2012 Nissan Sentra Consumer Review: 30 MPG town and 35-36 MPG High

2012 Nissan Sentra - Consumer Review

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2.0 Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. CVT Automatic)

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30 MPG town and 35-36 MPG Highway (under 75mph)
By fburns on


2012 Nissan Sentra 2.0 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)


Great car, clean, a little to high of a coefficient of drag. Wife and I hypermile and can get the CVT to get us 30 MPG town and 35-36 MPG Highway (under 75 mph). If you drive like a 16 year old boy in heat, the CVT will keep you in the power band and use up a lot of gas, its true. If you drive smartly, it serves you well. Great handling/excellent lateral g for a car of its class (2.0 S model). Look, standing acceleration from stop (0-60mph) is poor; however, passing acceleration (60-80mph) can't be beat since it has high torque and the CVT revs it to 6500RPM. If you really need to get going, put it in Low until you reach 30mph, it will improve the start 0-60, but not usually recommended. Update, no longer hypermile, bought rims, lost gas mileage due to wider rims (drag) and larger wheel size diameter (not sure which contributes more to the loss of miles per gallon. Has a performance intake and does great without a check engine light. Improved throttle response. I replace the CVT fluid every 40000 miles (at 70,000 currently). Do not push the tranny before it warms up (ie. Wisconsin winters), this will cause it to whine and may damage it. So far, the CVT is still working perfectly. All CVTs from this year whine when pushed, but a loud whine is not good. I have only heard it two times and I let off before too long to prevent damaging the CVT. MPG now 26 with modifications.

Best Features

  • Active safety
  • Headlights
  • Purchase cost
  • Resale value
  • Maintenance cost

Worst Features

  • Acceleration

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