2013 Nissan Sentra: First Look


Nissan is in the midst of refreshing most of its lineup, and now it's the Sentra's turn. The Sentra is redesigned with a new engine and a more upscale look, inside and out. The compact sedan gets lighter, longer and more fuel efficient for 2013.

The Sentra grows 2.3 inches longer this year and gets exterior styling updates that tie it to Nissan's recently redesigned Altima. It wears the Altima's new trapezoid-shaped grille and similar wraparound headlights with LED accents. 

The new Sentra will be available in base S, FE+ S, SV, FE+ SV, SR and SL trim levels. Sporty SR versions add 17-inch five-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, sport-oriented front and rear fascias, a unique grille, lower-body side sill extensions, a rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light and a chrome-tipped exhaust pipe.

All models are powered by a new 130-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. A version of it currently powers Nissan's 2012 Versa hatchback. It replaces the 2012 Sentra’s 140-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the Sentra SE-R and SE-R Spec V’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder.

Transmission choices are a six-speed manual and an updated version of Nissan's continuously variable automatic transmission. Nissan says the CVT is standard across the lineup, but base S models can be equipped with the manual. 

The FE+ (fuel economy plus) models will get 40 mpg on the highway, Nissan says. CVT-equipped models are rated at 39 mpg on the highway. Model-year 2012 Sentras were EPA-rated at 27/34 mpg city/highway with the 2.0-liter and CVT and 24/31 mpg with the six-speed manual.

Inside, leather seats are newly available, as is maple wood-tone trim. They join a redesigned instrument panel and a host of new standard and optional features. Newly standard are a tilt/telescoping steering column, six-way manual driver's seat, two auxiliary 12-volt power outlets, remote keyless entry and the Easy Fill Tire Alert system. Options include the NissanConnect navigation system with hands-free text messaging and a 5.8-inch touch-screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and a Bose eight-speaker stereo.

The 2013 Sentra goes on sale this fall. Check back with us for pricing.

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Did I read that right? Only 130 hp???


And it loses the SE-R trim levels and engines? Screw this.


It's not ugly, but it's...well...boring looking.


Seat bottom cushions appear very short in these images.


Joe W. will LOVE all the silver painted plastic!


what exactly is the point of the LED 'accent' lights if they're not DRL's?!....even the Altima didn't get em. Not a bad looking car but nothing special.


New and definitely more boring than the previous generation. Looks like Toyota's design for it's new Lexus line appealed to Nissan. This Sentra looks like a cheap poorly executed 2013 Lexus GS350. Sure it has the tech but no style or performance? Really? One would be better off purchasing a new Honda Civic or the Si version. This has to be the most appalling vehicle on the road today. Sorry Nissan, LED headlights does not make it an Audi or appealing to the eye. Overall, this is yet another poor attempt to transform a mainstream compact sedan into a luxury compact sport sedan. I truly believe Nissan shifted into reverse with their design, engineering, quality, safety and reliability.


i'm just not a fan of this new nissan grill. it's boring and disproportioned to the front of the car. it looks boring on the altima and looks even worse here.


Leather seats are not a new option, they're available on the SL trim.


A virtual clone of the Altima which is cloned from the Maxima. No need for that much family resemblance in a car line up...sheesh!

Mike S

Yet another C-classer with an estimated 40 mpg highway, and all people seem to be able to do at the news is b*tch, b*tch, b*tch.

For heaven's sake with the b*tching, already. It's a 7/8-scale version of its gorgeous big sister, the Altima, and, what--it isn't GOOD ENOUGH for you people?

This new Sentra will attract would-be Corolla and Focus buyers. It's styling is more mature than that of the Elantra, but that is a good thing.

Thumbs up, Nissan!


Having driven all the small cars on the market, the Civic is still our top choice, but we're waiting for the new Sentra.

I'm also concerned that Nissan has downgraded to a 1.8 but I'm hoping that 130hp is 130 "Nissan hp" because Nissan engines tend to perform a lot better than their hp ratings suggest. Honda engines do too, like the Civic which feels more powerful than competing cars with higher hp ratings.

Jean F. Lee

This is not a cool design at all. Now it looks just like the rest of the cars out there. Good grief we want something other than a boring look. All cars look the same now and I am not willing to buy something that is just boring looking especially if I have to make payments. I am totally disappointed. I was waiting for the new design but I will go to something different now. My daughters 2006 is nicer looking and more updated than the 2013.

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