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Press release from PR Newswire Names the 2013 Nissan Sentra the Most Affordable Compact Sedan

Thursday, May 16, 2013 Names the 2013 Nissan Sentra the Most Affordable Compact Sedan

06:00 EDT Thursday, May 16, 2013

CHICAGO, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --, the premier online resource for buying and selling new and used cars, has named the 2013 Nissan Sentra the most affordable compact sedan. Taking into account compact sedans equipped with features like automatic transmission, cruise control, USB input, remote entry, tilting/telescoping steering and steering wheel audio controls, and then adding five years of fuel costs, the experts at compiled a list of 11 compact sedans, ranked from most to least affordable.

"The redesigned 2013 Nissan Sentra topped the list with its affordable price tag, generous feature offerings, and low fuel costs," said Patrick Olsen,'s Editor-in-Chief. "With an estimated $8,000 in fuel costs for five years, the Sentra topped out at just $27,180, which is about $2,000 less than the average compact sedan over the same period of time."

The experts found the following results in their compact sedan affordability research:

Model & Trim Level


Tested Price

Fuel Cost


2013 Nissan Sentra SV

Driver's Package




2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS

Preferred Package




2013 Toyota Carolla LE

No additional package




2013 Honda Civic LX

No additional package




2014 Kia Forte LX

Popular Package




2013 Ford Focus SE

No additional package




2013 Mazda3 iSport

No additional package




2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium

No additional package




2013 Chevy Cruze 1LT

No additional package




2013 Dodge Dart SXT 2.0

Bluetooth, Popular Equipment Group




2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE

Convenience Package




"When shopping for a compact sedan, the number $20,000 stands out as the price shoppers in this class should remember," said Olsen. "There are five compact sedans on our list that are both well-equipped and well-reviewed for less than that price. So if you've got your heart set on a car that costs more than $20,000, make sure there is a valid reason to pick it over the more affordable options."

To read expert and consumer reviews of compact sedans and other cars, visit To learn more about the most affordable compact sedans visit

ABOUT CARS.COM is an award-winning online destination for car shoppers that offers information from consumers and experts to help buyers formulate opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car. offers thousands of new and used vehicle listings, consumer reviews, side-by-side comparison tools, photo galleries, videos, unbiased editorial content and many other tools. puts millions of car buyers in control of their shopping process with the information they need to make confident buying decisions. Launched in June 1998, is a division of Classified Ventures LLC, which is owned by leading media companies, including A.H. Belo (NYSE: AHC), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune Company and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).


For further information: Ethan Hertzberg, 312.601.5685,

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