Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Sentra VS 2015 Toyota Corolla Near Warner Robins, GA

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2015 Nissan Sentra

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2015 Toyota Corolla

Safety Comparison

Both the Sentra and the Corolla have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Toyota Corolla:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

70 G’s

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

515 lbs.

868 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Sentra is faster than the Corolla L/LE/S (automatics tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

3.6 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.7 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

17.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sentra CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Corolla L/LE/S CVT (29 city/39 hwy vs. 29 city/38 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Sentra’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Corolla:



Front Rotors

11 inches

10.8 inches

The Sentra stops shorter than the Corolla:



60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Sentra has larger tires than the Corolla (205/55R16 vs. 195/65R15).

The Sentra S/FE+/SV’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Corolla L/LE Eco’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sentra S/FE+/SV has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Corolla L/LE Eco.

The Sentra SV/SR/SL has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Corolla doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Sentra has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Corolla doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Sentra SL handles at .83 G’s, while the Corolla LE Eco pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Sentra’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Corolla’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.6 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sentra has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom and 6.2 inches more rear hip room than the Corolla.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sentra has a much larger trunk than the Corolla (15.1 vs. 13 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sentra’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Corolla L’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Sentra has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Corolla doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Sentra has standard extendable sun visors. The Corolla doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Sentra’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Corolla doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Sentra SL’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Corolla doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Sentra owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Sentra will cost $170 less than the Corolla over a five-year period.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sentra third among compact cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Corolla isn’t in the top three.

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