By on April 10, 2013

When Alex Dykes checked out a pre-production Sentra in Napa, he was favorably impressed.

When I was given a Sentra SV with just 812 miles on it at the rental counter this past Friday, I was unfavorably depressed; I had to cover 1,380 miles round-trip from Columbus, Ohio to Winona, MN in just 40 hours and I’d been hoping for a Grand Caravan, if only for the way the Stow n’ Go makes sleeping at rest stops a genuine pleasure. Still, this was a rare opportunity: a chance to check out a like-new production car for the totes-reasonable sum of fourteen dollars and seventy cents per day.

Regulators, mount up.

What do you get for $18,030? Well, if you liked the design similarities between the Sentra and the G37 before, you will love them now. Inside and out, the kinda-little Nissan pays tribute to the bionic-panther swoops-and-creases corporate template. You might like it, or you might not, but the overall look is considerably further upscale than the previous Sentra could manage, perhaps because the Versa is becoming more expensive and putting some pressure on from below. To my considerable surprise, the SV trim level doesn’t have auto headlights, but it does have those goofy, derivative LED running lights that are becoming standard equipment everywhere from Aston Martin to Volvo. Their implementation here is particularly half-hearted; they aren’t bright and since the Sentra has plain halogen lights the effect when the headlights are on is kind of two-tone. Blech.

The interior has none of the fake wood or nav-screen options of Mr. Dykes’ test vehicle. It’s all silver and grey in here and it is remarkably reminiscent of the dreary first-gen G35. I wouldn’t expect any of the painted trim to stay that way for long. On the positive side of things, every bit of plastic in the car felt higher-quality than what I recently experienced in a Toyota Sienna that cost a solid ten grand more. I’m guessing Nissan has some red-trim tricks up their sleeve for an enthusiast model, as they did for the original six-speed Sentra Spec V. A moment of silence for that underappreciated sedan, by the way, and I say “moment of silence” because the QR25 in whatever SE-R Spec V you’re remembering has probably long since blown up.

Insofar as the Sentra is mostly designed, engineered, and built in North America, it seems odd that the seats are so tiny. The thigh support barely reached past my perineum and of course at this trim level the seat isn’t going to tilt to rectify the deficiency in bolster length. I cannot readily conceive of anyone who would both find this seat comfortable and be of legal driving age. Nor is the rest of the Sentra particularly spacious. A common test that I use in compact cars is to “sit behind myself” by adjusting the front seat for comfort and then seeing how bad the accommodation is in back. The Sentra failed that immediately so I tried a next-generation approach, if you will, seating my just-turned-four-year-old son in his car seat behind me. His legs were trapped against the back of the driver’s seat.

“I don’t like this car, I want to sit in the Por-sha, it’s more comfortable.” When your compact car can’t seat a child as well as an aircooled 911 with the passenger seat jammed forward, that might be a problem. Assuming, that is, you want young families to buy your car.

That’s a reasonable assumption with this Sentra because they sure as hell aren’t targeting enthusiasts. The CVT-equipped 1.8-liter is just adequate in this application. The four-cylinder Altima I drove to Nashville a few months ago had considerably more pep to it. Rather oddly, it was also possible to confuse the CVT with mild acceleration; it would hold steady at a high-torque rev level as it’s supposed to then randomly jerk to a higher or lower rev range. It might have been a quality-control issue.

Which brings me to quality, or lack thereof. The fuel door release broke on the fourth fillup, leading me to pull the cable out from behind the broken release level as you see below:

Vodka McBigbra’s Hyundai Accent has the same problem with the hood release, but that car is eight years old and has been to hell and back under her so-called “care”. The “fix” in both cases is the same: forget the chintzy latch and just pull on the cable. This is barely forgiveable on an old Hyundai. Had I just paid $18,030 for my new Sentra, I’d be inclined to be testy about it.

My Minnesota trip plan called for me to leave my house at 2am and drive the 627 miles to the church in Winona in no more than ten hours and thirty minutes. Taking any longer than that would cause me to miss rehearsal, which would be unfortunate since the sole reason I was going was to perform as the guitarist at a wedding. (Yes, I play Christian music in churches sometimes. Where is your God now?) After an hour in the car I was reasonably certain that leg pain from the mini-seat was going to make meeting that time goal difficult, but after the first fillup I started crossing my legs like LJK Setright, operating the accelerator with my left foot and the brake with my right. That solved the problem and I made the drive in a touch under nine hours and fifteen minutes including the usual septet of stops at Chicago tollbooths.

On the move, the Sentra was more than good enough. Wind noise was low, the stereo was usable, the dashboard was clear and bright, the steering was trustworthy and almost sporty, and the ride was perfectly acceptable. Better still, I averaged a reported 41.6mpg for the first thousand or so miles of the round trip, until a loathsome load of adulterated gasohol dropped me to a 39.7mpg average. My fillup receipts support an approximate 40-mpg calculation. Combined with the low cost of the rental, the Sentra’s remarkable economy of operation made it considerably cheaper to drive to Minnesota than it would have been to take any of the cars I own. Were it possible to rent this particular Sentra again and again for trips, I’d probably do it and just get used to the small seats and the field-expedient fuel door release.

Now for the $18,030 question: Where does this car sit among the competition? I haven’t been able to try out the new Civic yet, but I know the rest of the field reasonably well. Against the Toyota Corolla, I’d take this Sentra and a solid kick to the testicles. Not even close. If you’re the type of person who can only buy a Japanese-nameplate car, don’t consider the Corolla unless you are driven solely by considerations of retained value. Compared to the Focus, which I consider to be the class leader, the Sentra looks and feels cheaper and doesn’t offer the same kind of features. On the plus side, it costs less and might retain value better, to say nothing of the CVT’s likely durability advantage over the troubled PowerShift double-clutcher. Against the Elantra, the Sentra feels simply better in almost every way that matters but it falls behind on power and seating. I’d place my bet on a 150,000-mile Sentra over the equivalent Elantra. It’s quieter, more solid, and it’s vastly more relaxing to drive on the open road.

With that said, if it’s a roadtrip you’re after the ol’ Daewoo Lacetti Democratic Party American Labor Edition is tough to beat. It really is. It’s a bigger, (much) heavier, bank vault of a “compact” car that in the higher trim levels takes a stab at being prestige-esque. During your next GM Red Tag sale it might be possible to get a Verano for a couple grand more than the Sentra. I’d consider that seriously as well.

While I’ll cheerfully rent this Sentra until it is retired from duty, I sure wouldn’t bother to buy it. To get my business, Nissan would need to put Recaros in it, make a six-speed transmission available in conjunction with all the goodies, and maybe butch it up a bit with some big “R” badges. Of course, at that point it would need power to match the looks so a pressurized high-revving two-liter wouldn’t be a bad idea. That would be a poor man’s G37. No, wait. The G37 is the poor man’s G37. It would be a student-level G37. Until something like that happens, however, Nissan will have to be content watching buyers for that car go to Volkswagen, Mazda, Dodge, Honda, Ford… heck, pretty much everybody but Nissan. What’s up with that?

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55 Comments on “Review: 2013 Nissan Sentra SV...”


  • avatar
    mike978

    I like the review, especially as towards the end you compare it to some of its competitors. How does it compare to the Mazda 3?

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    Always a pleasure to read the rental car reviews Jack. I thought the Sentra’s rear seat was being touted as the roomiest in the segment? Are you really tall?

    That fuel economy sure is impressive, my 2012 Civic with a 5spd manual gets a consistent 35mpg driving from Central NY to NW Indiana at 73ish mph, I bet it’s a matter of gearing: my Honda is at 3k rpm at 70mph. The road noise quite prominent. One major point that needs mentioning: the new Civic seats are actually made to fit taller people! The seat cushion is very long, I was as comfortable in the Civic as I am in my Mazda’s captain’s chair. A smidge more seat cushion width wouldn’t hurt (and I’m not a ‘rotund’ person). My monthly 10 hour drives to Indiana are a breeze in the Civic, in spite of the road noise.

    Does Honda sell Civics to rental fleets? I’d be curious to hear your impressions of it (although you’d get stuck with an automatic, souring the experience I’m certain).

    • 0 avatar
      Rental Man

      Honda does not sell directly to fleet. Any fleet. Yet every now and then a rental company would buy a few directly from a dealer at triple net. Dealer keeps Flex cash or stai step money. Enterprise is curently running some in the northeast, Hertz has some up here as well. ZipCar Civic’s pop up every now and then.

  • avatar
    crtfour

    That’s a big improvement over past Sentra’s in the styling department, but it seems like Nissan should differentiate styling a little more. Those who paid double or maybe even triple for an Altima or Maxima over this now have a car that looks like a Sentra. Then again, this strategy seems to work well for BMW.

  • avatar
    michal1980

    My sister just got one,

    vs the focus, mazda3, and imperza the back seat room is huge. There might be a seat thing that doesnt work for Jack. But the amount of leg room from the rear seat to the back of the front seat is huge.

    Also drove the car from chicago to phily, and had no problems with the drivers seat comfort, yes the seats a little short, but I find that very common for this segment.

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      I too am surprised he found it cramped. I’m assuming it’s bigger inside than the Versa, which was cavernous everywhere. I forget where I read it, but I read somewhere this has a bigger trunk than the Altima too. Damn shame its so ugly though.

      I think these mainstream manufacturers should start embracing the “4 door coupe”. This is a great car for people who don’t care about how their cars look or drive. A low volume variant w/more aggressive styling and more motor would be awesome. They could revive nameplates like the Bluebird and Cefiro.

      • 0 avatar
        JMII

        Odd this is smaller then the Versa inside. I just rented a Versa and was SHOCKED at HUGE it was inside. My normal test is adjust front seat for my frame (6′ w/chicken legs) which normally means seat pushed 90% back – and see if my laptop can lay flat behind the seat on the floor. In the Versa I could put my roller board suitcase on the floor! I could see the whole floor mat back there. It was limo-like. Contrast this with Fiesta I had a week before where the laptop barely fit even sitting on its side (thinnest profile possible).

        Most disappointing part of the Versa: that darn CVT. I honesty thought something was wrong with the tranny. It seems to get stuck in gear, holding revs but going nowhere fast, then “downshifts” to save fuel (I assume) at just the moment you require forward thrust. It drove me nuts. The only good news was quiet, low RPMs during highway cruising – like it was in double overdrive.

      • 0 avatar

        Trunk is enormous in a Versa sedan and large in that Sentra, that’s true. But Jack explained exactly what he measured and it wasn’t the trunk.

        • 0 avatar
          michal1980

          I’m just giving my first hand experience with the car.

          I’m 5’1, ~215. And had tons of room in the rear seat of the new sentra when I sat behind my drivers seat.

          Tons more room then in a mazda3 which has a joke of back seat room.

          A few inches more then the focus.

          and slightly more then the impreza.

          And I also drove ~700 miles from Chicago to phily, with no problems with the front seat comfort.

          the gas mileage was worse, doing between 75-85, we saw ~38mpg.

          In the city, (Chicago) my sister was seeing ~24mpg, but the car hasn’t been broken in yet.

  • avatar
    Stumpaster

    I don’t really care about this review but the one of Vodka’s Accent is hilarious. All of your reviews should be sponsored by vodka.

    Sentra? Well, Honda inserted Fit when Civic grew bigger than the real Accord. Nissan needs something more versatile too.

  • avatar
    Ubermensch

    I can’t believe how much Nissan has declined in the last two decades. Their products in the late 80′s and early 90′s were some of the best in class, especially the fantastic ’89-’94 Maxima. Their cars used to be extremely reliable, good looking, and great performers, then the French took over. Hmmmmmm.

    • 0 avatar
      mike978

      I thought their reliability was still pretty good. They also seem to be class leading in fuel economy and space. Styling wise I can agree Sentra/Altima/Maxima look alike but then BMW has done this too, so it isn`t just Nissan.

    • 0 avatar
      Zewspeed

      Best car I’ve owned to date was my ’93 240SX. Went in halfsies with the old man when my first car, an ’87 Galant, had to be hauled off to the automotive graveyard; we bought it for $4500 in 1999 with 74k miles on it, and were able to sell it for almost $2k in 2006 at 192k miles. My years of hoonage/drifting/wanna-be street racing in Central Florida necessitated a clutch rebuild, but other than that not a single major repair in 7+ years of ownership.

      It was also the IDEAL car for a young enthusiast, RWD and just enough power to cause some trouble if you felt so inclined, but not so much you’re in dire straits every time you floor it. God, I miss that car.

  • avatar
    BlueEr03

    You allude to the issue in your review, but why buy the Sentra over the Versa or Altima? It didn’t make sense with the old model, does this one have a case? Or are you better going with a loaded Versa or base Altima?

  • avatar
    jonsey

    “A moment of silence for that underappreciated sedan, by the way, and I say “moment of silence” because the QR25 in whatever SE-R Spec V you’re remembering has probably long since blown up.”

    My 2003 SE-R Spec V has 130k on it. Is it living on borrowed time?
    :)

    • 0 avatar
      rpn453

      If you still have the original, non-gutted catalytic converter built into your exhaust manifold, then yes, it’s long overdue to disintegrate and take your engine out with it.

      • 0 avatar
        mik101

        Don’t forget the screws backing out of the throttle plate or butterflies in the intake maifold (I forget which).
        Fix those two issues and it’s a very solid motor.
        My roommate’s Altima Coupe has had a turbo hanging off of the front of it for over 3 years. :)

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    no compelling reason to pick this over a Civic, Corolla, Mazda 3, Hyundai or Focus.

  • avatar
    Conslaw

    The biggest problem with the Sentra in recent years has been that by the time you get it equipped up to average tastes, the price is around the price of a similarly equipped Altima. The Altima has much more room and power and delivers similar MPG. I’d much rather have an Altima on a 5 year loan than a Sentra on a 4 year loan.

  • avatar
    Canandovq

    “you are driven solely by considerations of retained value”. In other words, common sense, and there is where this kind of car gets its customers.
    There are probably other brands and models trying to get a stake of Corolla´s sales, but reliability you don´t build it just because you decide to.
    Take a look at Corolla´s concept Furia.
    Check the new Rav, and you´ll see a new Toyota way of doing things, already were well done.

    • 0 avatar
      tankinbeans

      I got a chance to look at the Furia at the Minneapolis-St.Paul auto show last month, and I liked it. It’s a shame it probably won’t look even vaguely similar. It’ll probably be another warmed over version of the one that’s been out for 10 years.

      My friend had an 08 Sentra and I drove it twice. The sewing machine under that bonnet was infuriating. He wanted to kill it and tried. He’d routinely go reverse to drive without stopping, something that conventional autos dislike and I can only imagine how a chain belt would like it, and would plant it in the highest RPM bracket for as long as he could. Yet he complained about low MPG, high 20s.

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        The compact-car arena is not the same as it was in MY2009, when the current Corolla debuted. Aside from the Lancer, all of its competitors have been redesigned or replaced…and they are far formidable than previously, especially in the case of Cruze, Elantra and Focus…

        So I think that the production Corolla will turn out to look very much like the concept. Toyota knows that it can’t afford to create another bland-mobile…unless it wants to have the next Impala on its hands…

  • avatar
    Eggshen2013

    “but after the first fillup I started crossing my legs like LJK Setright, operating the accelerator with my left foot and the brake with my right.”

    You have to be kidding me!

    No doubt you were also texting.

  • avatar
    wstarvingteacher

    We just rented a versa. Since I am fairly short and fat I always think they are big inside. Possibly a holdover from driving japanese trucks for so long. My first CVT was in a rented versa and it took a bit to understand how it passes. When you are ready to slow back down just let off and reapply the accelerator.

    I know that I will draw haters with this but one of these times rent a cube/scion/soul. The cube at least gives in the thirties with comfort. We just bought one with a higher trim and are impressed.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    “Yes, I play Christian music in churches sometimes. Where is your God now?”

    In my heart, and I’d love to hear you play. :)

    Nice review, but I’m shocked about the seats. I thought the Sentra was supposed to be a big little car, and the numbers look pretty good compared to other cars.

  • avatar
    chiefmonkey

    For the life of me I can’t understand why Hertz considers the Corolla a higher class of car than the Sentra and Focus. Corolla is intermediate/midsize, Sentra/Focus are compact. What the heck???

  • avatar
    Spanish Inquisition

    Nice alt text, bro.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    “Sentra is mostly designed, engineered, and built in North America”

    But it’s all but identical inside and out to the global cousin, the Sylphy. Maybe that explains the small seats.

  • avatar
    Molotovio

    RENTAL vs REAL?
    There is a important flaw in using rental cars as test cars. In my experience the rental car is much much worse than the one you buy. I had that experience with a Corolla LE, we rented in Florida, as compared as the one we own (same year). The one in Florida (the rented one) had much cheaper interiors and made a lot more noise. I wonder if some of the difference in the interior between this one and Alex’s are not due to the same reason.

    • 0 avatar
      gtemnykh

      I’d argue the exact opposite point. Jack got a Sentra that wasn’t gone over with a fine toothed comb, set up on a section of road preselected by the manufacturer (believe me, much thought goes into that by the OEMS). he drove it like many owners will, on the highways of Midwestern America.

      Regarding cheap interior and noise in Corollas, I don’t know what to say. A Corolla LE is a Corolla LE. The only difference might be more wear on the interior surfaces, worn and/or unbalanced wheels and tires, possibly warped brake rotors if you get very unlucky.

      • 0 avatar
        michal1980

        I thought the sentra was surprisingly quite on the freeway. Much less wind noise then a mkv rabbit. and just a bit worse then my regal gs.

      • 0 avatar
        thornmark

        CReports buys their test vehicles for the reasons you cite. The Fusion they bought and tested was poorly assembled and representative of actual production. Ford more or less confirmed that by claiming their botched launch of the Lincoln-derivative was due to lousy quality.

        Didn’t Lincoln just get caught supplying its new car w/ tires and wheels not available for the consumer but just for test reasons?

        Naw. Ford would never game things.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    My battered old Tercel had a latch under the drivers seat that still worked after 20+ years, you’d think a Sentra carrying the looks of a G37 would at least have a decent latch.

  • avatar
    cartunez

    I love Jack’s reviews – His review of the T&C got me off the fence between the Sienna and the T&C – I traded my 09 CTS V to get the minivan and was feeling male speed withdrawal until a took the T&C on a road trip very fast and competent at speed for a minivan it really has no issue going 100+ yet still returned 24mpg – Thanks Jack keep up the good work

  • avatar
    carlisimo

    Glad to hear it’s not bad. I thought the previous Sentra was the worst car in its class.

  • avatar
    TheOtherGoose

    I also am curious as to how tall Mr. Baruth is. To me, the new Sentra has loads of rear legroom and a cavernous trunk. I agree that the front seats could have more leg support, but they’re still pretty comfortable. Regarding the various broken items, I always wonder about how hard people can be on their cars. One doesn’t really need to pull that hard on the fuel door release, you know…

    Although I purchased a new Sentra a few months ago, I still have no bias towards Nissan. When comparing the Sentra to the ’13 Civic (EX-L) and the Elantra (Limited), the Sentra wound up being the least expensive option. For a street price of $21.5K one gets perforated leather & navi on top of the standard features with the Nissan (sticker was ~23K). Not having to get a sunroof with the Nissan was a bonus for me (and saves ~$1K also).

    I will be the first to admit that the Sentra isn’t a very exciting drive – even compared to the Civic and the Elantra. For the price, though, the Sentra is a very comfortable car with good mileage.

  • avatar
    mik101

    Wait until the 1.6 turbo from the Juke ends up in there. Then it should be a bit more playful.

  • avatar
    Mrb00st

    I totally understand why people buy Nissans – they’re like Toyotas, but slightly more stylish and less boring.

    But even though this is the brand-new Sentra, if I were shopping around I’d have a real hard time picking it over anything else.

    Focus – a well-equipped Focus strikes me as more of an A3 than a Golf. It’s SO nice inside. I wouldn’t get an automatic anyway, so I don’t care about the DCT junk.
    Civic – not the great car it once was, but the level of polish in the powertrain and interior design beggars belief at the price point
    Mazda3 – most fun to drive, better gas mileage with the 2.0, better looking
    Golf – hard to resist
    Forte – new one looks great, will probably be more fun to drive than the Sentra
    Elantra – more comfortable, more features, nicer interior quality
    Dart – more room, 1.4 Turbo Abarth motor sounds lovely and has aftermarket potential, miles better looking
    Cruze – rides like a shortened Lexus, the 1.4T/manual combo isn’t as punchy as the dart but it’s torquey and not high-strung, even the automatic is nice

    I just don’t know. Maybe if it didn’t look like a potato…

  • avatar
    Wheeljack

    Thank you Jack for calling out these stupid LED geegaws on all the new cars. I just wish the manufacturers would take the money wasted on these silly decorations and put them into better headlamps.

    • 0 avatar
      thornmark

      Agreed. Cadillac made a huge mistake JCWhitneyzing their new CTS, an otherwise handsome homage to the Merc E Class.
      http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/2014-cadillac-cts-the-standard-of-the-world/

      Trying too hard to be noticed is not an attractive feature for a “leader”. Maybe a delete option should be available.

      I wonder if Audi starting supplying pink cars how long would it be before the poseurs had pink in their catalogues.

  • avatar
    Joss

    Low maintenance, dull-as-dishwater. Won’t be many surprises in ownership or ride. Christian music choice for folks who don’t want to be noticed.

  • avatar
    michal1980

    Oh I forgot, one of the reasons my sister ended up with this vs say the focus, was that the overall controls are far more simple.

    After driving fords recently. I agree, that initially (ie test drive) the ford’s new mytouch/synce systems add a lot of buttons / features to learn.

  • avatar
    ShoogyBee

    “The thigh support barely reached past my perineum and of course at this trim level the seat isn’t going to tilt to rectify the deficiency in bolster length.”

    This is one of the biggest problems that I have with today’s cars, at least those without a power driver’s seat. I’m 6’1″ and 250 lbs. If I am unable to stretch my legs out enough while sitting behind the wheel, I need to be able to tilt the seat cushion by raising the front part so that my thighs have sufficient support.

    Unfortunately, today’s cars have a single lever that raises the entire seat cushion. There is no way to adjust its angle. And when you raise the cushion in order to help compensate for the relatively flat cushion angle, it is moved slightly forward, so legroom is reduced even further. Not to mention that you have to raise the seat higher than you otherwise would prefer. (I have to do this in my 2010 Accord LX sedan – I can’t wait until its lease is up next month.)

    Many Japanese cars in the 1990s and 2000s had two knobs on the side of the driver’s seat cushion. One knob would adjust the height of the front of the cushion, i.e. the angle of the cushion was adjustable relative to the seatback. The other knob would move the cushion itself forward/backward relative to the seatback, at least it did in the two Nissans I’ve often piloted (1990 Stanza and 2002 Sentra). On other cars, the rear of the seat cushion would be raised/lowered.

    In order to get this degree of adjustability, one has no choice but to get a car with a power driver’s seat, which usually allows you to adjust the seat in such a manner. Try getting one in a smaller car – your choices are *VERY* limited. I believe only the Cruze, Verano, and Mazda 3 have them, and even then, you have to buy the top-of-the-line model, which is nearly the same price as the mid-sized sedans in their respective manufacturer’s line-ups.

    • 0 avatar
      shaker

      In my 2008 Elantra, I bought longer front-seat bracket bolts and a stack of washers – I was able to raise the front of the seat cushion about 1″ (you have to loosen the rear bolts to do that). You can only tilt the seat as far as it will allow the bolts to thread back into the floor pan – I considered enlarging the holes in the seat frame to get more tilt, but I didn’t want to hurt the resale value – my mod is entirely reversible.

      Not great, but just enough to help.

  • avatar
    taxman100

    If you look at a Civic LX, it is almost $1,000 higher MSRP, and then add another $1,000 for the Focus SE with auto. You also give up around 3 mpg with the Focus.

    I’d shop all three since you never know what kind of deal can be swung, Besides the entire SYNC system, which holds absolutely no interest for me, the issue for me with the Focus is the same as the Fiesta – it looks goofy.

    • 0 avatar
      thornmark

      As you know, purchase price is only one part of cost. Given its history, I suspect the Civic would prove the most economical considering all costs of ownership, i.e., price, depreciation, maintenance et al.

  • avatar
    CelticPete

    People don’t seem to like the Ford automated manual but its the best idea for cars in this class with an automatic. If you can’t drive a stick in this segment I would either try to find a deal on something with a bigger engine (one class up) or go used.

    The ‘penalty box’ combination really is cars with 128lbs of torque and a CVT or traditonal automatic. It’s been like this for years. Credit the reviewer for reviewing and automatic version.

    In the past say Car and Driver would review a little Civic with a manual and love its nice shifter and ‘sporty’ nature while the legions of people driving it with 4 speed autos slogged about slowing down on hills..

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    nelyedman

    I purchased the Sentra after owning a 2012 Nissan Frontier. The $650 a month for gas was starting to wear a hole in my pockets. I’ve noticed that the Sentra burns fuel exactly the same way the Frontier did. When I filled up the Frontier, the dte (Distance Till Empty) displayed a range of 431 miles which is the same that Sentra displays. I always “0″ the trip odometer and notice that I never get more than 360 miles in the Sentra. I drive 138.2 miles round trip to work Mon – Fri. 116.2 miles of my trip is mainly on the interstate. The 22 miles that is driven on the secondary road consists of 4 traffic lights with a short distance of about 8 miles to reach work at a speed of 45 to 55 miles per hour depending on traffic. Highway speeds range at 75 miles per hour with cruise control set and air conditioning on. The Sentra has an “eco” setting that I use consistently because without the “eco” engaged, the gas mileage is worse. I enjoy everything about this car except for the exaggerated mileage of 39 highway / 40 City that Nissan is claiming. I have approximately 4700 miles on the Sentra. I have a service due at 7500 miles which I plan to address the gas mileage. If Nissan cannot figure it out, I will trade this car in for a Honda which I know will get me the gas mileage I desire.


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