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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0
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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
4-Door Manual DX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual DX 28 36 $14,846 $15,955
4-Door Automatic DX 28 39 $15,586 $16,755
4-Door Automatic PZEV DX 28 39 $15,586 $16,755
4-Door Manual LX 28 36 $16,744 $18,005
4-Door Automatic LX 28 39 $17,484 $18,805
4-Door Automatic PZEV LX 28 39 $17,484 $18,805
4-Door Automatic PZEV EX 28 39 $19,197 $20,655
4-Door Automatic EX 28 39 $19,197 $20,655
4-Door Automatic w/Navi EX 28 39 $20,586 $22,155
4-Door Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX 28 39 $20,586 $22,155
4-Door Automatic PZEV EX-L 28 39 $20,539 $22,105
4-Door Automatic EX-L 28 39 $20,539 $22,105
4-Door Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 28 39 $21,928 $23,605
4-Door Automatic w/Navi EX-L 28 39 $21,928 $23,605
4-Door Manual Si 22 31 $20,956 $22,555
4-Door Manual w/Summer Tires Si 22 31 $21,141 $22,755
4-Door Manual w/Navi Si 22 31 $22,345 $24,055
4-Door Automatic HF 29 41 $18,225 $19,605
4-Door Automatic PZEV HF 29 41 $18,225 $19,605
4-Door Automatic CNG 27 38 $24,943 $26,305
4-Door Automatic w/Navi CNG 27 38 $26,364 $27,805
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi EX-L 28 39 $21,928 $23,605
Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L 28 39 $20,539 $22,105
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi EX 28 39 $20,586 $22,155
Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX 28 39 $19,197 $20,655
Coupe 2-Door Manual EX 28 36 $18,456 $19,855
Coupe 2-Door Automatic LX 28 39 $17,299 $18,605
Coupe 2-Door Manual LX 28 36 $16,558 $17,805
Coupe 2-Door Automatic DX 28 39 $15,401 $16,555
Coupe 2-Door Manual DX 28 36 $14,660 $15,755
Coupe 2-Door Automatic PZEV DX 28 39 $15,401 $16,555
Coupe 2-Door Automatic PZEV LX 28 39 $17,299 $18,605
Coupe 2-Door Automatic PZEV EX 28 39 $19,197 $20,655
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX 28 39 $20,586 $22,155
Coupe 2-Door Automatic PZEV EX-L 28 39 $20,539 $22,105
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 28 39 $21,928 $23,605
Coupe 2-Door Manual Si 22 31 $20,771 $22,355
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Summer Tires Si 22 31 $20,956 $22,555
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Navi Si 22 31 $22,159 $23,855
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Summer Tires & Navi Si 22 31 $22,345 $24,055
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT 44 44 $22,479 $24,200
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi 44 44 $23,868 $25,700
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Leather 44 44 $23,590 $25,400
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi & Leather 44 44 $24,979 $26,900
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT PZEV 44 44 $22,479 $24,200
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Leather PZEV 44 44 $23,590 $25,400
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi PZEV 44 44 $23,868 $25,700
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi & Leather PZEV 44 44 $24,979 $26,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,759
$14,846
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,430
$15,955
Monthly Payment Estimate
$274 / month
$266 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC Rating
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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. The 2012 Honda Civic is a little more spacious, comfortable, and economical, but it's now one of the blandest of the bunch.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 24 mpg 28 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 31 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 34.5 36.2
Front Head Room (in) 40.6 39.0
Second Hip Room (in) 53.0 51.4
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 56.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.4 94.6
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 53.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 42.0
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 54.1 50.5
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.5 69.0
Track Width, Front (in) 59.8 59.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 179.8 177.3
Height, Overall (in) 59.5 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.8 59.9
Wheelbase (in) 105.7 105.1
Liftover Height (in) 28.1 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.1 12.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.02 x 0.94 10.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
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 - 7.9 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 16.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.4 34.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 3.1
Tires
Rear Tire Size P205/60HR15 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/60HR15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size T125/70D16 T135/80R16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2906 2608
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.5 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.5 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 2.1 6.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 100 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System SMPI Electonic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 147 @ 4800 128 @ 4300
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 140 @ 5100 140 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 27 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 28
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.81 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.73 3.14
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.45 1.24
Trans Type 6 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.69 3.31
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.11 1.87
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.93 4.29
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.17 0.95
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name Nissan Sentra Honda Civic Sdn
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.87 0.43
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.91 0.67
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA NA
Suspension Type - Front Independent Strut MacPherson strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.9 6.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 7
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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