For the 2013 model year, Nissan introduced the seventh-generation of its Sentra compact sedan. Nissan has made many changes to this model, most notably with the exterior. The Sentra features a family resemblance to the larger Altima and smaller Versa, with flowing lines, a unique front grille, LEDs running along the headlights, and LED taillights. Inside, Nissan filled the Sentra with space. The Sentra’s back seat is the largest in its class, offering loads of head and legroom. The interior is also filled with available luxury appointments like wood trim, dual-zone climate control, Bose audio system, a 5.8-inch infotainment screen with backup camera, and leather seats to name a few.

Under the skin, Nissan worked hard to make sure the new Sentra would meet the 2016 CAFE fuel economy regulations. To that end, Nissan dropped around 150 lbs from the new Sentra, installed a 1.8L four-cylinder engine making 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque and paired it with a choice of a six-speed manual or CVT, and a new Eco Pedal Indicator that lets you know if you’re driving efficiently. This helps the Sentra get an EPA rating of 30 city/39 highway/34 combined. There is also a new FE+ package which improves highway fuel economy to 40 MPG thanks to a rear spoiler, low-rolling resistance tires, and underbody aero defectors.

The 2013 Sentra starts at $15,990 for the base S model which comes equipped with a six-speed manual, keyless entry, air conditioning with an in-cabin microfilter, four-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo system, and six-way adjustments for the driver. Next is the FE+ S that begins at $17,720 and adds the aerodynamic changes and Nissan’s xTronic CVT to the S model. The Sentra SV starts at $18,030 and adds cruise control, trip computer, premium cloth seats and trim, and a six-speaker audio system. The FE+ SV starts at keeps the standard features of the SV and adds the aerodynamic changes. The Sentra SV starts at $18,930 and adds a sporty body kit, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, premium sport cloth seats, and silver trim. Finally there is the Sentra SL which begins at $19,820 and adds seventeen-inch alloy wheels, smart auto headlights, power and heated side mirrors, maple wood trim, dual-zone climate control, push button ignition, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity.

The 2013 Sentra competes with the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Corolla.