Used Car: 2013 Nissan Sentra Review
Critics said the fully redesigned 2013 Nissan Sentra has a noisy powertrain and uninspiring handling compared to rival cars.
The 2013 Nissan Sentra is powered by a four-cylinder engine that reviewers wrote provides decent power around town. However, like many small cars, they said it strains when accelerating for highway merging or passing. Auto writers reported that shifts feel clunky with the standard six-speed manual transmission. Some reviewers thought the available continuously variable transmission (CVT) makes good use of the engine’s power, while others said it can be annoyingly loud at high speeds. Equipped with the CVT, the 2013 Sentra gets an EPA-estimated 30/39 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class. Some critics said that agile handling isn’t the Sentra’s strong suit, though others thought it handled curves with admirable body control. While test drivers agreed that the Sentra delivers a comfortable ride, many said the steering doesn’t offer much feedback, and that the Sentra isn’t as fun to drive as some rivals.
Test drivers said the five-seat 2013 Nissan Sentra has a well-made cabin that features quality materials. Most agreed that the cabin is roomy and there’s ample legroom in the back seat, which is high praise for a small car. The Sentra’s trunk is larger than most rival compact sedans’. The base 2013 Sentra comes with a four-speaker CD audio system and an auxiliary input. Available features include a moonroof, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, a touch-screen navigation system, a rearview camera and NissanConnect, which adds hands-free text messaging and Pandora Internet radio integration. Critics were underwhelmed by the sound quality in the base audio system and while some said the available navigation system has simple menus, others thought it was hampered by a small touch screen.
Other Cars to Consider
Like the Sentra, the 2013 Kia Forte sedan has a large trunk for the class, and it comes with standard features like a USB port and Bluetooth. Additionally, the Forte impressed test drivers with its user-friendly audio and climate controls, as well as the great sound quality from its upgraded stereo system.
Auto writers said the 2013 Dodge Dart’s available turbocharged engine has plenty of pep, and they praised the Dart’s sharp steering and nimble handling. The Dart also won points for its spacious and comfortable front seats.