In the rivalry between the Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla sedan, one of these compact cars edges out the other. Compact cars are great fleet vehicles, great first vehicles, and a good choice for a second (or third) car for a growing family. With decent fuel economy, they’re also a smart buy for daily commuting. So which of these cars does better at what you need to do? Read on to find out.
Price: 2019 Nissan Sentra
If you’re looking at the Sentra and Corolla, a low price is probably on your criteria. Compact cars can get you there for less. The 2019 Nissan Sentra offers good driving starting at only $17,790. The S model comes standard with continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, cloth upholstery, rearview camera, and infotainment system with 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, USB port, Siri Eyes Free, and four-speaker audio system.
Meanwhile, the 2019 Toyota Corolla is almost a grand more, starting at $18,700. There are a few more standard features at that price, such as two extra speakers, voice recognition and Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. But we’re not sure that’s worth the extra cash you pay, especially when the Sentra SV costs just a few hundred dollars more than the entry-level Corolla L.
Both the 2019 Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla have strong safety numbers. The Sentra earned a Good, the highest rating, in every crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). On top of that and the standard safety features, the Sentra has available active safety features that include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
The Corolla protects just as well with a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the highest rating of Good in all IIHS crash tests. In addition to the standard rearview camera and Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes a couple of features the Sentra doesn’t offer, specifically lane departure warning and lane keeping assist.
Cargo Room: 2019 Nissan Sentra
Trunk space is precious in a compact sedan. The Corolla comes as a hatchback, but if we limit ourselves to the sedan configuration, we find that the Nissan Sentra comes out on top. The Sentra boasts 15.1 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk while the Corolla has just 13 cubes even. They tell us that a grocery bag is about four-tenths of a cubic foot. So, how does five extra grocery bags sound to you?
On the subject of spaciousness, the 2019 Nissan Sentra also offers more head- and legroom for driver and front-seat passenger. There’s also more available horsepower with the Sentra than the Corolla. As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to step into a Sentra.