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2012 Nissan Sentra At A Glance

PDF File (115.18 KB): 2012 Nissan Sentra Specs

For 2012, the popular Sentra compact sedan continues to be offered in a range of six well-equipped models – Sentra 2.0, 2.0 S, 2.0 SR, 2.0 SL and the performance-oriented Sentra SE-R and SE-R Spec V (2012 Sentra SE-R At A Glance and Overview).  Each combines a stylish compact exterior with outstanding roominess and amenities, responsive, fun-to-drive performance and unexpected versatility.

Sentra 2.0 models feature a standard 140-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and a choice of 6-speed manual transmission or fuel-efficient Nissan Xtronic CVT®.  Sentra SE-R is equipped with a 177-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder with Xtronic CVT® and SE-R Spec V offers a potent 200-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder and a 6-speed manual transmission.

For 2012, a new Technology Package is offered with the Sentra 2.0 S. In addition, three packages that were introduced late in the 2011 model year for the Sentra 2.0 SR continue into 2012 – the Moonroof Package, Technology Package and Special Edition Package. The Special Edition package combines all of the features of the Moonroof Package, the Technology Package and the Convenience Package, but at a substantial savings over what those packages would cost individually.  In addition, one new exterior color is offered, Red Alert (replaces Lava Red).

Sentra is again available with a range of unexpected amenities – ranging from the luxury of leather-appointed seating to the convenience of Nissan’s Intelligent Key® keyless entry and ignition system and Nissan Navigation System with 5.0-inch color touch-screen and XM NavTraffic® Real-Time Traffic Information (XM® subscription required, sold separately).


  • An exterior design that fully reflects Nissan design language
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights
  • Chrome trunk lid finisher
  • SE-R style rear decklid spoiler with LED brake light (2.0 CVT, 2.0 S, 2.0 SR, 2.0 SL)
  • Air deflectors for front tires (CVT-equipped models)
  • A long wheelbase of 105.7 inches, resulting in 97.7 cubic feet of passenger volume
  • A wide overall width of 70.5 inches (similar to that of many mid-size sedans)
  • Ample cargo volume of 13.1 cubic feet
  • 2.0 SR model includes 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, sport appearance headlights and taillights, sport grille, unique front and rear sport fascias, side sill spoilers, rear decklid spoiler, exhaust finisher
  • Nine available exterior colors: Aspen White, Brilliant Silver, Magnetic Gray, Super Black, Espresso Black, Red Brick, Blue Onyx, Lava Red and Metallic Blue

Platform and Powertrain

  • Advanced Nissan global “C” platform
  • Front engine/front-wheel drive
  • 16-valve 2.0-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine, with 140 horsepower (135 hp with CAL emissions) @ 5,100 rpm and 147 lb-ft of torque (142 lb-ft CAL) @ 4,800 rpm
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission (Sentra 2.0 only) or available Nissan Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission)

Suspension, Steering and Braking

  • Power-assisted front disc/rear drum brakes
  • Standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
  • Independent strut front suspension with stabilizer bar
  • Torsion beam rear suspension with integral stabilizer bar
  • Electric power-assisted steering (EPS)
  • Standard 15-inch wheels with P205/60HR15 all-season tires; 16-inch wheels with 205/55HR16 all-season tires on 2.0 S model
  • Available 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (standard on 2.0 SR and 2.0 SL models)

Interior Features

  • Attractive, high quality interior design with instrument panel layout that incorporates the transmission shift lever
  • Roomy, comfortable interior with long list of available amenities
  • Large, comfortable front seats with available driver’s seat height adjuster
  • Standard cloth seat trim or available leather-appointed seating
  • Instrument panel with reddish orange illumination color, chrome accents on HVAC knobs, instrument panel coin holder, utility box with lid
  • Standard automatic door locks
  • Power windows with driver-side one-touch auto up/down and auto-reverse feature
  • XM Satellite Radio standard on 2.0 SL models (XM subscription required, sold separately)
  • Trip computer (all models except 2.0)
  • Electric actuated heating and ventilation controls with a 26-step fan speed control
  • Multiple AM/FM/CD audio systems available, including Radio Data System (RDS), MP3 CD playback, XM? Satellite Radio (XM subscription required, sold separately) and an auxiliary input jack (variations by model)
  • Audio head unit with 4.3-inch color display and USB connection port (2.0 SL)
  • Available Rockford Fosgate-powered premium audio system with 8 speakers
  • Interface System for iPod® (all models except 2.0)
  • Nissan Navigation System package for 2.0 SL, with Secure Digital (SD) Card-based navigation system, 5-inch color touch-screen display and XM NavTraffic® capability (XM® subscription required, sold separately)
  • Available Nissan Intelligent Key® keyless entry and ignition system
  • Available Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System
  • Available RearView Monitor
  • Available heated front seats
  • Two interior colors: Beige and Charcoal

Safety and Security

  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors
  • Front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection
  • Front seat Active Head Restraints
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
  • Front-seat belts with pretensioners, load limiters and adjustable upper anchors
  • Standard 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions
  • Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS)

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Models and Manufacturing

  • Offered in four well-equipped models: 2.0, 2.0 S, 2.0 SR and 2.0 SL
  • Assembled by Nissan Mexicana SA de CV (NMEX-DF), Aguascalientes, Mexico

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