Nissan Sentra

Nissan Sentra

The Nissan Sentra is a popular vehicle for first-time car buyers for its affordablilty, fuel-efficient reputation, and low upkeep costs. As more compact car choices have emerged over the years from other automakers, Nissan's Sentra has hung in there as a contender, selling well. Thus, there are lots of used Sentras for sale, including high-mileage vehicles from the early 2000s and even the 1990s. For the latest in safety features, better fuel economy, updated styling, and technology upgrades, you might start your search at the 2013 Sentra which was significantly redesigned from the previous generation.

Model Overview

Nissan redesigned the 2013 Sentra in order to make it more competitive in both storage space and high-end features—critics have praised the new interior as both sleek and functional with a spacious trunk and lots of new technology upgrades. To find a lower-priced Sentra, look for the sixth generation car, produced from 2007-2012. It was larger than the previous generation, peppier, with sleeker styling. The base Sentra for these years gives you just the basics like power windows and locks and air-conditioning. If you step up to the S trim you can get power door locks, power mirrors, and a better sound system, including an ipod connector starting in 2010. 2.0-liter engine (base, S, SR and SL) offers 140 hp. Two high-performance versions (SE-R and SE-R Spec V) goes up an engine size to a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder with 177 horsepower.

The 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra comes in 6 trim levels: S, FE+S, SV, FE+SV, SR, and SL. The standard S features include power windows and door locks, air conditioner with Microfilter, and LED headlight accents and taillights. All models are four-doors that seat up to 5 passengers. The exterior designs include LED accent lights that are eye-catching and help catch the eyes of other drivers on the road both day and night. A small-looking frame with rounded edges give the Sentra a fun, peppy attitude that makes it fun to drive and fun to watch.

Illuminated steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls come standard on the SV, FE+SV, SR, and SL. Dual-zone automatic temperature controls and heated front seats for both the driver and passenger ensure that there will be a little more pleasant to go around on your next road trip—regardless of the season. Push-button ignition and the Nissan Intelligent Key lets you control your Sentra with the push of a button. The Sentra also comes with three driving modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport. Eco helps you maximize your fuel efficiency. Normal mode blends efficiency and performance. Sport mode gives you maximum responsiveness. Reviewers have praised this compact sedan for its capacious cabin—even your backseat drivers have plenty of room to stretch their legs. The new Sentra sports one of the biggest trunks in its class so you can go ahead and pack that extra bag.

Nissan's Web connectivity and navigation system should appeal to many folks who want hands-free text messaging and access to social media. You can access apps like Pandora music streaming, SiriusXM Traffic and Weather, iHeartRadio, TripAdvisor, SiriusXM Movie Listings, and Yelp. The Easy Fill tire alert takes the guess-work out of inflating your tires. Once the Sentra senses you have filled the tires to their prefect pressure it issues a brief “honk” so you know when to stop.

Standard features include air conditioning, remote keyless entry, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, overhead console, power window, illuminated entry, AM/FM radio with CD player, MP3 decoder and four speakers, a max seating capacity of five with a split folding rear seat to allow for extra cargo space, front reading lights, outside temperature display, and a trip computer.

Nissan Sentra Safety Ratings

The Nissan Sentra significantly improved its crash test scores with the 2013 model's redesign, acchieving a Good rating form the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for Moderate Front Overlap, Side, Roof Strength and Head Restraint. In comparision, the 2012 was rated as only Acceptable for these measures. Notably, like many other compact cars, the 2013 was rated Poor for Small Overlap, a new test to see how occupants would fare in crash involving the vehicle's front corners.

The Nissan Sentra comes equipped with Nissan’s favorite safety features: tire pressure monitoring system with an easy-fill tire alert, smart auto headlights, rear view monitor, stability and traction controls, anti-lock brakes, Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist plus Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) and supplemental airbags. Side airbags are standard for both front and back passengers.

Noteworthy About the Nissan Sentra

The Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) study rated the Sentra as among the best in both Comfort and Features. It was also names the “Best Compact Car of 2013” at the AutoPacific’s 1th Annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA).