Compare 2012 Nissan Sentra vs 2012 Ford Focus

2012 Nissan Sentra
2012 Ford Focus
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 24 31 $15,759 $16,430
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 27 34 $16,888 $17,610
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 27 34 $17,125 $18,360
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SR 27 34 $17,125 $18,360
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 27 34 $18,428 $19,760
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $19,107 $20,490
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 28 $19,571 $20,990
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan S 26 36 $15,635 $16,500
4-Door Sedan SE 26 36 $16,380 $17,500
5-Door HB SE 26 36 $17,108 $18,300
4-Door Sedan SEL 28 38 $19,110 $20,500
5-Door HB SEL 28 38 $19,838 $21,300
4-Door Sedan Titanium 28 38 $20,657 $22,200
5-Door HB Titanium 28 38 $21,112 $22,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,759
$15,635
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,430
$16,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$274 / month
$275 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Nissan Sentra no longer looks fresh, but especially in base 2.0 form or SE-R Spec V guise it represents a strong value for the money with a roomy, comfortable interior. With the 2012 Focus, Ford shows that small cars don't have to feel so banal, with charismatic compacts that are more satisfying to drive, more luxurious, and better-equipped.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 53.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 53.9
Second Leg Room (in)
34.5 43.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 38.3
Second Hip Room (in)
53.0 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 55.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.4 90.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 38.0
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
59.5 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.8 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
105.7 104.3
Liftover Height (in)
28.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 71.8
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 61.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
179.8 178.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 13.2
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.0 x - TBD - 8.98 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.02 x 0.94 10.94 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 12.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 36.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 14.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T125/70D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P205/60HR15 P195/60R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P205/60HR15 P195/65R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2906 2857
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.5 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.5 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
2.1 6.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 5100 160 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
147 @ 4800 146 @ 4450
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 36
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 0.80
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.69 3.72
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 2.14
Trans Order Code
NA - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.93 3.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.17 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.73 3.67
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.45
Trans Type
6 5
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Nissan Sentra Ford Focus
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.87 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 0.93
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam SLA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.9 6.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 - TBD -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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