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2012 Nissan Sentra Safety

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There are plenty of reasons to believe that the 2012 Nissan Sentra is a good, safe pick; but a set of unimpressive federal crash-test scores keep it from being a top choice for those who want peace of mind.

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Sentra gets top 'good' ratings in frontal and side-impact tests, along with 'acceptable' ratings in the IIHS seat-based rear-impact test. Ratings from the federal government, though the new, tougher NHTSA test program, haven't been so positive, though; the Sentra earned just three stars for frontal and side impact, with a four-star overall score. However it did get a top five-star side-pole test score.

The rest of the Sentra's safety package is quite ordinary for the 2012 model year. Side and side-curtain airbags are standard, as are active head restraints, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control.

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