Why the 2013 Nissan Sentra is perfect for the price-conscious

February 18, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

2013 Nissan SentraIf you’re in the market for a new car, and price is a major concern, there are several ways to determine the best value for your money. It starts with the sticker on the front of the car – or the sales price you negotiate with the seller (and possibly terms offered by your lender, too, as interest on a loan can significantly increase the “real” cost) – but there are other things to factor into the “real” price of your vehicle.

A few of the primary factors to consider are the cost of insurance for that vehicle, the durability of the car (that is, the likelihood of needing repairs not covered by your car insurance or by a manufacturer’s warranty), and the cost of fuel, which is to say, how often you’ll burn through a tank of gas given your daily commute and driving habits.

If all of these things resonate with you, and you are in the market for a new car, a great place to start is with a car now for sale around the world. You can get the new Nissan Sentra in Dubai, in Detroit and almost everywhere else – and the car is already ticking a lot of boxes for a lot of people.

Even if you’ve looked at the Sentra before, look again in 2013. It has received a significant makeover from 2012 and is poised to become a leader in the small sedan category yet the Sentra is still priced as if it is a middle-of-the-pack player hoping for some positive attention.

The 2013 Nissan Sentra is not only incredibly well-priced – the basic package starts at just under $16,000, with upgrades and other add-ons available at extra cost – but it also gets excellent gas mileage for a small sedan, with 36 miles per gallon on the highway, and up to 39 miles per gallon with CVT models. In the city, it checks in at something around 30 mpg; overall, the gas mileage of the 2013 Nissan Sentra beats respected mainstays like the Honda Civic and Chrysler 200.

So saving money on purchase cost? Check. Saving money on fuel? Check. But here are perhaps the biggest savings, and they have to do with long-term expenses: car insurance, safety and durability.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the U.S. recently awarded the Sentra’s “big brother”, the Nissan Altima, its Top Safety Pick+ award, and it was one of only 13 cars to receive that distinction this year. While the new Sentra has yet to be evaluated, given the similarities between the design and engineering of the two vehicles, it isn’t crazy to assume that the lower-priced 2013 Nissan Sentra will also score well on the IIHS safety tests, meaning lower insurance costs and peace-of-mind for buyers and drivers. Again, if the results were in, this car might be significantly more expensive than it is.

Online reviews of the Sentra have been mostly positive – the car looks more expensive than it is, with roomy passenger seating, and upgrades that will have passengers (maybe even your boss) thinking you paid perhaps twice as much as you did for the vehicle. While some gear-heads online have claimed the vehicle doesn’t wow, and point out its louder than desired engine at high speeds, for the price-conscious, this is a vehicle poised to impress, and prepared to save you money.

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