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2014 Nissan Sentra

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2014 Nissan Sentra Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

When Nissan redesigned the Sentra last year, its goal was to create a compact economy car that looked and felt like a premium midsize sedan. While no mini-Maxima, we do think the Sentra feels very Altima-like, in both the way it drives and pampers its occupants. The refined interior doesn’t just look great; it’s actually quite functional, providing a big back seat and a spacious trunk. Understanding that today’s car buyer is as concerned with high-tech as with high fuel economy, Nissan has equipped the Sentra with all manner of available treats, including the NissanConnect infotainment package that includes features to access Goggle and Pandora, as well as manage text messages.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re more about comfort, style and really good in-car infotainment and navigation, the 2014 Nissan Sentra beats out a number of competitors while still keeping its price low and its fuel consumption even lower.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you like a bit more sports car in your compact, you’ll likely be happier with a more powerful performance-oriented compact like the Mazda3, Ford Focus or Dodge Dart.

What's New for 2014

Nissan tweaks the 2014 Sentra with some revised tuning to its CVT transmission, suspension and steering. New features include lower front-seat storage pockets and an updated NissanConnect with Apps.

Driving the Sentra
Driving Impressions

Although we think most drivers won’t take exception with how the Sentra rides and handles, enthusiasts may disagree. Even with the changes to the electric power steering and stiffened suspension,...

... the 2014 Nissan Sentra just isn’t a car that begs to be tossed quickly into tight turns. Those not familiar with the workings of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) will have to relearn the feeling of forward motion, as the gearless transmission doesn’t have shift points. What the CVT does do is maximize fuel economy and power, allowing the Sentra to achieve 39 mpg highway (SV) and 40 mpg on the FE+ trim. We like what Nissan has done with the electric power steering and though it’s not as nicely weighted as that of the Mazda3, it’s a better setup than in the Hyundai Elantra. Seat comfort and distance driving is a perfect matchup in the Sentra, and the ride over most road surfaces is smooth and controlled.

NISSANCONNECT
With NIssanConnect Apps, you can use Google to send directions from your laptop to your car, listen to Pandora Internet radio and have your text messages read aloud while driving. You can even send preset replies so you don’t have to take your hands off the wheel and eyes off the road.

EASY FILL TIRE ALERT
Having your tires at the correct pressure is not only the best way to maximize fuel economy; it’s a safety issue as well. With Nissan’s Easy Fill Tire Alert you simply pump in air until you hear a brief “honk,” a signal that the correct tire pressure has been reached.

2014 Nissan Sentra Details
2014 Nissan Sentra photo 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 back-seat drivers more legroom than some of the smaller midsize 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 midsize by the EPA.

Exterior
2014 Nissan Sentra photo

Softly sculpted sheetmetal, substantial proportions and shiny-object LED headlight accents and taillights all combine to give the 2014 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 2014 Nissan Sentra S comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/aux audio system, electroluminescent gauges, power windows, power mirrors, keyless entry, basic cloth seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, 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. A fully loaded 2014 Nissan Sentra SL includes a moonroof, leather seats (heated fronts), more stylish 17-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control and automatic headlights.

Optional Equipment

A fully optioned Sentra includes keyless entry and push-button start, a rearview 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 touch-screen infotainment system with all the Google, Pandora and texting goodness outlined above. The FE+ (S and SV trims) bumps fuel economy up to 40-mpg highway.

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 mpg (automatic w/FE+ trim)

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2014 Nissan Sentra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 99 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.8/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    7.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Great commute car 40 mpg highway, 34 combined

By on Saturday, April 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,900

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "MPG, AC, Feature content"

Cons: "Handling, Trim Issues, CVT"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"GOOD ...Roomy interior, "right sized" exterior, excellent fuel economy (30 city/40 highway/34 combined), effective Bluetooth, roomy trunk, strong AC. BAD ...Trim issues (rubber seal around back door - same thing with my friends '14 model)... tail light condensation started when the car was 2 months old (Nissan said it wouldn't replace it unless it had 1/2" standing water... it had 1+" and a new one has been ordered)... CVT is acceptable by CVT standards, but I would prefer a dedicated automatic (call me old fashioned)... the car is scary on the highway if you're going around corners (rolls around a bit too much for me). I suggest buying the SR or SL for feature content and maybe better handling."

Its not worth the price you pay

By on Friday, April 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,500

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "AC and heater."

Cons: "Everything but the Ac and heater."

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

"First let me start by saying the redesign is an honest effort on Nissan's behalf. They did a great job with the exterior's visual appeal. Having said that, Nissan used the cheapest and fastest painting process. They did not use a base primer and the clear coat is a 1 to 1 thickness. Expect to have the car develop chipped paint on the hood, and expect those chips to expand. If you park the car in open spots where the sun beats down on it for days and days, then expect the clear coat to dull and with that dulling you can expect any form of contact with the painted surfaces to reveal a scratch. In 2 or 3 years time the clear coat will start to peal away and look like cancerous on the hood and rear deck (i.e. the trunk). If you get deeper scratches expect to pay a professional to repaint the area, because buffing only removes more of the clear coat, basically making the problem worse. Secondly, the lack of automatic seat controls makes the Sentra a pain to drive if you share the vehicle with someone else. The manual pumping and deflating action to adjust the drivers seat makes it more of a chore to get into than a privilege. Thirdly, The interior is like a statically charged magnet attracting every hair you happen to come across on the street. Depending on the (quote) trim (un-quote) you choose. Select carefully because all screens on the center dashboard aren't the same. Some are just XM radios. Nissan salesmen will tell you its like all the other models just a more compact screen. When you pay up, over and or around $23,500 for a brand new car, you expect the latest model year. But not with the 2013 Nissan Sentra. The model that has the navigation screen is the exact same price as the out-date XM radio only version. Fourthly, I forgot to mention bulb life, especially the nearly impossible to access fog light assembly to replace the bulb that only lasts maybe a year after you got the car. Dealership cost to replace the fog lamp is their base charge is actually $700 to $1,200. So i do not recommend the 2013 Nissan Sentra. Fifth and final opinion and thoughts on the 2013 Nissan Sentra. The car is loud like from both road noise but mainly from the engine and the squeaking dashboard, the squeaking comes from the poorly insulated dashboard. The car claims according to every maintenance book and oil and lube shop to have a cabin filter, but it doesn't have one the dealership says, so every summer you get this nasty mold smell in your AC when you first turn it on. The suspension is as un-refined as the old Ford Pinto. Seems they didn't care when testing it during the development stage. The acceleration is actually worse than my 1979 Vespa (scooter). Also the lack of automatic seat control make what should be an enjoyable experience when climbing into your car. Now to the seating, every stray hair from any animal will magnetically (like) attach to in some weird magical way appear all over the seats and floor. The vehicle lacks a cigarette lighter compatible port, and no ashtray, leaving smokers to ash out the window, and due to the angle of the window just sucks the ashes into the back seat. If it's raining the rain groves on the roof literally funnel the water down the windows and if you roll them down for any reason your inside door panel gets soaked instantly. The cup holders in the side door panels are worthless as they hold no drink containers the average person would use. And their position is so far forward you couldn't safely reach for your drink when in motion if you're driving. The lack of a digital speedometer and directional compass in the dashboard shows how cheap the vehicle actually is, as every other car in it's class contains them. No heated seating couples with no remote start means buttocks will be cold when you get into your car. Replacing the battery in the key fobs is a huge pain in the butt because you have to force open the fob and it feels as if you're going to break some plastic tabs surely. The choice of buttons on the steering-wheel as well as their placement are inconvenient and confusing to first time users. Lastly, the AC and heater are the one positive i would say the vehicle has to offer. If you're looking to buy one check the latest models available so you don't get the lesser model at the same price as the better model."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Great reliable little car

By on Monday, March 07, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "MPG. Smooth Ride. Reliability."

Cons: "Manual Seats"

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

"I have owned pretty much every make of vehicle you can imagine. The sentra isn't built to be a race car or the most luxurious, but it certainly does everything its built for very well. Its great on MPG (getting over 40 on the highway) and is a smooth ride. The CVT is great for around town, I hated my old car (buick verano) for its awkward shifting. The sentra has more room than many larger cars offer, and gives you all the technology you need ( navi, backup cam, touch screen, Bose. I only wish it offered the same seats the Altima has. Otherwise, I recommend it to anyone looking for a reliable and nice looking car."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Overall Very Pleased w/ This Car

By on Friday, February 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 600

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fuel efficient, comfortable, spacious & pretty"

Cons: "No blue tooth for your music only phone calls"

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

Fresh of

"This is my 1st brand new car purchase. I have only owned used cars in the past. I got the car for a steal! I talked them down to 12,900 and with all fees, taxes, etc am paying around 14,500. It has everything I need even at the base model. I don't need all the technology this car comes with (like blue tooth) but it's certainly nice to have these "extras". It drives/handles well, CVT trans is new to me so at first it did feel and sound different but it feels secure & comfortable overall. No problems thus far. I find it to be very room, accommodating & VERY fuel efficient. I am filling her up for $17- can't beat that! I always had Toyotas but this Nissan has me hooked."

11 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Fresh of

Its okay..

By on Wednesday, February 03, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Overall, I like this car. It is reliable... however, the value of these cars decrease severally. I am upside down on this car by 7 grand and have only had it 2 years with 50,000 miles. I wont purchase a Nissan in the future just because of how quick these decrease in there value."

3 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Good looks and performance but horrible interior

By on Saturday, January 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "looks, performance adequate 30 to 31 miles/g"

Cons: "poor interior design, no storage, not comfortable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I bought for $14K brand new, cheap but barely worth the money, the car looks good, good performance with adequate engine/transmission package. The bad is the interior, not comfortable, no storage what so ever with center thing that is useless: Can not serve as arm rest with almost no space to store any thing; even glove box poorly designed without side wall with every thing falls down when open or jam it. Mileage is about 30 to 31 at best but the installed computer program gives false higher reading. If you pay more than $14K you are not getting your moneys worth."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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