2021 Corolla vs. 2020 Sentra Comparison

The Corolla and the Sentra are classic compact sedans.

Introduced over 50 years ago, the Toyota Corolla entered the U.S. market in 1968. Over its 11 generations, it has kept up with new safety and multimedia trends as well as updating and streamlining its design to become what it is today: an eye-catching, versatile, and efficient ride. The Nissan Sentra arrived over a decade later, having been first introduced in 1982. These vehicles have gone from being casual commuter cars to upgraded, striking, sport-styled compact sedans.

The new 2021 Corolla has an impressive standard feature lineup including Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0), an available hybrid model, and the latest connectivity options like Apple CarPlay® and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

While the Sentra has been competing with the Corolla for decades, it has a lot of ground to make up. Let’s see which compact car has the edge when it comes to categories like safety, performance, and interior features.

Publish Date: 11/12/2020

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Safety

Driver safety remains a top priority among consumers. Manufacturers are addressing these concerns with advanced driver assistance features that are standard or available on most vehicles. The Corolla has kept up with the times, coming packed with standard advanced active safety features. How does the Sentra compare?

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Safety

  • The Corolla L comes standard with a suite of active safety features called Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0).
  • Intelligent Cruise Control is only offered on the Sentra SV and SR, not the base grade Sentra S.
  • The 2020 Corolla received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA as well as a 5-Star Overall Front Star Rating which combines driver and passenger frontal crash ratings.
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Performance

Yes, compact sedans are great options for those looking to get excellent fuel economy. That doesn’t mean they can’t be fun to drive.

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Performance

  • The Corolla offers both gas trims and a hybrid trim. The Sentra does not.
  • The Corolla SE has more transmission options than the Sentra which only has a Continuously Variable Transmission.
  • To light the way, the 2021 Corolla has LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and standard LED headlights.
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Interior

It doesn't matter if you're doing a grocery trip or a road trip, the right multimedia and connectivity options can turn any outing into an adventure.

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Interior

  • The Corolla and Sentra both offer standard 7-in. touchscreens.
  • The Sentra S has four speakers while the Corolla has six.
  • They both have Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, but the Sentra lacks Amazon Alexa compatibility.
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Conclusion: Corolla vs. Sentra

With 90 years of combined experience in the sedan market, the Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra have been competitors for a long time. In their current generations, both are highly-efficient, sport-styled compact sedans that are fun to drive.

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Conclusion: Corolla vs. Sentra

  • The 2021 Corolla L features a whole suite of active safety features called Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0).
  • The 2020 Sentra comes standard with four speakers while the Corolla has six and the addition of Amazon Alexa compatibility.
  • The Corolla offers more standard advanced active safety features at the base-grade.
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