Used 2013 Nissan Sentra

2013 Nissan Sentra
2013 Nissan Sentra

Pros

  • Upscale and spacious interior
  • high fuel economy
  • generous trunk space
  • useful electronic features.

Cons

  • Steering lacks feel
  • underwhelming acceleration.
Nissan Sentra years

Used 2013 Nissan Sentra for Sale

Nissan Sentra 2013 SV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
29,905 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
SV
(5)
Stohlman Subaru of Sterling
2.8 mi away
List$8,988
Est.Loan: $168/mo
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2013 Nissan SentraClean CARFAX.Call directly 571-599-2228 to make an appointment with Pre Owned Sale Manager here at Stohlman Subaru of Sterling! Loudoun County's #1 Subaru Destination!
Nissan Sentra 2013 SR 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
63,695 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
SR
(7)
Brown's Dulles Nissan
3.1 mi away
List$7,980
Est.Loan: $149/mo
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Brown's Sterling Nissan has a wide selection of exceptional pre-owned vehicles to choose from, including this 2013 Nissan Sentra. If you are looking for a vehicle with great styling, options and incredible fuel economy, look no further than this quality automobile. The Sentra FE+ S is well maintained and has just 63,695mi. This low amount of miles makes this vehicle incomparable to the competition. You can finally stop searching... You've found the one you've been looking for. More information about the 2013 Nissan Sentra: The new Sentra is better-looking than ever and more fuel efficient than ever. Even in the base trim, the Sentra is well-equipped. At the top of the lineup, Nissan includes many premium touches, such as a touch-screen audio system with Bluetooth, 'Intelligent Key' entry and dual-zone climate control. All this comes in at less than $20,000. Interesting features of this model are handsome new styling, roomy interior, premium tech options, and Excellent fuel economy Taxes, tags, processing fee of $899 and dealer installed accessories additional.
Nissan Sentra 2013 SV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
97,871 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
SV
(3)
Fairfax Kia
15.4 mi away
List$6,990
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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Nissan Sentra 2013 SV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
87,356 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
SV
(23)
Criswell Honda
16 mi away
List$7,500
Est.Loan: $140/mo
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$206 Below Market
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Recent Arrival! Clean CARFAX. 30/39 City/Highway MPG MD State Inspected with a Fresh Oil Change! Every Pre-Owned vehicle purchased from Criswell Honda comes with a free CARFAX vehicle history report. The Used Vehicle Sale Price is plus sales tax, tag fees and a $300 processing charge. All prices, specifications, and availability are subject to change without notice. Pictures may be for illustrative purposes only; offers not valid on prior sales. Please contact Criswell Honda in Germantown, MD for details the most current information. www.criswellhonda.com.
Nissan Sentra 2013 SV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
87,290 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
SV
Auto Max Center LLC
19.6 mi away
List$7,995
Est.Loan: $150/mo
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2013 Nissan Sentra SV 4dr **WE FINANCE ALL CREDIT**
Nissan Sentra 2013 FE+ S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
62,341 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
FE+ S
Arlington Motors
21 mi away
List$9,446
Est.Loan: $177/mo
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***MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 1.99 APR. PRICES ARE BASED ON A ONE TIME PAYMENT IN FULL WITH YOUR OWN BANK CHECK, CASHIER CHECK, CREDIT CARD OR CASH. PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $695 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES***
Nissan Sentra 2013 SR 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
88,835 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
SR
Jerry's Ford Alexandria
22.9 mi away
List$7,695
Est.Loan: $144/mo
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$212 Below Market
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2013 NISSAN Sentra SR, 4D Sedan, 1.8L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V, CVT with Xtronic, FWD, Red Brick, charcoal Cloth Recent Arrival!Call us directly at (703) 256-5000 for any questions or to confirm availability. Jerry's Alexandria Ford is located at 6510 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312. Our sales department is open 7 days a week: M-F 9AM-9PM, Sat 9AM-6PM, Sun 11AM-5PM. Jerry's Alexandria Ford is a full-service Ford Dealership in Alexandria, VA. Ford Sales, Ford Service and Ford Financing serving the greater Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. Area! Some pre-owned vehicles offered for sale; may be subject to recalls for defects, from the specific manufacturer of the vehicle, which could cause serious injury. 3039 CityHighway MPG
Nissan Sentra 2013 S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
82,565 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
S
(13)
Renn Kirby Mitsubishi
25.5 mi away
List$7,900
Est.Loan: $148/mo
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$217 Below Market
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Nissan Sentra 2013 SL 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
67,438 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
SL
(3)
Hi Lo Auto Sales
26.8 mi away
List$9,555
Est.Loan: $179/mo
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Nissan Sentra 2013 SV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
70,333 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
SV
Wind Rider Auto Outlet
27.7 mi away
List$7,990
Est.Loan: $149/mo
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Nissan Sentra 2013 SV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
46,875 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
SV
Passport Toyota
33.5 mi away
List$9,248
Est.Loan: $173/mo
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$254 Below Market
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2013 Nissan Sentra SV Brilliant Silver FWD AutomaticClean CARFAX.30/39 City/Highway MPGOdometer is 27691 miles below market average!Call, Email, Chat, or Come By To Get Your LOWER Passport To Savings Price Today! Visit our website for additional photos, vehicle history, financing options and more!Our #1 concern at Passport Toyota is the total satisfaction of our customers and we stand behind our promise with honesty and transparency. Call us to confirm pricing and availability at 301-899-6000 today! Visit our website at www.PassportToyota.com to see a 360 Google Street View Virtual Tour of our dealership or come to our beautiful showroom at 5001 Auth Way, Suitland, MD 20746. Come see us today! Your Passport to Savings! Please visit our website for complete disclaimer and details. HABLAMOS ESPAN OL. Necesita financiamiento? VISI TENOS, NOSOTROS LO FINANCIAMOS No cre dito, mal cre dito, bancarrota. AQUI LO AYUDAMOS. ACEPTAMOS TAX ID.
Nissan Sentra 2013 FE+ SV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
44,910 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
FE+ SV
Source Auto Group
35.8 mi away
List$8,900
Est.Loan: $166/mo
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$245 Below Market
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Nissan Sentra 2013 SV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
110,960 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
SV
(5)
Tri-State Nissan
36.4 mi away
List$6,900
Est.Loan: $129/mo
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CARFAX One-Owner. Clean CARFAX. Magnetic Gray 2013 Nissan Sentra SV FWD CVT with Xtronic 1.8L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V Local Trade In!, **AS-IS**, Sentra SV. 30/39 City/Highway MPG Marlow Auto Group is the valley's number one source for automotive needs.
Nissan Sentra 2013 SR 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
59,911 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
SR
(4)
Capitol Motors of Stafford
38.5 mi away
List$7,995
Est.Loan: $150/mo
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$220 Below Market
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Capitol Motors of Stafford3316 Jefferson Davis Hwy, STAFFORD, VA 22554540-659-1000capitolmotorsdmv.comWarranty: Extended warranties available on most vehicles.DISCLAIMER: NEITHER THE DEALERSHIP NOR DEALERSCLOUD.COM IS RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS, MISPRINTS ON PRICES OR EQUIPMENT. TOTAL PRICES ON VEHICLES FINANCED MAY VARY. WE FINANCE PEOPLE WITH ALL TYPES OF CREDIT.
Nissan Sentra 2013 SR 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
61,076 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
SR
Sheehy Toyota of Stafford
39.2 mi away
List$8,990
Est.Loan: $168/mo
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$247 Below Market
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ALL PERFORMED RECONDITIONING COSTS AND CERTIFICATION FEES ARE INCLUDED IN OUR PRICES! NO GIMMICKS! 3-Day NO QUESTIONS ASKED 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Sheehy VALUE Certified. It comes with a 30 day/1000 mile WARRANTY..FREE CARFAX vehicle history report***LOW MILES, SR PKG, CLEAN CARFAX, NO ACCIDENTS, NON SMOKER, PREMIUM WHEELS, LOCAL TRADE. We sell in quantity and offer the LOW PRICES on the best hand picked vehicles; only a portion pass our rigorous inspection/reconditioning process! At Sheehy Toyota of Stafford we believe in MARKET VALUE PRICING all vehicles in our inventory. We use real-time Internet price comparisons to constantly adjust prices to provide ALL BUYERS SHEEHY TOYOTA STAFFORD'S BEST PRICE possible. Flexible Financing! Get competitive rates from 30+ banks or bring your own financing. At Sheehy Toyota Stafford, YOU'RE #1! Your satisfaction is our business! Our vehicles are priced to move***Call us NOW to confirm availability and to schedule a hassle free test drive. Come and Visit us at 95 Garrisonville Rd. Stafford,VA 22554***SELL US YOUR CAR***FREE APPRAISALS***We will buy your car, even if you don't buy ours. We ACCEPT ALL TRADE ins, ANY year, make, model, miles, condition. Recent Arrival! Odometer is 21545 miles below market average!
Nissan Sentra 2013 SV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
79,293 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
SV
(15)
Leckner Nissan of Ellicott City
40.2 mi away
List$7,750
Est.Loan: $145/mo
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$213 Below Market
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*BLUETOOTH*, Sentra SV, 4D Sedan, 1.8L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V, CVT with Xtronic, FWD, Super Black, Charcoal wCloth Seat Trim, 16 Alloy Wheels, Air Conditioning, All Season Floor Mats, AMFM radio, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System, CD player, Clear Rear Bumper Protector, Front Bucket Seats, Power windows, Protection Package, Radio: AMFMCD Audio System wMP3WMA Capability, Remote keyless entry, Security system, Speed control, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Traction control, Trunk Protector.Super Black 2013 Nissan Sentra SV FWD CVT with Xtronic 1.8L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V
Nissan Sentra 2013 SV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
53,516 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
SV
(2)
Waldorf Honda
41.8 mi away
List$9,750
Est.Loan: $182/mo
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Recent Arrival! CVT with Xtronic, charcoal Cloth. 2013 Nissan Sentra SV 30/39 City/Highway MPG *** CALL US AT***1-301-843-8700 OR VISIT US ON THE WEB AT*** WWW. Visit us on the web at www.waldorfhonda.com.
Nissan Sentra 2013 SR 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
72,195 miles
Used 2013
Nissan Sentra
SR
Sheehy Nissan of Waldorf
41.8 mi away
List$7,990
Est.Loan: $149/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Thanks to improved fuel economy, a welcoming cabin and enhanced infotainment features, the 2013 Nissan Sentra becomes a much more desirable choice in the small sedan class.

vehicle overview

It's been a while since the Nissan Sentra has been a major player in the small-sedan segment. The previous-generation car, last redesigned in 2007, has been increasingly outclassed in terms of design, features and fuel economy over the past few years. Yet the fully redesigned 2013 Nissan Sentra is a much-improved car, boasting significant improvements that should thrust this formerly forgettable sedan out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

For starters, the 2013 Sentra rides atop an all-new platform. Overall length has grown by about 2 inches, yet Nissan says the new car is 150 pounds lighter than before. The Sentra's styling has grown up at the same time, with a cleaner, more upscale look. Notably, the car's grille, silhouette and headlights/taillights are now more closely related to the similarly redesigned Altima's. This premium vibe continues into the cabin, which features higher-quality materials and a more handsome-looking design. The Sentra's extra length has also freed up greater amounts of rear passenger room and trunk space.

Under the hood is a new 1.8-liter engine. It's slightly smaller than last year's 2.0-liter engine, and makes less peak power (130 horsepower versus 140 hp). This may seem odd until you realize Nissan's goal was to compete with the Sentra's rivals, which advertise 40-mpg capability on the highway. Indeed, the Sentra FE earns this same impressive rating, while overall fuel economy is impressive throughout the lineup. A newly revised continuously variable transmission (CVT) comes on all but the base model, which has a six-speed manual transmission as standard.

Overall, the 2013 Nissan Sentra makes a strong showing in a segment that is chock full of great choices, each with its own advantages. The 2013 Ford Focus and 2013 Mazda 3 provide a more involving driving experience along with a slightly more youthful vibe. And you can't leave out the 2013 Hyundai Elantra and 2013 Honda Civic, with their well-rounded nature and generous lists of standard features. Yet if fuel economy and a spacious and upscale interior are priorities for you, then the 2013 Nissan Sentra is worthy of serious consideration.

2013 Nissan Sentra configurations

The 2013 Nissan Sentra is a small sedan offered in S, SV, SR and SL main trim levels. There are also the "FE+" versions of the S and SV that prioritize fuel economy.

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

A step up is the SV, which adds cruise control, premium cloth upholstery and a six-speaker sound system. The sporty SR gains bolder styling elements including 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, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a 4.3-inch 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 fuel mileage.

The SL comes with the SV's standard features and equipment from the Driver's package. It also boasts unique 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated exterior mirrors, dual-zone 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 and an eight-speaker Bose audio system. The Navigation package includes a navigation system, NissanConnect (hands-free text messaging and Pandora radio), a rearview camera and Bluetooth audio connectivity. The Leather package (SL only) includes the rear disc brakes, leather upholstery and heated front seats.

2013 Highlights

The 2013 Nissan Sentra is fully redesigned. Highlights include a roomier interior, improved fuel efficiency and a new electronics interface. For now, the high-performance SE-R and SE-R Spec V models have been discontinued.

Performance & mpg

Every 2013 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, with a CVT being optional. All other Sentras have the CVT as standard.

Nissan estimates that the CVT-equipped Sentra returns 30 mpg city/39 mpg highway and 34 mpg combined, making it one of the most fuel-efficient cars in its class. The FE+ model is expected to achieve an EPA-rated estimate of 40-mpg highway.

In Edmunds testing, a Sentra SL accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds, which is about a half-second slower than average for this class of car.

Safety

The 2013 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.

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. In Edmunds brake testing, a Sentra SL stopped from 60 mph in 126 feet, an average distance for the segment.

Driving

Around town and on the freeway, the 2013 Nissan Sentra provides a fairly smooth and quiet ride. Driving over severely broken pavement may result in an occasional jolt reaching the cabin, but it's nothing worse than what you'd likely experience in most of the Nissan's rivals. Though the Sentra's handling abilities around corners are respectable, the steering is rather numb. Other small sedans are more rewarding to drive.

The Sentra's new engine is pleasantly muted while accelerating moderately and while cruising at freeway speeds. Only under hard acceleration does the engine get vocal, but it's nothing objectionable, especially given the segment in which it competes. During aggressive driving, throttle response could be crisper, but the Sentra's CVT is one of the better ones out there, offering fairly linear response, quiet freeway cruising and little of the strangely elastic "rubber-banding" sensation some of these transmissions have. On that note, the Sentra's acceleration isn't as energetic as the top models in this class, but it's perfectly adequate for everyday driving.

Interior

Taller drivers will welcome the new Sentra's standard tilt-and-telescoping steering column, while all adults should be pleased by the unexpectedly spacious front seats. Rear-seat passengers aren't left out either, since they have nearly 3 more inches of legroom than before, making the Sentra one of the most spacious cars in its class.

Fit and finish throughout the cabin is excellent, and the SL trim, in particular, stands out with its generous use of soft-touch materials and wood-tone accents; its available leather upholstery, with its handsome stitching, is especially appealing. The NissanConnect enhanced electronics interface allows one to search (via its 5.8-inch touchscreen) the Internet, stream Pandora or Bluetooth audio, and even hear and compose text messages hands-free using a mobile phone's Bluetooth connection.

Luggage capacity is generous. At 15.1 cubic feet it's comparable to that of many midsize sedans.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2013 Nissan Sentra.

Overall Consumer Rating
3.167 reviews
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Awful Car
Virginia,03/31/2016
I bought my car May 2013 new from the dealer, the car has never been involved in an accident. About 3-4 months after having recently bought the car the car made this horrible grinding noise, I took it to the dealer and they said it was because I drove through mud! I couldn't believe they gave me that excuse, so I took it to the dealer again and after complaining they finally looked at it and they fixed the part that was defected. Now March 2016 my car started to accelerate or jump on its own while I was driving. The problem grew worse when making a left turn the car barely moved even though I pressed on the gas all the way the car seem like it wouldn't budge. There were also times I would press in the gas and the car started to feel like it would jump and feel like it was about to shut off. I thought the fuel filter needed to be fixed, once we took it to the dealer the problem was that the car needed a new transmission. Fortunately, the car was under warranty so they are supposed to be fixing it. Another feature I noticed that doesn't work properly is that sometimes when the front passenger is sitting it reads as if nobody is sitting there, so if I were an accident the bag could possible not deploy. This car has been nothing but a waste and I regret getting this piece of junk!!!
Be Careful, known stalling issue
ramets5,10/09/2013
The 2013 has a known stalling issue that the Corporation is having trouble solving. The Power steering and Power brakes go out when it stalls, which basically makes the car an Olympic Toboggan if it stalls. When I returned it to the Dealer, they begged the Corporate Office to give us a rental car while they tried to figure out the problem. Nissan Corporate would not call me back (even though the Dealer supported the claim completely). The car was in the garage for 9 days. Corporate kept telling me the claim was in "elevated status" and I would receive a call the next day. They never called, and the Dealer would not return the car due to the known Safety Issue. We got it back on day 10.
The Real Poop On the 2013 Sentra SR
billwunder,06/26/2013
I'll get right to my point. I just purchased a 2013 Sentra SR. Originally looking at Optima, Sonata, Altima and Accord. Optima and Sonata don't come with spare tires?? Ruled out. I liked the Altima better to drive but ruled it our due to additional cost and size (fitting in my garage). The Accord was just too boring. I am a retired Toyota Salesperson. I have driven most cars in this category at one time or another. Was introduced to the Sentra by a neighbor. Read every road test and drove a demo 3 times. Every professional criticized the car for noise and acceleration. In a 0-60 mph race the Sentra beat the Corolla and Civic. The performance is about the same as the Corolla. This car was a lease. Turned it in Feb. 2015 and leased the same car with similar options. After owning the 2013 for nearly 3 years it proved to be trouble free. The only problem encountered was related to a recall that recalibrated the transmission. Never ran the same or as good. My new 2015 is a better performing car. The mating of the engine and transmission response is far improved. Slightly better ride. Outstanding quality control in the build.
Transmission
dnierode,02/08/2014
Just leased my 2013 Nissan Sentra Monday with about 10 miles on it...took it to work got home went for another drive...Tranny took a puke...about 62 miles, shot...WTF... they are being pretty good at the dealership, but I do not want that car back...
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Features & Specs

MPG
30 city / 39 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
130 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
30 city / 39 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
130 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
30 city / 39 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
130 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
30 city / 40 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
130 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover12.1%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Poor
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2013 Nissan Sentra
More About This Model

This new 2013 Nissan Sentra may call itself a compact sedan, but don't believe it. Like many of its competitors it has grown to the point where the term compact barely applies anymore.

Take, for instance, the Sentra's rear seat. It offers 37.4 inches of legroom. That's more than Nissan's midsize Altima sedan (36.1) and the latest Chevy Malibu (36.8). Even some of the biggest midsize sedans like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are only marginally bigger in back, with 38.5 inches and 38.9 inches of rear legroom respectively.

So this Sentra is bigger, yet Nissan claims that it's lighter, too, by some 150 pounds. It's one reason why this very uncompact Sentra can also deliver very compact carlike mileage numbers. Nissan says the Sentra has been rated by the EPA at 30 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.

A bigger car that gets better mileage? Is there a catch? We got behind the wheel to find out.

Grown-Up Styling
At first glance, the new 2013 Nissan Sentra appears bigger, more substantial and altogether more attractive than the previous model. Instead of looking like an economy sedan, it looks more like a slightly smaller version of the Altima.

It's not until you slide behind the wheel that you get a sense of the Sentra's slightly smaller dimensions compared to true midsize sedans. It's hardly tight, though, as nearly all of its measurements fall about midpack compared to other sedans in its class like the Chevy Cruze, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. In other words, if you're more than 6 feet tall there's still plenty of room to stretch out.

The driver seat itself is about average in terms of comfort and adjustability. Even in the top-of-the-line SL trim like our test car, the Sentra only offers manual adjustments. It's relatively easy to find a comfortable driving position, though, and general visibility is good in every direction. Seat heaters are available on the SL, too, so you can make up for some of its lack of support with warmth.

Downsized Engine
With less weight to move around, Nissan decided to push the Sentra's efficiency even further with a smaller, less powerful engine. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder in last year's model has been replaced with a 1.8-liter four cylinder that delivers 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers are down by 10 hp and 19 lb-ft of torque versus the 2.0-liter.

How does that feel on the road? Not all that much different, especially since, like the last Sentra, the standard gearbox on everything but the base model is a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It's Nissan's latest CVT and it does a good job of making smaller engines feel slightly more powerful than their numbers suggest. Part of the reason is a new "Sport" mode that makes it respond a little bit quicker to throttle inputs.

We wouldn't call the 2013 Nissan Sentra sporty, though, given that it takes 9.7 seconds (9.4 seconds with 1 foot of rollout as on a drag strip) to go from zero to 60 mph. That's on par with the Hyundai Elantra, but about half a second slower than most of the other cars in its class. Passing power at highway speeds is merely adequate. With a running start you can make it around big trucks, but don't expect to make any last-minute passes around inattentive cell phone slugs.

The new engine is a smooth-running piece, which is good since you need to wring it out to get going with any enthusiasm. Once it settles down at cruising speeds, the noise subsides considerably. In fact, the Sentra is one of the quietest sedans in its class at 70 mph.

Nothing Sporty Going on Here
Even though this Sentra is built on an all-new platform, there are no major changes to its suspension design. It still uses MacPherson struts up front and a semi-independent torsion beam in the rear. Not surprisingly, it rides much like the previous model, which is no bad thing. Modestly aggressive tuning makes it feel a bit sharper than the Hyundai Elantra, yet nowhere near as sporty as the Ford Focus.

The electrically assisted steering is heavier than you might expect on-center, so it gives the impression of being overly sporty at first. As soon as you bend the Sentra into a corner, however, that heaviness quickly disappears. In its place is the kind of light, easily maneuverable feel that's typical of cars in this class. The increased level of assist also means there's not much road feel, something our test-drivers noted during slalom testing, where the Sentra managed 62.5 mph with its stability control activated.

During around-town driving, the Sentra offers a good mix of refinement and comfort. In this class, that means it's not bothered by minor road imperfections and generally unfazed by potholes. The SL trim level gets standard 17-inch wheels and 205/50R17 tires, but they're not overly aggressive and don't make it drive busy. Our SL also had the optional Leather package that includes rear disc brakes for some reason. They helped stop the Sentra from 60 mph in 126 feet, which is good for the class.

Big and Full of Features
Like many of its competitors, the 2013 Nissan Sentra now offers many of the same electronic features that used to be restricted to the larger midsize sedans. Options like a fully featured navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity and even a premium Bose audio system.

Our loaded SL had them all and they definitely give the interior the feel of a more expensive sedan. The 5.8-inch navigation screen is easy to read, the touchscreen functions are simple to use and even the Bluetooth interface is straightforward. The premium sound system comes coupled with a sunroof as part of the Premium package and isn't the best we've heard. Top-shelf SLs also get a standard dual-zone climate control system, which is an appreciated upgrade for a car in this class.

The leather on the seats and steering wheel feels a little better than your basic cloth or vinyl, but the wood trim looks out of place in a car like this. Some nicely finished plastic pieces would look just as good, especially down the road when they begin to show wear.

The big legroom figure quoted by Nissan for the backseats is no joke. Two adults could ride quite comfortably in back without feeling cramped. The only difference between the Sentra and Altima in this regard is width. The Altima, and most midsizers for that matter, offers more hip and shoulder room so adding a third person is far more realistic.

Cargo room is another area where the Sentra matches up favorably to both compact and midsize sedans. With 15.2 cubic feet of trunk space, the Sentra handily beats out rivals like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, which don't even top 13 cubic feet. At the midsize level, the Camry and the Altima have 15.4 cubic feet while the latest Accord has 15.8, so the advantage is pretty slim.

One area where the Sentra could use an upgrade is interior storage. The center console is tiny and there's no bin in front of the transmission shifter either. There are two average-size cupholders between the seats and some decent door pockets, but neither is a good place for loose change.

Extra Size Doesn't Cost Extra
Given how close the Sentra is creeping toward midsize status, we expected its price to start getting bigger, too. Instead, Nissan went the other way and made the 2013 Sentra slightly cheaper than the previous model.

Our fully loaded, top-spec SL model came in at $23,420, and that's as expensive as the Sentra gets. A fully loaded Honda Civic runs a couple hundred dollars more, while the Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus can top $25K when fully optioned.

There's a trade-off, though, as the Sentra's competitors offer more powerful engines and a sportier feel along with a few options that still aren't available on the Sentra. Both the Focus and the Elantra offer hatchback versions, too, an option the Sentra won't offer until sometime in 2013.

As it stands now, this 2013 Nissan Sentra is best suited to those who like basic transportation done well. It might sound like faint praise, but that's the heart of the compact sedan market. Value pricing, an efficient engine and a quiet, spacious cabin: That's what the Sentra delivers. There are cars in this segment that are more fun to drive and models that are cheaper, but the Sentra plays it right down the middle and looks good doing it.

The manufacturer provided Edmunds this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.

Used 2013 Nissan Sentra Overview

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Should I lease or buy a 2013 Nissan Sentra?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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