When it goes on sale October 16, the least expensive 2013 Nissan Sentra compact sedan will be priced from $16,770, including $780 destination charge. The 2013 Sentra S, equipped with a manual transmission, is $440 less the base 2012 Sentra with a manual transmission.
Powering the redesigned Sentra is a new 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 130 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is only available on the base S model. All others get the new-generation Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
Nissan says that the 2013 Sentra is 5 percent lighter than the current model, which translates to a 13-percent improvement in fuel economy. Most models with the CVT achieve EPA-rated 39 mpg highway and 34 mpg combined. The base Sentra S with CVT starts at $18,040. There are two models rated at 40 mpg highway, the FE+S, which is priced from $18,440 and the FE+SV, priced from $19,150.
Three other Sentra models are available: the SV (starting at $18,750), SR ($19,650 starting price), and the top-of-the-line SL, priced from $20,540.
Standard equipment on all models includes tilt/telescopic steering wheel, power windows with driver’s side auto up/down, and remote keyless entry. A four-speaker audio system is standard, while a six-speaker system with 4.3-inch display and USB connection is available. The top range premium eight-speaker sound system has an amplifier that is specifically tuned to the car’s leather or cloth interior.
A range of available features includes dual zone automatic climate control, RearView Monitor, heated seats, Bose premium audio system, and NissanConnect with Navigation with Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant. Navigation is included in a $650 optional package on Sentra SV, SR and SL models. Bluetooth is a $350 option on all but the SL and carpeted floor mats and a trunk mat cost $170 across the board.