The All-New 2013 Nissan Sentra!
Nissan’s Most Innovative Sentra Ever!

2013 Nissan Sentra

We know you’ll love the new Sentra! Nissan actually took last year’s model apart and completely redesigned it.  It’s got more interior space than the Honda Civic, the Ford Focus and the Toyota Corolla and better fuel economy, too! It is modeled after the mid-size Nissan Altima and provides a more luxurious drive-feel for its owners. 

Pricing

The 2013 Nissan Sentra SV has an MSRP of $17,970, which is 7% lower than the overall average MSRP of the three competitor vehicles mentioned above. Bengt Halvorson, of thecarconnection.com, says: “Looking at the equipment list and pricing, there’s a lot of value for the money in the 2013 Nissan Sentra, and it keeps pace with other models in this class, even adding a few features normally reserved for larger, more expensive models—like dual-zone automatic climate control and Bose audio to some of the lineup…at around $23k for a fully optioned SL, this is a model that poses a strong value for those who want a lavishly equipped, yet frugal, small car. Do you want a small-car model that emulates bigger models, emphasizing space, comfort, and features, albeit with a lower price? If [this is what you’re looking for], you’re in luck with the 2013 Nissan Sentra.  This time around, Nissan is aiming to cast this model in the mold of the mid-size Altima—yet scaled down in size and price, in the hopes to lure shoppers who want classiness (and frugality, of course) over sportiness. Nissan has tried hard to make the Sentra look and feel like a larger, more mature car, and it succeeds…with its laid-back profile and upscale, Infiniti-influence sheetmetal…” 

In addition, Edmunds had this to say about the extraordinary value of the 2013 Nissan Sentra: “Given how close the Sentra is creeping toward midsize status, we expected its price to start getting bigger, too. Instead Nissan went the other way and made the 2013 Sentra slightly cheaper than the previous model.” So you are presented with an exceptional value with the new Sentra!

Acceleration and Power

Nissan has replaced last year’s engine with a scaled-back version due to its lighter weight and to ensure better fuel economy. You’ll agree that the new Sentra’s fuel economy is remarkable; with 30 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and a combined mpg of 34, this is better than every other vehicle in Sentra’s class. In this economic recovery, every little bit matters and this translates to more money in your pocket! Some professional opinions:

“[the scaled-back version of the engine]—How does that feel on the road? Not all that much different, especially since, like the last Sentra, the standard gearbox on everything but the base model is a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It’s Nissan’s latest CVT and it does a good job of making smaller engines feel slightly more powerful than their numbers suggest. Part of the reason is a new “Sport” mode that makes it respond a little bit quicker to throttle inputs.” Edmunds

“The CVT is smooth and responsive” – Consumer Guide

“The Sentra’s CVT automatic makes the most of the 2.0-liter’s output, providing snappy off-the-line launches and adequate power for merging and passing.” – Kelley Blue Book

Comfort and Convenience

The all-new 2013 Nissan Sentra boasts spacious interior room that dwarfs the competition! Sentra’s legroom and headroom are unsurpassed in a compact car—with 4 cubic feet more volume than its closest competitors. Professionals say:

“The backseat is as capacious as we’ve seen in the segment. Nissan has done a good job increasing the interior volume of the new car, especially if the bit you care about is in the backseat…with seating for three abreast…the interior volume of the Sentra is actually large enough that the EPA classifies it as a midsize, rather than compact, sedan…” – Seyth Miersma, autoblog.com

Like many of its competitors, the 2013 Nissan Sentra now offers many of the same electronic features that used to be restricted to the larger midsize sedans. The big legroom figure quoted by Nissan for the backseats is no joke. Two adults could ride quite comfortably in back without feeling cramped.  Cargo room is another area where the Sentra matches up favorably to both compact and midsize sedans.” – Edmunds

Safety

The all-new 2013 Nissan Sentra offers all the safety features of a larger luxury car as standard. With 1st and 2nd row curtain airbags, side-impact airbags that move with the seat position and an occupant classification system, it’s clear that Nissan’s priority is protection of those driving and riding in its vehicles. 

In addition, the standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system helps keep you on your steered course, while adjusting for oversteer and understeer. And the Traction Control System senses when a front wheel slips, then reduces engine power or applies brakes to restore grip.

Sentra Owners Speak!

Of course, what Nissan Sentra owners have to say is the proof behind the product!

“I had owned a 2006 Sentra as a commuter car and it was very reliable for me. I was in the market for another commuter car after owning a 2010 Chevy Cobalt. I decided on the Sentra because of the rebate offers, their reliability, and dealer proximity. This car performs much better than the Cobalt. Better acceleration, better rear view, much better braking, and more comfortable seats to name just a few.”

“I’ve had a 2009 Versa since 2008, and my Nissan dealer started asking me a year ago if I wanted to trade it in, so I finally went in and talked to them. I loved my Versa, but was curious about the Sentra. Like my Versa, I don’t think I could have found a better deal than the one I got with my Sentra. The ride is very smooth and quiet, the seats are very comfortable, it has plenty of room and a massive trunk. What really sold me was the ride and the comfortable seats. I was originally after a manual transmission, like I had in my Versa, but went with the CVT after seeing it got better fuel economy than the manual. I love the CVT!”

Come on over to see the all-new redesigned 2013 Nissan Sentra.  We know you’ll want to take a test drive in this car, which represents an exceptional quality and value for you!

 

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The 2012 Acura TL – Aggressive, Yet Elegant!

2012 Acura TL

 

We love the new 2012 Acura TL, and we know you will too!  The TL ranks #2 out of 19 upscale midsize cars as determined by US News’ ranking and reviews.  “It’s ideal for those wanting an athletic and aggressive car that nonetheless treats its occupants to a reasonably smooth ride and an accommodating interior with a generous assortment of high-tech features,” reports  Forbes Magazine.

Acura says that its fourth-generation TL is nothing less than the most exciting performance luxury sedan in Acura history and sets the benchmark for the future direction of the Acura division of Honda.

Competitors include the Audi A6, Lexus ES350, Lincoln MKZ and Volvo S60 & S80.  The TL offers exceptional value and above-average durability and reliability compared to its counterparts listed here. 

Performance:  It’s all in the details!

According to US News, test drivers say the TL’s base V6 is strong, quiet and quick, while the TL’s optional all-wheel drive is admired for its excellent grip in a variety of weather and road condition scenarios.   The Acura TL’s 3.5L V-6 engine blows away the competition with 280 hp@6200 rpm, and the torque also excels with 254@5000rpm and a compression ratio of 11.2, compared to an average 10.5 among others in its class.  The TL also includes paddle shifters as standard equipment, while the competition either offers them as an option or they are unavailable.

The 2012 Acura TL transmission teams with a new multi-clutch torque converter that not only reduces heat build-up during operations, but also allows for lock-up activation during a much wider range of driving conditions – which helps generate improved fuel economy.  As a result, city/highway fuel economy is now 20/29 mpg – an increase of 3 mpg in highway driving over the 2011 TL.  To further improve operating efficiency, the TL’s 3.5L V-6 engine receives a host of friction-reduction technologies while a revised air inlet system provides cooler air for both the 3.5L and 3.7L engines.   US News reports that test drivers love the powerful V6 engines in both TL trims. 

Sara Lacey, of cars.com, calls the Acura TL “mother proof.”  In its 2012 model, Acura softened the look of the grille, but she says that the redesigned five-seater still means business with its sharp, sporty looks.  She goes on to say that the base TL with front-wheel drive has a 3.5L V-6, and there’s a larger engine – 3.7L V-6 in AWD that makes it possible for Mom and Dad to have fun driving the TL when no one is looking!  “The rear seats are deep and supportive, and there’s plenty of legroom for the kids,” Sara says.

Auto reviewers are very happy with the 2012 Acura TL’s powerful V6 engine and handling.  They especially like the way it powers through curves and turns:

“The Acura TL occupies a sweet spot among all of those extremes – precise enough in steering (rack-and-pinion type) to go exactly where you point when you point it; gifted with a well-crafted suspension (front double wishbone, rear multi-link) that turns dips, curves and bends into a smile-laden joy ride; and blessed with a new six-speed automatic transmission that can be used as a manual to turn drives on especially steep and twisty roads into pure, unadulterated fun.”  – The Washington Post

 “The V6s in both the TL and SH-AWD are quiet and buttery-smooth at low engine speeds.  They’re equally impressive when you wind them out, too.  Both engines seem to thrive on being pushed to the redline, an easy thing to do when using the manual shift paddles.” – Inside Line

“Shifts are quick and crisp, and we love the way the transmission holds paddle-selected gears in sport mode, refusing to upshift at redline…” – Car and Driver

“Seat-of-the-pants, the TL feels quick, but test results prove this sedan can hustle.” – Motor Trend

“Brakes retard momentum right-by-gosh-now with not much pedal pressure.  Steering gives you the impression you’re actually controlling the car, instead of rotating a mysterious mechanism through a slushy medium.” – USA Today

“It still has the same wonderfully competent and stable chassis that makes it a sport-sedan stalwart.”   – Inside Line

We quickly came to appreciate Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) system which is engineered to benefit both wet and dry-road traction.  It not only automatically distributes engine power between the front and rear axles as needed, but also between the left and right rear wheels to provide a sporty feel few AWD vehicles can match.  This so-called torque vectoring technology makes the 2012 Acura TL’s already quick and nimble handling feel like it’s on a turntable while making sharp turns at speed.” – Forbes

Comfort and Convenience

The Acura TL provides much more passenger room in the front seat than other cars in its class.  The TL also includes 2-memory driver-side seat adjustment as standard equipment, while for most competitors, this is optional or unavailable.  In addition, heated front seats and high-intensity discharge headlights are standard in the Acura TL.

“It exudes a cool, mature, composed demeanor that’s refined enough to serve as daily transport, but up for an occasional hilly backroad romp.”  – Motor Trend

“Those looking for a refined ride, a spacious cabin and a full helping of the latest bells and whistles will be well served by the base model TL, a strong competitor to the likes of the Buick LaCrosse, Hyundai Genesis and Lexus ES350.” – Edmunds

 “Inside, the…TL’s modestly redesigned interior is roomy, attractive and functional.”  – Forbes

“We found the front seats to be comfortable and supportive, with sufficient travel to suit long-legged motorists.  Rear seat room is plentiful for two adult riders – three in a pinch – with a maximum 36.2 inches of legroom.”  – Forbes

“The TL is the largest and roomiest sedan in its class and one of the few whose back seat can graciously handle long hauls with long adults.”  – The New York Times

“The navigation system remains one of the best, most intuitive units from any OEM.” AutoWeek

“The interior is outstanding.  It features an attractive design and appealing materials, including lovely brown perforated leather upholstery…” – Newsday

Safety

Acura is proud to report that its TL is one of only two cars that received the highest possible rating in the new small overlap frontal crash test.  Safety ratings for the Acura TL are the highest rating of “Good” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Optional AWD is good in wet and dry conditions.  Standard safety features include front-seat side-impact torso airbags, side curtain airbags, antilock brakes and electronic stability system.  Also available is a blind spot warning system.

Pricing

The 2012 Acura TL 6-Speed AT has a base price MSRP of $35,905, which is over 10% less than the average MSRP’s of other vehicles in its class, including the Lexus ES350, BMW 335i, Audi A6 and the Volvo S80.  Residual values are high on Acura TL models at both the 36-months and 60-months points.  The vehicle’s reliability and standard powertrain warranty of 70,000 or 72 months are among the best in its class, bringing its total ownership costs down.

The proof is in the pudding:  What owners have to say!

Current Acura TL owners have an abundance of great things to say about their car!  In the interest of time, we narrowed it down to a few:

“Finally, my best car ever!  Great MPG average at 26, quick acceleration and handling, extremely comfortable interior.  I commute about 12 hours a week and this car makes my long drives a pleasure.  My favorite option?  The ventilated seats.”

“Best bang for your buck by far!  Quality power and mpg.  I am getting 24 miles in city and 32 on highway.  Quiet ride. Great sound system and lane guidance navigation.  Cooled seats are fantastic!”

“For the money, I don’t see how anything can beat a TL overall.”

“Would not buy another car in its class over the TL, not even if it was a gift!  I have owned several autos and without a doubt the Acura product has been the most owner and driver-friendly auto I have owned.”

“Had a 2001 Acura TL and that’s why I bought another.  I look forward to keeping this one 12 years or so…reliability is part of the game, and the TL has it.  Every bit of the car a Lexus 350 is with a better price.”

Test drivers have these comments:

“That was a lot of fun!”

“The blind spot feature is a great feature!”

“The head room:  I’m pleasantly surprised with it considering I’m 6 feet 5 inches tall!”

“The car is capable of a lot performance-wise”

“The TL is a solid car”

Schedule your test drive(s) today!

As we said before, we know you will love this car – so schedule your test drive today! Simply click below to schedule your test drive to see what a great driving experience the Acura TL would be for you!

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In the meantime, please share your questions, thoughts, and comments with us below.  We would be glad to discuss these with you as soon as possible!

*photo courtesy of AcuraConnected.com