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2013 Nissan Sentra

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2013 Nissan Sentra Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.6

Completely redesigned for 2013, the excellent new Nissan Sentra feels less like a compact car and more like a downsized mid-size sedan. The look is substantial and mature, the interior is refined in look and feel, and from front to trunk it's downright roomy. The growing number of tech-dependent drivers will appreciate a robust and intuitive NissanConnect infotainment package with cool Google, Pandora and text messaging features, and anyone who hasn't won the free-gas-for-life lottery will appreciate the Sentra's class-leading combined city/highway fuel economy of 34 mpg. And while it's neither as fun to drive as a Mazda3, nor as quiet and comfortable as a Chevy Cruze, the new Nissan Sentra rides and handles better than most buyers need it to.

You'll Like This Car If...

Whether you're looking for style, refinement, room, fuel economy or just some cool in-cabin technology, you'll find the 2013 Nissan Sentra worth your time, scoring high marks on all fronts.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The new Sentra isn't as fun to drive as the Ford Focus, Mazda3 or Dodge Dart, and it's not as isolated from the noisy, bumpy world as the Chevy Cruze.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 Nissan Sentra is as new as new gets. In addition to all the improvements you can see and touch, the Sentra is built on a new, lighter platform and driven by a new engine and transmission setup.

Driving the Sentra

Driving Impressions Even though it rides, handles and responds very well, how the new Sentra drives is one of the least remarkable things about it. The uninitiated might need some time getting...

used to the continuously variable transmission (CVT) – a gearless automatic – but Nissan is doing CVT better than anyone and in some applications we're starting to prefer it to a traditional automatic. The engine's 130-horsepower rating is at the low end of the segment, but the flexible CVT compensates some. It doesn't make the car any faster, but the new Sentra includes a 3-mode drive selector with Eco, Normal and Sport modes to maximize economy or responsiveness. Electric power steering continues to improve across the industry, and the Sentra offers better steering feel than the Hyundai Elantra, for instance. Highway ride is right in line with what we expect from a good compact sedan nowadays, and the front seats are comfortable for at least a couple of hours (the longest stretch we've tested them to this point).

NISSANCONNECT
You can send directions from your computer to your Sentra via Google. You can listen to Pandora Internet radio. You can have your text messages read to you, and send replies without taking your hands off the wheel. How great is the future?

EASY FILL TIRE ALERT
Keeping your tires inflated is key to maximizing fuel economy, and Nissan's new system makes it really easy. Just start filling and the car will give a quick honk of the horn when the tire reaches the recommended pressure.

2013 Nissan Sentra Details
Interior

High-quality materials, electroluminescent gauges and a tasteful, contoured design help create what is arguably the finest interior in all of Compactsedanland. The rear seating area is another inside highlight, offering backseat drivers more legroom than some of the smaller mid-size sedans, along with similarly generous headroom. The theme continues all the way back into one of the category's biggest trunks. The new Sentra is roomy enough, in fact, that it's one of a handful of compact sedans classified as mid-size by the EPA.

Exterior
2013 Nissan Sentra photo

Softly sculpted sheet metal, substantial proportions and shiny-object LED headlight accents and taillights all combine to give the 2013 Nissan Sentra class-above parking lot presence. All models feature a chrome-finish grille, chrome-finish door handles and body-color painted side mirrors, while up-level versions feature alloy wheels, fog lights and side-mirror-integrated turn signals. The sportier-looking but similarly tuned Sentra SR includes a rear spoiler, chrome exhaust tip finisher, unique 17-inch alloy wheels, and other sporty add-ons all around.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base-model 2013 Nissan Sentra S has a starting sticker price of $16,780 with the 6-speed manual transmission, $18,050 with the automatic transmission. For those prices you get a Sentra with air conditioning, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/Aux audio system, electroluminescent gauges, basic cloth seats, a 4-way adjustable steering wheel, 16-inch covered steel wheels, and a modern complement of active and passive safety features including six airbags and electronic stability and traction controls.

Optional Equipment

A fully loaded 2013 Nissan Sentra SL tops out in the $23,000 range with some equipment you couldn't have had for $100,000 just a few years ago. In addition to a moonroof, leather seats (heated fronts), more stylish 17-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control and automatic headlights, a fully optioned Sentra includes keyless entry and push-button start, a backup camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, USB/iPod integration, satellite radio, an 8-speaker Bose audio system and NissanConnect with Navigation featuring a 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with all the Google, Pandora and texting goodness outlined above.

Under the Hood

The Sentra's 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine is among the least powerful in the segment, but we can attest that it moves at least two adults up to highway speeds just fine. With four adults, though, highway merging might require a bit more planning. In addition to the CVT there's a 6-speed manual transmission available, but only on the base model and it delivers about 50 fewer miles per tankful. The FE+ grades achieve one more highway mile per gallon with some aerodynamic adds and low-rolling-resistance tires, but it's mostly a marketing ploy (40 mpg is much sexier than 39) and not worth the extra $400. Even if you drove exclusively on the highway, the FE+ package would save you just $50 and 10 gallons per year (at $5/gallon, 15,000 miles/year).

1.8-liter inline-4
130 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (124 horsepower w/CA emissions)
128 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm (125 lb-ft w/CA emissions)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/36 mpg (manual), 30/39 mpg (automatic), 30/40 (automatic w/FE+ trim)

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2013 Nissan Sentra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 81 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.7/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    7.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Eh, its a Nissan...

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,500

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Great Price, Great Gas Mileage"

Cons: "Idles high, no control"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"So i owned a 97 Honda Accord before the 2014 Nissan Sentra i bought, i bought my wife a loaded Toyota Camry SE(Has everything) and got used to driving that. So going from a Camry that was fully loaded and a v6 to this was horrible...Now compared to a 97 Accord it was a great plus, Impeccable gas mileage. The main reason i got the vehicle was it was cheap and gas mileage was great, i got about 41.2mpg daily, my drive is about 43 miles one way to work...That's about the only plus to this vehicle. You end up getting what you pay for. If you are a High School chick and want a new car then this is for you but if you're not then don't waste your time....The car feels like it floats at 70mph, easy to lose control, idles high, no acceleration and not to mention the radio station can't come in clearly...The test drive was good but after i put 4,500 miles(highway miles) on it, it got worse and worse to drive..."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Best for the $$$$

By on Thursday, July 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "GREAT PRICE. GAS SAVING AND reliable commute!"

Cons: "HIGH INSURANCE QUOTE"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I got a brand new SENTRA SR( 17 alloy wheel- LED headlight- Rear Spoiler- Windows tint) at a PRICE that is equal to a Corolla Base model ($16000 OTD) 3000 miles so far without problem, NOISY CVT save some gas. Driving dynamic is no way compare to my VW Passat Sedan but FINE in its class. NIssan 1.8 L engine is proved for its reliability."

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Top Value In This Class

By on Friday, June 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Looks, ride, quality, price"

Cons: "Very little. Maybe the armrest."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am retired from the auto business. Sold Toyota and Nissan. Purchased my Nissan Sentra SR in 2013 shortly after they were introduced. The car is leased. I may lease another. Zero problems. Fit and finish are excellent. As good or better than Corolla. Mine is loaded and everything has always worked perfectly. Gas mileage is 32 - 42. Performance is adequate for the class. About the same as my Corolla. Maybe the quietest engine of any car I have ever owned until accelerating hard. Then noisy just like my Corolla. CVT transmission is different and takes a little getting used to. Great looks, great ride, great interior. Buy it!"

15 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Sentra SR 2015

By on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great price, quality interior, decent radio"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is my second Sentra. I had a 2007, and I just gave it to my son and bought me a new one. I think the interior is so much better than the Civic, Elantra, Kia, and Corolla. It looks very nice inside and out and drives well. It doesn't have lots of power, but I care more about the quality and MPG."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Nissan is a really grate car company.

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good price, Large inside, Styleish, heated seats,"

Cons: "Small gas tank, Low power."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Nissan is a really grate car company. When they redesigned the 2015 Sentra they really made it a better car. I love that even though it has cloth seats they are still heated."

11 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Great value, great mileage

By on Sunday, May 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Price, gas mileage, spacious, comfortable."

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a very roomy car-front seat, back seat, and trunk. The gas mileage is great. Contrary to what others have said, I get good acceleration. I have no trouble passing on rural roads or merging on to expressways, even in eco mode. The car is very comfortable. I don't even notice the CVT. It runs very smooth. This is a great car and a great value with the incentives. Not such a good value if you pay close to sticker price. I got 0% financing and $4000 off MSRP after rebates."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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