2014 Toyota Corolla vs 2014 Nissan Sentra

2014 Toyota Corolla vs 2014 Nissan SentraThe 2014 Toyota Corolla is a popular option for compact sedans that can still comfortably seat five passengers. One of the other sedans it is frequently compared with is the Nissan Sentra, which also has a long and reliable history.

In terms of basic features, the Corolla and Sentra are fairly similar with four doors, FWD, and a six-speed manual transmission as the base option. The Toyota Corolla offers the option of a four-speed automatic transmission, while the Sentra offers a continuously variable one.

Fuel Efficiency

In terms of fuel efficiency, you can get excellent gas mileage with either the 2014 Toyota Corolla or the Nissan Sentra. The base model of the Sentra, the Sentra S, gets 27 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway, while the 2014 Corolla L does slightly better at 28 and 37, respectively. Although the Corolla is slightly better in terms of fuel efficiency in the base models, the two sedans are fairly identical for their fuel efficient trims. The Corolla LE Eco can get 30 mpg in the city and 40 to 42 on the highway*, while the FE trims for the Sentra (FE + S and FE + SV) get 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway*.

Engine and Power

There is only one engine choice for the 2014 Nissan Sentra, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. The normal trims of the 2014 Toyota Corolla are similar in terms of engine and torque, but with 132 horsepower instead of 130. The difference lies in the Corolla LE Eco trim, which uses a special 1.8-liter four-cylinder “Valvematic” engine that increases the horsepower to 140.


When it comes to comparing the features offered in the Corolla and the Sentra, they are on equal footing in terms of standard options. They both offer a power exterior mirror control, USB/iPod connection, auxiliary audio input jack, and one-touch windows. However, the Sentra’s base model adds speed-sensitive volume and keyless entry, while the base Corolla adds hands-free calling and Bluetooth. Although both models have most of the same safety features, the Toyota Corolla takes the lead with the addition of LED/Xenon lights and active head restraints.

Interior Space

Another area in which the 2014 Corolla takes the lead over the Sentra is interior space. Both cars are classified as compact sedans, but the Corolla has 1.6 more cubic feet of interior volume. Most of the dimensions for hip room, head room, and shoulder room are within an inch of each other, but the Corolla has an impressive extra 4 inches of legroom in the rear. To put this in perspective, both cars have more legroom than average, but the Corolla has 5 more inches than the class average.

If you would like to get a better idea of the features of the 2014 Toyota Corolla or learn more about the fuel-efficient LE Eco trims, visit Warrenton Toyota in Culpepper, Virginia.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

August 18, 2014
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