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2014 Nissan Sentra: Used Car Review

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author photo by Ron Sessions May 2016

The 2014 Nissan Sentra is a compact 4-door sedan with front-end styling and crisp details, including LED-accented head and tail lamps, inspired by the midsize Altima. With recent weight-reducing measures and other refinements, the 2014 Sentra's 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) help achieve an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy rating of 39 miles per gallon on the highway, with the special FE+ trim getting 40 mpg hwy. The new Sentra offers a roomy back seat, and at 15.1 cu ft., it has one of the largest trunks in the class.

For 2014, Nissan added soundproofing, improved the engine mounts to make the Sentra's interior quieter, retuned the shock absorbers to reduce unwanted body motions, increased the size of the anti-roll bars to lessen body lean in corners, quickened the steering ratio for better response and added a D-Mode step-shift program to the CVT to reduce engine droning under acceleration.

Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard on top-of-the-line SL models, and optional NissanConnect features on SV, SR and SL trims include hands-free text messaging and Google points of interest with send-to-car functionality.

What We Like

Optional NissanConnect apps; handsome exterior; spacious back seat; roomy trunk; good fuel economy; convenience of Easy-Fill Tire Alert

What We Don't

CVT causes engine drone under acceleration; dull performance; low-grip tires

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2014 Sentra continues with the thrifty 1.8-liter double-overhead-camshaft 16-valve 4-cylinder engine. Output is a modest 130 horsepower, and it develops 128 lb-ft of torque. The base Sentra S model, which is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, has an EPA rating of 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg hwy.

A CVT is optional on the Sentra S and standard on the SV, SR and SL models. This drivetrain combination nets an EPA rating of 30 mpg city/39 mpg hwy. A special fuel economy-optimized FE+ version of the S and SV is EPA-rated at 40 mpg hwy. All Sentras are front-wheel drive.

Standard Features & Options

The 2014 Sentra is available in S, S FE+, SV, SV FE+, SR and SL trims.

The Sentra S model is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, push-button starting, remote keyless entry, cloth seats, air conditioning, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, intermittent wipers, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, a trip computer, an outside-temperature display, 16-inch steel wheels, dual front airbags, front-seat side airbags, overhead airbags, stability and traction control, anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes and power windows, mirrors and door locks. New for 2014 are front-seat bottom-cushion storage pockets. Options include an automatic CVT and 16-in alloy wheels.

The FE+ version of the Sentra S model comes with a rear spoiler, special low-rolling resistance tires, aerodynamic enhancements and the CVT.

The Sentra SV upgrades include premium cloth seat and door trim, a 6-speaker audio system with steering-wheel controls, a security system and cruise control. More importantly, the SV is available with a wider menu of options, including a Driver package with push-button starting, Bluetooth phone connectivity, auto headlamps, a 4.3-in color infotainment display with SiriusXM, a USB port, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, and Easy-Fill Tire Alert. A Navigation package includes a 5.8-in touchscreen with voice recognition, Pandora radio, hands-free text messaging and a rearview monitor, while a Premium package adds a sliding sunroof, an 8-speaker Bose audio system and more.

The SV is also available with the FE+ Fuel Economy package.

Moving up to the sporty SR trim adds fog lamps, 17-in alloy wheels, sport front and rear fascias, ground-effects side sills, a rear spoiler, a sport grille, a chrome-tipped exhaust, silver interior accents and premium cloth seat trim. The optional SR Driver package brings rear disc brakes, Nissan's Intelligent Key, push-button starting, auto headlamps, Bluetooth phone connectivity, SiriusXM with a 4.3-in screen, a USB port, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter and the Easy-Fill Tire Alert system.

The top-of-the-line SL trim also brings standard simulated wood interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with a 4.3-in display, a USB port, SiriusXM radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, fog lamps, smart headlamps, Easy-Fill Tire Alert, heated side mirrors with LED turn-signal repeaters and a sliding front-center armrest, which is new for 2014. An optional Leather package exclusive to the SL adds leather seat trim, heated front seats and rear disc brakes.

Pricing

Compact sedans are basic transportation for many buyers and often tend to be the choice of first-time purchasers. The Sentra was produced in good numbers, so there should be a solid supply of used examples to choose from.

For a better idea of the 2014 Sentra's price range, check out KBB.com, then search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the following recalls for the 2014 Sentra:

Defective front passenger-seat sensing may deactivate or suppress the deployment of the front passenger airbag when the seat is occupied, increasing the risk for injury in a crash.

The front passenger seat belt bracket may deform if it is used to secure a child safety seat, potentially allowing the front passenger airbag (normally deactivated when a small child is seated there) to deploy in a crash and increasing the risk of injury to a child.

The occupant-detection system for the front passenger seat may not detect a seated adult, resulting in the airbag not deploying in a crash and increasing the risk of injury.

Recall repairs are required by law even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, they'll fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

The 2014 Nissan Sentra received an NHTSA 4-star rating overall, with four stars for frontal impacts, five stars for side impacts and four stars for rollovers.

As it did for the 2013 model, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Sentra a Good rating for side impacts, roof-strength, head-restraint, seat-crash performance and moderate-overlap front impacts. However, it received a Poor rating for small-overlap front impacts.

Nissan covered the 2014 Sentra with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion-perforation warranty.

Nissan certified pre-owned (CPO) cars can't have more than 80,000 miles on the odometer and must be 6 years old or younger. Every CPO Sentra undergoes a 150-point inspection and gets a Carfax report. The Nissan CPO warranty extends the original powertrain warranty to 7 years/100,000 miles, and it includes 24-hour roadside assistance. Additional warranty coverage on all major systems is available at extra cost.

Other Cars to Consider

2014 Ford Focus -- The Focus was completely redone for 2013, sporting European driving flair and fresh styling. It's available as a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback. The standard 160-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is available with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. Fuel economy is near the top of the class, but interior room is lacking.

2014 Toyota Corolla -- Toyota's Corolla sedan gets rebooted with a stylish, Camry-like exterior, as well as greatly increased rear-seat headroom and legroom. It also adds the latest touchscreen infotainment and a new LE Eco model with a CVT that gets 42 mpg hwy. It continues to be a top seller in the compact segment due to its reputation for good fuel economy, trouble-free operation and solid resale value.

Autotrader's Advice

The Sentra is basic transportation, but it offers a lot of features for the money. We recommend going with an SV, SR or SL model to get better seat fabric and cruise control, as well as options such as navigation and premium sound systems, which are not available on the base S model. The only reason to buy the base S model is the 6-speed manual transmission, which is unavailable on other trims. The droning engine sound (reduced for 2014) associated with an automatic CVT takes some getting used to, but its fuel economy benefits are considerable, and the ability of the transmission to tailor ratios without delay can't be topped.

Look for a CPO Sentra or one that's seen obvious care and maintenance and has had any applicable safety recalls performed.

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