INTRO: Comfortably equipped, nimble and efficient, the 2012 Nissan Sentra is an affordable 5-passenger compact sedan with models to please workaday drivers as well as driving enthusiasts. Six trims, from the base 2.0 through the high performance SE-R Spec V, make up the lineup.
FEATURES: Entry level features include air conditioning and power windows. The available Technology package includes an in-dash touch screen system with XM Satellite Radio, USB Connectivity and XM NavTraffic. Uprated SL and SE-R trims offer an optional rear view camera for easy parking.
PERFORMANCE: Base power for the front wheel drive Sentra is a 2-liter inline-4 sending 140 horsepower through either a 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. SE-R models get a 2.5-liter inline 4 that in the race-tuned Spec V sends 200 horsepower through a 6-speed manual.
FUEL ECONOMY: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
PRICING/WARRANTY: Pricing for the 2012 Nissan Sentra starts at about $16,000. A top-of-the-line SE-R Spec V costs over $20,000. The Sentra is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: The 2012 Nissan Sentra delivers ample features, solid value and sporty appeal, to fulfill both the practical needs of a family hauler and the performance expectations of the average rally driver.