The Sentra looks good on paper but then doesn't quite live up to expectations. Redesigned for 2013, the Nissan is noisy and underwhelming to drive. Sentra's best quality is that it has one of the roomiest rear seats in the class. Another plus was the availability of some attractive options for not a lot of money, which should make it quite attractive on the used car market.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
NA
2007
NA
2008
NA
2009
NA
2010
NA
2011
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2013
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2015
2016
NA
2017
2018
NA
2019
NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
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2009
2010
2011
2012
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2015
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2018
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available. Side air bags available from 2000, side and head protection air bags standard from 2007. ESC available in 2010, standard from 2011.
Road Test

The Sentra looks good on paper but then doesn't quite live up to expectations. Redesigned for 2013, the Nissan is noisy and underwhelming to drive.

Sentra's best quality is that it has one of the roomiest rear seats in the class. Another plus was the availability of some attractive options for not a lot of money, which should make it quite attractive on the used car market. Our mid-trim Sentra SV sported a rear camera and navigation system, push-button start, automatic headlights, contemporary (for the time) communications capability and connectivity, as well as a host of other modern gear. Fuel economy came in at 29 mpg overall.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (130 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Nissan Sentra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"2nd transmission replacement for apparently common transmission problems with the primary manufacturer of the trannies for 2013 Sentras. Transmission completely fails after first beginning to shift sluggishly and revving higher than normal before first gear shift. 1st replacement turned out after ~2,000 miles to also be defective; thankfully, was warrantied so 2nd replacement was at no personal cost. Note that these are automatic transmissions"

Michelle B., VA (2013 Nissan Sentra SR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission was slipping and was replaced free of charge even though it was out of warranty. Apparently it has been an issue in these cars"

Anonymous, NB (2013 Nissan Sentra SR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to unlock shift in order to get it out of park. Dealer said the transmission was broken and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NM (2013 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"CVT stopped working at about 78000 miles repaired under warrenty fluid replaced 62000..Nissan places CVT in Nissan's but not in Inifinti's the reason, reliability"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Nissan Sentra S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"took complain to home office"

Thomas L., NY (2013 Nissan Sentra SR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Loss of power and metal particles"

Anonymous, WV (2013 Nissan Sentra SV 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"car would hesitate and stall poor performance, sluggish, noisy"

Anonymous, OK (2013 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"When driving over 50 mikes per hour, there is a distinct rattle coming from somewhere around the dashboard. It's tough to figure out what it is because I can't stick my head under the dashboard while driving"

Erwin M., CA (2013 Nissan Sentra SR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Somewhere under the dashboard - passenger side - rattles for 1st mile or so and then stops. Squeak in trunk impossible to find"

John M., NY (2013 Nissan Sentra SR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent squeak in dash"

Anonymous, NM (2013 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"a few loose parts in the new car"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Nissan Sentra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The bluetooth is installed on an overhead console and it became loose after 6 months and began to rattle"

Alexander A., TX (2013 Nissan Sentra SV 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"In dash GPS/Stereo touch screen had to be replaced. Took six weeks for correct diagnosis and repair to be completed"

Joe B., VA (2013 Nissan Sentra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The GPS, radio, backup camera, hand free calling system is all one unit. It died almost 37 months after we got the car with a 36 month warranty. Factory replacements list at $1400, but are not available"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Same as previous note. All systems are integrated"

Joe B., VA (2013 Nissan Sentra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"volume & tuner doesn't work, have to use the steering wheel control for volume and station presets only. will not tune with knobs or control volume"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Squeaking

"Creaking sound as vehicle comes to a stop"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Nissan Sentra SV 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes started squeaking. after 2nd trip to dealer the 2 rear brake cylinders were leaking. They were replaced under warranty"

Bert C., TN (2013 Nissan Sentra FE SV 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The system is making a noise anytime the car is stop for more than 5 hours and start moving you can hear the noise as soon as you step on the brakes even at 15mph"

J M., MA (2013 Nissan Sentra SV 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I bought the car new in June 2013, in one WEEK I had to bring it back to check the brakes. They said they were fine. In less than 2 years Nissan has changed my car brakes 3 times (THREE TIMES) at not cost to me. There is has to be something wrong wit"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"This car can never stay aligned! Brought it to numerous mechanics, who repair it only to have it go out of line again!"

Jill P., CT (2013 Nissan Sentra SR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Shocks/struts car seems to ride rough and bottoms out on small bumps they say it's standard on vehicle. will try with dealer, but difficult because we live out of the dealers area. no loaner. gotta go to work"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"car was 'bottoming out' on slight bumps. dealers service gave me a hard time about fixing the problem. Nissan basically told me they had no control over dealer service. after the dealers service made it worse they made it somewhat better but not 100%"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Bearing replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Nissan Sentra SV 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OK (2013 Nissan Sentra SR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"slips when pulling away from full stop;"

Dick R., IL (2013 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"From a stop and pressing the gas pedal, it feels like the variable transmission starts in 4th gear. I liken it to driving the Utopia car ride at Disneyland"

Erwin M., CA (2013 Nissan Sentra SR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"slow response when taking off after slowing down or going around a corner"

Roger W., VA (2013 Nissan Sentra SV 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"Loose trim that makes up the passenger side of the windshield"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"CHEAP PAINT I could call it. Chipped in front of the car at top of the hood and left side of front window"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"There was rust on the trunk of the car around the Nissan medallion when the car was 6 months new"

Romualdo B., QC (2013 Nissan Sentra FE S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"Door locks would lock the drivers door on its own so body control module was replaced by dealer"

Diane W., CA (2013 Nissan Sentra S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"burnt headlight"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Nissan Sentra SR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"If the rear taillight gets wet it impacts the drive by wire accelerator"

Barbara G., FL (2013 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"failed while driving"

Anonymous, WV (2013 Nissan Sentra SV 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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