Nissan releases pricing on new 2013 Sentra

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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We showed you the new 2013 Sentra last month and now Nissan has released all-important pricing information. The totally revised Sentra will start at $14,848 plus destination, which is $630 less than last year's Sentra in base 2.0 6MT trim. That makes it less expensive than current Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra or Toyota Corolla models.

The new base Sentra is automatically updated to "S" trim, too, which was last year's second trim level. A Sentra S with Xtronic CVT automatic adds significantly to the bill, however, with a starting price of $17,548 plus destination.

Like the current Sentra did five years ago, the new 2013 model pulls many of its styling cues from the larger midsize Altima. The look is once again more conservative than some recently updated rivals like Ford's Focus and Hyundai's Elantra, or for that matter the new Chevy Sonic and Dodge Dart, but then again it looks more expensive too, almost Lexus-like with its big chrome grille and LED-enhanced headlamp clusters. LED taillights grace the rear, and chrome trim surrounds. The new 2013 Sentra boasts higher quality surfaces and switchgear inside, too, as well as a much more pleasing looking interior design.

So how does it measure up to the car it replaces? It's grown, but only slightly, with a shorter front overhang yet a longer rear extension allowing a larger trunk, which is up 56 litres (2.0 cubic feet) from last year to 427 litres (15.1 cubic feet). Overall the new Sentra is 58 mm (2.3 inches) longer at 4,625 mm (182.1 inches), but it only gets a slight increase in wheelbase at 15 mm (0.6 inches) for a total of 2,700 mm (106.3 inches). It's narrower by 30 mm (1.2 inches) and rides lower by 15 mm (0.6 inches), which is why interior volume hasn't grown much at only 3,143 litres (111.0 cubic feet) compared to last year's 3,137 litres (110.8 cubic feet). The most dramatic result of the new body shell is its reduction in drag, from a Cd of 0.34 to 0.29, which of course improves highway fuel economy while reducing wind noise inside the cabin.

The 2013 Sentra CVT's fuel economy is a claimed 7.8 L/100km in the city and 6.0 on the highway, which is a 13-percent improvement over last year's Sentra. The new model should be a better car to drive than its predecessor too, thanks to 68 kilos (150 lbs) less overall mass. Then again, a smaller less powerful 1.8-litre four-cylinder gets reduced output in favour of the aforementioned fuel savings. It's rated at 130-horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque compared to the outgoing 2012 Sentra's 140-horsepower 2.0-litre four with 147 lb-ft of torque (a loss of 10-horsepower and 19 lb-ft of torque).

Once again Nissan will also offer the Sentra in up-level SR trim, which will be priced at $19,948 with the 6-speed manual gearbox and $22,998 with the CVT. Features such as powered and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, proximity sensing access with pushbutton ignition, dual zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth hands-free with audio streaming is included in the upgrade package.

Additionally, Nissan offers the new Sentra with a Navigation package that includes a large colour touch-screen infotainment screen, NissanConnect voice recognition, a backup camera, Pandora web radio capability, and hands-free text messaging. A Premium package ups the ante with a powered sliding glass sunroof and a Bose audio system with eight speakers, although pricing for these packages has yet to be announced.

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Topics: Sedan, Nissan, 2013, Sentra, $10,000 - $19,999, Compact,

Organizations: Nissan

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