2013 Nissan Sentra Road Test and Review: Introduction
The new 2013 Nissan Sentra is the perfect car for people who don’t care about cars. An utterly practical and dispassionate appliance on wheels, the new 2013 Sentra is evidently designed to serve drivers who get behind the steering wheel only out of necessity and who want maximum comfort and trunk space combined with the lowest price and the best fuel economy.
To be fair to Nissan, that describes a significant chunk of Americans. In a country where the average household income is about $50,000 per year and in which most residents are overweight or obese, are increasingly disinterested in driving, and claim fuel economy is their most important concern in a new vehicle, a cheap, roomy, dull, and fuel-efficient car like the Nissan Sentra oughta set the sales charts afire.
Trouble is, Nissan already has a cheap, roomy, dull, and fuel-efficient car in its lineup. It’s called the Versa. And if somebody wants a cheap, roomy, and fuel-efficient car but without the dull part, Nissan dealers can sell that buyer the funky little Cube.
Nevertheless, the redesigned Sentra plugs the $4,000 gap between a loaded Versa 1.6SL ($18,580) and a base Altima 2.5 ($22,550), helping Nissan to woo indifferent compact car buyers shopping a long list of competitors that includes the Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Mazda 3, Mitsubishi Lancer, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Jetta.