2012 Nissan Sentra User Reviews
2.0 SL shown
- $12,569 - $17,657
- No trim specified for this review
- Very comfortable, quiet, great economy, love the CVT
- Somewhat plasticky interior, center armrest too far back, not enough cup holders, thin paint
Purchased As New
I love this car. I average between 200 and 600 miles a week, and am never tired from driving it. Very comfortable drivers seat and the height adjustable seat makes a great difference.
I absolutely LOVE the blocky look, it's so different looking from the aero designed cars that all look the same. It has enough headroom both front and rear, and all seating positions are comfortable. No complaints from the 13 and 15 year old in the back.
I read about poor fuel economy and lackluster acceleration. We went to Maryland from Mass with 3 people and luggage, and hit 39.9 MPG at one point on the highway, and averaged 34.3 for the whole trip.
As for the acceleration, with the CVT it takes some getting used to. You shouldn't be afraid of really putting your foot into it. I can merge into traffic and reach 65-70 by the time I reach the end of the acceleration/entrance lane.
CVT does not work the same way a traditional transmission does, so you have to drive it differently. You won't get a down shift when you push the accelerator, so you have to just trust that the power is there and keep the foot down.
A few niggles though. Very thin paint; two weeks after I got it I noticed stone chips in the hood. It's now over a year old, and there are more of them.
The interior is very plasticky, and the dash cut lines are very evident and are not even.
We had a 2007 Versa, and it had a bottle holder in the door panels plus 2 cup holders in the console. We only have a total of 4 cup holders in the Sentra. I miss the bottle holders for water.
I hadn't realized when I bought it that the trunk will not open from the key fob, so have to use the actual key. Kind of ghetto in this day and age and it's a pain. Wish I had gone for the intellikey, but it was part of a $1,900 option package.
All in all, a smooth riding, economical and comfortable car that is distinctive and eye catching. I got the Red Alert just to make sure it totally was. I call it Traffic Court Red.
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