2013 Nissan Sentra Road Test and Review: Engines and Fuel Economy
- New 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine
- Next-generation Xtronic CVT
- Improved fuel economy ratings
The only engine offered in the 2013 Nissan Sentra is a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder making 130 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 128 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Eco, Normal and Sport driving modes delivers that meager motive force to the Sentra’s front wheels. Hold on to your hats, folks.
The intent here is to maximize fuel economy, not win drag races, and the EPA says my Sentra SV ought to return 30 mpg in the city, 39 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg in combined driving. My family averaged 30.8 mpg during a week of driving evenly split between city and highway.
When equipped with the FE+ Package, a Sentra’s combined rating rises to 34 mpg thanks to the installation of low rolling-resistance tires, a rear spoiler, and underbody aerodynamic panels.