2012 Nissan Sentra Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$16,430-$20,990
$15,759-$19,571
25 /CITY / 32 /HWY
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What's New for 2012:

  • Technology option on 2.0 S models

Exterior Features
The 2012 Nissan Sentra is a compact 4-door sedan, and is offered in six trim levels. Fifteen-inch steel wheels are standard, with larger alloy wheels available on higher trim levels.

Interior Features
The 2012 Nissan Sentra offers seating for 5 passengers. Base Sentra models feature cloth upholstery, manual air conditioning, power windows, power locks, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and more. Upgraded trim levels are fitted with keyless entry/ignition, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted controls, rearview camera, and other amenities.

Optional Features
Major options on the 2012 Nissan Sentra include the Convenience package, Moonroof package, Technology package, Navigation package, and Leather package. The Sentra SE-R and SE-R Spec V are range-topping performance-oriented versions with sport-tuned suspension, lower ride height, performance tires, larger front brakes, and cosmetic enhancements.

Under the Hood
Nissan Sentra models are fitted with one of two different engines. Standard Sentra models feature a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 140 horsepower mated to a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Sentra SE-R models feature a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 177 horsepower, while the SE-R Spec V boasts a 200-horsepower version of the same engine. The Sentra SE-R is equipped with a CVT and the SE-R Spec V features a 6-speed manual transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Nissan Sentra are:
  • Nissan Sentra with 2.0-liter engine and CVT: 27/34 mpg (city/highway)
  • Nissan Sentra SE-R with 2.5-liter engine and CVT: 24/30 mpg (city/highway)

Safety
Standard safety features of note on the 2012 Nissan Sentra include side-impact curtain air bags, active head restraints, and front seat belts with pre-tensioners. In government crash tests, the 2012 Nissan Sentra received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Sentra received a \"Good\" rating-the Institute's highest-for frontal-offset and \"Acceptable\" for side-impact crash protection. Roof strength results from the Institute were also \"Acceptable.\"

What's New for 2012:

  • Technology option on 2.0 S models

Exterior Features
The 2012 Nissan Sentra is a compact 4-door sedan, and is offered in six trim levels. Fifteen-inch steel wheels are standard, with larger alloy wheels available on higher trim levels.

Interior Features
The 2012 Nissan Sentra offers seating for 5 passengers. Base Sentra models feature cloth upholstery, manual air conditioning, power windows, power locks, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and more. Upgraded trim levels are fitted with keyless entry/ignition, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted controls, rearview camera, and other amenities.

Optional Features
Major options on the 2012 Nissan Sentra include the Convenience package, Moonroof package, Technology package, Navigation package, and Leather package. The Sentra SE-R and SE-R Spec V are range-topping performance-oriented versions with sport-tuned suspension, lower ride height, performance tires, larger front brakes, and cosmetic enhancements.

Under the Hood
Nissan Sentra models are fitted with one of two different engines. Standard Sentra models feature a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 140 horsepower mated to a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Sentra SE-R models feature a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 177 horsepower, while the SE-R Spec V boasts a 200-horsepower version of the same engine. The Sentra SE-R is equipped with a CVT and the SE-R Spec V features a 6-speed manual transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Nissan Sentra are:
  • Nissan Sentra with 2.0-liter engine and CVT: 27/34 mpg (city/highway)
  • Nissan Sentra SE-R with 2.5-liter engine and CVT: 24/30 mpg (city/highway)

Safety
Standard safety features of note on the 2012 Nissan Sentra include side-impact curtain air bags, active head restraints, and front seat belts with pre-tensioners. In government crash tests, the 2012 Nissan Sentra received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Sentra received a \"Good\" rating-the Institute's highest-for frontal-offset and \"Acceptable\" for side-impact crash protection. Roof strength results from the Institute were also \"Acceptable.\"

Available Trims for the 2012 Nissan Sentra
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 2.0 (4dr Sdn I4 Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 16430.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 24/31
Name 2.0 (4dr Sdn I4 CVT) Transmission CVT MSRP 17610.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 27/34
Name 2.0 S (4dr Sdn I4 CVT) Transmission CVT MSRP 18360.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 27/34
Name 2.0 SR (4dr Sdn I4 CVT) Transmission CVT MSRP 18360.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 27/34
Name 2.0 SL (4dr Sdn I4 CVT) Transmission CVT MSRP 19760.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 27/34
Name SE-R (4dr Sdn I4 CVT *Late Avail*) Transmission CVT MSRP 20490.00 Engine 2.5L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 24/30
Name SE-R Spec V (4dr Sdn I4 Manual *Late Avail*) Transmission Manual MSRP 20990.00 Engine 2.5L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 21/28
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INTERIOR
  • 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
  • Front bucket seats -inc: 6-way manual adjustable driver w/height adjustment, 4-way manual adjustable passenger
  • Steering wheel mounted illuminated cruise & audio controls
  • Trip computer
  • Instrumentation -inc: outside temp gauge, fuel consumption gauge, tachometer
  • Vehicle security system
  • Remote keyless entry
  • (2) 12V pwr outlets
  • Overhead map light
  • Front passenger seatback map pocket
  • Dual covered visor vanity mirrors
  • Chrome plated interior door handles
  • Trunk lid inside trim
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel w/tilt steering column, illuminated mounted cruise, audio & Bluetooth controls
  • Intelligent key
  • Pwr trunk/manual fuel door release
  • Front seatback map pockets
  • Sport cloth bucket seats w/SE-R embroidery
  • Fixed rear bench seat
  • Sport leather wrapped steering wheel w/tilt steering column, illuminated cruise controls
  • Instrumentation -inc: outside temp gauge, fuel consumption gauge, oil pressure, acceleration/deceleration G-meter, tachometer
  • Sport cloth door trim
  • Front seatback net pockets
  • Drilled aluminum pedal pads
  • Sport leather wrapped steering wheel w/red stitching, tilt steering column, illuminated cruise controls
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
EXTERIOR
  • 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
  • Body-colored rear decklid spoiler
  • 16" 5-spoke look steel wheels w/full wheel covers
  • P205/55HR16 all-season tires
  • Body-side moldings w/chrome insert
  • Body color pwr mirrors
  • 16" 7-spoke aluminum wheels
  • Side sill spoilers
  • Unique front/rear sport fascias
  • Sport grille
  • Smoked appearance headlights & taillights
  • Fog lights
  • SR badging
  • 16" 8-spoke aluminum wheels
  • SL badging
  • 17" 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P225/45VR17 all-season tires
  • SE-R badging
  • P225/45WR17 summer tires
  • Reinforced upper cowl
  • Spec-V badging
MECHANICAL
  • 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
  • Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT)
  • Chrome exhaust finisher
  • 2.5L DOHC 16-valve SMPI I4 engine
  • Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters
  • Sport tuned springs
  • Pwr front ventilated/rear solid disc brakes
  • 2.5L DOHC 16-valve SMPI HO I4 engine
  • 6-speed close ratio manual transmission
  • Sport tuned suspension
  • Trunk mounted V-brace
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 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
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • AM/FM audio system w/CD player -inc: (4) speakers, aux audio input jack
    • Fixed roof antenna
    • AM/FM audio system w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (6) speakers, aux audio input jack, radio data system (RDS), speed-sensitive volume control, iPod interface
    • 4.3" color display audio system -inc: USB interface
    • XM satellite radio
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone system

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