The 2014 Nissan Sentra returns with a new engine and a more upscale look, inside and out. The comfortable interior came back with a long list of desirable standard features and options. Of course it goes without saying that the Sentra is one of the best fuel economy vehicles out there. There are two sporty options, including the 200-horsepower SE-R Spec V, designed to appeal to driving aficionados. As you’d expect, the SE-R Spec V is a fun car with abundant acceleration and noticeably sharper handling.
The Sentra SE-R trim level came equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, performance-oriented suspension tuning, an aero-style body kit, cloth sport seats, stereo with color display and gauges that allow the driver to monitor things like oil pressure and g-forces during cornering; the SV adds to the features of the SE-R audio and cruise control buttons on its steering wheel, sportier interior trim and a six-speaker sound system. Outside, more power, higher-performance tires, an even firmer suspension with a lower ride height, larger front brakes, a rear spoiler, underbody aerodynamic deflectors and low-rolling-resistance tires, all of which promote slightly higher highway fuel efficiency.
The Sentra’s interior features surprisingly spacious front seats in that small package that make it easy for even tall people to get into and out of the car. A 60/40-split-folding rear seats comes with ample headroom and hip room for smart comfort. Luggage capacity is generous for the class. At 15.1 cubic feet, this Sentra’s trunk volume is comparable to that of many midsize sedans.
Front seat lower cushion storage pockets, Auto Hazard Warning Signal and an updated NissanConnect with navigation, smartphone integration and voice recognition became standard. A sliding front armrest is also added for the SL grade and SV/SR Driver Packages. From a driver’s perspective, the dashboard was acclaimed for its simple and well-defined design of instruments and controls.
For 2014, Nissan revised the tuning for the Sentra’s continuously variable transmission, steering and suspension.
What is the Xtronic? The Sentra uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which doesn’t use traditional fixed gear ratios. Rather it depends on two hydraulically-operated steel pulleys which are connected by a metal chain link. Upon acceleration, the sides of the v-shaped pulleys either push together or pull apart to move the position of the chain on the pulleys.
As the belt moves smoothly between the gear ratios, the Xtronic CVT doesn’t technically shift, which means that shifting lag when there’s a loss of power while shifting in an automatic transmission no longer occurs. This keeps the engine at its most efficient at all times, increasing fuel economy and keeping the transmission lasting for a very long time.
Nissan fully redesigned the Sentra in 2013 making changes to the car’s design, improving fuel economy and enhancing space and new features as well as structural design changes that reduce noise within the cabin and improve ride comfort and handling. The Sentra for 2014 came with sharper handling making it incredibly enjoyable to drive through turns and of course easy to maneuver around town.
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