For the last 30 years the Nissan Sentra has been an able car with good gas mileage and a proven reliability record. It was the car seen at the high school student parking lot, in front of college dorms, on daily work commutes or driven by young families.
It’s been the car that COULD, and has been a very practical part of the American scene.
The completely redesigned 2013 Nissan Sentra continues that tradition, but it also earns some serious style credentials. It almost feels like the car grew up, and is ready for a different phase in its history as it competes in the small sedan market. Its nose gives it a more sophisticated presence while the redesigned taillights have an Infiniti aura. And it also has a more aerodynamic look than the previous model.
This new model rests on an all-new platform that is about two inches longer and 150 pounds lighter.
The SL model we tested had a gray interior that was practical, surprisingly roomy and cleverly designed. The dashboard ergonomics were impressive, but also simple, with a fun-to-use touch command center. You instantly felt comfortable and in control of the car’s electronic features.
- 4-cyl. engine
- Continuously variable transmission
- Up to 30 cty/39 hwy mpg
- iPod input
- Satellite radio
- Side/curtain airbags
- Stability control
- Traction control
- Navigation system (optional)
It also had a kicking sound system with Bose speakers.
The Sentra comes standard with anti-lock brakes, stability control, front and side curtain airbags, as well as active front head restraints.
Our verdict: The 2013 Nissan Sentra has stepped it up a couple of notches in terms of style, design, space and comfort but has maintained its roots as being a practical car with good gas mileage.