2012 Nissan Sentra Road Test and Review
Small But Significant
From the reinvented Mini to the newly introduced FIAT 500, little is bigger than ever in the automotive world. Nissan, Japan’s number-three automaker is again bringing its little Sentra sedan to the big American market for compact 4-doors. The 2012 Nissan Sentra is a carryover from last year; it features a wide range of trim levels and available options on this classic long-wheelbase, but short-profile vehicle. Prices start at $16, 060 and range up to $19, 390 for a 2.0-liter SE version with a CVT; SE-R versions start at $20, 120 and top out at $20, 620 for a sports-minded 2012 Nissan SE-R Spec-V, with a 2.5-liter engine and manual transmission. You can expect fuel economy that averages 24 city/31 highway with the manual and 27/34 with Nissan’s continuously variable transmission (CVT). Among Sentra’s competitors are the Ford Fiesta, Honda Civic, Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra and Chrysler 200.