2014 Nissan Sentra

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A lot of people complain that the players in the compact car segment are all the same, but that’s kind of a cop-out. In fact, certain compacts excel at one particular attribute, such as the Mazda 3’s handling prowess, or the Subaru Impreza’s all-weather capability. Then there’s the 2014 Nissan Sentra, which abandons all pretensions and embraces its identity as a boring, garden-variety compact. Is going full-on vanilla enough to sway buyers from other options?

Give the People What They Want

Today, car buyers are being swayed toward taller crossovers because they prefer the feeling of an elevated seating position. The 2014 Nissan Sentra gives a similar sense of height from behind the wheel, but it wasn’t until I pulled up next to a late-90s Honda Civic that I realized just how much the Sentra towers over older compact cars. It’s also far more spacious inside than compacts of the past. In fact, the Sentra’s headroom, passenger legroom, and positively huge cargo space all rival the larger, midsize Altima. The 2014 Nissan Sentra doesn’t suffer from anonymous styling either—it’s as sleek and polished-looking as the big-brother Altima.

Class the Place Up

What else do car shoppers crave? Nice stuff. The 2014 Nissan Sentra looks premium and feels solid enough inside to hold up to the daily wear-and-tear of commuting. “Nissan makes effective use of plastic and vinyl to convey a premium feel, which isn’t always easy to do,” said staff photographer Patrick Hoey. Nobody is expecting fine-grain wood and mood-sensitive ionized perfumes, but the Sentra’s attractive, well-designed dashboard and tech features (like Bluetooth, navigation, push-button start) go far beyond the bare-bones days of previous economy cars.

It’s Slow, But So What?

Where the Sentra falls short is its weakling 130-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder. It’s straight-up geriatric merging from an on-ramp, but the Sentra’s powertrain is really tuned more for low-speed maneuvering in city traffic. It won’t kick-start your heart, but that’s not the Sentra’s purpose, as much as it is easy driving and 39 mpg on the highway. Case in point, Nissan focused on revising ride and handling for 2014. “Compared to last year, the new car feels a lot less floaty and vague thanks to tighter steering and slightly firmer suspension tuning,” said associate web editor Joey Capparella.
It might not be the enthusiast’s choice, but the 2014 Nissan Sentra is a car that succeeds at exceeding the wants and needs of most consumers. It’s proof that a good vanilla will always have a place on a car shopper’s palate.

2014 Nissan Sentra SL Specifications

Base Price $16,800
Price As Tested $22,280
Engine 1.8-liter I-4
Power 130 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 128 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
Transmission Continuously variable
Drive Front-wheel
Cargo Capacity 15.1 cu ft
Fuel economy 30/39/34 mpg (city/highway/combined)
2014 Nissan Sentra
2014 Nissan Sentra

New for 2014

The 2014 Nissan Sentra receives a new front seat lower cushion, retuned continuously variable transmission (CVT), revised steering and suspension, updated NissanConnect smartphone integration with navigation, auto hazard warning signal, and standard sliding front armrest for the SL grade.

Vehicle Overview

The Nissan Sentra is a compact sedan slotting above the subcompact Versa and under the midsize Altima and is sold in S, FE+S, SV, FE+SV, SR and SL trims. A six-speed manual transmission is only available in the S grade while a CVT is standard on the rest of the range.

Summary

The 2014 Nissan Sentra excels at being a commuter car with its excellent fuel economy particularly in FE+S and FE+SV grades, which were designed for maximizing efficiency. The EPA rates CVT-equipped models at 30/39 mpg city/highway, six-speed manual cars at 27/36 mpg and FE+ variants at 30/40 mpg. Due to the emphasis on fuel economy, acceleration is unimpressive, with the 1.8-liter I-4 producing a lackluster 130 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque, causing the CVT to rev as high as possible to extract as much power from the engine as it can. Likewise, handling is middling with a clear focus on comfort and ride quality over driver engagement.
Inside, the 2014 Sentra has a roomy cabin and a host of available tech features including a navigation system with NissanConnect smartphone integration and an eight-speaker Bose audio system. A roomy interior with room for five and a large trunk makes the Sentra viable as a compact, fuel-efficient family car with an intuitive infotainment system. Cabin isolation is one of the car’s strong points, reducing the amount of road noise and making the interior more refined than some competitors.
The 2014 Nissan Sentra has a four-star safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and earned a good score in four categories of IIHS testing (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The 2014 Sentra excels at being a commuter car, delivering impressive fuel economy and ride quality while offering a host of tech features that make it feel more premium than it actually is. In a 2013 review, we noted that the use of soft-touch materials in touch points makes the interior “luxurious,” complimenting the soft ride that keeps the cabin “isolated from both road noise and feedback.” We said in a 2014 review that its noisy engine falls short, stating that “it’s straight-up geriatric merging from an on-ramp,” indicating that highway maneuvers require more planning in the Sentra than in competitors with more powerful engines.
You’ll Like
  • Comfortable ride
  • Impressive fuel economy on FE+S and FE+SV grades
  • Roomy interior
You Won’t Like
  • Anemic powertrain
  • Mediocre handling
  • Tech features only available in higher end grades
Key Competitors
  • Mazda3
  • Volkswagen Jetta
  • Ford Focus
  • Kia Forte
  • Honda Civic

Rating

2
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In the past few years, 40 miles per gallon has emerged as the definitive benchmark number for fuel efficiency. Almost every mainstream small car hits this mark, and even some larger midsize sedans are reaching 40 mpg these days. But you don’t have to spend big to save big at the pump. We set out to find the cheapest cars for sale that achieve 40 mpg in EPA testing (which measures highway, city, and combined driving), and were surprised to find exactly ten 40-mpg cars that cost under $20,000. It’s worth noting that many of the cars below require a special powertrain combination or fuel economy package to hit 40 mpg, but each listed price includes destination charges and represents the exact configuration needed to achieve 40 mpg.
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The 2014 Nissan Sentra received a handful of mechanical changes for the new model year, but receives only mild price increases compared to last year's version of the compact sedan. Pricing for the 2014 Nissan Sentra ranges from $16,800 (including an $810 destination charge) and extends to $20,400 for the fully loaded SL trim level.

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2014 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
12-31-1969:21:35:40
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
3
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Poor

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2014 Nissan Sentra

Depreciation
30.9%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$9,000
30.9%
Insurance
$7,135
24.5%
Fuel Cost
$7,918
27.2%
Financing
$1,860
6.4%
Maintenance
$2,246
7.7%
Repair Costs
$590
2%
State Fees
$356
1.2%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $29,105 What's This?
Value Rating: Below Average