2012 Nissan Sentra Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
Relative to most other models of its size and price, the 2012 Nissan Sentra lineup stands out for its refinement and ride comfort.

The Sentra comes in only a single sedan body style, but it's a well-designed one, with tasteful but budget-grade appointments. Front seats are somewhat flat and unsupportive, but it's easy to find a good driving position and there's just enough rear space for a couple of adults—thanks to the rather high roofline.

Also thanks to that roofline, this small sedan's interior feels very spacious. While the seats themselves are flat and unsupportive, with padding that just won't work for long trips, most will be happy with the space and the driving position. The back seat, too, is a place good enough for adults for a trip across town.

The 2012 Nissan Sentra is a surprisingly comfortable small sedan, with plenty of interior space, a relatively quiet cabin, and a nice, settled ride.

Even in base 2.0 and 2.0 S models, materials feel about right for this price range—strictly budget-grade, but tasteful—while all the examples our editors have seen have been very well put together.

A comfortable ride is the Sentra's surprise asset; it rides nearly as well as the larger Altima, with a somewhat soft but well-controlled attitude, though it can have a little bit of small-car pitchiness on the highway. Sportier SE-R Spec.V models are louder and somewhat harder-riding (although still quite tolerable), because of their stiffer suspension settings. But it should be noted that in the SE-R and some of the other models, you'll probably notice more engine noise if you get the CVT (continuously variable) automatic transmission.

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