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First Look: 2013 Nissan Sentra

Lighter, more lavish, more fuel-efficient.

by on Aug.31, 2012

The 2013 Nissan Sentra is 150 pounds lighter - yet also larger -- than the outgoing model.

Didn’t we already see Nissan’s new midsize sedan? Well, yes – and no.  The Japanese maker continues its unusual strategy of offering two entries into this critical market segment, starting with the all-new Altima it introduced earlier this year.

Now comes Nissan’s second model, the 2013 Sentra.  Technically a compact, according to EPA guidelines, it’s close enough in size to appeal to many midsize buyers on a budget.  Though the traditionally down-market entry, Nissan is making the sort of styling and feature changes that it hopes will convince potential buyers that the new Sentra isn’t just a roomy econobox.

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As with the Altima and the other big entry for 2013, the Pathfinder ute, the redesigned Altima follows Nissan’s so-called “class-above” strategy.  That starts with a more premium design than the outgoing model.  The basic look will be familiar to those who’ve already seen the new Altima, starting with the trapezoid-shaped Nissan grille framed with large headlamps and LED accent lights – normally a luxury car detail. The standard taillights are LED, as well.

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