Compare 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer vs 2012 Nissan Sentra

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer
2012 Nissan Sentra
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4-Door Sedan CVT ES FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Lancer 4-Door Sedan CVT ES FWD 26 34 $17,139 $17,895
Lancer 4-Door Sedan CVT GT FWD 23 30 $19,965 $20,845
Lancer 4-Door Sedan CVT SE AWD 22 29 $19,342 $20,195
Lancer 4-Door Sedan Manual DE FWD 25 34 $15,032 $15,695
Lancer 4-Door Sedan Manual ES FWD 25 34 $16,277 $16,995
Lancer 4-Door Sedan Manual GT FWD 22 31 $19,007 $19,845
Lancer 4-Door Sedan TC-SST Ralliart AWD 18 25 $26,813 $27,995
Lancer Evolution 4-Door Sedan Manual GSR 17 22 $33,038 $34,495
Lancer Evolution 4-Door Sedan TC-SST MR 17 23 $36,104 $37,695
Lancer Sportback 5-Door Sportback ES FWD 24 32 $17,618 $18,395
Lancer Sportback 5-Door Sportback GT FWD 22 29 $20,444 $21,345
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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

$17,139
$16,888

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$17,895
$17,610

Monthly Payment Estimate

$298 / month
$294 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.8
6.6

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer family has a little more panache than most compacts, but it's missing some of the finer details. 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

34 mpg 34 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Compact Compact

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

54.1 53.0

Front Shoulder Room (in)

54.7 56.9

Passenger Volume (ft³)

93.0 97.4

Second Head Room (in)

36.9 37.3

Second Shoulder Room (in)

54.3 55.1

Front Leg Room (in)

42.3 42.4

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

53.3 54.1

Second Leg Room (in)

36.1 34.5

Front Head Room (in)

39.6 40.6

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

60.2 59.8

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.5 5.6

Length, Overall (in)

180.0 179.8

Height, Overall (in)

58.7 59.5

Track Width, Rear (in)

60.2 60.8

Wheelbase (in)

103.7 105.7

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - 28.1

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

69.4 70.5

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

12.3 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)

8.0 x - TBD - NA

Brake Type

Pwr Power

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

8.0 x - TBD - 9.0 x - TBD -

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.9 x - TBD - 11.02 x 0.94

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

15.6 14.5

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

14.9 16.4

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

32.8 35.4

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

3.09 2.9

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P205/60R16 P205/60HR15

Spare Tire Size

Compact T125/70D16

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P205/60R16 P205/60HR15

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - 100

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - 1000

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

2932 2975

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact 16 x - TBD -

Rear Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Rear Wheel Size (in)

16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.5

Front Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Spare Wheel Material

- TBD - Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - 2.1

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

130 100

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

146 @ 4250 147 @ 4800

Engine Order Code

4B11 NA

Displacement

2.0L/122 2.0L/122

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

152 @ 6000 140 @ 5100

Engine Type

Gas I4 Gas I4

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection SMPI

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

34 34

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

26 27

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

29 30

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA

Trans Type

1 1

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

1.75 1.75

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

5.41 5.41

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA

Trans Description Cont.

Continuously variable ratio CVT

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

2.35 - 0.52 2.35 - 0.39

Summary

Vehicle Name

Mitsubishi Lancer Nissan Sentra

Body Style

4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - NA

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

0.79 0.91

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link 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)

NA 0.87

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA NA

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

7 7

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

6.5 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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