $19,650. Top-spec SL models start at $20,540, which adds unique 17-inch wheels, keyless start, Bluetooth, satellite radio, automatic headlights, and heated mirrors.
SV and SR trim levels offer a driver package that includes keyless ignition, automatic headlights, an upgraded audio system with Bluetooth, USB input, satellite radio, and a 4.3-inch color display, and Nissan's easy fill system that honks the vehicle's horn once the correct air pressure is reached in each tire. SR models add rear disc brakes with the driver package, which explains the $80 increase over the $1000 SV driver package.
SV, SR, and SL models can all be equipped with premium and navigation packages. The former includes a power moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, illuminated vanity mirrors, and a Bose audio system with eight speakers for $1200. The navigation package runs a mere $650 and includes a navigation system with 5.8-inch touch screen, NavTraffic and NavWeather capabilities when combined with a satellite radio subscription, Pandora integration when paired with a smartphone, and a rear view camera. Finally, there's the leather package, which includes leather seating, heated front seats, and disc brakes for $1030; it's available only on the SL.

Under the Skin

Nissan managed to shave as much as 150 pounds from the 2013 Sentra, depending on trim level and equipment. A large part of that weight loss comes from the smaller, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (last year there was a choice between 2.0- and 2.5-liter engines) and a revised CVT, which also increases fuel economy to a respectable 30/39 mpg. We briefly drove a loaded SL model around Dallas, Texas and found the 130 hp and 128 pound-feet of torque to be adequate. The revised CVT doesn't feel different than any other Nissan CVT.
If you absolutely must see 40 mpg on your compact sedan's Monroney, upgrade to an FE+ package on the S or SV trim levels for 30/40 mpg ratings. The $400 FE+ package includes low rolling resistance tires, underbody air splitters, and a unique rear spoiler. Keep in mind the FE+ package is rated at the same 34 mpg combined as every other CVT-equipped Sentra, so there will likely be little to no real world fuel economy benefit for your $400.

On the Road

Our limited drive time in preproduction, fully loaded SL models around Dallas was a perfectly acceptable experience. The Sentra exhibited a good balance between body control and comfort with a clear emphasis on comfort over handling. Under hard acceleration, the CVT can leave the engine at high revs for longer than we'd prefer, but many cars in this class are rather loud during acceleration even with traditional automatic transmissions. Shoppers looking for a more involving experience will want to strongly consider the Mazda3 or Ford Focus, but the Sentra should satisfy the majority of compact car drivers.

In Conclusion

If your first stop on a compact car shopping trip were to be a Nissan dealer, odds are the Sentra would do nothing to offend you and there really wouldn't be a reason not to buy one. But if you continued your shopping to Mazda, Ford, Hyundai, and Chevy dealers, you'd probably have a difficult time remembering the Sentra. The 2013 Nissan Sentra is a perfectly adequate well-priced compact sedan with a large trunk and spacious rear seat. Competitors offer more distinctive looks and driving experiences for similar money. While there's nothing really wrong with the Sentra, Nissan didn't get anything so right that it stands out from the crowd.

2013 Nissan Sentra

On Sale: Now
Base Price (with destination): $16,770
As-Tested: $23,420
Engine: 1.8-liter I-4
Power: 130 hp
Torque: 128 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed manual, CVT
Drive: Front
EPA Mileage: 27/36 mpg (manual), 30/39 mpg (CVT), 30/40 mpg (FE+)
2013 Nissan Sentra
2013 Nissan Sentra

New For 2013

The 2013 Nissan Sentra is all-new this year.

Overview

Nissan has totally redesigned the Sentra for 2013. The dowdy old Sentra has been transformed into a miniature Nissan Altima, thanks to a new trapezoidal grille, a shorter front overhang, and curvier sheetmetal. LED running lights and taillights, chrome trim, and a gentle character line add visual interest. The interior is more attractive, thanks to soft-touch materials, clear instruments, and a new center stack. The only engine is a 1.8-liter in-line four with a modest 130 hp. A six-speed manual transmission is offered on base models; others will get a continuously variable transmission. The 2013 Sentra returns 30/39 mpg city/highway numbers, a huge jump over the 2012 model’s and on a par with those of other compact sedans. To meet the magic 40-mpg highway benchmark, however, owners must pony up for the FE+S or FE+SV model. It adds low-rolling-resistance tires, plus a rear spoiler and aerodynamic aids that reduce drag for better fuel economy. Base models don’t have much standard equipment, but opting for the top-spec SL trim adds Bluetooth, leather seats, heated mirrors, and push-button start. The options list includes navigation, a backup camera, wood interior trim, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The new Sentra is a pleasant and practical sedan, but it's not particularly thrilling to drive.

Safety

Front, side, and side curtain air; traction and stability control; ABS; and a tire-pressure monitor are standard.

You'll like:

  • Snazzy new design
  • Drastically improved efficiency
  • Bigger trunk

You won't like:

  • Modest engine power
  • Modest amount of standard equipment

Key Competitors For The 2013 Nissan Sentra

  • Ford Focus
  • Honda Civic
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Mazda 3
2013 Nissan Sentra SR Front Left View 1
Someone looking for an affordable compact sedan could do a lot worse than the Sentra. It has a roomy interior, modern styling, and a pleasant driving experience. I quite like the scaled-down-Altima looks, especially with all the chrome accents on this SR model. The four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission are perfectly smooth and responsive around town, although any acceleration other than "leisurely" results in a horrible moaning noise. The cabin is nicely appointed and shows no obvious signs of cheapness. All in all, there's little to complain about. The Sentra is no where near as interesting to drive, as well-rounded, or as attractive as a Ford Focus or Mazda 3, my favorite compact sedans, but it's not a bad choice in this segment.

2013 Nissan Sentra SR

2013 Nissan Sentra SL Front Right View
The 2013 Sentra's mini-Altima styling, while somewhat awkward, brings dividends inside. The cabin is one of the plushest in its class (at least in this top-level SL), and there are acres of interior space compared with the competition. Thanks to a large greenhouse, the all-black color scheme still comes off as bright and airy. For a compact car, the trunk is huge.

2013 Nissan Sentra SL

Date Better With Sentra Video 1
We wouldn't normally suggest taking the advice of automakers when it comes to dating, but Nissan has released a series of web videos demonstrating how its new 2013 Sentra can help hapless bachelor Jeff find love. The video series begins with Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte advising viewers that, even if they can't win a gold medal in an Olympic swimming pool, "You can be gold in the all-new Nissan Sentra." He's quickly joined by a "suave narrator" who continues to offer tips through the rest of the video series. There are five videos in the "Date Better With Sentra" series that follow the mistakes Jeff makes in trying to woo Felicia. After each of Jeff's errors, the aforementioned narrator steps in to explain how driving a 2013 Nissan Sentra could have improved the date. While we're skeptical that a continuously variable transmission can help a bumbling bachelor, it's a funny way to advertise the new Sentra's key features. Dedicated fans who watch all six of the videos shown below can then submit their script for the final episode, which shows how the love story between Jeff and Felicia ends -- 30 percent of the episode must focus on the 2013 Nissan Sentra. The winning entry will earn the writer a trip for two to Los Angeles and a two-night stay at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel used for filming the "Date Better" series. A free 2013 Nissan Sentra, unfortunately, is not up for grabs. Scroll down to watch the entire video series. Source: YouTube Ryan Lochte Click here for video Episode 1 Click here for video Episode 2 Click here for video Episode 3 Click here for video Episode 4 Click here for video Episode 5 Click here for video
2013 Nissan Sentra Front Right View
Nissan has priced its new compact challenger, the 2013 Sentra. A base S model with a six-speed manual transmission starts at $16,770 -- $440 less than the price of the base 2012 Sentra with a manual. Nissan says the new Sentra is 5 percent lighter than the 2012 model, and improves fuel economy by 13 percent. The least expensive model with the CVT, the Sentra S CVT, starts at $18,040. The Sentra FE+ S model, which along with the FE+ SV model is rated at a slightly higher 40 mpg highway, is priced at $18,440. All other CVT-equipped models achieve 39 mpg on the highway, and 34 mpg combined. The Sentra SV starts at $18,750, while the fuel economy-focused FE+ SV model begins at $19,150. The Sentra SR starts at $19,650, and the range-topping SL model has a $20,540 base price. All models get a 130-hp 1.8-liter I-4 engine, and a choice between a six-speed manual or CVT transmission. The manual is only available on the base S model. The new Sentra also boasts a soft-touch instrument panel, along with available leather seating and Maple wood-tone trim. In addition, a range of available features are also offered including heated seats, RearView Monitor, a Bose audio system, and NissanConnectSM with navigation. The standard sound system is a four-speaker unit, though a six-speaker system with a 4.3-inch color display and a USB connection is available. At the top of the range is a premium eight-speaker system that Nissan says has an amplifier that's specifically tuned to the cloth or leather interior. A tilt/telescopic steering column, power windows with an auto up/down driver's window, and remote keyless entry are standard. Sixteen-inch alloy wheels are a $975 option on the bottom four trims and standard on SR and SL, the last of which can be had with a leather package for $1030. The navigation system is included in a $650 package on 2013 Sentra SV, SR, and SL models. Bluetooth is $350 on all but the top Sentra SL, while carpeted floor mats with a trunk mat costs $170 on every trim. The 2013 Nissan Sentra goes on sale October 16. All prices include destination of $780. Source: Nissan

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2013 Nissan Sentra Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
1.8L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
27 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
36 MPG
Horsepower:
130 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
128 ft lb of torque @ 3600rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY
Summary
Nissan is recalling certain model year 2013 Sentra vehicles manufactured from September 11, 2012, through October 4, 2012. Some fuel tank assemblies were not properly sealed during the manufacturing process. As a result, a small amount of gasoline may leak from the tank when it is full.
Consequences
A gasoline leak in the presence of an ignition source may lead to a vehicle fire.
Remedy
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tanks as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on April 1, 2013. Owners may contact Nissan Customer Service at 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
392
Notes
Nissan North America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
Nissan is recalling certain model year 2013 Altima, LEAF, Pathfinder, Sentra, and Infiniti JX35 vehicles. Sensors within the passenger Occupant Detection System (ODS) may have been manufactured out of specification. This may cause the system to malfunction and permanently suppress the passenger airbag.
Consequences
If the vehicle is involved in a crash necessitating airbag deployment and the passenger airbag is suppressed, there may be an increased risk of personal injury.
Remedy
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the ODS sensors and replace them as neccessary, free of charge. The recall began on May 6, 2013. Owners may contact Nissan Customer Service at 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
82,038
Notes
Nissan North America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Summary
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Altima, LEAF, Pathfinder, and Sentra, model year 2013 NV200 (aka Taxi) and Infiniti JX35 and model year 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the occupant classification system (OCS) software may incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult.
Consequences
If the OCS does not detect an adult occupant in the passenger seat, the passenger airbag would be deactivated. Failure of the passenger airbag to deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of injury to the passenger.
Remedy
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will update the OCS software, free of charge. The recall began on April 14, 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
989,701
Notes
Nissan North America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE
Summary
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Altima, LEAF, Pathfinder, and Sentra, model year 2013 NV200 (aka Taxi) and Infiniti JX35 and model year 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the occupant classification system (OCS) software may incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult.
Consequences
If the OCS does not detect an adult occupant in the passenger seat, the passenger airbag would be deactivated. Failure of the passenger airbag to deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of injury to the passenger.
Remedy
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will update the OCS software, free of charge. The recall began on April 14, 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
989,701
Notes
Nissan North America, Inc.


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R

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