Consumer Reviews Summary
30 of 42 (71%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Nissan Sentra Overview
Completely redesigned for 2013, the Nissan Sentra is betting that car shoppers will swoon for its updated styling and improved fuel economy.
Nissan also redesigned a few of its other models for 2013 including the Altima and Pathfinder. The updated Sentra has grown by 2.3 inches and also gets new exterior styling. In some ways it looks like a smaller version of the Altima, with a familiar looking grille, but the Sentra’s abbreviated proportions give it a slightly sportier feel than the family-oriented Altima.
Under the hood, the Sentra gets a 130-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a standard CVT; only base S models have an option for a six-speed manual transmission. The Sentra is offered in five trim levels and two of them can be outfitted with an FE+ (fuel economy plus) package that offers slightly improved highway fuel economy thanks to slight aerodynamic changes. FE+ models return 40 mpg highway, with CVT models following not far behind at 39 mpg. More importantly, the Sentra outpaces the competition on fuel economy, including the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra.
Thanks in part to its added length, the 2013 Sentra has a cabin that feels large and roomy for a compact car. Nissan has also added standard features in the redesign; a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and remote keyless entry join an auxiliary input jack, air conditioning, and a remote key with trunk release on every model. There are also plenty of premium features available now, including leather upholstery, maple wood trim, NissanConnect navigation with a 5.8-inch touch-screen, dual-zone automatic climate control and Bluetooth connectivity.
Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system. The 2013 Sentra was an IIHS Top Safety Pick and got four out five overall stars from the NHTSA for its performance in crash testing.