2013 Nissan Sentra SL FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 Overview
2013 Nissan Sentra Overview
The Nissan Sentra is Nissan’s entry level sedan/coupe with past models filling the sport of affordable family sedan slot in past models. Production began in 1982 and it continues to be one of the better selling models within the Nissan lineup and is competitive in this regard within its class. Historically the Sentra has been known for its affordability, fairly dependable, and good performance compared to similarly equipped models.
The 2013 Nissan Sentra has received positive reviews for excellent fuel efficiency within its class, a roomy backseat for a smaller sedan, the feel of the steering, a very intuitive optional navigation system, and ample trunk and storage space. Areas where the 2013 Sentra has gotten a bit of criticism includes the feel of the ride on poor surfaces, the feel of the braking system with the standard rear drum brakes—this is improved with optional disc brakes, and drivers may not like the feel of the standard factory low grip tires.
There are six trim levels from Nissan: S sedan FE+ S sedan, SV sedan, FE+ SV sedan, SR sedan, and SL sedan. Models are extremely affordable at all trim levels.
New for 2013
For 2013 the Nissan Sentra gets just over two inches longer and adopts some of the styling features of the larger Altima models, like the trapezoid grille style and similar wraparound headlights. It is also lighter and achieves better gas mileage due to the lighter curb weight and its aerodynamic styling. On the inside leather seats are now available along with more trims like maple wood. Altogether the look is more upscale inside and out. Along with the styling there has been a range of new features added including standard tilt/telescoping steering, more advanced driver’s seat, two auxiliary outlets, and a range of new options. The Nissan Sentra also gets a new and more powerful engine improving performance in a number or areas.
The Nissan Sentra is a four-door compact sedan. The body has been remodeled and now more closely resembles the larger Altima models. The front grille area may remind some of the hourglass design adopted by Lexus, the grille area with chrome bars with the lower intake making an hourglass. The headlights have been redesigned slightly wrapping around the sides. Outside of these details the Sentra has a fairly common sedan profile. Some features include LED accents for the headlights, 17-inch five-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels for the SR version, lower-body side sill extensions, rear spoiler with LED brake lights available, and chrome-tipped exhaust pipe. The Sentra is available in a range of colors and finishes including chrome accents similar to what is found on the Altima.
Interior & Cargo
The Nissan Sentra seats five people in two front bucket seats and a rear split-folding rear seat. The front positions offer descent head and leg room, the rear position can become crowded, particularly for adults. There is 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space.
Some notable features include optional leather, various optional trims including new wood tones, standard tilt/telescoping steering, six-way manual drive’s seat with a power front seat option, standard two auxiliary 12-volt outlets, remote keyless entry, optional tire pressure alert system that alarms when it reaches the proper pressure, optional navigation, hands-free text message reading, a 5.8-inch touch-screen, optional dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, and an available upgraded sound system.
Safety features include front, side-impact, and side curtain airbags, six total airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability, rear drum brakes standard and optional all-disc brakes.
Drivers can choose in between a 124-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder or 130-hp, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder, regular gasoline engine. These can be paired with Nissan’s two-speed CVT with overdrive or a responsive six-speed manual transmission with overdrive. Models offer a fairly sporty feel and the feel of the steering is satisfying. Shifting may feel too coarse for some. Handling may feel less than average with stock low-grip tires.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Nissan Sentra
- Chevrolet Cruze
- Ford Focus
- Honda Civic
- Hyundai Elantra
- Toyota Corolla
The 2013 Nissan Sentra has 6 models that range from $19,590 - $19,590. The 2013 Sentra is a sedan with front wheel drive that gets between 30 mpg (city) - 39 mpg (highway) fuel efficiency using a 1.8L I4 engine. The 2013 Nissan Sentra has a seating capacity of 5/5, wheelbase is 106.3 inches, cargo capacity of 15.10 cu.ft., and ground clearance of N/R inches. Choose one of the trims like the 2013 SL FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 to get specific details on prices, rebates, and warranties.