- Price: $16,430
- Gas mileage: 21 city/28 highway mpg
When you want to buy a 2012 car for less than $20,000, the Nissan Sentra is a serious contender. Its starting price is just $16,430. Buyers of the 2012 Nissan Sentra can save up to $2,500 with the following: a $1,000 cash-back rebate, a free special edition package valued at $1,000 and an additional $500 if the buyer finances through Nissan. Alternatively, buyers can get the $500 financing bonus and zero percent on a car loan for 36 months through Nissan.
The Nissan Sentra has a choice of three four-cylinder engines: a 140-horsepower 2.0-liter engine, a 177-horsepower 2.5-liter, and a 200-horsepower 2.5-liter. Fuel economy estimates range from 21 to 27 city mpg and 28 to 34 highway mpg, depending on the Sentra model and the transmission.
Standard features include a tilt-steering column, a 60-40-split rear seat that folds flat, height-adjustable seat belts, a four-speaker audio system with CD and auxiliary audio input jack, power door locks and windows with a driver's one-touch button with auto reverse, an auxiliary 12-volt outlet, and stability and traction control.