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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"I handles nicely and the is good vision about the vehicle. This is good because I bought it for teenagers to drive."

Jenny L., MD (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"Very smooth and responsive"

Anonymous, NM (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"Problems with the radio, volume control etc. There is no acceleration, it is gutless. The ride is worse than a sherman tank and the road noise drowns out a normal conversation. I believe that the manufacturer forgot the shock absorbers or struts. Other than that it's good on gas."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"The ride is really Tight. The Steering seems to have a little Play to it. The Engine sounds like a DIESEL engine. Not good acceleration. Road noise IS there."

Randy V., IA (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"Acceleration seems good for such a small engine and the car also seems to handle well"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"1.8 liter engine has surprising pep and handles long distances with ease."

STEVEN C., FL (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"For a starter car for our daughter, acceleration is plentiful."

MARY H., FL (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"it's hard to back up slowly . it jumps out suddenly . hesitates on acceleration when taking off when you need it most ."

ROGER W., VA (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"The CVT can be very sluggish at time and was worse after a recall that reprogrammed the computer software that controls it. I drive in "sport" mode in order to get a more responsive take-off."

Anonymous, OK (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"It's loud and can't get out of it's own way"

ROBERT R., NY (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"It's a little slow but does return pretty decent gas mileage and value."

JOHN E., TX (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"Very bad power when trying to get up speed to enter expressways, plus the noise is horrible. It sounds like a souped-up race car."

TERRY A., IL (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"The car is underpowered, with four adults and having a cvt transmission it has very poor acceleration."

DEBBIE-RICK G., NY (2013 Nissan Sentra)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The seats are the most comfortable I have ever had in a car."

Jennifer E., OH (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"Comfortable ride for a compact sedan"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"Padding on one edge of the driver's seat is wearing a little thin for long drives. Engine is noisy until it warms up."

KAREN W., NJ (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"seats become uncomfortable on longer trips"

HARRY B., NJ (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"Engine is somewhat noisy. GPS system does not allow use during operation, even if by passenger ."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"Lots of leg room, quite ride, comfortable seats"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"I can pump the seat up to see over the hood, rather than look thru the steering wheel. And that factor helps me get out of the car without losing balance since I am long legged. Have not found another auto that has a seat that can be pumped up."

KRISTINE B., WI (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"The seats in the front are very cushion. Tires have been replaced before 25,000 miles"

Anonymous, NV (2013 Nissan Sentra)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Good value for the price"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"It is reasanably price, Great MPG, but seats are not very comfortable"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"Good gas mileage, exterior appearance and value for the dollar. Front painted grill has started to peel off. Either bad paint application or poor product."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"Good gas mileage"

Anonymous, NV (2013 Nissan Sentra)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"nav and radio can not be seen when sunny too much glare. Nissan dealer difficult to work with. have to make appointment for oil changes, weeks out"

MICHAEL W., OK (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"Great MPG. Stylish."

Anonymous, MI (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"Interior could be much better"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Nissan Sentra)

"The style to look at from outside, the car looks nice, but the car is much higher at the back end and is horrible if I try to back up, even on a small decline, I cannot see the ground or what I am backing into. The styling means nothing if it is not safe to drive for backing out of parking spaces blindly.."

TERRY A., IL (2013 Nissan Sentra)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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