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2013 Nissan Sentra

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Nissan Sentra highlights

Customer reviews

4.2 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating

4 out of 5

Mileage (EPA estimate)

30 city, 39 highway, 34 combined

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New for 2013

  • The Sentra is available in a variety of new trims, including the FE+ S, FE+ SV, and SV.
  • The SE-R and SE-R Spec V trims have been discontinued for 2013.
  • BOSE Sound System features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The S trim now comes with Manual Transmission as standard equipment.

Explore Nissan Sentra details

FE+ S 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control

Optional Features

  • Alloy Wheels
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Smart Key

Drive type


Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 42.5"/R 37.4"

Head room

F 39.4"/R 36.7"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity




5 reasons to buy the 2013 Nissan Sentra

1. Seating for all

The 2013 Nissan Sentra seats up to five people with surprising passenger space. In the front seat, you'll notice the increased leg and headroom, allowing taller drivers to feel comfortable. The 2013 Sentra also has a decent-sized back seat for a compact car, with 37.4 inches of legroom, so friends won't mind you driving for the next night out. The Sentra is optimized for kids too, with LATCH anchors on the outer seats, and tether anchors for the middle seat—this means you could fit three booster seats across the back row.

2. Attractive options list

Options can take a car from average to an excellent daily driver, as seen on the 2013 Sentra and its plethora of packages. The protection package is handy, with upgraded floor mats and mudflaps, but the electronics package adds an auto-dimming mirror and ambient lighting. The premium package (not available on base trim) adds a power moonroof and Bose® eight-speaker sound system. SL-only options include available leather seats, heated front seats, disc rear brakes, and fancy illuminated footwell accent lighting.

3. Solid MPG

Let's all admit it: no one loves going to the gas station. Skip that annoyance more often with the 2013 Nissan Sentra. With the base S trim's manual transmission, the Sentra earns an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined. Any trim above the base has a thrifty CVT, returning an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined. Note that the optional FE package raises the EPA-estimated highway fuel economy figure by 1 mpg, but does not change the combined gas mileage figure.

4. Trim it up

Maybe base isn't your style, or perhaps you prefer loaded vehicles. The 2013 Nissan Sentra has you covered with four available trims: S, SV, SR, and SL. The key differences are that the S trim is locked to a six-speed manual transmission, while the SV provides value with a CVT and premium cloth seats. The SR adds sporty looks, with 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and chrome accents. The SL adds luxury appointments, with heated exterior mirrors, dual-zone climate control, and available SiriusXM satellite radio with a subscription.

5. Sporty exterior

The 2013 Nissan Sentra scores points for high curb appeal, as it looks more upscale and sportier than in previous years. A handsome and mature design up front shows modern and athletic lines, with large headlights and a horizontal bar grille. The rear features flowing lines and a unique taillight treatment that pulls into the side profile. Additional brightwork following the base of the window highlights aerodynamic curves, making for a sedan that's great to look at from any angle. For the ultimate Sentra with standout looks, check out the SR trim with additional visual enhancements.

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2013 Nissan Sentra is a dependable car that is great on gas and has a smooth ride. Customers like that the car is economical and has a good body style.

RepairPal reliability rating


RepairPal gave the Nissan Sentra an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Nissan Sentra 17th out of 44 among Compact Cars.

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