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Thanks to improved fuel economy, a welcoming cabin and enhanced infotainment features, the 2013 Nissan Sentra becomes a much more desirable choice in the small sedan class.
- Edmunds.com
This means that despite having a trunk smaller than may full-size sedans I was able to jam more luggage in the Sentra due to an intelligent use of the space.
- The Truth About Cars
Those are real LEDs you're seeing dressing up the headlights and taillights; they're standard equipment.
- Car and Driver

Introduction

Performance gets the nod for Nissan's compact sedan in the 2017 model year.A new SR Turbo edition borrows its powertrain from the Juke crossover SUV.A new Midnight Edition package has been added, too, with black wheels and spoiler.Window glass is now thicker, in the interest of quiet running, and the center console gains storage capacity.

Introduced 35 years ago, the Sentra is in its seventh generation, last redesigned for 2013 and freshened for 2016 with a V-shaped grille in a new front end.All told, Nissan's compact sedan blends into the crowd, but its appeal is enhanced by abundant passenger space.

Four basic trim levels are offered: S, SV, SR, and SL, plus the new SR Turbo.Regular Sentras hold a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 124 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque (130 hp and 128 pound-feet with manual shift).The 6-speed manual gearbox is standard in S trim, but a continuously variable transmission (CVT) goes into other Sentras and is optional for the S edition.

Offered with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a specially tuned version of Nissan's CVT, the new 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the SR Turbo generates 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.The Turbo's suspension is a little stiffer than usual.

With or without turbo power, SR is the sporty premium Sentra model.An available Premium Package adds a moonroof, Bose eight-speaker audio, leather upholstery, upgraded infotainment, and several active-safety features.A Style Package for SV includes the moonroof, a rear spoiler, and 16-inch alloy wheels.Base S models don't even include a rearview camera.At least, outward visibility is good, helped by a lower beltline and relatively high seating position.

Fuel economy is a plus, but safety ratings are less impressive and contemporary safety technology is offered only on top trim levels.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave Sentra Good crash-test scores and declared it a Top Safety Pick.In crash-testing for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Sentra got only four stars overall and for frontal impact, but five stars for side-impact collision.

Forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking is part of a Technology Package, along with adaptive cruise control.Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert also are offered.

Lineup

Nissan Sentra S ($16,990) comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox, four-speaker audio, and 16-inch wheels.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.) Sentra S CVT ($17,990) substitutes the continuously variable transmission, adding cruise control, automatic headlights, and Bluetooth phone connectivity.

Sentra SV ($18,790) adds a rearview camera, smartphone connectivity, Siri Eyes Free voice recognition, and keyless ignition.Option packages include features such as a moonroof, heated mirrors and front seats, and navigation.

Sentra SR ($19,990) features appearance add-ons including lower bodyside sill extensions, a rear spoiler, and 17-inch alloy wheels, plus all-disc brakes.

Sentra SR Turbo manual ($21,990) comes with the turbocharged engine, 6-speed manual gearbox, upgraded suspension and steering, sport seats, sunroof, and Bluetooth audio streaming.Sentra SR Turbo CVT ($21,990) substitutes the continuously variable transmission.

Sentra SL ($21,500) features leather trim, a power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, NissanConnect with navigation, and an auto-dimming mirror.

Sentra NISMO ($24,990) offers factory-tuned performance, including turbo engine and either 6-speed manual shift or a CVT.

Walkaround

Taller and narrower than typical of compact bodies, Sentras lack the visual spirit of a Honda Civic or Mazda 3.Overall, the Sentra conveys the relatively plain image of an econocar.

Up front, the deep V-shaped grille is flanked by boomerang-shaped headlights.SR models express a modestly sportier theme, making them stand out a bit from the compact crowd.

Interior

Roomy and welcoming, the tall-roofed Sentra would have been considered midsize not so long ago.Though seat comfort ranks around average, four passengers can expect ample space for heads and legs.Even with a sunroof, head clearance for six-foot riders isn't a likely concern.

Up front, the driver and passenger sit somewhat higher than usual.Back-seat passengers get plenty of legroom, with sufficient space for two average-size adults or a trio of pre-teen youngsters.Getting into the back seat is easy, too, through doors that open wide onto broad openings.At highway speeds, the cabin is agreeably quiet.

With cargo volume of 15.1 cubic feet, the Sentra provides one of the largest trunks in the compact class.Split rear seats fold down to increase storage capabilities and include a folding center armrest.

Although the cabin won't be called fashionable, it's traditional in nature, led by an upright dashboard with logical controls.Curving gently, the two-tier dashboard tapers at the sides, boosting available space.Standard cloth upholstery is a better choice than optional leather, which has a plastic-like feel.

Driving Impression

Until 2016, all Sentras held what's now the base engine.Not especially quiet, lacking somewhat in power, the 1.8-liter four doesn't provide a stimulating experience.Basically, it does its job without fuss.

Nissan's latest CVT performs decently, as expected, but acceleration tends to be sluggish.A base-engine Sentra seems overmatched when traversing hilly terrain or carrying several passengers.Programmed virtual gear ratios in the CVT can simulate a conventional automatic transmission, but the engine grows quite loud when accelerating hard or tackling an upgrade.

Compared to a Mazda 3 or Ford Focus, even the Sentra SR Turbo trails in driving enjoyment.Performance clearly reaches past that of the base engine, but the Turbo won't remind anyone of Nissan's old SE-R models.The 6-speed gearbox for the SR Turbo is loose and notchy, lacking in precision.

All Sentra drivers can select from three modes: Normal, Eco, or Sport.Unfortunately, the selection buttons aren't easily seen, but they affect throttle response as well as transmission operation.

Handling has never been Sentra's strong point.While the sedan is competent enough and corners capably, thanks to its brake-controlled steering assistance, it doesn't inspire spirited driving.Steering, on the other hand, is well-weighted and confidence-inspiring.

Ride comfort is sufficiently smooth and relatively soft.The suspension absorbs bumps and pavement roughness effectively.During highway cruising, the cabin is serenely quiet.

Only SR and SL models can have all-disc brakes, but the rear-drum system halts sufficiently well.Expect some nosedive and excess body motion when halting hard in a Sentra.

Fuel economy ranks as respectable, EPA-rated at 29/37 mpg City/Highway, or 32 mpg Combined.The SR Turbo is EPA-rated at 27/33 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined, with CVT; but 26/32/28 mpg with manual shift.

Summary

Shoppers are more likely to turn to Sentra because they need a capable compact, rather than because they crave this particular one.After all, family-minded buyers aren't ordinarily seeking stimulating performance and high-end handling traits.Lower-level Sentras are better values.

Driving impressions by Marty Padgett, The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioAM/FM stereo
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers4
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimMetal-look
Dash trimMetal-look
Door trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet1
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage1
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Dimensions
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).29 cD
Front Head Room1,001 mm
Front Hip Room1,293 mm
Front Leg Room1,080 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,390 mm
Front track1,530 mm
Overall height1,495 mm
Overall Length4,625 mm
Overall Width1,760 mm
Rear Head Room932 mm
Rear Hip Room1,273 mm
Rear Leg Room950 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,370 mm
Rear track1,530 mm
Wheelbase2,700 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTrunk
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Drivetrain
Axle ratio3.93
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Limited slip differentialBrake actuated
Engine
Compression Ratio9.90 : 1
Cylinders4
Displacement110 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power130 hp
Size1.8 L
Torque174 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleMetal-look w/chrome surround
Fuel Consumption
City9.0 L/100 km
Combined8.0L/100 km
Highway6.8 L/100 km
Header
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size1.8 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAManual
TransmissionManual
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsFixed
Number of rear headrests2
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
TypeBench
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryCloth
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFront
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationSemi-independent
Rear Suspension TypeTorsion beam
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter16.0"
PrefixP
Profile55
Speed RatingH
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
TypeAS
Width205 mm
Transmission
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds6
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place428 L
Curb weight1,281 kg
EPA interior volume2,716 L
Fuel Capacity50 L
Gross vehicle weight1,715 kg
Ground clearance161 mm
Max cargo capacity428 L
Turning radius5 m
Wheels
Diameter16
Rim TypeNone steel
Wheel CoversFull wheel
Width6.5
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Limited slip differential
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

2017 Nissan Sentra 1.8 S (M6) 4dr Sedan, , Ontario

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