All new sheet metal has also debuted for 2013. A larger, more prominent grille, bigger headlights and a taller-looking profile are intended to suggest the Sentra's bigger brother, the Altima.
Inside, premium materials and metal accents give the new Sentra an upscale feel. Standard features include 6-way adjustable driver seat, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and remote keyless entry. Power everything has become expected in this category, and the Sentra comes so equipped.
The base model, the S and FE are fuel-efficiency oriented and come with low-rolling resistance tires and a rear spoiler. The SV offers optional "smart" headlamps, satellite radio, a USB input, Bluetooth and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A touch-screen navigation system with voice recognition is also available. The system also allows smartphone integration, Pandora internet radio, hands-free texting and a rearview monitor. The optional Premium package includes a power sunroof and a Bose stereo with 8 speakers.
The SR trim includes 17-inch wheels, fog lamps and unique exterior touches like a special grille and side spoilers. The top of the lineup, the SL makes the upgraded stereo standard, as is the leather-wrapped steering wheel, the fog lamps and dual-zone climate control. Heated leather seats are optional.
The trunk's cargo capacity is impressive. At over 15 cubic feet, it rivals some midsize sedans.
Safety features include standard anti-lock brakes and traction control as well as frontal and side-impact airbags.