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 5 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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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
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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 2014 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

"Transmission failed and needed replacement at 75,000 miles"

Mervyn A., MS (2014 Nissan Sentra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to get a new transmission, they tried to fix it first. Car was in for 2 weeks"

Kallie S., CA (2014 Nissan Sentra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"At about 75000 miles, the transmission failed completely. They replaced the entire transmission"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Nissan Sentra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I went to te dealership in Utica, NY and they had their mechanics examine the car and test drove at least twice and told me nothing was wrong with the car. Three weeks later the car broke down while on the highway and I was able to pull off and coast off to the exit and dead stop. It was towed to nearest dealer and transmission was replaced,. Car under warranty so cost to me. I paid for towing No reimbursement for towing. BAD SERVICE!"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Nissan Sentra SL 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

Display screen difficult to see

"It is impossible to read the display screen in the daytime"

Maura B., NL (2014 Nissan Sentra SR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Prior to loosing the GPS the screen was fine. Now it is so llight that I can only read it at night"

Maura B., NL (2014 Nissan Sentra SR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"I was travelling in the States and the GPS stopped working. Ihad to return home without using it. The dealership had to download it when I RETURNED HOME"

Maura B., NL (2014 Nissan Sentra SR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Volume control malfunctioning"

Anonymous, CA (2014 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Little circles where the paint has chipped away and rusted underneath"

Anonymous, TN (2014 Nissan Sentra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The hood of vehicle where wipers are is chipped due to the wipers being placed on to close to hood by manuf. so whenever hood opens wipers rub against hood, chipping paint. Drivers side rear pass door found paint chipping on edge of door"

Jennifer C., MA (2014 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Paint has chipped in small circle areas and rusted underneath"

Anonymous, TN (2014 Nissan Sentra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I leased the vehicle brand new in aug. 2014. Rear truck door under trim already has small area of rust starting. Can less than one year old. NOT HAPPY"

Jennifer C., MA (2014 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

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.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"driver door won't open - it is not locked, has to be locked and then unlocked to open"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Nissan Sentra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Windshield appeared to have condensation spots inside the glass after a torrential rain. Dealer said it was calcium deposits from water sprayed on windshield when it was parked near water sprinklers Cleaned it with a clay substance that was sup"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Nissan Sentra S 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

"Water leaked in through missed sealing at firewall. Repair was handled throug warranty. Service by Nissan was excellant"

Dave H., BC (2014 Nissan Sentra SV 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"A load whistle will occur while driving into the wind and if there is a gust. Happens so infrequent that have not been able to identify the location/source. But it is shrill enough to bring you to a very quick attention"

Tim C., MI (2014 Nissan Sentra SR 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

Slipping transmission

"The transmission had been slipping for about 6 months. I could not get a timely appointment because the mechanics in the Syracuse- Utica area were all going on cruises payed for by the company. When I did bring it it I was promised a senior mechanic. I did not get that. It was only when the car broke down did the car get much needed attention"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Around 28000 miles engine developed nasty engine tapping, sounds like marbles in an empty clothes dryer. Dealer said it was normal for 2014 Sentra's, said he tested another 2014 on lot and had same noise so therefore normal. I say if it was normal it would have made the noise from the first mile"

Tim C., MI (2014 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

Driveshaft or axle

"Broken boot. Had to replace the halfshaft and bearings"

Elroy T., ID (2014 Nissan Sentra SV 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

Headlights

"When I turned headlights on the engine would falter, lose rpm"

Elroy T., ID (2014 Nissan Sentra SV 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Climate System

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

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.

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

Exhaust

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

Brakes

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

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