Nissan determined that it was time to give some of its sedans a mid-cycle lift and so it decided to add more consumer electronics to the 2010 Nissan Altima, Maxima and Sentra. The Bluetooth wireless connections in the Altima and Maxima have been expanded to allow music to be transferred from an iPod.
The navigation systems for the Altima and Maxima were also updated to now include restaurant reviews, weather forecasts and warnings, and traffic updates.
Nissan has added a $400 navigation option for the Sentra. Some minor exterior and interior styling changes were also made on the 2010 Altima and Sentra.
The Maxima's navigation system is part of a $1,850 package that includes a hard drive for music storage and DVD videos.
The Altima's package is priced at $1,780. Mark Perry, Nissan North America's director of product planning, said that buyers of lower-priced vehicles such as the Sentra are reluctant to splurge money for a navigation system.
However, Nissan said that its own data and J.D. Power agree that owners of portable navigation systems are willing to give up their portables for a $400 in-dash system.
The $400 navigation system, which is engineered by Bosch, serves as a display for the audio system. The unit will be available on the Sentra starting in December.
The brand-new Nissan Sentra is stylish, contemporary, and sophisticated, designed for the professionalism of buyers aspiring upward and to drive something better than other models in the segment. Adopting Nissan's bold new characteristic trapezoid-shaped grille and large wraparound headlights accented with LEDs, it is the only compact sedan offering them as standard. Also standard are the LED taillights that complement the cultured design.
Different from the last design, this model’s beltline is lower with an added character line running from the front fenders to the sculptured taillights and trunk lid. This gives the new Sentra a sturdier stance and better visibility for occupants. The exterior also features chrome door handles and accents, optional heated wing mirrors with built-in turn signals, and optional sport front and rear fascias and rear spoiler.
The 2013 Sentra now has a lighter platform, helping to reduce its weight by more than 150 pounds. This also allowed the Sentra to boast one of the largest interior volumes for its class, with plenty of rear legroom and better trunk capacity.
Another improvement from the prior generation, the 2013 Sentra has a 0.6-inch longer wheelbase (106.3 inches) and a 2.3-inch longer length (182.1 inches). There is a shorter front overhang and extended rear overhang. A slightly lower height (-0.6 inches) and narrower width (-1.2 inches) enhance the aerodynamics, but still it has almost the same total interior volume (111.0 cubic feet; the previous has 110.8). The drag coefficient significantly is reduced to 0.29 from 0.34.