The Toyota Corolla has sold over 46 million globally since it was introduced in 1966. The Nissan Sentra is only slightly younger, having been first introduced in 1982. The 2020 Corolla L CVT has a starting MSRP of $19,600 and the 2019 Nissan Sentra S Xtronic CVT has a slightly lower MSRP of $18,580. However, the Corolla has the value advantage of a no-cost maintenance plan that comes standard. Sentra offers a maintenance plan at an additional cost to its driver. In this head to head, we will highlight the price, performance, and safety features of the Corolla vs. the Sentra to see which comes out on top.
Published Date: 09/30/2019
Every 2020 Toyota Corolla comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 (TSS 2.0) a robust suite of advanced active safety features designed to bring added peace of mind to your drive.
Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 (TSS 2.0) comes standard on every 2020 Corolla. No 2019 Sentra has a comparable advanced active safety feature suite. However, the 2019 Nissan Sentra S Xtronic CVT’s standard safety features are highlighted by Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS) and Automatic Emergency Braking.
Both the 2020 Corolla L CVT and the Nissan Sentra S Xtronic CVT come standard with 8 airbags. However, each vehicle has a few unique traits in this category. The Toyota Corolla includes a driver's knee airbag and passenger seat cushion airbag which the Sentra does not include. Sentra, for its part, features roof-mounted curtain head airbags for front and rear passengers.
The 2020 Toyota Corolla performance takes the lead in fuel economy and power over the 2019 Sentra.
With an EPA-estimated 30/38/33 mpg (city/hwy/comb), the 2020 Corolla L CVT has a slight edge in fuel economy ratings over those of the 2019 Nissan Sentra S Xtronic CVT with an EPA-estimated 29/37/32 mpg. When it comes to horsepower, however, Corolla is the clear winner. The 2020 Corolla L CVT has 139 hp and 126 lb.-ft. tq. while the 2019 Nissan Sentra S Xtronic CVT has 124 hp and 125 lb.-ft. tq.
As for braking power, the 2020 Corolla L CVT comes standard with power-assisted ventilated 10.8-in. front disc brakes and solid 10.2-in. rear disc brakes with an electronically controlled braking (ECB) system. The 2019 Nissan Sentra S Xtronic CVT comes standard with 11.0-in. vented front brakes and 9.0-in. rear drum brakes.
When considering the financial investment you’ll make in your next car, it is important to look at the cost of ownership as well as the starting price of each vehicle. The Corolla’s included maintenance plan is something to consider when comparing it to the Sentra.
The Corolla comes standard with the ToyotaCare No Cost Maintenance Plan (2 years/25,000 miles) and Roadside Assistance (2 years/unlimited miles). While Nissan offers a similar no-cost emergency roadside assistance service (3 years/36,000 miles), Nissan does not offer a comparable no-cost maintenance plan. Rather, there are prepaid maintenance plans to purchase when buying a Nissan Sentra. See a Nissan dealer for details.
The 2020 Corolla L CVT has a starting MSRP of $19,600, and the 2019 Nissan Sentra S Xtronic CVT has a starting MSRP of $18,580. However, maintenance costs are typically a huge addition to the initial price tag. Consider the performance, fuel economy, and complimentary maintenance advantages of the 2020 Corolla when deciding which vehicle is a better value.
Given the history of the Corolla with over 46 million sold and counting, the 2020 Corolla is an obvious choice. While the 2020 Corolla L CVT and the 2019 Nissan Sentra S Xtronic CVT have similar starting MSRPs, the Corolla delivers added value because it comes standard with ToyotaCare, a no-cost maintenance plan offering a roadside assistance plan with unlimited miles for 2 years.
Also adding to its value is the Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 (TSS 2.0) safety suite that comes standard on the 2020 Corolla L CVT. 2019 Nissan Sentra S Xtronic CVT’s standard safety features include Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS) and Automatic Emergency Braking.
Another advantage is that the 2020 Corolla has a hybrid option with an EPA-estimated 53/52/52 mpg (city/hwy/comb). Currently, there is no hybrid variant of the Nissan Sentra available in North America. With all of these advantages, the clear winner in this head-to-head comparison is Corolla.