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2013 Nissan Sentra

$15,990 to $19,590
27 City - 36 Hwy

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Changes for the 2013 Nissan Sentra: (BOLD?)

Pretty much everything is new in the 2013 Nissan Sentra, which was completely redesigned for the current model year with a new engine, Nissan’s next-gen continuously variable transmission (CVT), fresh interior and exterior design cues, and a full range of modern-day infotainment and connectivity technologies.

Model Lineup:

LED front accent lights and taillamps, halogen headlamps, a chrome grille, powered outside mirrors and 16-inch wheels accentuate the sleek look of the 2013 Nissan Sentra S entry model, while the car’s spacious cabin offers standard content like filtered air conditioning, power doors/windows, remote entry/trunk release, LED map lights, a center storage console and a four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system.

The automaker’s latest Xtronic CVT is a key addition to the standard features of the 2013 Nissan Sentra SV, and it’s paired with cruise control, too. The SV model also welcomes an upholstery upgrade, to premium cloth, along with steering-wheel-mounted controls and a six-speaker sound system.

As a bonus, drivers who want to maximize fuel efficiency in the 2013 Nissan Sentra can add an FE package to either of the S and SV trims; backed by a rear spoiler, aero deflectors and low-rolling-resistance tires, the 2013 Nissan Sentra S and SV models with FE hit the 40-mpg mark in highway driving.

Sportier looks are in the spotlight with the 2013 Nissan Sentra SR, thanks to 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with a forked five-spoke design, sport fascias front and rear, a full body kit (with rear spoiler), a unique grille design, fog lights, premium cloth upholstery, and exclusive silver interior trim.

At the peak of the 2013 Nissan Sentra range is the SL model. Here, owners will enjoy a cabin decked out with premium cloth seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, maple wood-tone trim, a dual-zone climate system with rear-seat heat ducts, and the six-speaker audio system with USB port and 90-day complimentary subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Distinguishing the exterior of the 2013 Nissan Sentra SL are its auto-dimming headlights and power-adjustable and heated outside mirrors (with integrated LED turn signals).

Top options sprinkled throughout the 2013 Nissan Sentra roster include NissanConnect technology with navigation, Bluetooth functionality, leather-appointed seating with heated front seats, Bose premium audio, and a power moonroof.

Engines and Transmissions:

The 2013 Nissan Sentra relies on a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with continuously variable valve timing and outputs of 130 hp and 128 lb.-ft. of torque. A traditional six-speed manual transmission is standard on the 2013 Nissan Sentra S; all other models feature the new Xtronic CVT.

Fuel Economy Ratings:

EPA-certified fuel-efficiency grades for the 2013 Nissan Sentra roster include marks of 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway/30 mpg combined with the six-speed DIY transmission, 30 mpg city/39 mpg highway/34 mpg combined with the CVT, and 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway/34 mpg combined for FE models.

Safety Ratings:

The 2013 Nissan Sentra received an overall safety grade of 4 stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reflecting marks of 4 stars in front and rollover crash protection and a 5-star performance in side crash testing. As of this date (May 31, 2013), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet evaluated the 2013 Nissan Sentra for its Top Safety Pick program.

Technology Highlights:

Chief among the tech toys offered in the 2013 Nissan Sentra are Bluetooth for hands-free calling and the NissanConnect infotainment and connectivity system, which is offered in a Navigation Package that showcases:

  • Control via voice recognition and 5.8-inch color touchscreen
  • Access to NavTaffic and NavWeather services
  • Google-power point-of-interest lookup and “send-to-car” capability
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Nissan’s hands-free text-messaging assistant
  • A rearview camera

Also notable, especially in the compact segment, is the 2013 Nissan Sentra’s available intelligent-access/push-button start feature.