For 2012, the stylish, roomy, fun-to-drive Nissan Sentra sedan remains a versatile performer for people with busy weekday, weekend and around-the-clock lives. And, with six well-equipped models and available equipment ranging from the Bluetooth? Hands-free Phone System to the Nissan Navigation System and RearView Monitor, Sentra has the perfect combination to match any need or budget.
Nissan’s popular compact sedan is again offered in a range of 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 (please see separate 2012 Sentra SE-R press materials for information on these models). 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 full information on the 2012 Sentra SE-R please see the separate press materials, available at NissanNews.com).
Enhancements for 2012 include a new Technology Package, which 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, Technology Package and Convenience Package 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 variety 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 screen and XM NavTraffic® Real-Time Traffic Information (XM® subscription required, sold separately).
“Sentra once again meets and exceeds all the expectations buyers in the compact sedan segment have – good fuel economy, durability, safety, reliability and affordability,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. “Sentra, however, goes far beyond that with a completely unexpected level of style, roominess, responsiveness and versatility – attributes that set Sentra apart in the segment.”
Designed for Active Lifestyles
Built on Nissan’s global “C” platform, Sentra’s exterior reflects Nissan design language and offers styling cues found on other distinctive Nissan products. The profile includes a long wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs, crisp character lines and large door openings, while in the rear the high deck accentuates the roomy cabin and cargo area.
The Sentra 2.0 SR adds a sporty appearance with a unique grille, front and rear sport fascias, side sill spoilers, rear decklid spoiler with integrated brake light, sport headlights and taillights, driving lights, exhaust finisher, and SE-R style rear decklid spoiler with integrated LED high–mounted stop light.
Nine exterior colors are available: Metallic Blue, Blue Onyx, Espresso Black, Red Alert, Brilliant Silver, Magnetic Gray, Super Black, Red Brick and Aspen White.
Inside, the interior continues the sporty, functional theme of the exterior, with the use of high quality materials, large gauges and a spacious, flexible center console. All Sentra models receive cloth seat trim with available leather-appointed seating and heated front seats on 2.0 SL.
The instrument panel offers chrome HVAC knob accents, coin holder, reddish orange illumination color. A 4.3-inch color display is standard on Sentra 2.0 SL.
Sentra’s interior is designed to comfortably accommodate five full-size adults, with an ample passenger volume of 97.7 cubic feet. Along with the roomy, social space of the interior, Sentra’s trunk provides 13.1 cubic feet of cargo space. With the 60/40-split double-fold rear seat (the bottom cushion folds forward, allowing the seat back to fold down flat), Sentra offers exceptional cargo flexibility for carrying long, bulky items such as snowboards, hockey sticks and even bikes.
Other storage solutions include a rear seat armrest with cupholders that can accommodate a 20-ounce bottle and 32-ounce drink cup, extra instrument panel storage next to the driver’s door, and a large glove compartment that can fit a 8x11-inch writing tablet or a large-sized map book. The center console offers multiple storage options, including an adjustable cup holder design and cell phone space.
Along with ample roominess, Sentra is offered a wide array of premium equipment, including available Nissan Intelligent Key® keyless entry and ignition system, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and premium Rockford Fosgate-powered audio system with 8 speakers. An Interface System for iPod® is standard on all Sentra models except Sentra 2.0.
Responsive, Fun-to-Drive Performance
Sentra’s powerful 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine designed to combine responsive acceleration with good fuel economy and efficient operation. It is mated to a standard Xtronic CVT® or 6-speed manual transmission (Sentra 2.0 only).
The advanced 2.0-liter Nissan MR20DE engine has an aluminum block and is designed to offer an exceptional balance of responsive acceleration, excellent low and mid-range torque and increased thermal efficiency. The engine is rated at 140 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. Up to 90 percent of the torque is achieved by 2,400 rpm – providing comfortable driving and excellent fuel consumption in real world driving.
Fuel economy is rated at 27/34 miles per gallon City/Highway with the CVT and 24/31 City/Highway miles per gallon with the 6-speed manual transmission (Sentra 2.0 only).
The 2012 Sentra also offers responsive handling. The front suspension is an independent strut design with coil springs and stabilizer bar. The rear features a torsion beam with integral stabilizer bar, with the rear shock absorbers mounted below the trunk floor for improved trunk roominess. Sentra’s ride comfort is enhanced through use of special “ripple control” shock absorbers, an insulated front cradle-type subframe with pendulum engine mount system, roller-type front strut bearings and large, tuned rear beam isolators.
All Sentra models feature standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), along with standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS).
Other standard safety features for the Sentra include the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor; 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; and front-seat Active Head Restraints.
Four Well-Equipped Models
The 2012 Sentra 2.0 is offered in four well-equipped models, starting with the Sentra 2.0 with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and a choice of Xtronic CVT® or 6-speed manual transmission. Standard features include electric power-assisted steering, 15-inch wheels and tires, cloth interior, oversized glove compartment, power windows and door locks, 60/40-split folding rear seat, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary input and much more.
Sentra 2.0 S adds 16-inch wheels, P205/55HR16 tires, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 CD playback capability, Interface System for iPod®, Vehicle Security System (VSS), trip computer, cruise control, Remote Keyless Entry, and more.
The 2.0 SR takes its sporty styling cues from the high-performance Sentra SE-R, adding a unique exterior treatment including sport front and rear fascias, sport side sills, fog lights, rear spoiler and 16-inch 7-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels.
The top-of-the-line Sentra 2.0 SL is available with standard cloth seats or optional leather-appointed seats. Standard SL equipment includes fog lights, 16-inch 8-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, Nissan Intelligent Key® with remote trunk release, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 4.3-inch color screen.
Available options and packages for 2.0 S and 2.0 SR models include the Convenience Package with Nissan Intelligent Key® keyless entry and ignition system with remote trunk release, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, leather-wrapped steering wheel, cargo net and hooks; and the Technology Package with Nissan Navigation System with 5-inch color touch-screen display, XM NavTraffic, XM Satellite Radio (XM subscription required, sold separately), and USB connection port for iPod interface and other compatible devices. A Moonroof Package is also available on the 2.0 SR model.
Another package offered exclusively on the Sentra 2.0 SR is the Special Edition Package. It combines all of the features of the Moonroof Package, Technology Package and Convenience Package at a substantial saving over what those packages would cost individually. The package also features a unique Special Edition wheel finish and Special Edition badge on the rear deck.
Sentra 2.0 SL options include the Leather Package with leather-appointed seats and heated front seats; and the Special Value Package with power sliding glass moonroof with tilt, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, cargo net and hooks, Nissan Navigation System with 5.0-inch screen and RearView Monitor; and Audio Package with 8-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system.
The 2012 Nissan Sentra is assembled by Nissan Mexicana SA de CV (NMEX-DF), Aguascalientes, Mexico.