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2012 Nissan Sentra

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2012 2.0 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $16,430
2012 2.0 S 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $18,360
2012 2.0 SR 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $18,360
2012 2.0 SL 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $19,760
2012 SE-R 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $20,490
2012 SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $20,990


The 2.0 SL includes more technology and luxury features, like Bluetooth, keyless entry and start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, USB input, a larger color screen for the audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio.

The performance-minded SE-R boasts a stronger, 2.5-liter four cylinder with 177 horsepower. It also adds disc brakes on all four corners, 17-inch alloy wheels, paddle shifters for the CVT transmission, specially bolstered front sport seats and a sports-tuned suspension.

The SE-R Spec V takes it up another notch with a 200 horsepower version of the 2.5, along with a six-speed manual transmission, a lowered ride height and different springs, summer tires, larger brakes and more structural bracing.

Let's look at the competition. The Honda Civic is fuel-efficient and the Si performance version is faster and better to drive, but feels cheap inside. The Ford Focus offers a versatile hatchback and feels much more premium, but can get downright expensive. The Toyota Corolla is frugal and spacious, but doesn't offer any performance option. The Hyundai Elantra is better priced and more stylish, but also lacks any engine options.

While its design is several years old, the Sentra makes sense for buyers in this segment who want something comfortable and priced well, rather than the latest piece of automotive technology. Base versions are rather well-equipped and the SE-R and Spec V models add some performance alternatives that are more aggressive than competitors' sporting models that are usually just cosmetic packages for standard versions. The Sentra is worth a test drive against fresher competition.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 140 HP / 147 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L I-4 / 135 HP / 142 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: Xtronic 2-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
24 / 31 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 140 HP / 147 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L I-4 / 135 HP / 142 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
24 / 31 / 27 Mpg
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
14.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
97 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
179.8 "
Exterior Width
70.5 "
Exterior Height
59.5 "
Front Headroom
40.6 "
Rear Headroom
37.3 "
Front Legroom
42.4 "
Rear Legroom
34.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,906 Lbs. / 2,975 Lbs. / 2,923 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
17.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
15.0 " Steel
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual Remote
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

Used 2012 Nissan Sentra for Sale

2 vehicles found within 100 miles of your area
2.0 4dr Sedan
Color: Red



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Carz R Us LLC (11 mi)

Phone: (626) 927-7583
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Boktor Motors (16 mi)

Phone: (818) 841-6100

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