The Nissan Sentra has been a favorite of commuters and economically-minded drivers since it was first introduced back in 1982. After forty years on the market, this efficient compact sedan has only gotten better, and the 2023 Nissan Sentra is filled with next-generation features without abandoning its reputation as an affordable choice. In fact, it remains among the least expensive and most efficient options in the compact sedan segment, offering more bang for your buck than competitors like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic.
Fitting between the subcompact Versa and the midsize Altima in the Nissan lineup, the Sentra is a great pick for solo drivers who desire a reliable and comfortable vehicle for their journeys. While not as efficient as the diminutive Versa and less spacious than the Altima, the Sentra is a good blend of everything drivers look for in an affordable sedan. With an efficient but punchy four-cylinder engine, a well-equipped cabin, and an abundance of safety features, it is clear that Nissan didn't cut corners with this high-value pick. When you are ready to test-drive the 2023 Nissan Sentra, come pay us a visit at Newton Nissan South.
Arguably the best feature of the Nissan Sentra is its incredible value. Starting at just $20,050, the 2023 Sentra undercuts competing models like the Toyota Corolla ($21,700), Mazda3 ($22,550), and Honda Civic ($23,750).[a] This dedication to affordability is seen throughout the Sentra's lineup. At $23,635, the top trim Sentra SR Midnight Edition actually costs less than the base trim Honda Civic LX. This price advantage makes the Sentra an attractive choice for anyone looking to save money on their next car.
However, its affordable price does not mean the Sentra is a "cheap" vehicle. In fact, it comes loaded with many standard and available features that are not found in more expensive competing models. For example, the Sentra is the only model in its segment to make Rear Automatic Braking a standard feature across the lineup. The only other compact sedan to even offer this valuable feature is the Mazda3, and Mazda reserves it for its top-of-the-line Turbo Premium Plus trim, which costs $34,000. With the 2023 Nissan Sentra, you will be able to enjoy high-end features like this at an incredibly affordable price.
The 2023 Nissan Sentra is also designed to help you save money on the road, thanks to its ultra-efficient powertrain. Under the hood is a 2.0L four-cylinder engine designed to sip fuel without sacrificing power or creating a dull driving experience. This engine produces a competent 149 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque—a touch more than similarly-priced competitors like the Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra. To further enhance efficiency, Nissan paired the 2.0L engine with an Xtronic transmission that adjusts its gear ratios on the fly to optimize engine performance and minimize fuel consumption.
The effectiveness of Nissan's engineering is evident in the EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of the 2023 Sentra. This compact car is rated for 29 MPG in the city and 39 MPG on the highway, for a total rating of 33 MPG combined––metrics identical to the 2023 Honda Civic with its 2.0L base engine. In fact, the only vehicle in the 2023 Nissan lineup that is more efficient than the Sentra is the subcompact Versa, making the Sentra an incredibly high-value option for anyone who spends a lot of time on the road and wants to save money at the pump.
Nissan is known for building incredibly safe vehicles, and the 2023 Sentra is no exception. While all manufacturers are beginning to add more advanced driver assistance technology to their vehicles, Nissan is far ahead of the curve with its standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite. Every 2023 Sentra is well-protected with a collection of invaluable features, including the Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Automatic Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Sonar System, and Intelligent Driver Alertness. This is easily the most comprehensive collection of standard driver assistance technologies available in any compact sedan on the market.
For instance, consider the Toyota Corolla. Despite its higher starting price, the 2023 Corolla only gets Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert if you pay more for an optional package or opt for the top XSE trim. If you want Rear Automatic Braking or a Rear Sonar System in the Corolla, you are out of luck entirely, whereas Nissan provides these features standard in its Sentra. However, Nissan goes even further and offers the Sentra with a variety of optional features that build on its already exceptional array of standard driver assistance technologies.
Among these optional features are Intelligent Cruise Control and Intelligent Around View Monitor. While neither is a critical safety tool, they make driving more convenient and are worth upgrading to a higher trim to enjoy––especially since even the Sentra's top trims are still less expensive than the base trims of some competing models. Intelligent Cruise Control is designed to make highway driving more relaxing by monitoring the distance to the car ahead of you; if traffic ahead is traveling slower than your set cruising speed, the Sentra will slow down until the way ahead of you is clear and then automatically accelerate back to your set speed.
In contrast, Intelligent Around View Monitor is designed for low-speed maneuvers in crowded parking lots. This system builds on the standard RearView Monitor by adding more exterior camera angles. Not only can you enjoy a composite 360-degree view around your Sentra, but you can zoom in on nearby obstacles with split-screen close-ups from the front, rear, and side cameras. When combined with the standard Rear Sonar System, which will detect obstacles behind you, parking becomes a far less stressful event.
The 2023 Nissan Sentra is filled with high-tech features designed to improve your time on the road. As soon as you climb into the driver's seat, you'll notice the pair of digital displays designed to present critical information and allow access to customization options and advanced features. In the base model Sentra S, you will enjoy a 7.0-inch central touchscreen display on the dash and a 4.2-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display inset in the instrument cluster between the speedometer and tachometer. Upgrading to any of the higher trims will mean larger screens, with an 8.0-inch touchscreen display and a 7.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display. There is also a small LCD climate display below the central air vents to help manage the available dual-zone automatic climate control system.
No matter which trim you choose, the 2023 Sentra comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration to mirror your smartphone on the center screen. You will also enjoy a voice recognition system with hands-free text messaging and a Bluetooth hands-free phone system, making it easy to safely stay in contact when you are behind the wheel. Higher trims with the 8.0-inch touchscreen come with the NissanConnect infotainment system. You can connect your Sentra to your phone with the MyNISSAN app to lock, unlock, start, and stop the car remotely. For added functionality, the 2023 Sentra can even be equipped with a Wi-Fi hotspot and SiriusXM, providing access to entertainment on the go.
The technology in the Sentra extends beyond the connectivity features you will discover in the cabin. For instance, this car comes standard with Intelligent Auto Headlights. This system will not only turn on your headlights automatically when the sun goes down, but it will even detect when your windshield wipers are activated to improve your visibility in bad weather. Another advanced feature of the 2023 Sentra is its active grille shutters; these panels behind the grille automatically close at high speeds to improve the vehicle's aerodynamics and then open at lower speeds to help keep the engine cool.
Inside, you will find a standard push-button start system on every trim of the 2023 Sentra, and all but the base trim come with Nissan Intelligent Key. This convenient technology allows you to lock and unlock the doors while leaving your keyfob in your pocket or purse. Available remote engine start is perfect for dealing with sweltering summer afternoons or chilly winter mornings, allowing you to bring the car to your preferred temperature before you climb inside. Finally, an optional eight-speaker Bose premium audio system will let you listen to your favorite tunes in crystal clarity. Inside and out, the 2023 Sentra is designed to take advantage of modern technology to improve your time on the road.