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Our Expert Review: 2013 Nissan Sentra

What you don't read about the Sentra

by from on May 25, 2013

I tried the new Civic, Elentra, Dart, Mazda 3,Corolla, Focus. Basically every car on the compact market. When I test drove the Sentra, I liked it the most. I have now owned the car for 4 months and I ...
I tried the new Civic, Elentra, Dart, Mazda 3,Corolla, Focus. Basically every car on the compact market. When I test drove the Sentra, I liked it the most. I have now owned the car for 4 months and I still love it from day one. I will admit there is a major lack of power. You are not getting up to speed very quickly. The CVT is/can be very loud (but if you have the radio on, it tends to make the CVT quieter.) When you have to slow down then step on the gas, the CVT gets even louder, and whines. The styling inside and out are great, but the hubcaps on the car are awful. The handling is good, but you have to take sharp turns I would recommend going slow, as it likes to swing wide when you are going fast. The suspension is stiff, but I find that it comes in handy over bumps. There are a lot about this car that I love and there are things that could be changed. My car came with the leather wrapped steering wheel, but it can get hard on the hands. ( I would recommend buying a steering wheel cover.)The interior of the car is easy to clean and it keeps clean . (this is with the black interior. Not sure about the beige.) I live in a big city and can hardly hear the noise outside. The gas mileage lives up to the sticker on the car sometimes even better. (if you do not use the sport mode often. I tend to use it a lot and I am getting 31.7 in the city.) The cup holders on the sides of the doors are great and come in handy.The two cup holders in the front are good for large cups, but if you have anything small- soda can, water bottle, etc- they rattle a lot and move around. (it can get annoying.) When you go to clean the windshield, you cannot fully put up the wiper on the passenger side. ( There is part of the hood that overlaps it, making it to where you cannot fully put it up. I can only imagine that when I have to change it will be annoying) The review mirror does not go up to high, to I find myself slouching to look in my mirror. Overall it is a great car ( I traded in my Honda Civic) I find that Nissan is the underdog in a very competitive compact segment. It is a commuter car and that is exactly what it is does. I have the SV model with the navigation and driver's package.
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Does recommend this car

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Awesome deal with a lot of features

by from Hampton, VA on January 21, 2013

"purchased 2013 Sentra SL fully loaded. Its not like the old Sentras I've see in the past and it's almost as big as the Altima. Woodgrain interior was a shocker since it was a Sentra. I was considerin...
"purchased 2013 Sentra SL fully loaded. Its not like the old Sentras I've see in the past and it's almost as big as the Altima. Woodgrain interior was a shocker since it was a Sentra. I was considering buying a 2013 Honda Civic but when I saw this Sentra with more installed features than the Civic and a lot cheeper it was a no-brainer to choose. Navigation, Leather, Rearview Cam, Bose stereo, moonroof, rear disc brakes, and much more."
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Comfortable, Sporty, and Economical! All in one!

by from Madison, Wisconsin on May 19, 2013

So I recently added another Nissan product to the fleet as my Infiniti isn't the most fuel efficient for my commuting. I wasn't sure how this little car would stack up as I have expectations for cars ...
So I recently added another Nissan product to the fleet as my Infiniti isn't the most fuel efficient for my commuting. I wasn't sure how this little car would stack up as I have expectations for cars coming from an Infiniti sedan. The Nissan is pretty comparable to be honest. The performance isn't what I'm used to, however it's pretty darn good for a little 4 cylinder car. I like cvt and the fact that I can be doing 1500 rpms at 70 mph. While in my Infiniti that would 2200 rpms. The cvt has taken some getting used to. The interior is nice, I have the SV trim and that came with cruise, a/c, xm radio and steering wheel controls. It also has the LED parking lights. Driving some of the older Sentra's I think Nissan really did their homework on this one. I've averaged 34.8 mpg with city and highway at 50%/50% Honestly I have to say I'm impressed with so much comfort and convenience in such a small package. My favorite part about this car is the turning radius, it's so agile. Make no mistake, this car is better than the Corolla and the Civic. It has the sporty feel and modern amenities that every car should have.
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2013 Sentra SR Review

by from Chicago, IL on May 9, 2013

I have purchased a 2013 Sentra SR and I totally love it. The exterior deisgn and the sharpness is great. I was going to purschase the SV but for 10$ extra a month I have decided to get the SR, and I d...
I have purchased a 2013 Sentra SR and I totally love it. The exterior deisgn and the sharpness is great. I was going to purschase the SV but for 10$ extra a month I have decided to get the SR, and I do not regret it. Fog lights, nicer body kit, and also the nice alloy wheels. I really like that they put the LED tailights and LED's under the front headlight. The interior is very comfotable and not much noise. The only thing that I dont like is the CVT transmission, probably need to get used to it, getting out of a V8. The fuel economy is great, I am averaging 30.8 mpg all city after 3,000 miles. I have not taken it on a long highway run, but this summer I will take it on a 2,000 highway trip. Other than that, I dont think I could have found a better deal, getting the car for $19,000 out the door. I really like how Nissan is stepping up the game with the interior room and complete redisgn to most of their models.
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A timely update

by from CT on April 30, 2013

Just purchased a 2013 Sentra SL for my wife. We have owned the last two generations of Sentra's and this is buy far the most well thought out car yet. Comfort, style, features, and efficiency all put ...
Just purchased a 2013 Sentra SL for my wife. We have owned the last two generations of Sentra's and this is buy far the most well thought out car yet. Comfort, style, features, and efficiency all put this car ahead of most competitors today. I think Nissan played this redesign very, very well. Can it really get up to 40mpg hwy consistently? It really does depend on your driving habits so mpg numbers from companies sometimes is over-hyped. With that said, fuel economy, ride comfort, interior room, and exterior styling are this Nissan's trump card. Ive read reviews that have talked about the lack of horsepower. Dually noted, it will not win you many races. But what I think you are seeing is a departure from car companies catering to the "Fast and Furious" generation. This car reaches a growing demographic of budget conscious buyers that want style, proven reliability, good tech features, and low fuel expenses. As for the car itself, it has enough power to get you up to 80mph without flooring it. The CVT transmission does feel different than the last generation (which I miss actually), but this car comes with the Eco/Sport buttons which all make the CVT behave differently. I've found the ECO mode to behave most like the old tranny. It is a bit too jumpy in Sport mode, even if you are trying to beat someone off the jump when the light turns green. I've also heard people talk about the "moaning" of the CVT at low rpms. Maybe somewhat, but nothing to take your eyes off the road or think something is wrong with the car. The CVT transmission is very unique in that it reacts to various inputs and situations (throttle, road conditions, temperature). Once you learn how to work the CVT in different situations, you will learn to appreciate it's versatility and wide range of ratios. Interior is very well laid out and has some great soft touches. Our SL even has the (faux) woodgrain which is a nice touch. The steering is nice but is a bit light. Car wasn't designed to be whipped around on the back roads but it does handle corners fairly well. Oversteer is very noticeable. If you want something to whip around on back roads and take out to speed around on weekends, look elsewhere...this car is not for you (until the SE-R comes out) This car is a tremendous value. There may be other cars out there with better driving dynamics, but this new Sentra is a smart buy for anyone looking to get around comfortably and in style. More than enough car for my wife. If you're gonna buy one, get the SV or SL, may only cost you an extra $10-20/month...it will be worth the features. Best wishes.
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Transmission is junk

by from Yuma, AZ on February 22, 2014

After just one week (brand new car) we notice the tranny was slipping. It was replaced after 5,000 miles but the new one is noisy and has difficulties in low gears (A/T). It is also very noisy and can...
After just one week (brand new car) we notice the tranny was slipping. It was replaced after 5,000 miles but the new one is noisy and has difficulties in low gears (A/T). It is also very noisy and can not gain speed going high hill. NISSAN keeps giving us the run-around. We will NEVER buy Nissan again.
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Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Could Improve

by from lakeland, fl. on July 23, 2013

I bought the SR in February by trading in my Kia Forte impressed by the electronics and mileage rating. The mileage has turned to be as advertised, but wasn't long before I started noticing annoying p...
I bought the SR in February by trading in my Kia Forte impressed by the electronics and mileage rating. The mileage has turned to be as advertised, but wasn't long before I started noticing annoying problems with the car's design. First the windshield wiper arms can not be raised to clean the windshield or put new wipers when needed, the hood blocks them to do that. The rest arm is set so back that is completely useless, the steering wheel can not be adjusted to a comfortable position, storage capacity in the front area is quite poor, compare to my other car a Honda Civic it almost has none. I saw it was assembled in Mexico, and the finish is poor in a few places with parts not aligning properly. I recently read that Nissan is planning in the 2014 model to make the arm rest extent as an "option" I think that is really tacky and very poor design decision. Will be looking to Kia or Honda for the next one.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Battery Problems

by from Westfield, NJ on February 14, 2014

I like the car a lot, but have had to have 2 batteries installed by Nissan since I bought the car 11 months ago. Mileage is great and car looks great. Two different dealerships have not been able to d...
I like the car a lot, but have had to have 2 batteries installed by Nissan since I bought the car 11 months ago. Mileage is great and car looks great. Two different dealerships have not been able to diagnose what is causing the batteries to drain so thoroughly and completely.
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Nissan sentra problems

by from Albuquerque NM on June 28, 2016

Beware!!! This car has been through two transmission and a new shift column at only 39000 miles. Nissan does not help at all regarding buy backs! Will never trust a Nissan vehicle again.
Beware!!! This car has been through two transmission and a new shift column at only 39000 miles. Nissan does not help at all regarding buy backs! Will never trust a Nissan vehicle again.
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Dealer can't diagnose repeated battery failure

by from Gainesville, VA on February 22, 2014

As noted in another review, my battery goes dead if the car sits in the garage for a few days. After the first 2 visits to the dealer, they said that their diagnostics determined that the battery was ...
As noted in another review, my battery goes dead if the car sits in the garage for a few days. After the first 2 visits to the dealer, they said that their diagnostics determined that the battery was bad, and they gave me a new battery. About 3 months later, I returned from a 4 day business trip to find the battery dead. The dealer checked the car and found nothing wrong. Suspecting that the trunk light might have been on (which the service rep said would drain the battery), I removed it. About a week later the battery was dead again.
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