Driving Impressions: 2013 Nissan Sentra
You know coming in, that the average compact sedan isn't designed to be a road devouring, corner monster that pins you into your seat. Your heart won't be racing. Your blood won't be rushing to your brain. You will not be pining for empty stretches of sinewy blacktop. That doesn't mean such machines can't be fun though, as examples from the likes of Mazda and Chevrolet has shown us. The Mazda3 is a blast, and the Sonic is a bit of a shocker in how much fun it can be.
The 2013 Nissan Sentra... isn't like either of those two.
Nissan has focused on style, premium feel, and fuel economy, and the automaker can check all three of those its list with a mission accomplished pat on the back. That said, there's very little to get excited about when behind the wheel. The steering is a bit dull, the engine is underwhelming, and the ride is alright. It's very clear that, although the rest of the car can be considered a class above (as Nissan likes to say), that the driving experience is still very much a class contained.
This isn't a car for enthusiasts though, and there's nothing wrong with that. It's an affordable compact with above class looks and interior features that can also boast about its passenger volume. Looks will get people in the door, the amenties will have them smiling, and the fuel economy will save them money at the pump.
None of them, however, will look forward to a brisk drive down an empty two-lane road.