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2013 Nissan Sentra Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Nissan Sentra was new.


Interior: 7.2

Most reviewers have tested higher trims of the 2013 Nissan Sentra, and say these models are well-constructed and are made with quality materials. The Sentra can come with features like an optional Bose stereo and a navigation system, which are very easy to use, according to reviewers. Auto critics say the Sentra has enough rear-seat room for two adults to sit comfortably. Some auto writers are surprised that the front seats aren’t as accommodating for adults and that it can be hard to find a comfortable driving position.

  • "Fit and finish throughout the cabin is excellent, and the SL trim, in particular, stands out with its generous use of soft-touch materials and wood-tone accents; its available leather upholstery, with its handsome stitching, is especially appealing." -- Edmunds 
  • "Those gripes aside, the Sentra's interior is a nice place to spend some time. The materials are top-notch for the class, and the design, like the exterior, is clean, if inoffensive." -- Motor Trend 
  • "Some noticeable detractors from the experience were the regrettable wood trim pieces on the center tunnel and the doors, as well as an overly large, thin-rimmed steering wheel that felt as if it were sized for a pickup rather than a compact car." -- Autoblog


Reviewers are thoroughly impressed with the amount of rear-seat space the 2013 Sentra offers, saying there’s enough room for tall adults. Test drivers even say the Sentra’s second row is one of the most spacious in the class. Their opinions of the front seats aren’t as positive. Reviewers specifically address the driver’s seat. Though one auto writer says it didn’t take long for him to find a comfortable driving position, another thinks the steering wheel doesn’t telescope out far enough. Other reviewers add that regardless of where they sit, the seats don’t have enough bolstering.  

  • "It's hardly tight, though, as nearly all of its measurements fall about midpack compared to other sedans in its class like the Chevy Cruze, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. In other words, if you're more than 6 feet tall there's still plenty of room to stretch out." -- Edmunds (rear seats)
  • "The Sentra's cabin is spacious and the controls are nicely arranged, to the point that getting comfortable behind the wheel took only a matter of seconds." -- Road and Track 
  • Our predilection would be for a set of front seats with larger side bolsters than these very flat Sentra seats offered, though we must admit that the cushions felt nicely padded for long-range cruising." -- Autoblog
  • "If there are faults, they're in the front seats. Granted, I have short legs, but the short telescoping range in the steering wheel had me sitting way up on the pedals to get close enough to the wheel." -- Motor Trend
  • "But cabin space is a weakness: In my moonroof-equipped test car, there wasn't enough headroom for my 5-foot-11 frame with the height-adjustable seat anywhere close to full elevation." -- Cars.com (front seats)

Interior Features

The base 2013 Sentra comes with a four-speaker stereo and an auxiliary input jack. Optional features include an eight-speaker Bose stereo, satellite radio, a color display for the standard stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, a touch-screen navigation system, a rearview camera and NissanConnect, which is a hands-free text messaging feature.

One test driver thinks the Sentra doesn’t have a lot of standard features compared with the rest of the class, but when the Sentra is equipped with optional features, such as the Bose stereo, one reviewer says that the Sentra feels more upscale than it is. Few reviewers have evaluated the base Sentra, but when the small car is equipped with the navigation system, test drivers say that this feature, as well as Bluetooth, are easy to use. They say it doesn’t take long to hook up a phone though Bluetooth and that the navigation system’s buttons are straightforward. However, one reviewer isn’t impressed with the sound quality of the optional stereo.

See the full 2013 Nissan Sentra features and specs »

  • "The 5.8-inch navigation screen is easy to read, the touchscreen functions are simple to use and even the Bluetooth interface is straightforward. The premium sound system comes coupled with a sunroof as part of the Premium package and isn't the best we've heard." -- Edmunds 
  • "Ergonomics are solid, with all the controls logically laid out and easy to reach. That praise extends to the optional NissanConnect navigation system, which is intuitive and easy to use. Nissan's done a commendable job of simplifying the functions, making things like inputting an address or connecting a phone via Bluetooth quick and easy." -- Motor Trend 
  • "Nissan doesn't include a whole lot of standard equipment on the average Sentra." -- Automobile Magazine


The 2013 Nissan Sentra has 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space. Test drivers are really impressed with the amount of trunk room the Sentra has, which they say is competitive with midsize sedans. Reviewers disagree on the usefulness of the interior cubbies, though. One writer says that the glove compartment is roomy, while a different reviewer says interior storage spaces are too small.

  • "Luggage capacity is generous. At 15.1 cubic feet it's comparable to that of many midsize sedans." -- Edmunds 
  • "Storage space remains a strength, with a glove compartment so deep I half expected to reach a fan belt." -- Cars.com
  • "The seats feel like sitting back on a large slab of wood, the storage bins are tiny, and there is no place to put your phone." -- Jalopnik

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