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2013 Nissan Sentra: High achievement at the low end

I make no attempt here to compare the 2013 Nissan Sentra, a subcompact economy car, with something from the ranks of substantially more expensive, bona fide luxury automobiles. But there are samples of the new Sentra, notably the upscale Sentra SL sedan driven for this column, that make you wonder what “luxury” means anymore.

The Nissan Sentra line — including the base S, the popularly equipped SV, the sporty SR and the surprisingly well-appointed SL — has been reworked for 2013.

The front-wheel-drive cars are two inches longer than their predecessors. Interior space has been increased, and the cabins have been made more appealing and comfortable. The top-of-the-line SL, driven for this column, is so loaded it raises the question: Why access luxury at a higher price?

The SL, also the most expensive of the lot, has a starting price of $19,760 — deliberately set below $20,000 to bait more buyers. The idea: If I get all these goodies in a car starting under $20,000, surely I can add a few thousand dollars more in options.

Of course you can. Nissan has Sentra options aplenty. This column’s SL, which included optional onboard navigation with high-definition backup camera, premium leather seat coverings, a power sliding glass roof and a premium sound system, came with a manufacturer’s price of $23,430.

Still, that is not a bad deal for a well-made commuter car (in terms of fit and finish) that is also safe, luxuriously outfitted and engineered to get 30 miles per gallon in the city and 39 mpg on the highway using regular gasoline.

(I wrote “engineered to get.” I should’ve written “advertised to get.” My real-world mileage was okay, but several miles per gallon less than advertised.)

But the new Nissan Sentra line is made to address growing consumer worries over fuel economy and pump prices. That is largely why Nissan has jettisoned — at least for the time being — its high-performance Sentra SE-R and SE-R Spec V models. The current corporate thinking is that consumer concerns about fuel economy nullify demand for more consumptive high-performance models in what was supposed to be an economy-car line in the first place.

Nissan is likely to get criticism for that decision from recalcitrant throttle jockeys, whose need for speed frequently outpaces their incomes. But the company is likely to do well among drivers who just want a small, affordable, well-tailored car with at least decent miles-per-gallon numbers.

The new Sentra offers all that and more in the SL version. There is none of the bland styling and use of subpar cabin materials of predecessor Sentras. Everything is nice and tight. Exterior styling flows in attractive lines front to rear. Cabin leather feels rich. The design of the car’s instrument panel, replete with a handsome center console that is also easy to use, is first-rate. This is a very likable little car quite capable of competing with anything in its size and price class.

“FE” (fuel economy) versions of the new Sentra S and SV are designed to get slightly better mileage. Their enhancements in that endeavor include a rear aerodynamic spoiler (to help mitigate wind resistance), underbody aerodynamic deflectors, and low-rolling-resistance tires (to help reduce fuel-sapping tire-road friction).

For those of you who define luxury as power and crisp handling, you are hereby advised to look elsewhere. Despite its seductive trimmings, the new Sentra SL is what it was designed and engineered to be — an economy car. Like all its Sentra siblings, it comes with a 1.8-liter in-line four-cylinder engine (130 horsepower, 128 foot-pounds of torque). Add to that a continuously variable automatic transmission that continues to leave many drivers (me included) in its transmission of power to the front drive wheels.

But, in the pursuit of more miles per gallon with no loss of safety, style or comfort, I’m willing to accept those deficits. On most highly regulated roads in the United States, I can only go so fast anyway. I might as well settle back and enjoy the drive in what is without a doubt the best Sentra sedan that Nissan has ever made.

 

**A special thank you to Warren Brown from The Washington Post for this article!**

The Sales Staff at Windsor Nissan Speaks Multiple Languages

The Sales Staff at Windsor Nissan Speaks Multiple Languages and I want to tell you all about it!

The Sales Staff at Windsor Nissan Speaks Multiple Languages

The Sales Staff at Windsor Nissan Speaks Multiple Languages

If you speak…

  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Chinese
  • Taiwanese
  • Russian
  • Ukranian
  • Portuguese
  • Creole

…then Windsor Nissan is the place for you!

At Windsor Nissan, customer service is our top priority and we want to make you feel comfortable. Offering an option for our customers to speak in their native languages to create a more comfortable environment for the vehicle-purchasing process is an achievement we are proud of.

Please visit http://www.WindsorNissan.com/languagse.aspx for personal statements from our Sales Staff in multiple languages.

ABOUT WINDSOR NISSAN
Dear Customers, Friends, and Patrons:
Windsor Nissan, a part of the Maguire Automotive Group, has consistently served customers with honesty, integrity, and a stalwart commitment to customer service.
We are located in East Windsor, NJ in a brand new, state of the art facility but our reach is far and our customer base broad.
Please use this site to get familiar with our friendly, family operated dealership, explore our vast inventory, and become part of our family.
Thanks for stopping by and for considering us in your search for a vehicle.
With Warm Regards,
Marcy Maguire

President, Windsor Nissan.

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Nissan Adds Sporty-looking FE+ 2.0 SR to Sentra Lineup

For those customers who are not all about speed and style, but more with just looking the part, the Nissan Sentra FE+ 2.0 SR is for you. Before the FE+ 2.0 SR the only way to get a more aggressive looking Sentra was to go for the SE-R model. The SE-R comes with a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine and special front and rear fascia, side sills and a rear spoiler. Enticing yes, but with a base price of $21,355 it is a big jump from the base Sentra. With the new FE+ 2.0 SR which builds upon the 2.0S model, consumers can get their Sentra with the SE-R styled bumpers, grille, darker chrome headlight bezels and smoked taillights. Also available are 16-inch alloy wheels to replace the steel wheels with hubcaps and it is available in paint colors that were exclusive to the SE-R. The FE+ 2.0 SR will go on sale April 17th with a base price of $18, 455.

 

 

 

Nissan Adds Sporty-looking FE+ 2.0 SR to Sentra Lineup

For those customers who are not all about speed and style, but more with just looking the part, the Nissan Sentra FE+ 2.0 SR is for you. Before the FE+ 2.0 SR the only way to get a more aggressive looking Sentra was to go for the SE-R model. The SE-R comes with a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine and special front and rear fascia, side sills and a rear spoiler. Enticing yes, but with a base price of $21,355 it is a big jump from the base Sentra. With the new FE+ 2.0 SR which builds upon the 2.0S model, consumers can get their Sentra with the SE-R styled bumpers, grille, darker chrome headlight bezels and smoked taillights. Also available are 16-inch alloy wheels to replace the steel wheels with hubcaps and it is available in paint colors that were exclusive to the SE-R. The FE+ 2.0 SR will go on sale April 17th with a base price of $18, 455.

Nissan Steps up the Style with Premium Sentra SE-R

The Nissan Sentra is an economical vehicle with style; it gives the illusion of being much larger with the long roofline, oversized taillights, flat door panels and blunt rear deck combine to say bulk and substance. And when you add 17 inch wheels, rear spoiler, air dam and rear disc brakes you have the SE-R, which is a small performance sedan. The Sentra SE-R still has all the features of a conventional Sentra, being roomy for its size and nicely made, has a attractive interior with LCD stereo and trip computer, and more attitude than its competitors. The SE-R has a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine that produces 177 horsepower and starts at $20,660.

Nissan Steps up the Style with Premium Sentra SE-R

The Nissan Sentra is an economical vehicle with style; it gives the illusion of being much larger with the long roofline, oversized taillights, flat door panels and blunt rear deck combine to say bulk and substance. And when you add 17 inch wheels, rear spoiler, air dam and rear disc brakes you have the SE-R, which is a small performance sedan. The Sentra SE-R still has all the features of a conventional Sentra, being roomy for its size and nicely made, has a attractive interior with LCD stereo and trip computer, and more attitude than its competitors. The SE-R has a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine that produces 177 horsepower and starts at $20,660.

For Small Urban Families, Nissan Rogue is Your Ride

There’s always been something about compacts sport utilities that makes them great companions for errand running in town. Whether it’s their urban-friendly size and excellent visibility, or the cargo area that’s much larger than you’ll find in the average compact station wagon or sedan. The all new Nissan Rogue is a solid example of this new breed of compact crossover; it may look like an SUV, but the Rogue’s much more closely related to the Nissan Sentra than to any of the brand’s trucks.

The design details, like the grill and greenhouses are high up, giving the impression of size, but really this is kind of a tall compact wagon. The Rogue is tall, but like Nissan’s larger crossover, it’s clear from a glance that this one’s not intended to go off road. The lack of obvious front and rear bumpers gives it an ultra modern, almost egg-shaped look.

The modern interior has a tall console and satin-silver accents everywhere, from the round air vents to the cup holders. The seating position is tall, of course, and its just right for slipping in and out quickly with minimal effort. There’s also more legroom in the rear than in other small crossovers.

Standard equipment includes side and side-curtain airbags. Heated seats, Nissan’s Intelligent Key keyless entry and ignition system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a Bose sound system are all on the options list. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is standard. It produces 170 horsepower and returns decent economy. Around town is a delight, with ample power from the four-cylinder engine and great, smooth response from the CVT.

The rogue drives more like a car than an SUV, as befits its car-like fully independent suspension. Using coil springs with independent struts up front and a multi-link rear, the Rogue is never wobbly around town.

For small families in urban areas, this is your ride. It’s affordable without being too low-rent.

For Small Urban Families, Nissan Rogue is Your Ride

There’s always been something about compacts sport utilities that makes them great companions for errand running in town. Whether it’s their urban-friendly size and excellent visibility, or the cargo area that’s much larger than you’ll find in the average compact station wagon or sedan. The all new Nissan Rogue is a solid example of this new breed of compact crossover; it may look like an SUV, but the Rogue’s much more closely related to the Nissan Sentra than to any of the brand’s trucks.
 
The design details, like the grill and greenhouses are high up, giving the impression of size, but really this is kind of a tall compact wagon. The Rogue is tall, but like Nissan’s larger crossover, it’s clear from a glance that this one’s not intended to go off road. The lack of obvious front and rear bumpers gives it an ultra modern, almost egg-shaped look.
 
The modern interior has a tall console and satin-silver accents everywhere, from the round air vents to the cup holders. The seating position is tall, of course, and its just right for slipping in and out quickly with minimal effort. There’s also more legroom in the rear than in other small crossovers.
 
Standard equipment includes side and side-curtain airbags. Heated seats, Nissan’s Intelligent Key keyless entry and ignition system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a Bose sound system are all on the options list. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is standard. It produces 170 horsepower and returns decent economy. Around town is a delight, with ample power from the four-cylinder engine and great, smooth response from the CVT.
 
The rogue drives more like a car than an SUV, as befits its car-like fully independent suspension. Using coil springs with independent struts up front and a multi-link rear, the Rogue is never wobbly around town.
 
For small families in urban areas, this is your ride. It’s affordable without being too low-rent.
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