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Day by Day Review: 2013 Nissan Sentra SR car test drives nissan daily car reviews
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It’s always kind of a bummer when you drop off one car and pick up another and it is a downgrade – but at least this week I’m keeping it in the Nissan family for another week and it really offers a great perspective to the differences between a compact and mid-size from the same manufacturer.

This week the all-new 2013 Nissan Sentra is my subject for review. From the outside immediately I am impressed by the changes Nissan has distilled into the little Sentra. To be honest the previous generation is well… ugly, I much prefer the older fifth generation (2000–2006) over the now outgoing sixth generation. This seventh generation is the best looking yet, though, without a doubt.

Day by Day Review: 2013 Nissan Sentra SR car test drives nissan daily car reviews
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The 2013 Sentra S has a starting price of just $14,848, but nobody buys that version, the more popular and more sensible SV or higher trims starts at $17,548. My tester is an SR model which is really just an SV model with a CVT instead of a six-speed manual, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear-disc brakes, some chrome and bumper additions that make it look much sportier, and premium cloth seats.

From the outside the new Sentra kind of looks like a Toyota Camry at times, or maybe a Toyota Corolla. Either way I nearly mistook it for a Toyota today in the parking lot as I was walking towards it, I had second thoughts that it was not my ride and was someone else’s ride. When you get out of the Altima and into the Sentra, though, the differences between the mid-sizer and this compact are pretty obvious – and it’s more than just size.

MSRP as tested (including destination): $21,650

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