Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,948 - $9,271
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
27 City / 34 HWY
Horsepower
140-200
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,948 - $9,271
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
27 City / 34 HWY
Horsepower
140-200
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.4 Overall Score
Performance 3.4 Comfort 3.3 Styling 3.1 Value 3.3

Editor's Overview

The Nissan Sentra has been delivering its winning recipe of superb value, low maintenance costs and thrifty fuel mileage for almost three decades. Nestled between the subcompact Versa and...

2012 Nissan Sentra Owner Reviews

4.2
310 Reviews
43% 39% 14% 2% 2%
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Nissan Sentra: More than you expect

2012 Nissan Sentra 2.0 SL

I have had my Nissan Sentra for a little over 6 years and it has been the best vehicle I have ever owned. As of right now I have two young children and there is plenty of room for when we go on trips for them to bring their backpacks, blankets, pillows without it feeling too cluttered. The trunk space is amazing and can usually get quite a bit of things in the trunk. Gas performance is amazing as well. I usually fill up for around $30-$35 and that can last me a week with just picking up and dropping kids off at school, running errands almost everyday as well. The seats are comfortable and easily adjustable to height and comes with a neat feature to make the lower back part feel more cushioned. I've only had to replace my battery and a/c compressor, which luckily my husband is a mechanic so we only need to order parts and he can fix it. Other than that I have not had any problems regarding my vehicle and it's a roomy family car.

- Kimberly C

Great mileage and practical car

2012 Nissan Sentra 2

The performance of the car is really good. The miles per gallon is fantastic, I am a college student and have to travel about fifteen miles to and from school five days a week. (However, I drive maybe 100 miles on the weekends) I only have to fill up my tank two to two and a half weeks! Speeds up with ease, and the drive is smooth. Fits in any parking spot, and is good for over populated cities. Very comfortable to drive, however, you do have to manually adjust the seats. I feel like air conditioner just cools the front of the car and not the back. The back two seats are not super spacious. They do go down for more room in the trunk. One of the downsides is that it snows quite a lot for about six to eight months where I live and since it is not 4x4 we have to get snow tires, so it doesn't do well in the snow. But it is so great in all the other aspects that I don't mind this.

- Mary M

My review of 2012 Nissan Sentra pre owned

2012 Nissan Sentra 2.0 SR

This car is a reliable car and hasn't had too many issues that I have had to bring it in and get repaired. I bought the vehicle in pretty good condition and it was a company vehicle with one owner so that may have helped my situation as far as good running condition goes. I do wish that the car got better gas mileage on the highway as I commute daily for work. One other thing I noticed is this vehicle does not drive the smoothest on the highway and with a little wind added to that it's hard to keep the vehicle steady which can be a pain. All in all through this isn't a bad vehicle if you're looking for something safe somewhat fun but most importantly reliable and decently priced.

- Gavin P

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$5,948 - $7,359
$7,284 - $9,271

Horsepower

Horsepower
140 hp
177 hp

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L DOHC 16
2.5L DOHC 16
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional

Alarm

Alarm

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.4 in.
42.4 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.5 - 40.6 in.
39.5 - 40.6 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
34.5 in.
34.5 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
35.9 - 37.3 in.
35.9 - 37.3 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
13.1 cu. ft.
13.1 cu. ft.

Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
105.7 in.
105.7 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.4 ft.
35.4 ft.

Length

Length
179.8 in.
180.1 in.

Width

Width
70.5 in.
70.5 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2906 - 2992 lbs.
3131 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
135 - 140 hp
177 hp

Torque

Torque
142 - 147 ft. lbs.
172 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
100 lbs.
100 lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.5 gal.
14.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
28 - 31 mpg
27 mpg

City

City
24 - 27 mpg
24 mpg

Highway

Highway
31 - 34 mpg
30 mpg

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode

CVT Transmission

CVT Transmission
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety