2018 Nissan Sentra vs Toyota Corolla

Specs at a Glance

2018 Nissan Sentra

2018 Nissan Sentra

MSRP *

  $16, 990

Cargo Space

  15.1 cu.ft.


2018 Toyota Corolla

2018 Toyota Corolla

MSRP *

  $18, 600

Cargo Space

  13.0 cu.ft.

2018 Nissan Sentra vs 2018 Toyota Corolla

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If you’re interested in buying a new small-sized sedan, the Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla are two of the most obvious choices to consider. When deciding between these two sedans, the base 2018 Toyota Corolla L CVT and the 2018 Nissan Sentra S CVT are the most affordable trims and very comparable. While both are very similar in pricing, performance, and accommodations, the 2018 Nissan Sentra does offer buyers a few key advantages over choosing the Toyota Corolla.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Both vehicles are driven by a 1.8L I4 engine and a two-speed automatic continuously variable transmission with overdrive. A limited-slip differential comes standard in the 2018 Sentra but may not be offered with the Toyota Corolla. Each comes equipped with a 13.2-gallon fuel tank, but the fuel economy is slightly better in the 2018 Sentra S CVT. Overall, the driving range for the Nissan Sentra is around 13 miles longer than in the Corolla.

Exterior and Interior Design

The body of the 2018 Nissan Sentra is slightly shorter and not as wide as the Toyota Corolla. The 34.8-turning radius curb to curb in the Sentra is about an inch tighter than driving in the 2018 Toyota Corolla. The 2018 Nissan Sentra is also slightly lower to the ground than the Corolla. However, the height of the Nissan Sentra body is 1.6 inches higher than the body of the Corolla.

On the Interior, the Nissan Sentra provides occupants in the front of the vehicle with slightly more headroom and legroom than the Toyota Corolla does. The amount of cargo space in the Sentra is close to 15 percent larger than the Corolla. However, both of the vehicles come equipped with the fold-down rear seat-back feature. A black cloth interior is standard with both of these 2018 sedans.

Accessories and Safety

Front fog lights are an available option to add onto the 2018 Sentra but they are not available with the Corolla. However, splash guards are an available option for both of these vehicles. The overhead storage console is another standard feature in the Nissan Sentra that isn’t offered with the Toyota Corolla. Both vehicles come with Bluetooth and cruise control equipped as standard features. The wheels and tires equipped on the Sentra are slightly larger than those used on the Toyota Corolla.

A multi-function remote and remote keyless entry system come standard with the 2018 Nissan Sentra but they are not offered with the Toyota Corolla. Some of the safety features equipped on both the 2018 Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla include 4-wheel anti-lock brake systems, dual front airbags, front-seat side-impact non-curtain airbags, and side guard beams. Each of these standard base models also come with their own anti-theft security as well.

Stop by the Carriage Nissan dealership to test drive a 2018 Nissan Sentra and find out more about how it compares to the 2018 Toyota Corolla.


* All prices are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license, and options. Dealer sets actual price.