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2018 Toyota Corolla Vs. 2018 Nissan Sentra: Which One Is Right for Me?

Posted at Fri, Apr 6, 2018 3:30 PM

When it comes to crowning the best compact car of 2018, it’s a tough decision. Competition is fierce, especially given the number of different cars in this class. However, when you factor in things like reliability, versatility, safety, and affordability, it’s easy to narrow down the list to just two contenders: The 2018 Nissan Sentra and (our favorite) the 2018 Toyota Corolla.

Obviously, we here at Westbury Toyota are going to be a bit biased, but we also want to make sure that you find the car best suited to your needs. If you’re on the fence about which 2018 compact sedan you should choose, why not read over the comprehensive list we’ve put together comparing the Sentra and Corolla? From here, we have no doubts that it will not be long before you see exactly why the 2018 Toyota Corolla is the clear choice for discerning compact car shoppers – and the right call for drivers here in Westbury and all across Long Island who expect something more from their daily commute.

Fuel Economy

It’s becoming more and more important for many people to have a vehicle that gets great fuel mileage. Both the newest Corolla and Sentra have better than decent mileage on average, with the Sentra getting 25 to 29 miles per gallon (mpg) in terms of city driving and 31 to 37 mpg while out on the highway.

However, as the editorial staff at New Cars explains, the 2018 Corolla edges ahead of the Sentra in this category, getting an impressive 27 to 30 mpg city in the city and 35 to 40 mpg when driving on the highway. If you want a car that will give you the most bang for your buck and keep the blues away when you stop at the gas station to top up, the Corolla’s better mileage is something to seriously consider.

Under the Hood

While people don’t usually buy compact sedans for their off-road performance and blistering speed, it’s still important to know what they’ve got going on under the hood. Based on this, we have gone ahead and listed the engine and transmission stats for both the Sentra and the Corolla (as compiled by John Diether of Cars Direct) in the table below.

2018 Nissan Sentra
2018 Toyota Corolla
1.8 liter (L) Inline four-cylinder engine
1.8 L Inline four-cylinder engine
130 horsepower (hp)
132 hp (140 hp in Eco models)
Six-speed manual with option for continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Standard six-speed manual transmission (four-speed automatic or CVT also available).

As you can see, the Corolla’s got a bit more oomph under the hood than the Sentra, as well as more transmission options. If you want a compact car that never skimps on power and handles nice and sharp, which in turn leads to a much more enjoyable driving experience around Long Island, the Corolla is the way to go.

Safety Ratings

Safety should be a paramount concern in any vehicle you choose to buy, so it’s important to check and see what kind of safety ratings your top choices currently hold. As the staff over at Car Connection points out, both Toyota’s Corolla and Nissan’s Sentra rate high when it comes to safety tests and meeting exceptional driver and passenger safety standards.

However, the Sentra nabbed four stars in the frontal barrier crash rating and the rollover rating, while the Corolla rated five stars in both of those categories. This trend continues in the overall ratings category, where the 2018 Corolla rates five stars and the 2018 Nissan Sentra rates four.

To put it plainly, if you’re looking for a car rated high for driver and passenger safety to ensure that you, your friends, and your family are safe whenever you’re travelling around Westbury, the Corolla should clearly be the top choice for you.

Making the Smart Call

Buying a new car is not just about choosing what is most affordable (although that is a very important factor). You also need to take into account crucial features like those we’ve covered above: Fuel economy, safety, and engine and transmission options (to name just a few). When it comes to the choice between the 2018 Corolla and the 2018 Sentra, there’s only one clear winner when you consider all the imperative aspects.

While the Sentra is a fine option in many regards, there is just no way around the fact that the 2018 Toyota Corolla offers better safety ratings, better fuel mileage, and more power under the hood. We can’t really say we’re surprised by this verdict, but the message here should be crystal clear by now: If you really want to get the biggest bang for your buck when the time comes to drive home in a compact car, the 2018 Toyota Corolla should be at the top of your list.

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