Compare the 2016 Nissan Sentra to the 2016 Toyota Corolla
Since the early 1980s, the Nissan Sentra has remained one of the most economical cars on the market. Equipped with a new front and rear fascia, the 2016 Sentra looks more stylish than ever before. As always, the revamped Sentra continues to offer solid fuel efficiency. Like the Sentra, the 2016 Toyota Corolla is also a key player in the small sedan segment. Let’s take a look at how the new Sentra fares against the latest Corolla.
In terms of performance, both cars feature an efficient four-cylinder engine. With a total output of 130 horsepower, the Sentra nearly matches the Corolla’s 132 horsepower production. Acceleration proves to be very similar. However, the Sentra’s new CVT system gives it the upper hand in the fuel economy department. Its combined fuel economy rating of 34 mpg trumps the Corolla’s 32-mpg combined rating.*
All versions of the new Sentra are equipped with a new V-shaped grille. The car’s updated styling gives it a striking resemblance to the Maxima sports sedan. Meanwhile, the new Corolla looks virtually the same as last year. If you really want to stand out, check out the all-new Sentra SR. A dazzling set of aluminum-alloy wheels and integrated fog lights make the SR model look stunning. The Corolla also offers a sporty S Plus model, which features upgrades such as a rear spoiler. Although the Corolla’s styling is a big improvement over the past generation, the lower trims tend to get lost in the crowd.
These two sedans are designed with a family-friendly interior. This should be welcome news for the drivers who need to haul around their children. While the Corolla is roomy, it cannot rival the Sentra’s rear-seat hip room. In fact, the Sentra provides 6.2 inches more hip room in the back. The additional space will likely provide more comfort on road trips.
Safety is an aspect that every car shopper should take seriously. Fortunately, the 2016 Nissan Sentra was certified as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. Despite the Corolla’s solid safety rating, it was unable to meet the qualifications to be a Top Safety Pick. According to Edmunds, the new Corolla also delivers below-average stopping power. Meanwhile, the Sentra recorded a class-leading braking performance. During an emergency situation, the effectiveness of the brakes is extremely important.
Both rides are available with a rear-view camera. Nonetheless, the Sentra does offer far more active safety features. The available Technology package gives you forward collision intervention and adaptive cruise control. Drivers can also obtain a blind-spot monitor, which makes highway traveling a lot safer. None of these modern technologies are currently offered on the Toyota Corolla.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.