2019 Toyota Corolla
2019 Nissan Sentra

The 2019 Toyota Corolla and the 2019 Nissan Sentra are two of the smartest options in the compact sedan market, but only one has what it takes to revolutionize your Cicero and Oak Park commutes. Critics love the Corolla, and it's not hard to see why! Compare the Corolla vs. Sentra with Chicago Northside Toyota to find out why our friends and neighbors prefer the Toyota.

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Standard Sedan Features: Corolla vs. Sentra

These two compact sedans both come full-to-bursting with technologies you'll use every day, but the Corolla offers several standard technologies that aren't as accessible in the Sentra. A full-color touchscreen, Bluetooth® hands-free calling, and a rearview camera are just a few of their shared features, but their differences are no less pronounced than their similarities.

The Corolla offers a standard six-speaker sound system, while the Sentra offers just four speakers to start. What's more, thanks in part to the inclusion of Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P), the Corolla offers these standard features that you won't find in the Sentra:

  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)
  • LED headlights
  • Automatic High Beams (AHB)

Sedan Performance and Fuel Efficiency

The Corolla and the Sentra offer comparable amounts of horsepower and torque, and they're similarly efficient, whether you're cruising Cicero streets or barreling down Lake Shore Drive. Compare the specs for their baseline engines here:

  • Toyota Corolla
      • 1.8-Liter Inline-4 Engine
      • 132 hp
      • 128 lb-ft of torque
      • 28 mpg city, 36 mpg highway
  • Nissan Sentra
    • 1.8-Liter Inline-4 Engine
    • 130 hp
    • 128 lb-ft of torque
    • 27 mpg city, 35 mpg highway

Their baseline engine stats make these compact sedans near equals, but it's important to note that the Toyota model's performance improves dramatically as you upgrade. The Corolla LE Eco gets 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. With a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the Corolla Hatchback gets an incredible 32 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.

man steps out of 2019 Toyota Corolla
2019 Toyota Corolla dashboard
2019 Toyota Corolla rear split seats

Warranty Coverage Comparison

Reliability is one of the most important considerations for the Chicago area's compact sedan drivers, and in almost all cases, the models with the best warranty protections are those that are most reliable. The Corolla and the Sentra both offer a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, standard.

However, Toyota has gone even further to ensure great performance by offering the ToyotaCare 2-year/25,000-mile free maintenance plan, standard. This plan even includes 24-hour roadside assistance, so you can drive with peace of mind. When your wheel alignments, oil changes, and filter replacements are free of charge, you'll get more from your vehicle year after year.

Toyota Corolla vs. Nissan Sentra: Which Will It Be?

Looking at the Corolla vs. the Sentra, it's not hard to see that the safer, better performing, and better protected Toyota model is the compact sedan to beat! Compare the Corolla to the 2018 Chevy Cruze or find out how the newest model compares to the 2019 Elantra to learn more about the former's advantages. When ready, start a conversation with Chicago Northside Toyota today. There's never been a better time to take the Corolla for a test drive on the streets of Chicago.