Refined for 2014, the Sentra is solid transportation in an attractive package.
Now in its seventh generation, the Sentra got a major makeover for the 2013 model year, emerging with sleek, fluid lines reminiscent of the mid-size Altima sedan. With its extended wheelbase, the latest Sentra is roomier than the preceding generation, and interior design and materials have the look and feel of cars a class higher in the size/prize spectrum. The 2013 Sentra drew criticism for too-stiff ride quality, excessive body roll, and noisy interior, issues that Nissan has addressed for 2014. Aside from the base S trim, with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox, there is just one powertrain -- a 138-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). EPA fuel economy ranges up to 40 mpg highway with the thrift-oriented FE trim, 39 mpg in other models.
Nisan has made a number of Sentra refinements for 2014. In addition to comfort and noise reduction, there are connectivity upgrades and enhancements to interior touchpoints. Nissan has programmed artificial shift steps into the CVT's computer control, but performance of the standard engine-transmission combo continues to be tepid. However, at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show Nissan presented a Sentra concept engineered by the company's NISMO performance shops -- 240 hp, limited-slip differential, sports suspension -- that's likely to see production, albeit in a slightly diluted form.
Build and Price
The 2014 Nissan Sentra starts around $17,000 and tops out closer to $23,000 with an impressive list of features. The Sentra is available in seven trim levels -- the basic S with 6-speed manual transmission, S with CVT, FE+S, SV, FE+SV, SR, and top-of-the-line SL. Build and price your own 2014 Nissan Sentra to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
KBB.com visitor trevbal6 from Texas likes his Sentra: "I am a middle age teacher and I drive my car around my very small town with the occasional 200 mile round trip. Additionally, we decided to take this car on our summer vacation to California with three kids. I have to say that this car (thus far) has proven to be everything that I hoped the car would be. I think it looks great from the outside and the cockpit design works great for me." Read more Nissan Sentra consumer reviews.
Other Compact Cars
The Sentra isn't among the sportiest cars in the category, but it checks just about every other box. Is it the right choice for you? To be sure, first check out all your compact car options for 2014.
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