2014 Nissan Sentra Sedan - Rating Details


B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2014 Nissan Sentra Sedan Driven On 2/4/2014 Ratings Summary The Nissan Sentra is a good choice for those downsizing from a larger vehicle or those looking for a cleaner, less funky car. From its conservatively styled cabin with user-friendly controls, to its easy-to-drive nature, it should make the change less jarring. However, the Sentra is middle-of-the-pack in most respects and falls short of segment leaders.
B
Performance The Nissan Sentra doesn't have much power and it shows. Its acceleration is the slowest in its segment. Still, the brakes are well above average, and the handling is reassuring even if not very engaging.
Acceleration
D
The 130-horsepower four-cylinder and CVT take the Sentra from 0-60 mph in 10.1 seconds, making it the slowest compact car in the segment. It feels it, but the CVT is at least responsive.
Braking
A
The Sentra stopped from 60 mph in 118 feet, which is one of the best results in the segment despite its rear drum brakes. Fade after multiple panic stops was negligible.
Steering
B
Steering offers a reassuring amount of weight for a compact car, with good precision and intuitive response. Not sporty like a Mazda 3 or Ford Focus, but more responsive than a Corolla.
Handling
B
Its precise steering, surprising grip (0.84g on skidpad) and controlled body motions result in commendable, reassuring handling. Not the sportiest in the segment, but it won't disappoint.
Driveability
B
The Sentra is an easy car to drive. Its CVT doesn't suffer from as much of the elastic band power delivery and droning noises of other such transmissions, but the sluggish engine is an issue.
B
Comfort The Sentra isn't as comfortable as its junior luxury car looks would indicate, falling short of the Honda Civic's supple ride and Mazda 3's supportive seats. It's very quiet, however. Like the rest of the car, its comfort is acceptable.
Seating Comfort
B
Six-way manual driver seat offered an acceptable amount of adjustment for even a tall driver, while seat itself proved supportive during our evaluation drives.
Ride Comfort
B
Harsh impacts are reasonably isolated from the cabin. In general, a middle ground between firmer, sportier competitors and those that wallow about.
Quietness
B
According to our ears and our decibel reader, the Sentra is one of the quieter compact cars -- even with a CVT, which tend to be rather noisy.
A
Interior With its faux wood trim, two-tone tan color scheme and conservative design, the Sentra feels like a car intended for more mature buyers (differently equipped Sentras feel less upscale). Its spacious cabin and simple controls add to this perception.
Ergonomics
A
Although the available touchscreen is small, its controls are easier to use than other such interfaces. The standard stereo head unit is simpler still. A refreshingly easy to use cabin.
Ingress/Egress
A
High-mounted seats, sizeable door openings and generous backseat space make this a friendly car to get in and out of.
Space/Room
A
Taller drivers will welcome the unexpectedly spacious front seats. The back seat is so spacious that the Sentra practically feels like a midsize sedan. Very good for the segment.
Visibility
B
Bubble-ish roof shape and high-mounted seats yield good forward and side visibility. View out back is typical for the segment. Rearview camera is part of a $650 navigation package; display is small.
Cargo/Storage
A
At 15.1 cubic feet, the Sentra's trunk volume is comparable to that of many midsize sedans. One of the biggest in the segment. Interior storage is lacking, especially in center console.
B
Value You get a lot of features for your money in the Nissan Sentra, especially in the upper SL trim we sampled. However, it's not any more than the segment leaders that have higher quality cabins and better observed fuel economy.
Build Quality (vs. $)
B
Materials are simply average for the increasingly improving compact segment, but everything seems nicely screwed together. Certain trim/color choices will make it seem nicer than it is.
Features(vs. $)
B
SL trim very well equipped for $19,590; dual-zone climate control and keyless ignition are unexpected inclusions. Similar value to the surprisingly generous Honda Civic, but less than a Hyundai Elantra.
Cost
B
As-tested price of $22,420. Navigation package with real-time traffic, touchscreen, smartphone apps, rearview camera and Bluetooth audio a very reasonable $650.
MPG
B
The EPA estimates 34 mpg Combined (30 City/39 Highway), which is excellent but the norm for the segment. We struggled to get these numbers, with our best tank of 34.6 mpg accomplished on the highway.
Warranty
B
The Sentra is covered by a 36-month/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mi. powertrain warranty. This is typical coverage.
Ownership
B
Roadside assistance is available for 3 years/36,000 miles. This, too, is typical.
B
Fun To Drive There really isn't anything exactly "fun" about the Nissan Sentra. It's sensible, spacious and easy to use, with a conservative, junior luxury car look that should appeal to many.
Driving Experience
B
The Sentra provides a safe, reassuring driving experience that doesn't necessarily excite, but feels solid and confident.
Personality
B
The Nissan Sentra, especially in our as-tested SL trim, should appeal to those downsizing from a bigger, more luxurious car. It has a premium look other compacts lack.
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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Nissan Sentra Sedan in VA is:

$172 per month*
* Explanation
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