2014 Nissan Sentra Review

April 2, 2014
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Looking for a good compact car for your family? The 2014 Nissan Sentra is a good suggestion. It has midsize-car-like room for five, enhanced technologies, and improved performance. But if you want your compact car to be a sporty one, the Sentra unfortunately does not have a performance-tuned model.

NEW FOR 2014 SENTRA

  • improved noise insulation
  • revised front seats
  • optional smartphone integration
  • revised suspension, CVT and steering

UNDER THE HOOD

Powering the 2014 Nissan Sentra is a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder that makes 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. The base Sentra comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. The rest of the lineup gets a CVT, which is optional on the base.

The EPA fuel economy ratings of the 2014 Sentra are as follows:

Model City/Hwy/Combined MPG
1.8L 4 cyl, manual 27/36/30
1.8L 4 cyl, CVT 30/39/34
Sentra FE+ 30/40/34

ON THE ROAD

With improvements beneath its skin, the 2014 Sentra is noticeably more serene now. The 130-hp engine is muted and the cabin is quiet especially on highways. The better transmission option for the Sentra, as most reviewers agree, is the enhanced CVT which is not-so different from a traditional automatic transmission. Also attributed to the chassis enhancements are the sharper handling and smoother ride the Sentra provides.

INSIDE THE 2014 SENTRA

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The seats of the Sentra are surprisingly spacious for a compact car. Taller passengers would surely not have a hard time finding the sedan a comfortable ride even for long trips. Sitting at the back even feels like you’re in a midsize sedan.

The trunk is a surprise too. With 15.1 cubic feet of space, it is generous for the class and can be likened to how much space midsize cars typically offer.

The conservative interior design may please or disappoint you. Nissan didn’t go stylish on the new Sentra. But there are improvements and additions in the gadgetry department. For 2014, Nissan is offering smartphone integration via NissanConnect. The navigation system has also been updated. Read on to learn more about the standard and available features.

KEY FEATURES

Nissan is offering 6 trim levels for the 2014 Sentra: S, FE+ S, SV, FE+ SV, SR and SL.

The Sentra S has 16-inch steel wheels, LED taillights, trip computer, keyless entry, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system, silver interior trim, 60/40 split fold-down rear seats, cloth seats, and auxiliary audio input jack. The FE+ S trim adds a rear spoiler.

The SV trim has the S features plus multifunction steering wheel, 6-speaker audio system, premium cloth seat and door trim, and security system. The FE+ SV adds a rear spoiler.

The Sentra SR comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, sport front and rear fasciae, rear spoiler with integrated brake light, fog lights, and sport seats. The SL adds to this list smart auto headlights and fog lights, heated outside mirrors with LED turn signals, keyless ignition with push-button start, 4.3-inch color display, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB port, leather-wrapped steering wheel, wood interior trim, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

And here are some of the available packages:

LEATHER PACKAGE: leather seats, heated front seats, rear disc brakes

NAVIGATION PACKAGE: 5.8-inch color touchscreen monitor, voice recognition technology, navigation system, rearview camera, NissanConnect smartphone integration

PREMIUM PACKAGE: 8-speaker Bose audio system, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, power sunroof

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Photo credit: nissanusa.com

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