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STYLING | 6 out of 10
The Sentra was never a good-looking car, and the minimal fascia tweaks added by the Spec V package do little to change that.
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Like other cars in this segment...isn't much to look at.
overly generous height and long wheelbase conspire to create some odd proportions, and to our eyes, the resulting design looks awkward and narrow
While the Sentra borrows many cues—including the flared-outward headlamps and prominent fender flanks—from the still-current Altima sedan and Maxima, this small sedan's somewhat slab-sizes look and blunt rear design end up looking a bit dated compared to newer, more curvaceous rivals.
Up close, the 2012 Sentra doesn't look nearly as comely as the larger Altima; the arched roofline simply doesn't hold up well with these proportions, with the end result bearing some likeness, to our eyes, to the former Saturn Ion.
Sportier SE-R and Spec V models are dressed up a bit more, and while the aero work and upgraded wheels
The Sentra's instrument panel is a little more chunky and angular than those of most other small cars today, but a nice neat center stack has well-arranged controls and there's a good driving position from upright seating and a relatively low beltline.
The 2012 Nissan Sentra borrows its exterior styling from Nissan's larger cars—with mixed results.