2013 Nissan Sentra

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2013 Nissan Sentra
2013 Nissan Sentra

New For 2013

The 2013 Nissan Sentra is all-new this year.


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.


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 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.
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 Left View 2
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.
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:
1.8L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
27 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
36 MPG
130 hp @ 6000rpm
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)

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