Unlike most carmakers, Nissan seems to renew many of its models in batches covering just a couple of years. Last year, it launched the new Versa subcompact; this year it has renewed both its Altima mid-size sedan and Sentra compact sedan.
The new 2013 Nissan Sentra trades any pretense of sportiness behind the wheel for interior space, stylish sheetmetal, lots of featuers, and some of the best fuel economy figures in the segment. The company wants you to think of the compact Sentra as a slightly smaller Altima--though it's easier to believe the argument from the outside than once you get behind the wheel.
With the 130-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the EPA gives the 2013 Sentra two different combined ratings: 33 mpg and 34 mpg. Both have the same 30 mpg city, 39 mpg highway test-cycle results; the incremental combined MPG is due to the FE+ (fuel economy) package, which adds a rear spoiler and...
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