The previous generation Nissan Sentra was on sale from 2007 to 2012, and now for the 2013 model year the company is launching the seventh generation Sentra. The model is about 150 lbs lighter and comes with a new 1.8-liter engine and the next-generation Xtronic CVT with sub-planetary gear for optimal performance and efficiency.
The new generation Sentra is using the same design language as the recently announced Altima . New features include a new new signature trapezoid-shaped grille and large wraparound headlights with LED accents.
The 2013 Sentra is being built on a new platform that is lighter than the previous design and is powered by a new 1.8-liters 4-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 130 HP and 128 lb-ft of torque.
When the new Sentra goes on sale this fall it will be offered in S, FE+ S, SV, FE+ SV, SR and SL trim levels.
"The 2013 Nissan Sentra is the most revolutionary design in the nameplate’s 30-year history, a worthy addition to what is without question the most innovative, highest quality, highest value sedan lineup in Nissan history," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. "With the complete redesign for 2013, Sentra is closer in look and feel to Altima than a typical compact sedan."
Updated 08/31/2012: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Nissan Sentra.
Updated 10/01/2012: Nissan announced today prices for the new 2013 Sentra. The model will be priced from $15,990 when it goes on sale at U.S. Nissan dealers nationwide beginning October 16.
The new generation Nissan Sentra in being built on a new, lighter platform and has grow in sizes: a 0.6-inch longer wheelbase (106.3 inches) and a 2.3-inch longer overall length (182.1 inches). In the same time the new Sentra features slightly lower height (-0,6 inches) and a narrowed width (-1,2 inches). All these changes have significantly reduced the car’s drag coefficient: down to 0.29 from the previous 0.34.
Just like with the new Altima, the new generation Sentra has received a more elegant, modern and refined exterior look. Up front Nissan added the company’s new signature trapezoid-shaped grille and larger wraparound headlights with LED accents. At the rear the taillights also receive LED as standard.
Customers will be able to customize the look of their new Sentra with a pretty impressive list of features:chrome door handles and accents, available heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, and available sport front and rear fascias and rear spoiler.
The sophisticated look of the exterior continues with a high-quality interior design. Nissan is offering materials never used before in compact sedans, including a soft-touch instrument panel and driver’s door armrest, available leather-appointed seating and available Maple wood-tone trim.
The instrument panel features Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges that are backlit even in daylight. At the rear, the passengers will enjoy a legroom of 37.4 inches - among the largest in class.
Standard interior features:
- 6-way manual driver’s seat,
- 4-way manual front passenger’s seat,
- front and rear door pockets,
- front center console with padded armrest and cupholders,
- rear seat armrest with cupholders,
- air conditioning with in-cabin microfilter,
- tilt and telescopic steering column,
- power windows with driver’s one-touch auto up/down with auto reverse,
- power door locks with auto-locking feature,
- two auxiliary 12-volt power outlets,
- remote keyless entry and remote trunk and fuel-filler door releases.
The new generation Nissan Sentra will drop the previous 2.0 liter engine, in favor of a new 1.8-liters DOHC 4-cylinder engine equipped with a twin Continuously Variable Timing Control (CVTC) system which modulates both the intake and exhaust valve opening time. This new engine delivers a total of 130 HP and 128 lb-ft of torque - or 10 HP and 19 lb-ft less than the previous model.
But before you’ll get to disappointed, you have to know that this new engine delivers impressive fuel consumption figures: 30 mpg City, 39 mpg Highway and a class-leading 34 mpg combined.
The new engine is combined with the new-generation Xtronic CVT that offers a wider gear ratio of 7.3:1 through use of a sub-planetary gear and smaller pulleys.
|Sentra S||1.8 Liter I4||M/T||$15,990|
|Sentra S||1.8 Liter I4||CVT||$17,260|
|Sentra FE+ S||1.8 Liter I4||CVT||$17,660|
|Sentra SV||1.8 Liter I4||CVT||$17,970|
|Sentra FE+ SV||1.8 Liter I4||CVT||$18,370|
|Sentra SR||1.8 Liter I4||CVT||$18,870|
|Sentra SL||1.8 Liter I4||CVT||$19,760|
|SV Driver Package||$1,000|
|SR Driver Package||$1,080|
|16" Alloy Wheel||$975|
|BlueConnect® Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System||$350|
|Carpeted Floor Mats with Trunk Mat||$170|
|Hide-A-Way Trunk Net||$55|
|External Ground Lighting||$285|
|Illuminated Kick Plates||$225|
|Fog Lights with Auto Headlights||$310|
Its true Nissan is offering a pretty impressive list of updates for its new Altima, but are they enough to take on its impressive list of competitors which includes models like Honda Civic and Ford Focus. The new generation Civic is powered by a .8-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine, but with an output of 140 HP - 10 HP more than in the new Sentra. Finally, the new Ford Focus is powered by a fuel efficient 2.0 Liter four cylinder engine that produces 155 HP and 145 lb-ft of torque. So we guess that at the first sight the new Sentra is the least powerful version, but Nissan is offering a pretty impressive fuel economy.
- Impressive look
- Highly equipped interior
- A new engine and new transmission
- Less powerful than competition
- Just one engine