Toyota Corolla vs Nissan Sentra


CorollaAt Faulkner Toyota Trevose, we want to help motorists near Trevose, Philadelphia, and Bensalem find an efficient, practical car for that daily drive or next road trip. That’s why we’ve put together this 2018 Toyota Corolla vs. Nissan Sentra car comparison.

In it, you’ll see how two standout vehicles in the compact car segment stack up. If you have any questions or want to learn more, feel free to contact our friendly team!

Corolla vs Sentra: Performance Specs

Under the hood of the base Sentra is a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine capable of putting out 124 horsepower for a solid, reliable way to get from Point A to Point B. The 2018 Corolla runs on a 1.8L 4-cylinder, too, with a similar 132 horsepower available (though a more robust 140 horses in the LE Eco trim).

When it comes to fuel economy, these two small cars stand out for their fuel-sipping engines. The Sentra gets a max EPA-estimated 29 city and 37 highway MPG with its base engine. That’s good, but the Corolla hits peak efficiency in its LE Eco trim, which will take you even farther on less fuel with an EPA-estimated 30 city and 40 highway MPG.1

Advanced Safety Features & Safety Ratings

Nothing trumps getting behind the wheel of a safe car, and the Toyota Corolla makes a strong case in that regard. It earned an NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Rating and an IIHS 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK ranking. Those awards indicate a high degree of confidence in the Corolla’s passive safety systems.

The Nissan Sentra managed to earn top scores of “Good” in all five IIHS crash tests, but it missed out on the TOP SAFETY PICK award. It also fell a bit short in NHTSA tests, earning just four stars overall, due to getting just four stars on frontal crash and rollover testing.

The Corolla also benefits from the Toyota Safety Sense™ P driver-assist suite, which has standard features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Keeping Assist. Although some of these features are available on the Sentra, the only driver-assist feature it offers standard is a rearview camera.

Corolla vs Sentra: Interior Space

The best small cars are those that maximize interior space to give you a roomy and comfy ride. In the front seats, the 2018 Corolla and Sentra do this very well. With more than 42 inches of legroom in both vehicles, even the tallest drivers (and passengers) will find plenty of room to stretch out and relax.

The situation is a little different in the backseat, however. While the Sentra’s 37.4 inches of rear legroom is spacious enough to accommodate average-sized adults, there’s much more room in the backseat of the Corolla. Its 41.4 inches of rear legroom is enough to keep even the tallest of tall riders comfy, too.

Toyota Corolla vs Nissan Sentra: The Verdict

So, which compact car comes out on top in our Toyota Corolla vs. Nissan Sentra comparison? These are both quality vehicles, and each has its advantages. If you want impressive fuel economy, safety features, and backseat space, you may like what the Corolla brings to the table.

If you live near Trevose, Philadelphia, or Bensalem, schedule your test drive of the Corolla at Faulkner Toyota Trevose and find out for yourself. We look forward to working with you!