When it comes to practicality and economy, you can't beat a classic compact car. Not only are they buyer-friendly options for those in need of transportation, they're great options for those who enjoy green living. These days, they offer a superb level of technology and comfort that in many ways approaches luxury level.

For a long time, Nissan and Toyota have been two of the leading sedan manufacturers around, and it's not surprising that drivers from Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster are curious as to which offers the better small sedan. Check out the results as we pit the 2019 Nissan Sentra against the 2019 Toyota Corolla in an epic battle of compact sedans brought to you by Fred Beans Nissan!

Sentra vs Corolla: Performance

The truth is… the Nissan Sentra and the Toyota Corolla have very similar engines. Both vehicles are powered by a standard 1.8L 4-cylinder engine, with the Sentra delivering 130 horsepower and the Corolla producing 132 horsepower. For precise control, though, the 2019 Sentra comes with vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering, a standard and useful system.

The Nissan Sentra has an Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission), which helps it achieve an EPA-estimated 29 city/37 highway MPG.1 The Toyota Corolla and its CVT falls behind with an EPA-estimated 28 city/36 highway MPG.

Sentra vs Corolla: Trim Options

If you want a sportier ride, then say hello to the Nissan Sentra NISMO. This capable car utilizes its 1.6L turbocharged engine for quicker engine response and linear acceleration. As powerful as it is stylish, the 2019 Sentra NISMO also has a leather-wrapped steering wheel with leather red stripe, NISMO front sport seats, the Nissan Navigation System, and Bose® Premium Audio System.

With its upgraded engine and powertrain, it can generate 188 horsepower while maintaining an EPA-estimated 25 city/31 highway MPG.Other features of the Nissan Sentra NISMO include:

  • NISMO 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Xtronic CVT® Transmission with Manual Mode
  • Carbon-fiber interior accents
  • Push Button Ignition with colored start ring
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob

As for the 2019 Toyota Corolla, you'll still have several trim levels to choose from, but none of them will offer the enhanced performance and sport-inspired features offered by the Nissan Sentra NISMO.

Sentra vs Corolla: Interior

When it comes to the interior cabin, the Nissan Sentra is packed with convenience features. Stay connected on the go, too, with standard Siri® Eyes Free. Make calls, send texts, set reminders, and more. Even if you don't have a compatible phone for this system, the 2018 Sentra has other standard interior features, such as:

  • Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, for keeping your eyes on the road as you send texts, stream music, and more.
  • Cruise control with illuminated steering-wheel-mounted controls, for keeping your hands on the wheel as you perform various functions.
  • Drive computer with outside temperature display, for staying aware of your average MPG, current MPG, distance to empty, and more.

The Corolla offers a few of these features including Siri® Eyes Free. However, you'll completely miss out on the hands-free text messaging assistant, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic features that the Sentra has to offer.

2019 Nissan Sentra vs 2019 Toyota Corolla: Which One?

In the end, while these are very similar small sedans, the Nissan Sentra offers a bit more bang for your buck. With its NISMO trim level, higher fuel efficiency, and standard interior features, the 2019 Nissan Sentra proves itself as a versatile and commanding sedan.

If you'd like to experience this fun and engaging small sedan yourself on the roads of Doylestown, Warminster, or Philadelphia, Fred Beans Nissan can help. Stop into our dealership and ask a customer service representative about a test drive today!


1 2019 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 2018 Sentra S, S Midnight Style, SV, SR, 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.

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