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Edmunds Summary Review of the 2014 Nissan Sentra Sedan

  • B Edmunds Rating
  • Thanks to competitive pricing, admirable fuel economy and a well-appointed cabin, the 2014 Nissan Sentra is a respectable choice in the small sedan class. But know that its rivals offer many of the same attributes and are more rewarding to drive overall.

  • Pros

    Upscale and spacious interior; priced lower than many rivals; high fuel economy; generous trunk space; useful infotainment features.

  • Cons

    Underwhelming acceleration; steering lacks feel.

  • What's New for 2014

    Fresh off a redesign last year, the Nissan Sentra receives additional updates for 2014. These include numerous hardware and tuning changes beneath the skin that Nissan says it made to reduce noise and improve the way the car rides and handles. Nissan also revised the front seats for better comfort and has added smartphone app integration as an option.

Full Edmunds Expert Review: 2014 Nissan Sentra Sedan

What's New for 2014

Fresh off a redesign last year, the Nissan Sentra receives additional updates for 2014. These include numerous hardware and tuning changes beneath the skin that Nissan says it made to reduce noise and improve the way the car rides and handles. Nissan also revised the front seats for better comfort and has added smartphone app integration as an option.

Introduction

Can't afford or don't need a midsize sedan? Well, many compact sedans now have the interior space and upscale, high-tech features once more commonly associated with cars farther up the model ladder. The 2014 Nissan Sentra is a perfect example of this trend, as it offers an impressive amount of interior room and a nice array of features for pretty attractive pricing. But when it comes time to choose a small sedan, there are other factors to consider.

Nissan fully redesigned the Sentra last year, making changes to the car's design, improving fuel economy and adding space and new features. We were only lukewarm about the car, however, as it did little to impress us in the way it drove. For 2014, Nissan has apparently taken note of the Sentra's weak areas, as the company has made hardware changes that it says reduce noise within the cabin and improve both ride comfort and handling. Although we didn't really notice the Sentra being notably quieter (we had no prior complaint in this area anyway), we found the car's sharper handling made it more enjoyable to drive through turns. Smartphone app integration via the NissanConnect interface is new as well.

Under the hood, the 2014 Sentra carries on with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine good for 130 horsepower. It provides modest acceleration, but clearly the goal here is to compete with rivals that promise 40-mpg capability on the highway. Indeed, the Sentra FE model earns this same impressive rating, and even looking at the more realistic and useful EPA combined figure, the Sentra is at the top of the small sedan class when it comes to saving you money at the pump.

Still, the 2014 Nissan Sentra stakes a claim in a segment that is chock full of great choices, each with its own advantages. The 2014 Ford Focus and 2014 Mazda 3 both provide a more involving and refined driving experience, along with a slightly more youthful vibe. And you can't leave out the Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic, given their well-rounded nature and generous lists of standard features. The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta is also notable for its roomy interior and, for 2014, its new turbocharged engine. These are formidable rivals, but if fuel economy and a spacious interior are your top priorities and your budget is tight, the 2014 Nissan Sentra is a smart alternative to the heavyweights in this class.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2014 Nissan Sentra is a small, five-passenger sedan offered in S, SV, SR and SL main trim levels. There are also "FE+" versions of the S and SV that prioritize fuel economy.

The base Sentra S comes with 16-inch steel wheels, a remote keyless entry system with trunk release, a six-way manually adjustable driver seat, a four-way manually adjustable passenger seat, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, full power accessories and a four-speaker sound system with CD player and auxiliary audio jack.

A step up is the SV, which adds audio and cruise control buttons on its steering wheel, upgraded cloth upholstery and a six-speaker sound system. The sporty SR gains bolder styling elements including premium cloth interior, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, lower body skirting and a rear spoiler. The optional Driver's package for the SV and SR adds automatic headlights, rear disc brakes (SR only), keyless/ignition entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a 4.3-inch color display, satellite radio and a USB/iPod interface.

The FE+ versions of the S and SV add a rear spoiler, underbody aerodynamic deflectors and low-rolling-resistance tires, all of which promote slightly higher highway fuel efficiency.

The SL comes with the SV's standard features plus the equipment from the Driver's package. It also boasts unique 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated exterior mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control and wood-tone accents.

Optional for the SV, SR and SL is the Premium package, which adds a sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors and an eight-speaker Bose audio system. The Navigation package includes a navigation system, a 5.8-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, satellite traffic and travel info, voice recognition, NissanConnect smartphone app integration (enables hands-free text messaging and Internet radio streaming) and Bluetooth audio connectivity. The Leather package (SL only) includes the rear disc brakes, leather upholstery and heated front seats.

Powertrains and Performance

Every 2014 Nissan Sentra gets a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 130 hp and 128 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the base model, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. All other Sentras have the CVT as standard.

The EPA estimates the six-speed manual Sentra will achieve 30 mpg combined (27 mpg city/36 mpg highway). Opting for the CVT ups economy to 34 mpg combined (30 mpg city/39 mpg highway). The FE+ model earns 1 more highway mpg, but the combined figure nets out the same at 34 mpg -- even so, it makes the Sentra one of the most fuel-efficient cars in this class.

In Edmunds testing, a Nissan Sentra SL accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 10.1 seconds, which is slower than average for this class of car.

Safety

The 2014 Nissan Sentra comes standard with antilock brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. Most Sentra models come with rear drum brakes, although rear discs are an option, as is a rearview camera.

In Edmunds brake testing, a 2014 Sentra SL stopped from 60 mph in 118 feet, a better than average distance for the segment.

In government crash tests, the Sentra earned an overall rating of four stars (out of a possible five), with four stars for total frontal impact protection and five stars for side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2014 Sentra its best rating of "Good" in its moderate-overlap frontal offset, side impact and roof strength crash tests. The Sentra's seat/head restraint design also earned a "Good" rating for whiplash protection in rear impacts. However, the Sentra received a lowest "Poor" rating in the small-overlap frontal offset crash test.

Interior Design and Special Features

Taller drivers will welcome the Nissan Sentra's unexpectedly spacious front seats. Rear-seat passengers aren't left out, either. Indeed, the rear accommodations are so spacious that the Sentra practically feels like a midsize sedan from the backseat.

Although the Sentra's conservative overall interior design isn't going to wow you, everything in the cabin is solidly screwed together. One new addition this year is smartphone app integration (NissanConnect), which allows you to search the Internet via the car's 5.8-inch touchscreen interface, stream Internet radio (Pandora or iHeartRadio) and monitor text messages and social media.

Luggage capacity is generous for the class. At 15.1 cubic feet, the Sentra's trunk volume is comparable to that of many midsize sedans.

Driving Impressions

The Nissan Sentra's 130-hp engine is pleasantly muted while accelerating moderately and cruising at freeway speeds. The Sentra's CVT is one of the better ones out there, offering little of the strangely elastic "rubber-banding" sensation some of these transmissions suffer from. Only under hard acceleration will you notice that it's a CVT when the engine spins to redline and stays there as the car's speed increases. Even so, it's no louder than a conventional automatic in this scenario. If you're accustomed to driving small cars with conventional automatic transmissions, you probably won't notice much difference here.

Although last year's Sentra provided a fairly smooth ride and respectable handling, Nissan has made changes to the suspension and steering this year to improve the car's abilities in both areas. It seems to have worked, as the Sentra does a good job at keeping harsh impacts at bay while running over rough roads, and both steering and handling feel notably sharper this year.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Overpriced for what you get

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Vehicle: 2014 Nissan Sentra

This is a gas saver, pure and simple. Price tag is too high for what it is. Acceleration is almost no existent whether it's due to lack of power or the horrendous CVT. 0 to 60 in 10 seconds is absurd for a car weighing less than 3000lbs. Not asking for a rocket, but the performance is non-existent. Outdated standard radio. And upgrade option is probably good but over priced. Whether it's the tires, which have a low speed rating, or the suspension, this car does not hug corners well, nor does it like highway speeds in the rain. A good car to keep a new driver at low speeds. Not a good car for anyone else. Standard rear drum brakes in the rear is a laughable concept. 4 disc should have been standard. The ONE highlight, fuel economy. You can probably get over 400 miles to the tank with "normal" driving. And close to 500 miles with cruise control highway miles. If you play with the car, which is lackluster, you will still get 350 miles to the tank, mind you a small tank so you are looking at 30 to 40+ avg mpg. I can't imagine this car holding its value. I would not recommend this car to anyone.




I'm in love with my car

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Vehicle: 2014 Nissan Sentra

When my car was reaching 100,000 miles (literally, when I pulled into the dealership to buy my new car, the odometer was at 99, 643), I decided it was time to look around for a newer car. I wanted something a little bigger, newer and still under warrant. The 2014 Nissan Sentra had exactly what I was looking for, at a very comfortable price. She drives great, although I can see why some people don't care for the CVT - it takes some getting used to. The fuel economy is fantastic, the ride is smooth, and my 6'4" husband has plenty of room to stretch out. I feel confident that she'll keep me going until I hit 100,000 miles or so. Even though she's a 2014, the prior owner took meticulous care, so she feels and looks like a brand new car. I'd highly recommend this car to anyone.




Fleet vehicle warning

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Vehicle: 2014 Nissan Sentra

A few smaller things first. the front seat headrests are very awkward and do not adjust. The car idles very erratically, whether using the AC or not. The back seat is very uncomfortable with two adults. We bought a 2014 NEW in 2015 for my wife to have dependable transportation. The car OVER rev's in any situation, pulling out and passing. The CVT transmission is worthless and is a hazard to drive in high wind, snow or rain. It drives like and rides like a go cart. With the old centrifugal force clutches but much slower to lock up and pull, instead of over revving. We traded it in after 10 months and were astounded at the lost value. We paid 22k for it and could barely get 9k 10 months later with only 6k miles on it. We traded it in on a Honda Accord with another version of the CVT type transmissions and the difference was night and day. Honda has a handle on the new technology and doesn't bulk sell their vehicles to rental car agency's and the like! The longer we drove the Nissan the worse the transmission seemed to get. Check last years Blue Book to see lost value as soon as you pull it from the lot, loosing more than HALF it's value.




All i need is a parachute!

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Vehicle: 2014 Nissan Sentra

I have had my 2013 Nissan Sentra for more than a year and I can tell you this, it is a death trap. If the wind blows a little or a lot, I find myself holding onto the steering wheel for my life. I even have to put the flashers on to let motorists know that I can't go any faster than 40 mph and even that is too fast. I am so scared while driving until when I get to my destination, I am literally shaking. I have now come to the conclusion that I am calling the dealership and letting them know that I am returning it. I could care less about the repercussions of returning the car, but it would be safer to ride a bike than to get into this car.



1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Not worth it!!!!!!!!

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Vehicle: 2014 Nissan Sentra

I had this car for almost 2 yrs the CVT NO GOOD!!!!!!!!!......its been in the Nissan shop 3timescause of the transmission replace twices . Also they replaces the value of the transmission onces and its still giving problems so don't buy the nissian sentra SV model not worth at all



6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Its no honda civic

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Vehicle: 2014 Nissan Sentra

The car looks great, interior is nice. But the only thing I car is the car to keep my family safe. The Acceleration should not have to make the care sound like its red lining the motor to just get on high way or pass some one. Driving in snow is like a death trap. It sways all over the highway In and out of snow. I know its not my 4×4 but its not my 2014 Honda civic neither. I drove for first time in snow today and was stuck right away. Car is too low to ground. An the gears in front end grind . I know about the traction control, but it don't work worth nothing. When you turn off it should make tires spine. But it still bogs car down. Not fun when your stuck. Buy a Honda civic not. Sentra. No Sure about the other Nissan vehicles an how they handle and performance but I won't ever buy one again. Sorry Nissan you let me down.



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