By Cody Davis
The Sentra was redesigned for their 2013 models with a positive review. Sales continue to increase as Nissan offers a lot more standard equipment in their 2014 model.
The 2014 Nissan Sentra continues to be on top of the compact sedan category. The compact Sentra offers lots of high-end features and gadgets that once were never seen in this class.
The Nissan Sentra is a great choice for its price compared to other compact cars. It is a few thousand dollars less than its competitors(Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda3) with much more for your dollar. It is offered in numerous models starting at the S model ranging under 16,000$, SV, SR and the sport series SL model just under 22,000$.
I was fortunate to drive the SV model that offers the luxuries of Bluetooth, a USB connection to charge your Smartphone and sync with the Bose stereo system, cruise control, smart automatic headlights and calling features on the steering wheel. The Nissan’s have a wonderful and easy centre console screen that offers easy and user friendly options.
The intelligent keyless entry feature allows simple access to locking and unlocking and a handy trunk release for when the hands are full after shopping. Having the push button to start the engine and the satellite radio adds that extra not found in comparables.
Parking the Sentra offers a back up camera which automatically displays on the 5 inch screen the reverse camera. The Sentra is very well laid out with plenty of room and all of these features are accessible by a touch of a button.
Driving the Nissan Sentra throughout the city with seating up to 5 passengers is roomy and feels safe. Driving the vehicle is smooth, it has front wheel drive and has very little to no blind spots for safely changing lanes. It comes with enough horsepower in its Nissan 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder motor, producing 130 horsepower to assist you to where you need to go.
The SV features a fuel saving feature and its fuel efficiency is ok compared to its competitors. I would have liked to have seen power seat adjustments rather than the manual. It seemed out of date and doesn’t fit in with all the standard luxuries.
The Nissan Sentra is a very obvious winner on the streets for its various features, space and reliability.
Type of vehicle Front-wheel-drive, front-engine, compact sedan
Engine 1.8-litre DOHC four-cylinder
Power 130 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 128 lb.-ft. @ 3,600 rpm
Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Brakes Power-assisted, ventilated front disc/solid rear disc brakes with ABS
Price: base/as tested $24,198 / $24,498
Destination charge $1,567
Natural Resources Canada fuel economy (L/100 km) City 6.6; Hwy. 5.0
Standard features 17-inch aluminum wheels, power windows, power glass sunroof, heated power side mirrors with LED turn signals, fog lights, lower body side sill extensions, rear spoiler, chrome exhaust tip, auto on/off headlamps with LED accents, LED taillights, remote keyless entry, Nissan Intelligent Key, Bose Premium audio system, 8-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system with 4.3-inch display, SiriusXM satellite radio, cruise control, engine block heater, air conditioning with micro-filter, Bluetooth hands free, leather seats, heated front seats, dual zone automatic temperature control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, NissanConnect with Navigation.
Competitors: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte
Strengths: price, performance
Weaknesses: Lack of zippy performance
Report Card (out of 10):
Fuel Economy: 8 – On par with competitors
Equipment level: 9 – Bluetooth is standard on most Sentras, and a new smartphone connectivity and navigation system is an inexpensive option.
Price: 8 – Competitively priced
Styling: 7- Similar style to the Altima
Comfort (front): 8 – Supportive seats covered in quality cloth
Comfort (rear): 8 – Massive headroom for two tall humans
Handling: 8 – Steering is direct, absorbs the bumps, and drives like a larger car
Performance: 6 – Adequate
Storage: 8 – Enough trunk space to fit a stroller and then some
Overall: 9 – The Sentra’s look changed in 2013. For the better