Compare 2012 Ford Focus vs 2012 Nissan Sentra

2012 Ford Focus
2012 Nissan Sentra
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Focus 4-Door Sedan S 26 36 $15,635 $16,500
Focus 4-Door Sedan SE 26 36 $16,380 $17,500
Focus 4-Door Sedan SEL 28 38 $19,110 $20,500
Focus 4-Door Sedan Titanium 28 38 $20,657 $22,200
Focus 5-Door HB SE 26 36 $17,108 $18,300
Focus 5-Door HB SEL 28 38 $19,838 $21,300
Focus 5-Door HB Titanium 28 38 $21,112 $22,700
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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 27 34 $16,888 $17,610
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 27 34 $17,125 $18,360
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 27 34 $18,428 $19,760
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SR 27 34 $17,125 $18,360
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $19,107 $20,490
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 24 31 $15,759 $16,430
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 28 $19,571 $20,990
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,635
$16,888
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,500
$17,610
Monthly Payment Estimate
$275 / month
$294 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
6.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
With the 2012 Focus, Ford shows that small cars don't have to feel so banal, with charismatic compacts that are more satisfying to drive, more luxurious, and better-equipped. The 2012 Nissan Sentra no longer looks fresh, but especially in base 2.0 form or SE-R Spec V guise it represents a strong value for the money with a roomy, comfortable interior.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 53.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 56.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.7 97.4
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 42.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 54.1
Second Leg Room (in)
43.7 34.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 40.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
178.5 179.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 59.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 105.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 28.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 70.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.2 13.1
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
8.98 x - TBD - 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.94 x - TBD - 11.02 x 0.94
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.4 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.7 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.0 35.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/60HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact T125/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P205/60HR15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2857 2975
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.1 2.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 100
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
146 @ 4450 147 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 6500 140 @ 5100
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 27
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 30
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 NA
Trans Type
5 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.80 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.72 1.75
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 NA
Trans Order Code
- TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.82 5.41
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Manual CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 2.35 - 0.39
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Nissan Sentra
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.93 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
SLA Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.2 6.2
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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