The 2018 Nissan Sentra vs 2018 Toyota Corolla
Compact sedans like the 2018 Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla are the perfect vehicles for the everyday driver—whether you’re a city dweller not looking to sacrifice budget over quality, or a busy commuter in search of something both safe and fun. To help drivers in the Cherry Hill, Collingswood, and Mount Laurel, NJ, know the best options for them, we put the new Sentra through a head-to-head to comparison against the brand new 2018 Corolla.
Engine Performance & Handling
It shouldn’t come unexpected that both the 2018 Nissan Sentra and Corolla are exceptionally great at the gas pump. Fuel efficiency is usually one of the main reasons people choose compact sedans in the first place. The Sentra provides a remarkable EPA-estimated 27/35 MPG city/hwy* compared to the Corolla’s equally impressive EPA-estimated 28/36 MPG city/hwy. The Sentra also comes available with 1.6-liter direct injection turbo engine with up to 188 horsepower, in case you’re looking for something more built-for-speed. Other features that both compacts include:
- 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine
- FWD Drivetrain
- 13.2-gallon fuel tank
In terms of handling and drivability, the Sentra isn’t overly instinctive but handles well-above average for a compact model. It brakes well at high speeds unlike the Corolla which has been found to have below-average stopping power when at high speeds.
Compact sedans have been at the forefront of passenger safety technology for decades and these two sedans continue to lead the pack. The newest addition to the Sentra is the inclusion of its Automatic Emergency Braking and rearview monitor which now come standard on all trims. The AEB system can detect potential head-on collisions for when the driver might become distracted or an unexpected hazard enters the roadway. For its part, the Corolla continues to offer its exemplary Toyota Safety Sense™ P with Pre-Collision System, along with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert systems are available on the Sentra, as is intelligent cruise control, which will automatically adjust the speed of your vehicle to match the flow of traffic.
Style and Comfort
The 2018 Sentra and Corolla both come with spacious cabins that feel comparable to a mid-size sedan and can both comfortably fit up to five adult passengers. The front driver and passenger seats on the Sentra are set higher than the Corolla, which gives the driver a better line of sight which is especially useful while in traffic. One area the Sentra particularly shines is in its 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space. Combined with 60/40 split-folding rear seats, you’ll have no problem moving bulky items across town, loading up a week’s worth of groceries, or taking that weekend shore trip with friends.
No matter what your choice may be at the end of the day, you can see that these two compact sedans are both great options for Cherry Hill, Collingswood, and Mount Laurel drivers looking to get the most out of their daily commute. In our assessment though, we believe that the 2018 Nissan Sentra makes the better choice for performance, safety, and comfort. Come see for yourself by scheduling a test drive today!
*2018 EPA fuel economy estimates for Sentra®: 27 city MPG/ 35 hwy MPG/ 30 combined MPG for 2018 Sentra S equipped with Manual Transmission – 29 city MPG/ 37 hwy MPG/ 32 combined MPG for Sentra S, S Midnight Style, SV, SR Midnight Edition, SL equipped with CVT Transmission – 27 city MPG/ 33 hwy MPG/ 29 combined MPG for 2018 Sentra SR Turbo, SR Turbo Midnight Edition – 25 city MPG/31 hwy MPG/ 27 combined MPG for NISMO® equipped with Manual Transmission – 25 city MPG/ 30 hwy MPG/ 27 combined MPG for NISMO equipped with CVT Transmission Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions, use for comparison only.