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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Crash-test ratings aren't yet available for the 2013 Nissan Sentra from the IIHS, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives it four out of five stars overall, with four stars in frontal and rollover crashes, and five stars for side impacts. But standard safety equipment in the Sentra includes front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, as well as roof-mounted side-curtain bags, plus electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes. And moms will be reassured to know that there are two full LATCH connectors in the Sentra's back seat (and three child-seat upper tether anchors).
Also standard is a new Easy Fill Tire Alert system that sounds the horn when you’re inflating the tires to signal the recommended pressure.
The new Sentra’s lower beltline and somewhat higher seating position relative to that allow impressive outward visibility. And with the available navigation system comes a rearview camera system.
Safety features are typical for the class, although outward visibility is better than expected.