The Nissan Sentra entered its seventh generation for the 2013 model year, boasting the same design language found on the Nissan Altima, a new platform that sheds about 150 pounds from the car’s overall weight, and a new 1.8-liter four-cylinder that delivers 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. Up front, the car as a new trapezoid-shaped grille, and larger wraparound headlights. The side profile is sleeker than before, and the rear end us a sportier appearance. Inside, the new Sentra has a soft-touch dashboard and armrests, available leather seating, and optional Maple wood-tone trim – features that are new to the compact sedan market. All told, the new Sentra is rather upscale for its respective market and with a starting price below $21,000 for all trims, it’s a fine competitor in the market.

At the time of the Sentra’s debut, Al Castignetti – the Vice President and General Manager of Nissan North America – said, “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. With the complete redesign for 2013, the Sentra is closer in look and feel to the Altima than a typical compact sedan.”

The Sentra competes in a very competitive segment with models like the Ford Focus, Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, and Honda Civic bring the best their respective brands have to offer. So, does the redesigned Sentra have what it takes to reestablish its position and take a chunk of the compact sedan market? Keep reading to found out in our full review below.

Continue reading for our full review of the Nissan Sentra

  • 2013 - 2015 Nissan Sentra
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2013 - 2015 Nissan Sentra High Resolution Exterior
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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.

New for 2015

  • four new exterior colors: Titanium, Red Alert (SR only), Cayenne Red and Fresh Powder


2013 - 2015 Nissan Sentra Interior
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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.

New for 2015

Nissan Sentra S grade adds

  • standard USB connection port
  • Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
  • Illuminated steering wheel audio controls
  • Smart Auto Headlights
  • Cruise control

Nissan Sentra SV grade gets:

  • Nissan Intelligent Key®
  • RearView Monitor
  • NissanConnectSM with Mobile Apps
  • 5.0-inch color display
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately)
  • Sliding front armrest
  • Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®
  • Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Smart Auto Headlights
  • Easy-Fill Tire Alert.

Nissan Sentra SR adds

  • Heated front seats and heated outside mirrors with LED turn-signal indicators
  • rear disc brakes
  • Nissan Intelligent Key®
  • 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with 5.0-inch color display
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and more

Nissan Sentra SL adds

  • Leather-appointed seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink® Universal Transceiver


2013 - 2015 Nissan Sentra High Resolution Drivetrain
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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
Premium Package $1,200
Navigation Package $650
Leather Package $1,030
16" Alloy Wheel $975


Splash Guards $160
Protection Package $320
BlueConnect® Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System $350
Carpeted Floor Mats with Trunk Mat $170
Hide-A-Way Trunk Net $55
External Ground Lighting $285
Electronics Package $465
Illuminated Kick Plates $225
Rear Spoiler $295
Fog Lights with Auto Headlights $310

2015 Model Year Prices

Model Price
Sentra S 6MT $16,480 USD
Sentra S Xtronic $17,330 USD
Sentra FE+ S Xtronic $17,730 USD
Sentra SV Xtronic $18,300 USD
Sentra SR Xtronic $19,910 USD
Sentra SL Xtronic $20,670 USD


Toyota Corolla

2014 Toyota Corolla High Resolution Exterior
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Redesigned from the ground up for the 2014 model year, the Corolla has finally been updated to modern standards, featuring brand-new technology, appealing styling inside and out, refined engines, and a more spacious interior. The fresh and sportier design is complemented by a hugely improved interior, which now boasts a driver-oriented dashboard with a navigation unit integrated into its design. A 6.1-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker audio system come standard.

Motivating the redesigned Corolla is a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine available in two flavors. The base unit cranks out 132 hosepower and 128 pound-feet of torque, while the more powerful version delivers 140 ponies and 126 pound-feet. The engine mates to either a six-speed manual, a four-speed automatic or a CVT. Pricing for the 2015 model year starts from $16,900.

Honda Civic

2014 - 2015 Honda Civic Exterior
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Although it redesigned the Civic in 2012, lackluster sales prompted Honda to operate another refresh in 2013, saving its compact from a painful downfall. Highlights included new front grille and apron, a sportier rear end, a split design for the dashboard and a more upscale interior. All these features carried over for 2015, along with the car’s tried-and-true 1.8-liter, inline-four engine.

The unit churns 143 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque, making the Civic slightly more powerful than both the Corolla and the Sentra. An all-new CVT replaced the traditional automatic for 2014, with a six-speed manual remaining the standard for the base trim level. The 2015 Civic retails from $18,490.


2013 - 2015 Nissan Sentra High Resolution Exterior
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The Nissan Sentra is definitely a decent compact that has what it takes to get you from point A to B. It’s also one of the most affordable options in this segment, a feat that goes well with its upscale and spacious interior, generous trunk space and good fuel economy. On the other hand, Nissan’s sedan is underpowered when compared to its direct competitors and its exterior design isn’t exactly appealing next to the Corolla or the Civic. If you want a beauty contest-winning compact, the Sentra might not be the best choice. But if high fuel economy and a lower price tag are at the top of your check list, Nissan has just the right vehicle for you.

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  (41) posted on 05.7.2012

LOL.. now all nissan small cars will have the same design as the maxima? first the altima sedan and now the sentra will have similar design? i like the new design of the maxima and altima, but please.. let it be some difference between the models....

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