If the new 2013 Nissan Sentra is aiming to be more of a 'little big car,' its closest rival could actually end up being the Chevrolet Cruze, which feels large, comfortable, and refined compared to some of these other compact sedans.
Meanwhile, both the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra have managed to stand out in the market in part because of their designs, but otherwise there are different reasons for the appeal of these cars.
The Focus is one of the sportiest-driving small cars in this class, and likely to be much more so than the Sentra, while the Elantra is established as one of the value and feature leaders.
Taking a step back, the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are the Sentra's traditional competition.
The latest Civic gets reasonably good gas mileage but fails to impress for design, features, or refinement, and while the Corolla remains an affordable, reliable, and comfortable pick, it fails to impress in most other ways.
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