2016 Nissan Sentra vs 2016 Toyota Corolla

Nissan Sentra Toyota Corolla
Starting MSRP Starting at $16,530 Starting at $17,230
City/Highway MPG 30 city/40 highway 28 city/ 37 highway
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Available Engines 1.8-liter 4-cylinder In-Line 4 Cylinder In-Line 4 Cylinder V-6
Available Drivetrains FWD FWD
Base Horsepower 130 hp 132 hp
0-60 Time 9 sec 9.7 sec
Seating Capacity 5 5
Front Head Room 39.4″ 38.3″
Front Leg Room 42.5″ 42.3″
Rear Leg Room 37.4″ 41.4″
Cargo Volume 15.1 cu ft 13.0 cu ft
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Today’s compact cars are better than ever. Condensed in stature, expansive in features, the compact cars of today are built to the highest level of efficiency. And, while you’ve come to expect less pain at the pump, the compact car of today offers a more efficient use of space, performance, and safety features.
But, with the increasing variety of compact cars available in today’s marketplaces, which do you choose? Two of the most popular vehicles of the segment are the Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla, known for reasonable price tags, no-nonsense performance, and useful features. While the Sentra and Corolla share a list of similarities, they also are quite different, especially when it comes to fuel efficiency, safety features, and interior comforts. See which vehicle comes out on top with our in-depth comparison.

Competitive Advantages of the Nissan Sentra:

  • More standard safety features at a lower starting MSRP

  • Greater interior and cargo capacity

  • Engineered to be more efficient and safety-driven

  • Upscale interior with useful infotainment features



While the Toyota Corolla has been recently redesigned, many say it has gone too far. Angular lines with stark contrasts mark the Toyota Corolla, and many sense a disconnect between the modern exterior and the quality of the interior. However, the Nissan Sentra steps ahead by offering smooth, luxurious details inside and out.


Forget being limited by the amount of cargo space in your compact car, the Nissan Sentra offers plenty of room for daily errands or weekend road trips. In fact, the Nissan Sentra steps ahead of the Toyota Corolla by offering an expansive 15.1 cubic feet over 13.0 cubic feet of cargo volume.


For the driver seeking the biggest bang for the buck, the Nissan Sentra is the better choice. Featuring a starting MSRP $700 lower than that of the Toyota Corolla, the Nissan Sentra packs a better value not only in price, but with standard features not found in the Toyota Corolla.


The Nissan Sentra measures 182-183″ L x 69″ W x 59″ H while the Toyota Corolla measures 183″ L x 70″ W x 57″ H. Overall, the Nissan Sentra offers a more headroom and much more cargo room.


The Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla are offered in Front-Wheel-Drive drivetrains, perfect for city driving.


The 2016 Nissan Sentra was praised for offering a smooth, nimble ride on varying road surfaces whereas the Toyota Corolla was criticized for offering little comfort over changing road conditions, such as bumps.


Similar in performance potential, the Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla offer near-equal horsepower, fuel efficiency, and acceleration times. However, it should be noted that the Nissan Sentra offers significantly more headroom and cargo room while maintaining satisfying efficiency.


One of the most important features on a vehicle is safety. While the Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla offer similar features, the Nissan Sentra steps ahead by offering standard child door locks, which is an optional upgrade on the corolla.


The Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla offer an identical basic warranty, spanning 3 years/36,000 miles.

Winner: Nissan Sentra – Nissan Sentra vs Toyota Corolla

For the driver willing to look past the groupthink of traditional compact cars, the Nissan Sentra is the superior choice. Moving beyond the sterile uniformity of most compact cars, the Nissan Sentra provides modern technology, innovative utility, and noble safety features. Experience the all-new Nissan Sentra for yourself, only at Garber Nissan on Bay Road.


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