2014 Nissan Sentra
The Nissan Sentra was one of the best selling vehicles in the world in 2014. Though it is far from flashy, the Sentra boasts eye-popping fuel efficiency for the era. Yet this Nissan compact comes in very affordably when compared to it’s class. As a result, the 2014 Nissan Sentra was able to climb into the top 20 in sales for all vehicle types for the model year.
For 2014, the Sentra was updated with a new engine, a quality appearance, and an improved interior design. Within it’s class, the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Corolla are just a few competitors. The Sentra comes in S, SV, SR, and SL trim levels. On the S and SV, the FE+ option adds aerodynamic changes for marginally better highway gas consumption.
There are six trim levels available in the 2014 NISSAN SENTRA:
- 2014 NISSAN SENTRA S: Front-wheel drive drivetrain with Continuously Variable Automatic transmission
- 2014 NISSAN SENTRA FE+ S: Front-wheel drive drivetrain with Continuously Variable Automatic transmission
- 2014 NISSAN SENTRA SV: Front-wheel drive drivetrain with Continuously Variable Automatic transmission
- 2014 NISSAN SENTRA FE+ SV: Front-wheel drive drivetrain with Continuously Variable Automatic transmission
- 2014 NISSAN SENTRA SR: Front-wheel drive drivetrain with Continuously Variable Automatic transmission
- 2014 NISSAN SENTRA SL: Front-wheel drive drivetrain with Continuously Variable Automatic transmission
Performance and Fuel Economy
The 2014 Sentra is acceptable in every way, but it provides very little to entice someone looking for behind-the-wheel excitement—or even charm. The Sentra puts its best foot forward in ordinary commuting circumstances, with a 130-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and an Xtronic continuously variable automatic gearbox (CVT) (it’s also inexpensive, with up to 40 mpg highway). Although it may seem to be a low power number, Nissan decreased curb weight by 150 pounds this year.
In this respect, Nissan promises that most CVT-equipped Sentras would get up to 39 mpg on the highway and a best-in-class 34 mpg as an EPA Combined number. As a result, the EPA City rating will be an impressive 30 mpg. Similarly, a special FE+ model will score 40 mpg on the highway.
Specifications of the 2014 Nissan Sentra
- Height: 58.9 in
- Length: 182.1 in
- Width: 69.3 in
- Curb weight: 2835 lbs
- Passenger volume: 95.9 ft3
- Trunk volume: 15.1 ft3
Engine type: 1.8-liter I-4
Vehicle type: five-passenger sedan
Fuel Capacity / Gas Tank Size: 13.2 gallons
C/D TEST RESULTS:
- Zero to 130 mph: N/A
- Zero to 100 mph: 31.1 sec
- Zero to 60 mph: 10.1 sec
Comfort, Quality, and Styling
When you check the Nissan Sentra’s outer measurements, you’ll see that it is right in the midst of what was formerly dubbed mid-size. The Sentra offers a roomy interior and a smooth ride, but the cabin materials and trims, as well as true seating comfort, aren’t very noteworthy.
The Sentra has a larger, broader cabin than previously, at 182.1 inches long, approximately two inches longer than the existing vehicle. The wheelbase is 0.6 inches longer, at 106.3 inches, plus an inch of greater width. Dimensionally, Sentra outperforms its competitors; it has more official front headroom, front legroom, and back legroom than other automobiles in its class (including Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla).
Official measurements show that the total passenger space is larger than that of any competitor car. Overall, the Sentra is comfortable, although its seating design is lacking. The flat and unsupportive chairs are the greatest disappointment, and although we expected some lateral support based on the aesthetics, it’s just present on the surface.
When a customer purchased a new vehicle, the glove box contained an original 2014 Nissan Sentra owners manual which holds all of the vehicle’s vital information needed for future usage. The contents of the Nissan Sentra Owners Manual comprise the following functions:
- Safety—Seats, seat belts, and supplemental restraint system
- Instruments and controls
- Pre-driving checks and adjustments
- Maintenance Specifications
- Monitor, climate, audio, phone, and voice recognition system
- Starting and driving
- Appearance and care
- Technical and consumer information
The Nissan Sentra owner’s manual was written to meet car enthusiasts’ demands by instructing them on when and how to utilize each vehicle’s feature and function.
Safety Features of the 2014 Nissan Sentra
The Sentra falls a little short in safety, despite having proper safety equipment and a new design providing good outward vision. The Sentra receives top ‘good’ ratings from the IIHS in most categories (as do most vehicles in its class), but that’s only half the story; it also receives a concerning ‘poor’ rating for small overlap frontal impact.