Nissan Sentra 2012Posted: January 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 New Car Models, Nissan | Leave a comment »
The 2012 Nissan Sentra is a compact sedan that appeals to shopers looking for a practical, affordable, economical small sedan. Competitors of this five-seat sedan include Kia Forte, Honda Fit, Mazda3, Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra. The current-generation Nissan Sentra debuted in 2007, making the 2012 Sentra model one of the oldest small sedans available this year in terms of design.
The 2012 Nissan Sentra is offered in six different trim levels, including four mainstream models based on a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (2.0, 2.0S, 2.0SR and 2.0SL) and two high-performance variants powered by a 2.5-liter engine (SE-R and SE-R SpecV).
The entry-level 2012 Nissan Sentra 2.0 starts with 15-inch steel wheels, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, power windows and locks and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. The 2012 Nissan Sentra 2.0 S adds 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a height-adjustable driver seat, power mirrors and a six-speaker CD/MP3 audio system with an iPod interface.
The 2.0 SR model adds styling cues from its sportier siblings including distinctive front and rear fascias, foglamps, 16-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. The 2012 Sentra 2.0 SL adds to SR a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless/ignition entry, Bluetooth and an upgraded stereo system. The 2012 Sentra SE-R trim level is equipped similaly to the 2.0 SR but adds 17-inch alloy wheels, performance-oriented suspension tuning and cloth sport seats.
Enhancements for 2012 include a new Technology Package, which is offered with the Sentra 2.0S. In addition, three packages (disponible from 2011 Sentra 2.0 SR) continue into 2012: the Moonroof Package, Convenience Package and Special Edition Package. The Special Edition Package combines all of the features of the Moonroof Package, Technology Package and Convenience Package at a substantial savings over what those package would cost individually. Nine exterior colors are available for 2012 Nissan Sentra: Metallic Blue, Blue Onyx, Espresso Black, Red Alert, Brilliant Silver, Magnetic Gray, Super Black, Red Brick and Aspen White.
All 2012 Nissan Sentra ”2.0” models are powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine that generates 140 hp at 5.100 rpm and 147 lb-ft of torque at 4.800 rpm. Sentra 2.0 model comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. The Xtronic CVT automatic is standard on Sentra 2.0S, 2.0SR, and 2.0SL.
The fuel economy for 2012 Nissan Sentra 2.0 models is: 24 mpg city/ 31 mpg highway for manual transmission and 27/34 mpg for CVT.
Following Nissan’s longstanding formula of delivering serious performance in affordably priced sedans, the 2012 Nissan Sentra SE-R and Sentra SE-R SpecV are ideal vehicles for performance buyers who want aftermarket-style appearance and performance features straight from the factory. Built on a foundation of the roomy, comfortable and versatile Sentra sedan, they are also vehicles that offer a great deal of practicality. Both models are again equipped with a range of performance-oriented equipment and features (versus non-SE-R Sentra models), including unique exterior and interior appearance modifications.
The 2012 Nissan Sentra SE-R and SE-R SpecV are powered by a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine that produces 177 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque and 200 hp and 180 lb-ft, respectively. The Sentra SE-R is equipped with Nissan’s Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, while the SE-R SpecV is available exclusively with a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.
Sentra SE-R achieve an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city / 30 mpg highway while 2012 Nissan Sentra SE-R SpecV is rated with 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
All 2012 Nissan Sentra models feature standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), along with standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS). Other safety features for the 2012 Sentra include Nissan Advanced Air Bags System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor, and more.
In his 2012 Nissan Sentra review, the Automobile.com says about this sedan:
The Nissan Sentra is a longtime member of the economy sedan class, and it’s with good reason that the Sentra has lasted for so long. If you want a car that’s roomy and affordable, and basically OK looking from the street, the Sentra might be the car for you. Sure, it’s not styled so heads will turn when you pass. But you’ll also pay it off fast, and do so in relative comfort.