2017 Toyota Corolla vs Nissan Sentra Comparison

2017 Toyota Corolla vs 2017 Nissan Sentra

2017 Toyota Corolla 2017 Nissan Sentra
  132 hp 124 hp
  28/36 27/35
  CVT 6-speed manual

2017 Toyota Corolla vs 2017 Nissan Sentra

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Many customers prefer sedans over other vehicle model types because of their reputation of being consistently reliable, their excellent fuel efficiency, and their history of being much safer than SUVs. Their low ride height keeps weight closer to the ground, meaning that when drivers are cornering, traveling fast on a windy day, or changing direction, their center of gravity is lower and they are not as likely to roll over as SUVs are since those vehicles are more top-heavy.

For fifty years, the Toyota Corolla has stood out among other compact cars as the ideal no-nonsense, commuting vehicle. It’ll get you from point A to point B with no frills or fancy interiors. Its current generation of Corollas are a far cry from older designs, but underneath the hood, it remains a functional vehicle that is consistently reliable year after year. Furthermore, when compared to the 2017 Nissan Sentra, the Corolla has better performance ratings, more standard vehicle options, and better fuel efficiency ratings.


When comparing the base engine models for both vehicles, the Corolla has more horsepower and a higher torque rating, despite having the same size engine as the Sentra. The Corolla rolls along with 132 horsepower, while the Sentra is rated at only 124 horsepower. As far as torque ratings, the Corolla peaks at 128 lb.-ft. at 4400rpm, while the Sentra’s torque rating is 125 lb.-ft. at 3600rpm.

Both engines are inline 4-cylinder with a 1.8L capacity. The Corolla’s standard engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with an intelligence mode and shift feature. The Sentra’s standard engine, on the other hand, is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Customers have the option to purchase the automatic transmission, also a CVT, at additional cost.

Standard Options

In comparing the base models of both vehicles, and when considering safety options, the Corolla has many more safety features compared to the Sentra. The Sentra includes an advanced airbag system, ABS, tire pressure monitoring, traction control, and vehicle dynamic control, which designed to assist the driver in keeping the vehicle safe and stable in adverse road conditions.

The Corolla, on the other hand, comes standard with Toyota’s five-star safety system, which includes:

  • Enhanced vehicle stability control
  • Traction control
  • Anti-lock brakes system (ABS)
  • Electronic brake force distribution, which automatically varies the amount of force applied to each wheel depending on road conditions, speed, and vehicle load.
  • Brake assist, which strengthens the force of an emergency stop.
  • Smart Stop technology, which helps bring the vehicle to a stop in events of unintentional acceleration.

Fuel Efficiency

Finally, although both vehicles have similar fuel economy, the Corolla offers an LE Eco model which achieves better fuel economy than any other Sentra trim. In comparing base models, the fuel economy is nearly identical. The Corolla is rated for 28 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, according to the manufacturer. The Sentra is rated very similarly, at 29 mpg city and 37 mpg highway*.

The Corolla LE Eco model is rated even higher, for 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway*. Nissan does not have an Eco equivalent, so customers concerned about fuel economy will be interested in Toyota’s fuel efficient offering.

Stop by your local Toyota dealership in Tallahassee today to test drive a brand new 2017 Corolla and discover how it compares to a Nissan Sentra.

* #disclaimers