2017 Toyota Corolla vs 2017 Nissan Sentra

If you are reading this now, chances are good that you are in the market for a small sedan. Perhaps you drive one already and are checking out what different brands have to offer, or maybe you are trying to make the move from a larger vehicle to a smaller, more nimble one. Whatever the case may be, such smaller cars can sometimes get unfair reputations for being too small or crowded. That is not always the case. In fact, the two vehicles we are going to compare here each have over 42 inches of front legroom, which is comparable to full-size sedans. And while small cars may not be quite as boisterous as their larger cousins in terms of under-the-hood power, that does not mean they are weak rides. Smaller sedans have a lot to offer drivers, and with many options available, it can be hard to tell which one is right for you. Let’s take a look at the 2017 Toyota Corolla vs the 2017 Nissan Sentra.

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2017 Toyota Corolla vs 2017 Nissan Sentra
132 HP Base Model Horsepower 130 HP
Available in Higher Trims Navigation Available in Higher Trims
Driver Knee Protection Airbags Not Available
2017 Top Safety Pick + IIHS Recognition 2017 Top Safety Pick

Safety for passengers and drivers in the Corolla

Toyota and Nissan are two of the biggest automakers in the world, and the Corolla and Sentra are both quality examples of what makes a smaller sedan such an appealing automobile style for people from all walks of life. When placed in a side-by-side comparison, however, the Corolla stands out in a number of areas.

Just because a car is on the smaller side of the scale doesn’t mean it has to lack in spirit. The 2017 Toyota Corolla offers a standard 132-horsepower engine, with 140 horsepower available in the engine of the LE Eco trim. This beats the 130 horsepower offered by the base model of the 2017 Nissan Sentra.

Safety is also key when it comes to your ride, and the Corolla wants to help protect you from as many angles as possible. Accidents are serious, and you never quite know where impacts may occur. Your upper body is generally well protected in just about every vehicle out there, but what about your knees? The Corolla has knee protection airbags, which you won’t find in the 2017 Sentra.

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young couple walking away from parked blue 2017 Toyota Corolla
man behind the wheel of 2017 Toyota Corolla
2017 Toyota Corolla instrument panel