Nissan Sentra

2012 Nissan Sentra

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  • (4.4) 34 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,313$12,345
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 24-30
  • Engine: 135-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD
2012 Nissan Sentra

Our Take on the 2012 Nissan Sentra

The five-seat Sentra sits between the subcompact Versa and the midsize Altima in Nissan's sedan lineup. Regular Sentras come in base 2.0, 2.0 S, 2.0 SR and 2.0 SL trim levels. The Sentra is an alternative to the likes of the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra.The Sentra SE-R an... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Handling
  • No telescoping steering wheel
  • Limited adjustment range for driver's seat
  • Thick window pillars limit visibility
  • Underwhelming SE-R version

Notable Features

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual or CVT
  • 2.5-liter SE-R versions
  • Redesign due for 2013

2012 Nissan Sentra Reviews Expert Reviews

The 2012 Nissan Sentra doesn't have many frills, but it holds up. And since the current generation is in its final year, the prospect of a good deal makes it worth a look. Somewhere amid the slew of stylish compacts with smartphone applications and 40-mpg highway ratings is the Sentra, a car that hasn't been redesigned since late 2006. It cannot stream your apps. Its EPA highway ratin... Read full review for the 2012 Nissan Sentra

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 34 reviews

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The Biggest Small Car I've Ever Owned

by Scott from Oswego NY on September 4, 2011

I purchased my Sentra as a replacement commuter for back and forth to work. I am blown away by the interior size in this car. I'm six feet tall and I never feel crowded. I've been driving her since Ju... Read Full Review

6 Trim Levels Available

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2012 Nissan Sentra Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2012 Nissan Sentra.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage





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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.


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