2014 Nissan Sentra
Stylistically, the 2014 Nissan Sentra closely resembles its bigger brother, the midsize Nissan Altima sedan; both are distinguished by Nissan‘s trapezoidal grille and feature comparable headlight and side window treatments.
The similarities continue inside, where the simple, pleasing design of the Nissan Sentra‘s cabin are rendered in upscale materials seemingly pulled from the Nissan Altima. The 2014 Nissan Sentra also takes after the 2014 Nissan Altima in size, being one of the larger sedans in its segment in terms of legroom and trunk space, with the latter measuring a midsize-like 15.3 cubic inches.
Notable luxury extras available for the 2014 Nissan Sentra include a Bose audio system, heated front seats and a rearview camera. There’s also an optional navigation system – updated for the latest model year with improved voice recognition – with a 5.8-inch display screen, point-of-interest search powered by Google and available NavTraffic and NavWeather functions. It’s bundled with NissanConnect, a connectivity system that includes Bluetooth with streaming audio, Pandora radio capability, and a Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant setup that reads incoming text messages and allows drivers to reply without taking their hands off of the steering wheel.
When paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) – standard on all but the base model – the Nissan Sentra is capable of impressive mileage: 30 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Economy-focused Nissan Sentra FE models add aerodynamic underbody panels, low rolling-resistance tires and a rear spoiler to increase highway efficiency to the magic 40-mpg mark.
The price to pay for the Nissan Sentra‘s fuel-thrifty ways is less power and acceleration than many competitors, with the standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder producing just 130 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. The entry-level six-speed manual helps hasten passing maneuvers but increases consumption to 27/36 mpg.
Competent and predicable on the road, the Nissan Sentra is nonetheless not the most engaging compact sedan around; more fun can be had in rivals like the Ford Focus or Mazda Mazda3.
All Nissan Sentra models come standard with dual front, front side and full-length side-curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems.
The Nissan Sentra‘s closest rivals are similarly safe, reliable and efficient machines like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. The Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte bring heightened style to the table, while the Ford Focus and Mazda Mazda3 combine upmarket interior appointments with grin-worthy handling.
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