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Vehicle Comparisons:
Nissan Sentra vs Toyota Corolla

The Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla are two of the top-performing compact cars in their class, thanks to their great fuel efficiency and feature-packed trim levels. Still, there are a few differences between them, and these will be the determining factors that decide which one is more appropriate for your needs.

Drivers in Cranston, East Providence, and Pawtucket, RI, can discover more about the key differences between these compact sedans by reading the Nissan Sentra vs. Toyota Corolla car comparison created by our team at Stateline Nissan. Let’s see who comes out on top!

Power and Performance

If you’re looking for the sedan with more power, you’ll want to choose the Nissan Sentra. It comes with a 2.0L Direct Injection Gasoline™ (DIG) 4-cylinder engine, which generates 149 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. The Toyota Corolla comes standard with a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine that’s maxed out at 139 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque.

Both sedans come standard with a continuously variable transmission. It provides virtually gearless shifting for a smoother ride and enhanced fuel economy. To boost your efficiency further, both vehicles come with an Eco Mode, that optimizes powertrain performance.

Only the 2020 Sentra comes with Active Grille Shutters. They control airflow based on how fast you’re going. This improves engine cooling and combustion, which in turn, maximizes fuel economy. The Corolla doesn’t have a similar feature.

The Nissan Sentra and the Toyota Corolla come with a multi-link rear suspension that will keep you firmly planted on the road when zipping around tight corners. You’ll only get the unique dual-pinion electric power steering system in the Sentra. It’s responsive in tight city streets and empowering when changing lanes on the open road.

Nissan Sentra vs Toyota Corolla: Convenience

You’ll be able to keep your keys conveniently tucked away in your pocket or purse with either model. They both come with remote keyless entry and push-button start. They also offer a remote start system, so you can get the engine fired up and get the climate control going before you even step out the door.

If you’re bringing along extra cargo, both sedans come standard with 60/40 split fold-down rear seatbacks, so you’ll have space for bulky items. You’ll still have more room in the new Nissan Sentra. It boasts up to 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space. The trunk of the Toyota Corolla tops off at just 13.1 cubic feet.

It will be easy to keep your devices powered up in either sedan. They both offer up to three USB ports.

Rear Door Alert is one feature that you’ll only find on the 2020 Nissan Sentra. If you open the back door before you start driving, the system will remind you to check the back seat when you arrive at your destination. It will help you remember your valuables.

Sentra vs Corolla: Interior Space and Comfort

The Sentra and the Corolla boast comfortable, spacious cabins with plenty of amenities, and seating for five. You’ll have more room in the Nissan Sentra thanks to its 96 cubic feet of passenger volume. The Corolla, on the other hand, is maxed out at just 88.6 cubic feet of passenger volume.

You’ll also have more room to stretch out in the 2020 Sentra. It boasts 38.9 inches of headroom and 44 inches of legroom in the front row. That’s compared to just 38.3 inches of headroom and 42 inches of legroom in the Corolla. That extra space continues into the back seats.

If you’re looking for more comfort, the Sentra is the way to go. It offers Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control, so everyone can choose their ideal comfort level. The Corolla only offers a single-zone system.

While both sedans offer the cold-weather comfort of heated front seats, you’ll only get to unfold in the premium comfort of leather in the new Nissan Sentra. It offers quilted leather-appointed seats, while the Corolla only comes with synthetic leatherette-trimmed seats.

Infotainment Technology

Both the Sentra and Corolla have plenty of exciting technology features that were specifically designed to make your ride more entertaining. It all starts with their 7-inch touchscreen displays, both of which can be upgraded to an 8-inch display for greater ease of use.

From there, you’ll have access to your favorite apps and music with Apple CarPlay® smartphone integration.

If you’re looking for even more entertainment options, both models offer SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. You’ll have a virtually limitless list of channels to choose from, so you can listen to music, talk shows, and even sports broadcasts.

Finally, there’s voice recognition. It comes standard on both the Sentra and the Corolla. It makes the infotainment systems even more user friendly.

2020 Nissan Sentra vs Toyota Corolla: Smart Safety Features

Both vehicles also offer advanced safety features, so you’ll have more peace of mind out on the road. For instance, they both come with automatic emergency braking that will warn you when a collision is detected. If you don’t react in time, the brakes will activate automatically to help lessen the severity of the impact.

Intelligent Forward Collision Warning is one feature that you’ll only find on the Nissan Sentra. It can detect a slowdown up to two cars ahead of you. That will give you more time to react. The Corolla doesn’t offer a similar system.

The Sentra and the Corolla also come with Blind Spot Warning, so you’ll have more confidence when changing lanes and merging onto the highway. Only the Sentra comes with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. It will keep an eye out for vehicles in those hard-to-see places, so you can safely back out of tight spaces.

Finally, when it’s time to park, the Nissan Sentra has the clear advantage. It offers an Intelligent Around View® Monitor that will give you an overhead view of your sedan, so you can maneuver into tight spots. When coupled with the standard Rear Automatic Braking, your sedan will stop itself if you get too close to an obstacle.

Test Drive the Victorious Sentra Today!

The competition was close, but with more power, extra space, and advanced safety features, the 2020 Nissan Sentra is the clear winner. The only thing left to do is take it to the streets of Cranston, East Providence, and Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Schedule a test drive at our Nissan dealership today!