3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Nissan Sentra

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Expert's Rating

4.7Excellent

MPG 30 City / 39 Highway
Pros
  • Many standard safety features
  • Spacious interior
  • Many interior conveniences
Cons
  • Styling may not be for everyone
  • Large blind spots
  • Underwhelming acceleration
, Automotive Editor -
While the Sentra isn't the most performance-oriented compact sedan on the market, it's likely to please a wide variety of shoppers.

Introduction

New for 2013, the Nissan Sentra offers lots of space and fuel efficiency for not a lot of money. It may not have the power or advanced features of some competitors, but the Sentra puts popular options and excellent fuel economy within the reach of economy-minded shoppers. It's a wise choice for buyers whose top priority is value for money.

All Sentras have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 130 horsepower. The base Sentra S starts things off with a six-speed manual transmission or optional CVT automatic transmission; 16-inch steel wheels; tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel; power windows, locks and mirrors; air conditioning; and a four-speaker audio system with auxiliary input.

The FE+ S gives better fuel economy thanks to improved aerodynamics, a rear spoiler, low rolling resistance tires, and revised transmission ratios. The SV, meanwhile, adds a six-speaker audio system, cruise control, a CVT automatic transmission, and upgraded cloth upholstery. The FE+ configuration is also available on the SV.

The SR has sportier features like 17-inch alloy wheels; a more aggressive front fascia, body kit and rear spoiler; and special seat fabrics. The SL, finally, tops the Sentra range with automatic headlamps, keyless entry and start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, a satellite radio, and a USB input with iPod connectivity.

Features like Bluetooth and keyless entry are also available as options on lower trims, unlike some competitors that make them available only on top trims, if at all.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Nissan Sentra
Starting price
$12,986

2013 Nissan Sentra FE+ S

Recommended for: Buyers interested in basic features with better fuel economy

The FE+ S is an economy-oriented version of the base Sentra S. In addition to the S's standard features, the FE+ package adds a standard CVT automatic transmission, rear spoiler, changes to the underbody aerodynamics and 16-inch low rolling resistance tires.

2013 Nissan Sentra
Starting price
$12,986

2013 Nissan Sentra FE+ SV

Recommended for: Buyers who want an economy-oriented car with more features

The FE+ SV is an economy-oriented version of the Sentra SV. In addition to the SV's standard features, the FE+ package gains a rear spoiler, changes to the underbody aerodynamics and 16-inch low rolling resistance tires.

2013 Nissan Sentra
Starting price
$12,986

2013 Nissan Sentra S

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a low-priced compact sedan

The S includes the basic features expected of a compact sedan. That means it comes with a six-speed manual transmission, 16-inch wheels, LED taillights, a chrome grille, power mirrors, a trip computer, power windows, keyless entry, air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a split-folding rear seat, and a four-speaker audio system with auxiliary input. A CVT automatic transmission is optional.

2013 Nissan Sentra
Starting price
$12,986

2013 Nissan Sentra SL

Recommended for: Shoppers looking for the most technology and comfort in a Sentra

The SL is the most luxurious Sentra and packs in a lot of features. These start with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, keyless entry and start, Bluetooth, a radio with a color screen, a satellite radio, iPod integration, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Also included are turn indicators in the side mirrors, a dual-zone automatic climate control, and wood-tone trim. The Premium Package adds an eight-speaker Bose audio system, a sunroof, and an auto-dimming mirror. The Navigation Package adds a 5.8-inch touchscreen navigation system with satellite traffic and weather information, a backup camera, streaming Internet radio, and hands-free text messaging capability.

2013 Nissan Sentra
Starting price
$12,986

2013 Nissan Sentra SR

Recommended for: Drivers looking for a sporty Sentra

The SR aims to be the most aggressively sporting Sentra. The SR adds a unique grille and body kit, a rear spoiler, sport cloth upholstery, fog lights, a chrome exhaust tip, silver interior trim, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The SR Driver Package includes automatic headlamps, rear disc brakes, keyless entry and start, Bluetooth, a radio with a color screen, a satellite radio, iPod integration, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Premium Package adds an eight-speaker Bose audio system, a sunroof, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Navigation Package adds a 5.8-inch touchscreen navigation system with satellite traffic and weather information, a backup camera, streaming Internet radio, and hands-free text messaging capability.

2013 Nissan Sentra
Starting price
$12,986

2013 Nissan Sentra SV

Recommended for: Buyers interested in more convenience features

The SV adds a few more comfort features and opens up buyers to more options. Standard equipment includes the CVT automatic transmission, cruise control, premium cloth seat trim, chrome bezels on the gauges, and a six-speaker audio system with steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The SV Driver Package includes automatic headlamps, keyless entry and start, Bluetooth, a radio with a color screen, satellite radio, iPod integration, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Premium Package adds an eight-speaker Bose audio system, a sunroof, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Navigation Package adds a 5.8-inch touchscreen navigation system with satellite traffic and weather information, a backup camera, streaming Internet radio, and hands-free text messaging capability.

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