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2012 Nissan Sentra Styling

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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.

The 2012 Nissan Sentra borrows its exterior styling from Nissan's larger cars—with mixed results.

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.

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