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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
comes well equipped at a good price point
The satellite radio, seat burners and sunroof all give this a livable feel
large knobs and steering wheel controls are as intuitive as they come
The value story remains strong
Car and Driver
The 2012 Sentra is a decent high-value commuter car, at around $17k for the base 2.0-liter Sentra. On those models, standard equipment includes power windows and locks, air conditioning, tilt steering, split-folding backseats, and a 160-watt sound system all stanard.
Sentra 2.0 S or 2.0 SR trims get you a few more extras like a center console, keyless entry, and a trip computer, while the high-end 2.0 SL adds leather and Bluetooth; but the issue with both of these models is that they cost a lot more and only come with the CVT. And the 2012 Sentra 2.0 S can now be optioned with a navigation system that includes five-inch touch screen and USB/iPod connectivity. A special-edition package on the SR also loads it with popular options.
At the top of the range, the SE-R gets a sport-tuned suspension, big 17-inch alloy wheels, special badging, sport seats, and a number of other extras. The Spec V takes the performance package another step, with extra bracing, upgraded brakes, summer performance tires, driving lamps, and exclusive lower bodywork.
A Rockford Fosgate audio system is among the top options, as is a navigation system with five-inch screen, SD card reader, and XM Satellite Radio. Intelligent Key keyless entry and start is among other extras, and full leather seating is available on the SE-R models. The audio system offered on both top models includes USB connectivity and a full color screen.
Whether considering one of the most affordable models or a loaded SE-R Spec V, the 2012 Sentra is a relatively good value.