Nissan and Toyota each have a headlining compact sedan in the Sentra and Corolla, respectively. Both vehicles deliver a high level of reliability, excellent gas mileage, and an extensive suite of luxury features at a value price point. But which of these compacts is better? Which one fits what you need in a sedan? Explore with us as we take a quick examination of the newest generations of Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla.
Nissan Sentra VS. Toyota Corolla: Interior And Trunk Space
Starting small, the Toyota Corolla is slightly smaller than that of the Nissan Sentra. Both vehicles are close in size and legroom and can seat up to five comfortably. Newer Nissan Sentra vehicles have an arguably more exciting interior. At the same time, the luxury options on the Corolla are standard, lending to the Toyota's higher price point. Almost all options on the Toyota are available on the Sentra and are standard on the higher-end trims. The most considerable difference between the pair is in terms of trunk space. The Nissan Sentra wins out here, allowing for significantly more cargo and a spacious back seat.
Nissan Sentra VS. Toyota Corolla: Engine And Performance
While the standard Sentra only has a single engine type on all trims, the Corolla has three different options available and a hybrid model. The Corolla has several options, although the engines are similar across all models. Here we will examine the baseline models of each. The Corolla takes a slight edge in its engine and gas mileage. The Nissan Sentra has a 2.0-liter Direct Injection Gasoline™ (DIG) DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, rated at 149 hp @ 6,000 rpm. The EPA estimated city mileage is 29 MPG and 39 MPG on highways. In comparison, the baseline Toyota Corolla has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, 169 hp @ 6600 rpm engine. EPA mileage for the Corolla is 32 MPG city and 41 MPG highway.
Nissan Sentra VS. Toyota Corolla: Final Value Comparison
The similarities between the Sentra and Corolla carry over into the price of each vehicle. As of the time of writing, new Nissan Sentra vehicles are almost 10% cheaper than most new Corollas. Despite the lower price, the Sentra does not lose out on features and safety options, lending to its higher value per dollar on new and preowned models.
Nissan Sentra VS. Toyota Corolla: Which Is Better
The Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla are both high-performing and well-priced compact sedans. They have equal seating along with a similar level of performance. But which is better? Ultimately it is a close race to call. However, we at Charlie Clark think the Nissan Sentra will win out over the Toyota Corolla. The Sentra, with its more luxurious interior, massive cargo space, and comparable engine, sets a new standard for compact sedans. Still, want to find out for yourself? Call, go online, or come on in to schedule a test drive of a new or pre-owned Nissan Sentra today. Find your next car at Charlie Clark Nissan, El Paso.