A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Nissan Sentra

The 2012 Nissan Sentra is one of the most versatile sedans in its class. Because it has such a wide variety of options available in its four trims, buyers can choose between a bare-bones version at a very affordable price or a fully loaded version that could compete with equivalent Lexus and Infiniti models. As a result, it’s no wonder that every year the Nissan Sentra gives cars like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Chevy Cruze, and Ford Focus a run for their money.

Key Features

Starting with the base model, the 2012 Nissan Sentra includes a six-speed manual transmission, a full set of airbags, anti-lock brakes and traction control, power locks and windows, and air conditioning, as well as an AM/FM/CD stereo system. Starting at the next trim level, you’ll get Nissan’s automatic Xtronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) and a number of other features, including Sirius XM satellite radio, 16” alloy wheels, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Changes for 2012

At the S trim level (trim levels include 2.0, 2.0 S, 2.0 SL, and 2.0 SR), Nissan included a new technology package, as well as a special edition package for the SL, which includes both the convenience and moonroof packages.

What We Like

Even the base model 2012 Nissan Sentra is very comfortable with plenty of room for both front- and backseat passengers. As you add features (which are available at very reasonable prices), you get even more comfort and luxury.

What Concerns Us

Nissan didn’t really put much time or effort into making the Sentra feel fast, sporty, or responsive. It’s a quality car, but it’s not the most fun vehicle on the road, which can make a big difference for a lot of drivers.

Available Models

When you choose which trim and package(s) you’d like for your 2012 Nissan Sentra, you’ll also choose between a 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The larger engine is more powerful, but the smaller one gets better fuel economy with a rating of 24/31 MPG (city/highway) versus the 2.5-liter’s 21/28 MPG rating.

Major Recalls

There have been no recalls of the 2012 Nissan Sentra as of this time.

Common Issues

A few 2012 Nissan Sentra owners have complained of the car pulling to one side or the other. This issue can usually be resolved easily with an alignment job by a qualified mechanic.

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