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2019 Nissan Sentra vs Toyota Corolla | Oxford, AL

2018 Nissan Sentra vs 2018 Toyota Corolla

Serving Oxford, AL, Anniston, and Talladega

The 21st century is the age of compact cars. Long gone are the bulky, gas-guzzling full-sized sedans that ruled the roads just twenty years ago. Their smaller and much more efficient counterparts have become the vehicles of choice for eco-minded drivers that value safety and comfort in an affordable package.

Both Nissan and Toyota have recently unveiled their newest releases in the Sentra and Corolla lineups respectively. Combining more than 160 years of experience in automotive engineering, these Japanese titans of the industry have provided compelling arguments for why their cars should have the honor of parking in your driveway. That being said, the Sentra's wallet-friendly price, outstanding passenger and cargo space, and available performance trims make the 2019 Nissan Sentra a worthy alternative to the Toyota Corolla.

Price and Specs Comparison


2019 Nissan Sentra S

2019 Toyota Corolla L

Starting MSRP*



Fuel Economy (City/Hwy)**

29 / 35 mpg

28 / 36 mpg

Standard Engine




130 horsepower

132 horsepower


128 lb-ft

128 lb-ft


The 2019 Nissan Sentra was designed as an affordable car that doesn't make any compromises when it comes to usability. Both the Nissan Sentra and the Toyota Corolla come with a standard array of features like automatic emergency braking, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a driver assisting safety suite. Fuel economy is also very similar, with both cars scoring a combined MPG rating in the low 30s. However, the biggest difference between these two cars is the price. Nissan Sentra S can be yours for only $17,790 MSRP*, which is even more impressive when compared to the hefty $18,700* base price for the equivalent Toyota Corolla L trim.

Passenger and Cargo Space

The 2019 Sentra offers a spacious 15.1 cubic feet of cargo area in the trunk and ample back seat room for even your tallest passengers to travel comfortably. The Corolla, however, does offer more leg room, but this decreases trunk capacity to only 13 cubic feet and reduces available head space in the back, which can lead to some of your passengers becoming uncomfortably intimate with the Corolla's celling on bumpy roads.

2018 Nissan Sentra Interior


While the Sentra and the Corolla are not explicitly designed for speed and performance, automotive enthusiasts will be pleased to know that Sentra's SR Turbo trim offers all the benefits of a roadster at a fraction of the cost. The SR Turbo comes with Nissan's 1.6-liter 4-cylinder DIG turbocharged engine, capable of cranking out 188 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Adjustable driving modes, a set of 11.7" front ventilated sports brakes, and active understeer control contribute to a more enjoyable and performance-oriented driving experience. Other accessories, such as Bose Premium Audio System with eight speakers and Nissan's HomeLink Universal Transceiver are included in the optional Premium Package. Even Toyota Corolla's high-end XSE trim, with its disappointing 132 hp from its underpowered 1.8-liter engine, pales in comparison to the impressive SR Turbo. Alternatively, the Nissan Sentra NISMO has all of the features of the Turbo as well as a more aerodynamic body kit, a set of 18" aluminum-alloy wheels, performance NISMO-tuned suspension and steering, and the signature red NISMO interior design.

Test Drive Today!

If you are looking for an affordable car that makes no compromises, look no further than the 2019 Nissan Sentra. Discover the driving experience that only a Nissan can provide. Visit our dealership or call us to schedule a test drive today!

*MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

**EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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