2012 Nissan Sentra
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Sentra 4dr Sdn I4 CVT SE-R *Late Avail*
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- Fuel Economy:
24 MPG city / 30 MPG hwy
Gas I4, 2.5L/- TBD -
177 hp @ 6000 rpm
2012 Nissan Sentra OverviewThe 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.
2012 Nissan Sentra Model Changes
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.
2012 Nissan Sentra Value
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.
2012 Nissan Sentra Strengths
Good list of features for the money; comfortable ride; large trunk; folding rear seats; performance and handling in SE-R Spec V trim
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