2012 Nissan Sentra Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,795 - $9,816
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
27 City / 34 HWY
Horsepower
140-200
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,795 - $9,816
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
27 City / 34 HWY
Horsepower
140-200
Seats
5

Ranks #16 By Owner Reviews

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 midsize Altima, the 2012 Sentra offers class exclusive amenities along with two 4-cylinder engines matched with either a sporty six-speed manual gearbox or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Nissan Sentra Models & Trims

2.0 $6,795 - $8,390*
Horsepower: 140 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 15 x 6.5 in. - Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
2.0 S $6,860 - $8,445*
Horsepower: 140 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5 in. - Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
2.0 SR $7,262 - $8,871*
Horsepower: 140 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
2.0 SL $7,629 - $9,310*
Horsepower: 140 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SE-R $7,811 - $9,612*
Horsepower: 177 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SE-R Spec V $7,973 - $9,816*
Horsepower: 200 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

*Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

Owner Reviews

4.22

235 Reviews

43% 41% 13% 2% 1%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

Simple and affordable car.

It is a very good car for the inexpensive price I paid for it. That being said, it does not have the quality and reliability of Buicks that I had been used to previously. Long rides are fine, but not as comfortable. Interior is not as luxurious. All features are very standard with no extra bells and whistles. Not in love with the outside look, but it is ok. Size is great to maneuver into places and fit in my garage next to husband's GMC terrain. 6 years old and no major problems yet. Overall, not a bad car, just a plain car.

- Carol M

It is compact and very good on gas. I get about 25 miles on the highway.

I love my car, it is small but reliable. It is great on gas. It is compact, which makes it easy to find parking. Although, it is not as impressive or flashy as other car brands, it is very reliable. I enjoy being able to take my car on long drives, know it will be able to handle it and not have to stop too often to purchase gas. If you are looking for a good deal, I would highly encourage anyone to consider purchasing a Nissan. You will not be disappointed or regret your decision.

- Catherine Q

The engine has a very good performance, even for a small car.

It is a very nice car. Easy to drive and easy to find a park spot due to its amazing size. It has a veer good size trunk and the space for the passengers is good for average people (not recommended for people with overweight, the car is a bit low to them and have problems getting in and out). Never had a problem with the engine, but since it was new had a sound in the brakes that nobody figured out what was it, until the warranty expired 6 months ago and the abs light turned on.

- Ma G

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$6,795 - $8,390
$6,860 - $8,445

Horsepower

Horsepower
140 hp
140 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Not Available
Optional

Engine Type

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

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm
Not Available
Standard

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Not Available
Standard

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Not Available
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Not Available
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Not Available
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

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

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Not Available
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Not Available
Standard

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Not Available
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Not Available
Optional

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Steel

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P205/60HR15
P205/55HR16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
105.7 in.
105.7 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.4 ft.
35.4 ft.

Length

Length
179.8 in.
179.8 in.

Width

Width
70.5 in.
70.5 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2906 - 2992 .lbs
2990 - 3000 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
135 hp
135 hp

Torque

Torque
142 ft. lbs.
142 ft. lbs.

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
100 .lbs
100 .lbs

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Not Available
Standard

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
30 mpg
31 mpg

City

City
26 mpg
27 mpg

Highway

Highway
33 mpg
34 mpg

Suspension

Transmission

CTV Transmission

CTV Transmission
Standard
Standard
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

Assistance

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall

  • Front

  • Side

  • Rollover

*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

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings