Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Sentra VS 2017 Toyota Corolla Near Macon, GA

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2017 Nissan Sentra

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2017 Toyota Corolla

Safety Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Forward Emergency Braking optional in the Sentra as “Superior.” The Corolla scores zero, and is rated by the IIHS as having no effective frontal crash prevention.

The Sentra (except S)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Corolla doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Sentra (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Corolla doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Corolla:

 

Sentra

Corolla

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

131

154

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

2 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1/.1 kN

2.4/2 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

.82%/.49%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Tibia index R/L

.66/.53

.82/.49

Tibia forces R/L

1.5/.5 kN

2.2/3.9 kN

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:

 

Sentra

Corolla

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

108

154

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

204

294

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

70 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

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.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sentra its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2016, a rating granted to only 90 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Corolla is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Sentra has a standard 470-amp battery. The Corolla’s 356-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Sentra (130 HP engine) is faster than the Toyota Corolla (base engine) (automatics tested):

 

Sentra

Corolla

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 1.8 4 cyl. (124 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the Corolla CVT with its standard 4 cyl. (29 city/37 hwy vs. 28 city/36 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Sentra

Corolla

Front Rotors

11 inches

10.8 inches

The Sentra stops shorter than the Corolla:

 

Sentra

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/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/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 .84 G’s, while the Corolla SE pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver 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).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Sentra SL is quieter than the Corolla SE (37 vs. 39 dB).

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

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sentra is less expensive to operate than the Corolla because typical repairs cost less on the Sentra than the Corolla, including $21 less for a water pump, $123 less for a starter, $158 less for front struts and $48 less for a timing belt/chain.

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