New 2013 Nissan Sentra to offer up to 40 mpg

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With the new 2013 Nissan Sentra compact sedan, Nissan is trying to outdo the competition. And certainly from the specs and photos, we do think Nissan has accomplished such tasks. The company’s new compact sedan is bigger, lighter, and more fuel efficient. At a glance, the new 2013 Nissan Sentra compact sedan looks very similar the new Altima, and that because it has taken a lot of design elements from it.

The new 2013 Nissan Sentra compact sedan is larger that the current model, which has 0.6-inch longer wheelbase at 106.3 inches and a 2.3-inch longer overall length at 182.1 inches, but it is a bit 0.6 inch lower in height and 1.2 inch narrower in width. According to Nissan, the new Sentra has similar interior volume of 111.0 cubic feet versus the 110.8 in the current model. Trunk space has also increased to 15.1 cubic feet, about 2.0 cubic feet more. Overall, the 2013 Nissan Sentra is about 150 pounds lighter in the new platform.

“Sentra has long been known as one of the roomiest sedans in class and the latest iteration is no exception,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, of Nissan North America. “The fine-tuning of its dimensions has created not only extremely well-balanced exterior proportions but enhanced rear seat legroom and created a larger, more usable trunk space.”

As the interior of the new 2013 Nissan Sentra sedan, it is also similar to the design of the Altima, which is a good thing, where we’ve seen an improvement in build quality and finish. These improvements show in the technology as well, which include a new Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) system, a higher-end audio system with 4.3-inch color display, the new Nissan Navigation system that offers Pandora radio capability, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth and a large 5.8-inch touch-screen display, RearView Monitor and Nissan Intelligent Key.

Standard features on all 2013 Sentra models come with a 6-way manual driver’s seat, 4-way manual front passenger’s seat, air conditioning with in-cabin microfilter, power windows with driver’s one-touch auto up/down, power door locks with auto-locking feature, an AM/FM/CD system with four speakers and remote keyless entry.

The 2013 Nissan Sentra will be available in a variety of trim levels: S, FE+ S, SV, FE+ SV, SR and SL. All models come equipped with standard Xtronic CVT, except the base Sentra S that is available with a choice of 6-speed manual or CVT. The top-range model is the SR, and it comes with an aero kit, which includes unique front and rear bumpers, side sills, a chrome tail pipe, boot lid spoiler, fog lights and 17-inch alloy rims.

Power for the new 2013 Nissan Sentra compact sedan comes in a new 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine producing  130 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque, which is mated to a CVT transmission for the front-wheel drive. With the reduce curb weight, new aerodynamic form, and a more fuel-efficient engine, fuel consumption is improved by 13 percent. This translates to 34 mpg in EPA combined fuel economy. For maximum fuel return, the FE+ model has about 40 mpg, while all other models are rated at 30 mpg city and 39mpg highway.

The new 2013 Nissan Sentra compact sedan goes on sale this fall in the U.S., and pricing will be announced in a month ahead of the launch date.

Update: 10/1/2012

Pricing of the new Nissan Sentra is out earlier than expected, and that is because it will be available at U.S. dealership on the 16th of this month. Prices for the 2013 Sentra start at $15,990, not including a $780 destination charge, which is $440 less than the starting price of the previous model.

For those customers who want the 40 mpg highway in the S FE+ model, it will cost you $17,660. Another step up is the FE+ SV trim, which costs about $18,870, and SR trim has the same price as well. Lastly is the top-range SL trim, it costs about $19,760, which adds heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, push-button start, dual zone automatic climate control and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity.

The 2013 Nissan Sentra is also offered with an optional Navigation Package, which features NissanConnect voice recognition, touch-screen NAV system, backup camera, Pandora web radio capability and hands-free text messaging. While the Premium Package comes with power-sliding moon roof and Bose premium audio system with eight speakers. For more pricing details, check out the image below.

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