2012 Nissan Sentra  -  $17,210

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $17,210
Base Invoice: $16,539
Destination Charge: $780
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn I4 Manual 2.0
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 27 | City: 24 | Hwy: 31
Body Style: 4dr Sdn I4 Manual 2.0
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission
Engine: 2.0L DOHC 16-valve SMPI I4 engine


Good list of features for the money; comfortable ride; large trunk; folding rear seats; performance and handling in SE-R Spec V trim

Model Highlights

The Sentra is offered in six models in all: 2.0, 2.0 S, 2.0 SR and 2.0 SL versions, all for the economically minded but with equipped with progressively more standard equipment. For those who want a compact sedan with more sporty character, there's also the Sentra SE-R and SE-R Spec V. With any of the 2.0 models, a 140-horsepower, 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, paired with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission comes standard. The SE-R gets an upgrade to a 177-hp, 2.5L four and the CVT, while the SE-R Spec V comes only with a 200-hp version of the larger engine plus a 6-speed manual gearbox.

All Sentra models have a strut-type front suspension and rear torsion beam setup with integral stabilizer bar; altogether it brings decent ride quality with good body control in cornering. Ride quality is quite good thanks to a front subframe and rear isolators.

SE-R models get paddle-shifters to help add some driver control to the CVT, as well as an upgraded look and sportier trim throughout. But the Spec V is the true performance package, with its close-ratio 6-speed gearbox, available helical limited-slip differential, stiffer suspension, and 4-wheel disc brakes. Tires on the Spec V are also upgraded to V-rated 17-inchers, and in addition to the suspension upgrades a trunk-mounted V-brace helps make the body more rigid for better cornering control. The Spec V's engine is tuned for high-performance situations, with stouter connecting rods, a different cam profile and a raised 7,000-rpm redline.

The Sentra is a compact car, but there's enough space for four adults (or three across in back when needed) provided you don't have too many long-legged passengers. Leather upholstery is optional on the top 2.0 SL, while most Sentras get a durable-looking cloth upholstery. Trunk space is surprisingly good for a compact as well, and the 60/40-split folding seats on all the trims allow you to easily expand the space for long items.

Even the base Sentra includes power windows and locks and a 4-speaker sound system. The 2.0 S upgrades to a 6-speaker sound system, iPod connectivity, cruise control, a trip computer and keyless entry. The SR model is the sporty way to go, with 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, a rear spoiler, and sportier exterior trim; and at the top of the line, the 2.0 SL brings an Intelligent Key entry and start system, Bluetooth hands-free, XM satellite radio, a color screen, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Options on the Sentra are grouped into just a few packages. A Leather Package adds leather seats and heated front seats to the SL, while a Special Value Package upgrades to a moonroof, Rockford Fosgate audio system, and navigation system with rear-view monitor. On the sportier-looking SR, you can get much of the SL's equipment through the recently introduced Special Edition package.

Model News

The Sentra changes very little for 2012 other than the addition of a new Technology Package option for the Sentra 2.0 S model. A Special Edition package, introduced later in the 2011 model year, carries over to 2012 and combines all the upgrades included in the Moonroof Package, Technology Package, and Convenience Package, at a big discount over adding those packages separately.

Otherwise, there's one new exterior hue offered for the 2012 Sentra: Red Alert, which replaces Lava Red.

Value Writeup

The Sentra is Nissan's compact sedan, competing with the likes of the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra. Compared to these vehicles, the Sentra has a somewhat sportier look and feel--especially in its top SE-R and SE-R Spec V models. It's also one of the better for backseat and trunk space and the sporty SE-R Spec V provides a good alternative between standard-issue compact sedans and tuner-influenced models like the Mazdaspeed3 and Subaru WRX.

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

EPA Classification

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
31 MPG

Cruising Range - City
348.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
24 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
27 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
449.50 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4


Fuel System

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 5100

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
147 @ 4800

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Total Cooling System Capacity
2.1 qts

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
97.4 ft³

Front Head Room
40.6 in

Front Leg Room
42.4 in

Front Shoulder Room
56.9 in

Front Hip Room
54.1 in

Second Head Room
37.3 in

Second Leg Room
34.5 in

Second Shoulder Room
55.1 in

Second Hip Room
53.0 in

105.7 in

Length, Overall
179.8 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
70.5 in

Height, Overall
59.5 in

Track Width, Front
59.8 in

Track Width, Rear
60.8 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.6 in

Liftover Height
28.1 in

Trunk Volume
13.1 ft³

Base Curb Weight
2906 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
1000 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
100 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
0.91 in

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear
0.87 in

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
15 x 6.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
15 x 6.5 in

Spare Wheel Size
16 x -TBD- in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
35.4 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.02 x 0.94 in

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

Rear Drum Diam x Width
9.0 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
14.5 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Not Applicable

2.0L DOHC 16-valve SMPI I4 engine

Electronically controlled drive-by-wire throttle

6-speed manual transmission

Front wheel drive

Battery saver

Independent strut front suspension

Rear torsion beam suspension

Front/rear stabilizer bars

Electric pwr speed-sensitive rack & pinion steering

Pwr front ventilated disc/rear drum brakes

15" 6-spoke look steel wheels w/full wheel covers

P205/60HR15 all-season tires

Compact spare tire

Body color bumpers

Chrome trunk lid finisher

Multi-reflector halogen headlamps -inc: auto off headlamp feature in battery saver

Body color manual mirrors

Green tinted glass

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Body-color door handles

AM/FM audio system w/CD player -inc: (4) speakers, aux audio input jack

Fixed roof antenna

Suede cloth seat trim

4-way manual adjustable front bucket seats

60/40 split fold-flat rear seats

Flexible center console storage w/dual front adjustable cup holders

1 DIN size utility box w/lid

Floor & trunk carpeting

Instrument panel utility storage bin

Tilt steering column

Instrumentation -inc: fuel consumption gauge, tachometer

Vehicle immobilization system

Pwr windows w/driver 1-touch auto up/down, auto reverse

Pwr door locks w/auto-lock

Remote trunk/fuel door release

Air conditioning w/in-cabin micro filter

Rear window defroster w/timer

Suede cloth door trim

Oversize glove box

12V pwr outlet

Rear center armrest w/(2) cup holders

Rear parcel shelf

Cargo area light

Daytime illumination

Driver/front passenger door map pockets

Covered passenger visor vanity mirror

Color-keyed interior door handles

Front/rear passenger assist grips

Anti-lock braking system w/electronic brake force distribution

Vehicle dynamic control (VDC)

Traction control system (TCS)

Clutch interlock

Side-door guard beams

Zone body construction w/front/rear crumple zones, hood deformation point

Dual-stage driver/front passenger airbags w/occupant classification sensor

Driver/front passenger side-impact airbags

Roof mounted curtain air bags for outboard positions

Front seatbelt pretensioners w/adjustable upper anchorages & load limiters

3-point ELR driver seat belt

3-point ALR/ELR seat belts for passenger seating positions

Child safety rear door locks

Passenger window lockout

Child seat anchorages in rear outboard seating positions (LATCH)

Emergency inside trunk release

Active adjustable front head restraints

Energy absorbing steering column

Tire pressure monitoring system


















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