The Sentra is a pleasant small sedan in everyday driving. It has a comfortable ride, a quiet cabin, a roomy backseat, and a well-designed interior. But we found the Sentra tricky to control in a simulated emergency maneuver, as it had a tendency to lose grip too easily and slide. Braking was also unimpressive.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"When starting to drive and reaching 30 mph there is a noticeable "thunk" making the driver wonder what they've driven over. This is the ABS self-test. It is described in the owner's manual as normal. It is annoying."

JAMES P., IN (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"Small engine but adequate power on the road. With snow tires winter handling acceptable."

J A., NB (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"I usually hear a clunk Soon after I start the car. Apparently this is normal With this car but it's usually a little unsettling And always makes me wonder if something is wrong.Also the car has pulled to the right side for much of the time I've had it, about 10 months.It may be the tires but various Mechanics have had a hard time pinpointing why it happens."

MARCIA H., CA (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"Poor acceleration for the car size."

RHONDA L., MO (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"Continuously variable transmission provides superb acceleration"

THOMAS S., GA (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"The car accelerates vert poorly and is difficult to shift the manual transmission. The clutch had to be replaced at $2000 expense at 60k miles. The suspension rattles and despite several alignments, it pulls badly from one to side to another."

Jim C., NM (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"excellent auto"

Jeff S., MN (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"This car definitely has the CVT whine when accelerating hard."

Bart E., NC (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"bumpy, erratic, takes a while to shift into high gear"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"-responsive handling -good acceleration"

Anonymous, RI (2012 Nissan Sentra)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"seats are not comfortable on long trips noise is loud inside poor audio sounds from system no place to rest your left arm or right except in your lap on right side of car"

Anonymous, MT (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"Smaller car than my previous Taurus & others that I looked at but easier to get in& out of & better road view."

J A., NB (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"I have had trouble with the muffler making noises often on - rattling. Also the door where you put the gas in has a problem shunting and opening. Does not work smoothly"

RANCE C., VT (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"Gas mileage should be better, my 2003 Camry got better mileage. A little noisier than expected. Slower take off than my camry. Comfortable ride."

RHONDA L., MO (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"Drivers sear hard on back driving for over an hour"

WM K., ON (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"Comfortable for a big man"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"In comparison to my Corolla the seats are more comfortable."

Bart E., NC (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"zuper auto with all one needs."

Jeff S., MN (2012 Nissan Sentra)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I bought this new and at a very good price"

Anonymous, ID (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"Sentra offered more features for the money, compared to equivalent Mazda and Toyota models."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"This is a very good value. Cost wise and vehicle maintenance, fuel and insurance. Can't be beat, very economical when every thing is considered."

DAVID F., VA (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"great car for around town driving. good gas milage, engine is wimpy, but not a major concern for the way I drive it around town."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"Great car for a very reasonable cost."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"I like the small cat and is a little taller than the other small cars"

Karen P., NJ (2012 Nissan Sentra)

"Inexpensive and reliable"

Sean Q., NJ (2012 Nissan Sentra)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say


MICHAEL P., FL (2012 Nissan Sentra)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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