You’d be forgiven if you thought that Nissan had forgotten about the Sentra. The Garage sampled a 2012 Sentra SR earlier this year, and found it to be competent, but a design that lacked excitement, and worse, was really showing its age. For 2013, Nissan has taken the wraps off the seventh generation, all-new Sentra. For such an important car, Nissan has been extremely low-key about the launch of the newest Sentra.
While the outgoing Sentra looked hopelessly outdated, the new car is a breathe of fresh air with a level of grace and sophistication never before seen on the normally pedestrian Sentra’s of yore. The new Sentra is also 5% lighter than the outgoing car, yet is larger with more interior space while delivering better fuel economy. All Sentra’s share the same 1.8L four cylinder, rated at 130hp. Overall fuel economy is 34MPG.
The 2013 Nissan Sentra S starts at $15,990USD with a six-speed manual transmission (all other Sentra’s have a CVT). Nissan is offering seven variants of the Sentra, which seems like overkill between S, SV, SR, and SL trims along with an FE+ fuel economy trim level to further confuse matters. The top-spec Sentra SL tops out at a still reasonable $19,760. Keeping up with the latest in-car tech is a must, and Nissan will offer the Sentra with NissanConnectSM with Navigation, Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, Point of Interest GPS powered by Google, and Pandora radio. Other available features include a rear view monitor, premium Bose audio, and dual-zone auto climate control.
The latest Sentra is by far the prettiest and most advanced yet, and it’s handsome lines will surely lead buyers to the dealer’s door when it becomes available mid-October, 2012. Why Nissan is keeping so quiet about one of the most enduring models in its line is a mystery to me, but we bid adieu to the old, archaic Sentra, and welcome the new model. Be sure to check in for a full review of the 2013 Nissan Sentra in the coming months!