One of Nissan's best-selling cars in the U.S. is the Sentra. For the 2013 model year, the Sentra has received a full refresh with more style and engine options as well as a new transmission option.
The new Sentra hits dealerships on October 16 and is rolling off the assembly line in Tennessee and Mexico right now. It brings best-in-class fuel economy with a 13% improvement over EPA combined economy over the last generation Sentra. Much of this is thanks to a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), upgrading to a new Xtronic CVT that replaces the last-generation option.
MSRP for the 2013 Sentra begins at $15,990 for the S 6MT (S trim 6-speed manual transmission). Upgrading to the more fuel efficient CVT prices the car at $17,260, but bumping that to only $17,660 delivers the higher trim FE+ S CVT. The most expensive trim level is the SL CVT t $19,760 with a few trims between the FE+ and that SL to fill in the option packages buyers might expect. Prices listed do not include destination charges.
The FE+ grade trim levels offer 40 mpg on the highway while other CVT-equipped grades offer 39 mpg highway and all CVT models have a combined fuel economy (city/highway) of 34 mpg, giving them best-in-class economy.
As previously reported, the 2013 Nissan Sentra has been re-invented to improve its look and feel. It has one of the roomiest interiors in this class (with 37.4 inches of leg room for the rear seats) and standard LED accents and rear taillights.
The new 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine improves power output and fuel economy for the car, and the next-generation CVT adds a new sub-planetary gear to improve efficiency.