2013 Nissan Sentra First Drive – Autoblog

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Nissan Sentra

2013 Nissan Sentra

Brings A Subtle All-Arounder To The Block In Town

Creating a new compact sedan in the US is perhaps the chore that big automakers today. Shoppers in this of the market really do require a vehicle that will do about everything for them: get fuel economy, give a and confident ride, have a back seat with of cargo space, offer an of techy bells and whistles. At the levels, today’s compacts competition from entry-level while at the bottom end they compete with smaller, more efficient sub-compacts are better now than they have been in our country.

most of the competitive set, the Nissan Sentra makes its play for conquest customers completely revised sheetmetal. while the very general have carried over the sixth to this new seventh-generation the stubby, wide nose and trunk lid are both familiar new car looks very little its sharply creased predecessor. If blunt, we don’t care for what the designers have

The rounded, pugnacious front end the Sentra added visual from the front view, the high beltline and bulging line do the same for the profile In total, despite the fact this Sentra is just a bit lower and longer than the model, it looks altogether top-heavy.

The backseat is as capacious as we’ve in the segment.

You’ll have opportunity to peep the new design for and make up your own mind the aesthetic plusses and minuses of Sentra, but suffice it to say that we the car distinctly less attractive the time we saw it in person, rather in photographs.

Nissan has done a job increasing the interior volume of the new especially if the bit that you care is in the backseat. That back with seating for three is as capacious as we’ve seen in the to date. (Note that, as the Hyundai Elantra. for instance, the volume of the Sentra is actually enough that the EPA classifies it as a rather than compact, Room up front is about for the class, however.

Drivers than six-feet tall are to wish that Nissan had the front-seat rails go back inch. What’s more, on with the powered sunroof, folks (like your will wish that the bottom moved down click or two.

We were to snag a top-spec Sentra SL for First Drive report, so we did get the best that the model has to in terms of interior amenities and comforts. Adding the Leather also adds rear brakes, oddly), Premium and packages ensured that we go without two-stage heated seats, Bose audio, a infotainment screen with camera, that powered and a few more odds and ends. the SL felt like a very well-screwed-together cabin with material quality as well as fit and (especially considering we had a pre-production

Another surprising plus to the experience is the exceptionally well-managed vibration and harshness.

Some detractors from the experience the regrettable wood trim on the center tunnel and the doors, as as an overly large, thin-rimmed wheel that felt as if it sized for a pickup rather a compact car. Thankfully, we that other Sentra levels do away with the bits the steering wheel is something we’d have to with. Our predilection would be for a set of seats with larger bolsters than these flat Sentra seats though we must admit the cushions felt nicely for long-range cruising.

Another and frankly really surprising to the driving experience is the exceptionally noise, vibration and harshness. We really noticed the car’s note when we were hard where the Continuously Transmission causes a one-note that sets our teeth on When keeping a steady even at highway speeds up to 80 per hour, the Sentra was remarkably

Just bit of wind rush the side-view mirrors interrupted the nature here. We’d to do an honest comparison test to you for sure, but our memories of the Elantra, Civic.

Mazda3 and the rest are not nearly so in terms of cabin volume.

The new ride quality was nearly as as its noise, vibration and harshness as here again the Nissan a passable impression of a larger, expensive vehicle. Suspension over potholes and such was the Sentra’s primary ride was upset by a cracked bit of asphalt or some washboard-like sections we on an unpaved back road.

At the time, this rough-road didn’t come at the expense of over larger swales or hills when taken at nor did it mean that the Sentra a lot of lean in aggressive cornering. In whether we were just back on the highway or pushing the car hard on a fun road, the Sentra’s kept the wheels firmly on the road, with not much in the steering or through the seats.

isn’t the car that will the glory of the B13 SE-R.

This balance shouldn’t be confused an overly sporting character however. This model not hit a lot of high points for enthusiast despite its well-judged ride and balance.

For instance, the steering, not what we’d call is pretty lazy for what come to expect from the nameplate. (Going back to our point, this isn’t the car will reinstall the glory of the B13 At moderate speeds on gently roads, this rack just fine. But if you increase the pace of driving or the complexity of the you soon find the steering insufficient to make out how much is left, and the response time input to reaction is far too slow to the Sentra feel light on its

Blame some of this on the extended wheelbase and slower ability of this larger But the truth is that sharper like the Focus or Mazda3, more athletic than this Nissan.

Nissan Sentra

And, of the combination of Nissan’s 1.8-liter and its revised continuously variable hugely colors our impressions of the The new engine is thoroughly more and has a higher specific output the old Sentra’s 2.0-liter mill, with just 130 horsepower and 128 of torque it doesn’t get the car moving any sense of urgency. Likewise, the CVT has enhanced with a sub-planetary and smaller pulleys, aimed at low-down response and improved fuel economy, but without much for driving satisfaction.

just 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of it doesn’t get moving with any of urgency.

We’ll buy the story this trans is smoother with more pop at low speeds the last one, but it remains far an engaging item for anyone who about the joy of driving. Nissan has so far as to attempt to vary the driving a bit, offering a Sport and Eco to increase or decrease throttle but the primary result of selecting one or the seems to be the volume at which the drones at half-open throttle.

Nissan does offer a manual gearbox for the base S, which we have yet to drive, but the majority of Sentra buyers end up with the CVT. And that’s because as long as you disabuse of any notion of this Sentra as a car, you’ll see that it highly on the most important of our judging criteria: value.

like the Versa before it, is absolutely making a play to this Sentra be the content-per-dollar of the key compact segment. Our kitted-out SL an as-tested price of $23,420 about $3k worth of options you figure a post-destination and handling of $20,540. For the sake of argument, we out some of the mainstream competitor in a similar fashion, to see what we discover. (Note that we trying to configure each with the same automatic leather seating, larger navigation and premium audio as our had.)

Nissan is absolutely making a to be the content-per-dollar champ of the key compact

The closest-to-matching Jetta and Civic over the $26k mark. The Cruze and Focus were all in the range. Hyundai’s very Elantra was a few hundred dollars dear at just over while its cousin the Kia Forte fundamentally the same equipment as the for $300 more.

Now, in mind that most of the mentioned here have more power than the or fare less well the Nissan’s 30/39 mile per City/Highway ratings for fuel With that said, and the Sentra’s very frugal econ noted, it’s to say that any compact car in the market offers more bang for buck than this

From a driving standpoint, the doesn’t offer much to get about except for refinement and a confident ride. But the car is obviously well priced, and the packaging of the will work well in the mold that compact car seem to desire. So, while the doesn’t exactly enflame an heart with passion, we that the rest of the players in cutthroat segment had better their backs.

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