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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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The 2014 Nissan Sentra has been recalled 5 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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.

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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.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"door pillar trims come loose"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Nissan Sentra S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"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)

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

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

"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)

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

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

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"CVT transmission replaced at 72000 miles and again at 84000 miles"

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

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

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

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

Anonymous, CT (2014 Nissan Sentra 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)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"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)
Squeaks or rattles

"Bad rattle in dash"

Peter C., BC (2014 Nissan Sentra S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"a squeaking sound is made when i make a right turn sometimes"

Anonymous, VA (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)

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 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)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"years. While the transmission did not need to be replaced, the dealer replaced the transmission valve body (I assume based on a Nissan service bulletin) about a month ago."

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Nissan Sentra S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"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)

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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"LED 3rd brake lights does not work."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Nissan Sentra 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

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

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

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Cooling system blows warm air at times"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Nissan Sentra 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)

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)

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.

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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.

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

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS
Apr 13 2017
In the event of a crash, if the front passenger air bag doesn't deploy properly, it can increase the risk of injury to passengers.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2015-2017 LEAF and 2014, 2016 and 2017 Sentra vehicles. Due to a manufacturing error within the air bag inflators, the passenger frontal air bag may not properly deploy in the event of a crash.
What should you do:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began June 7, 2017. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V253000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 30038
AIR BAGS:SENSOR:OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION
Apr 26 2016
If the frontal passenger air bag deploys in the event of a crash when a child seat is installed in the front passenger seat, there will be an increased risk of injury to the child in the CRS.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2016 Sentra vehicles manufactured June 4, 2012, to April 9, 2016. The front passenger seat belt bracket may become deformed if it is used to secure a Child Restraint System (CRS). The deformed seat bracket may cause the Occupant Classification System (OCS) to incorrectly classify the installed CRS, resulting in the front passenger air bag to not be turned off as designed when a CRS is in the seat.
What should you do:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will reinforce the seat belt bracket as well as reprogram the Air Bag Control Unit (ACU) and OCS Electronic Control Unit (ECU), free of charge. The recall began on June 13, 2016. Owners are warned not to install a CRS in the front seat. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-867-7669.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V242000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 645898
AIR BAGS:SENSOR:OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION
Apr 26 2016
If the passenger frontal air bag does not deploy as intended in the event of a crash, the passenger is at an increased risk of injury.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima, 2013-2016 Nissan Altima, NV200, LEAF, Sentra, and Pathfinder, 2014-2016 Nissan NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60, QX60 Hybrid, and Q50 Hybrid, 2014-2017 Nissan Rogue and Infiniti Q50, 2015-2016 Nissan Murano, Murano Hybrid, and Chevrolet City Express, 2014-2015 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, and 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles. In these vehicles, the front seat passenger Occupant Classification System (OCS) may incorrectly classify an adult passenger as a child or classify the seat as empty despite it being occupied. As a result, the passenger frontal air bag may be turned off and not deploy in the event of a crash.
What should you do:
Nissan will notify their owners. Chevrolet City Express owners will be notified by General Motors. Dealers will reprogram the Air Bag Control Unit (ACU) and OCS Electronic Control Unit (ECU) in Altima, Maxima, Murano, Rogue, and Sentra vehicles, and replace the OCS ECU in LEAF, NV200, NV200 Taxi, Pathfinder, Infiniti Q50, JX35, and QX60 and Chevrolet City Express vehicles, free of charge. Interim notices were sent to owners on May 31, 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-867-7669, Infiniti customer service at 1-888-833-3216 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V244000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3296947
AIR BAGS:SENSOR:OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION
Oct 20 2015
If the OCS does not detect an adult occupant in the passenger seat, the passenger air bag would be deactivated. Failure of the passenger airbag to deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of injury to the passenger.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Altima and Pathfinder vehicles, 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra vehicles, 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles, 2014-2015 Infiniti QX60 vehicles and 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid vehicles. The affected vehicles received an incorrect occupant classification system (OCS) control unit during a repair. These OCS control units may incorrectly classify the front passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult.
What should you do:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will update the OCS software, free of charge. The recall began on November 30, 2015. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V681000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 919
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE
Mar 25 2014
If the OCS does not detect an adult occupant in the passenger seat, the passenger airbag would be deactivated. Failure of the passenger airbag to deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of injury to the passenger.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Altima, LEAF, Pathfinder, and Sentra, model year 2013 NV200 (aka Taxi) and Infiniti JX35 and model year 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the occupant classification system (OCS) software may incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult.
What should you do:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will update the OCS software, free of charge. The recall began on April 14, 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V138000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 989701
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