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

"Sometimes, there's a hesitation when I need quick acceleration."

URSULA H., CA (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"Car handles good , but it doesn't have enough power to get on to highway during a lot of traffic."

ALFRED B., FL (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"Acceleration is jerky as is braking unless you switch to economy drive"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"I know it's only a 4 cylinder, but it doesn't have the same amount of pick-up and go as my 2012 sentra. Also, sometimes when you slow down and brake for a light and then accelerate again, it does so too fast. This is difficult to explain :)"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"The dash controls are not easy to use when driving. There is not alot of up and go wen excelerate"

Anonymous, NL (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"Handling could be better, but I knew it wasn't going to be optimal going in."

STEVEN L., OR (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"Very quick acceleration off the line, but no top end guts"

Mark J., NV (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"The CVT transmission makes it feel like the engine is constantly struggling to get to desired speed. It revs up in a strange way and seems to switch virtual gears, but does not create a surge of acceleration as expected. It also over revs the engine when coming downhill when trying to use engine braking by shifting to Low gear mode. Overall the CVT makes this car unpleasant and undesirable to drive. Otherwise a very good and comfortable car. Nissan should have tried to save money somewhere else."

Vic S., NC (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"very good"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Nissan Sentra)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The head rest is not adjustable. In al but one position, is really cramps your shoulders."

JOHN W., CA (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"I find the seating a little tight & cramped for the driver. There's no where to put anything on the console, so if you have a passenger, you probably have to reach behind you to put your purse. The seats are so tight against the console it's almost impossible to retrieve anything that falls in-between , and forget about vacuuming in that space."

WANDA M., AB (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"Climate control does not work well, car takes an extreme length of time to warm up and then does not keep a constant level if warmth , also Has recurrent issues with the sound system"

CHRISTINE B., VT (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"Comfortable,solid ride with good support from suspension system. Good noise reduction."

FREDERICK D., NY (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"Passager seat is very low , has no height adjustment , my wife has to sit on a large pillow to see out the window."

ALFRED B., FL (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"harsh ride"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"ride is somewhat harsh, seats are not sufficiently comfortable (in time springs - ? - started feeling thorough the originally smooth and soft surface)."

Anonymous, CT (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"Good passenger space for comfortable seating; easy to adjust between different drivers."

Frederick D., NY (2014 Nissan Sentra)


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

What Owners Say


GARY B., AZ (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"Good value for low mileage on pre-owned certified sentra"

Anonymous, NV (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"Small gas tank but I only have to fill it up once every two weeks or so."

FREDERICK D., NY (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"comfortable, good gas mileage, easy driving"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"Great gas mileage, low cost per month, nothing serious broke"

MATTHEW W., FL (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"the options that came standard with this model were very good in this price range. the mileage is excellent. you get a lot for your money in this price range."

JOHN B., NM (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"The car has a lot of useful features I did not previously have."

Anonymous, MA (2014 Nissan Sentra)

"love it"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Nissan Sentra)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"It is one of the most attractive vehicles out there. It's styling is in direct competition with more expensive vehicles."

JUDI R., CA (2014 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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