2013 Nissan Sentra would be the first all-new Sentra since model-year 2007. The 2013 Nissan Sentra will return as a four-door compact sedan and could add a four-door-hatchback body style. It’ll have new styling, capabilities, and much more efficient engines. The redesigned 2013 model marks the seventh design generation of the Sentra, an automobile that to Nissan’s discredit has grown dowdy and become an also-ran in a vehicle class that’s full of choices that offer hip styling, the latest high-tech gear, and 40-mpg highway gas mileage.
Nissan is tight-lipped about details, however the redesigned 2013 Nissan Sentra could follow in the tire tracks from the newly introduced 2012 Versa subcompact and end up with drowsy rounded forms with little emotional appeal. A far more likely possibility would be that the look from the 2013 Nissan Sentra will mimic the styling of the forthcoming 2013 Altima. While information about the all-new 2013 Altima will also be scant, a look at the Ellure Concept, a current Nissan show car, hints at a design direction these cars might take.
For the smaller 2013 Nissan Sentra, that will likely mean a modern profile with a steeply raked windshield that speaks to improved aerodynamics and emphasizes a flowing shape. The Ellure’s blunted hood along with a tabletop trunk lid with integrated spoiler could show up on the redesigned 2013 Sentra, as well. This design blueprint also paves the way for Nissan to push the 2013 Nissan Sentra slightly upscale into so-called premium compact territory, with top-quality interior materials along with other upscale features.
Such as the overwhelming majority of compact cars, the 2013 Nissan Sentra will remain front-wheel drive. Front-drive places the weight of the engine around the tires that propel the vehicle. That means good wet-surface traction and, by grouping powertrain components within the nose, leads to efficient packaging.
Look for the 2013 Nissan Sentra to follow along with the 2012 Versa and adopt an all-new structure Nissan earmarks since it’s global “V” platform, for “Versatile.” The organization says this architecture has fewer parts and weighs under current platforms; for the Sentra, that might be Nissan’s “C” platform. To complement impressive amounts of ride and handling available in an increasing number of competitors, the 2013 Nissan Sentra could adopt a more elaborate all-independent suspension rather than carrying on the torsion-beam rear suspension. A completely independent rear suspension allows each rear wheel to react separately to bumps for the best possible comfort and control.
Prices for that 2013 Nissan Sentra were not released in time for this review. However, Nissan is going to be pressured to help keep any 2013 Nissan Sentra price increases to a minimum in order to even contain the line. This suggests a base-price range for the 2013 Nissan Sentra sedan of roughly $16,850-$21,400. (Estimated base prices in this review include the manufacturer’s mandatory destination fee; Nissan’s fee for the 2012 Sentra was $760.)
Estimating the base cost of the 2013 Nissan Sentra base model at around $16,850, expect the mainstream S and SR models to begin around $18,770. Estimated base price of the top-of-the-line 2013 Sentra sedan is about $20,200.