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2018 Nissan Sentra vs Toyota Corolla | Bessemer, AL

2018 Nissan Sentra vs 2018 Toyota Corolla

Serving Bessemer, AL, Tuscaloosa, and Hueytown

Starting at $16,990*, the 2018 Nissan Sentra is an affordable compact car with a thorough blend of technology, safety features, and comfort. The 2018 Toyota Corolla is another economical option and comes in at $18,550*. Offering a turbocharged engine, the Sentra shows a lot more muscle and brawn than the Corolla while achieving better fuel efficiency at a lower price tag. Additionally, the aerodynamic Nismo model has an aggressive and sporty design that's unrivaled. Some of the fantastic exterior colors that are available for the Sentra include Red Alert, Scarlet Ember and Deep Blue Pearl.

Price and Specs Comparison


2018 Nissan Sentra S

2018 Toyota Corolla LE

Starting MSRP*



Fuel Economy (City/Hwy)**

29 / 37 mpg

28 / 36 mpg

Standard Engine




130 horsepower

132 horsepower


128 lb-ft

128 lb-ft


Exclusively installed in the 2018 Sentra SR Turbo and Nismo models, the 1.6 L turbocharged engine is capable of delivering up to 188 horsepower. Running on the Gasoline Direct Injection (DIG) technology, this compact engine cranks out 177 lb-ft of peak torque at 5,200 RPM. An optional manual transmission system with six speeds is compatible with the turbo engine. All of the other Sentra trims run on a 1.8L engine that's naturally aspirated. This four-cylinder engine yields up to 130 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. In the 2018 Toyota Corolla, the 1.8 L engine has a maximum output 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with the Xtronic® Continuously Variable Transmission, the Sentra shifts into the ideal gear ratio without any noticeable delays. The Manual Shift Mode could be turned on to customize the gear sequences. Overall, the Xtronic CVT is superior to the Corolla's Continuously Variable Transmission with intelligence and Shift Mode (CVTi-S). For its compact size, the Sentra maintains excellent stability on the road thanks to the Active Understeer Control. Even the electric power steering system responds to the speedometer. The Nismo-tuned suspension and steering also give the Sentra a major advantage over the Corolla in handling.


The 2018 Nissan Sentra has a track-inspired design that's unconventional for a compact car. The front and rear fascias accentuate the sporty profile. The interior design of the Sentra Nismo model even includes racing-inspired amenities, such as red stitching on the sports front seats. Alcantara and genuine leather cover the seats, steering wheel and gear selection lever. As an economical car, the 2018 Toyota Corolla has a relatively minimalist exterior and interior design. Instead of focusing on style, this model offers decent value in entry-level amenities.

2018 Nissan Sentra Interior


The Bose Premium audio system in the 2018 Sentra comes with a total of eight speakers, including a subwoofer. In the Toyota Corolla, the sound system is available with a maximum of six speakers that don't have a particular brand attached. Both cars are connected to plenty of music channels on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Additionally, HD Radio service with traffic updates is available in the Corolla. Three USB ports and an auxiliary jack provide extra connectivity options in the Sentra's modern cockpit. Compatible with wireless Bluetooth and Siri Eyes Free, both vehicles are optimized for virtually all smartphones and mobile devices. Powered by the NissanConnect® platform, the Sentra's infotainment system is available with GPS navigation and other applications that provide driving assistance. A navigation system is also included in the Corolla's Entune multimedia platform.

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Visit our Nissan dealership and explore all six trims that are available for the 2018 Sentra!

*MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

**EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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