The 2012 Nissan Sentra is a compact sedan with three available engine options; 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 140 hp, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 177 hp, and an additional 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine (SE-R trim level) that produces 200 hp. Transmissions consist of a 6-speed manual, 6-speed close-ratio manual, CVT transmission, and a CVT transmission with paddle shifters. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 21 mpg city to 34 mpg highway, depending on engine selection. Features include 60/40 fold-flat rear seats, navigation, premium sound system, and a sliding power moonroof. Safety is comprised of advanced airbags, vehicle dynamic control, traction control, anti-lock braking, and tire pressure monitoring. The Sentra is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
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.
Good list of features for the money; comfortable ride; large trunk; folding rear seats; performance and handling in SE-R Spec V trim
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.