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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 Sedan Manual L (Natl)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual L 27 34 $15,243 $16,130
4-Door Sedan Automatic L 26 34 $16,027 $16,960
4-Door Sedan Automatic LE 26 34 $16,570 $17,910
4-Door Sedan Manual S 27 34 $16,674 $17,990
4-Door Sedan Automatic S 26 34 $17,439 $18,820
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,759
$15,243
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,430
$16,130
Monthly Payment Estimate
$274 / month
$269 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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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. For those who want frugal, trouble-free transportation but have no want of excitement, the 2012 Toyota Corolla fits the bill.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 24 mpg 27 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 31 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 54.1 53.0
Second Leg Room (in) 34.5 36.3
Front Head Room (in) 40.6 38.8
Second Hip Room (in) 53.0 43.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 54.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.4 92.1
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 54.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.8 60.4
Wheelbase (in) 105.7 102.4
Liftover Height (in) 28.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.5 69.4
Track Width, Front (in) 59.8 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.6 5.8
Length, Overall (in) 179.8 180.0
Height, Overall (in) 59.5 57.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.1 12.3
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA NA
Brake Type Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 9.0 x - TBD - 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.02 x 0.94 10.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.2
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric-Assist Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.4 35.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/60HR15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/60HR15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size T125/70D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2906 2734
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 2.1 5.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 100 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System SMPI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 147 @ 4800 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 140 @ 5100 132 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 27 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 27
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.69 3.25
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.11 1.90
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.93 4.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.17 0.88
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.81 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.73 3.16
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.45 1.31
Trans Type 6 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Nissan Sentra Toyota Corolla
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.87 0.79
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.91 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.9 6.1
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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