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Toyota Corolla vs. Nissan Sentra

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Toyota Corolla

2016 Toyota Corolla
$367
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Nissan Sentra

2015 Nissan Sentra
$405
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Excellent

The Toyota Corolla Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 7th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $367 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low, and these issues are less frequent than average, so the Corolla is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.

Excellent

The Nissan Sentra Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 10th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $405 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Sentra.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$367
inexpensive
very expensive
$405
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.3
not often
way too often
0.2
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
minor issues
major issues
11%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(186 Reviews)
(64 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(30)
4 star
(85)
3 star
(45)
2 star
(13)
1 star
(3)

The Toyota Corolla ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in body.

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“Many of my friends drive a toyota because they know how reliable these cars are.”

Rating Details
5 star
(4)
4 star
(30)
3 star
(22)
2 star
(5)
1 star
(2)

The Nissan Sentra ranks highest in electrical and ranks lowest in suspension.

Read more detailed reviews here.

“2013 Nissan Sentra Car seems to have a lot of problems. The motor bogs out a lot, making a loud noise. My back tires ware quickly. And it just started recently over heating! The ac also doesn't blo...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Nissan Sentra and the Toyota Corolla are two compact four-door sedans. Both of these cars come with front-wheel drive.

The standard engines in the Sentra and the Corolla are close in terms of power: the Sentra has 124 horsepower, and the Corolla has 132. There’s more of a difference with each car’s optional engines, though. The Sentra leads here with a 188-horsepower option, while the Corolla’s engine upgrade has only 140 horsepower. 

Comparing interior and trunk space, the Nissan Sentra and the Toyota Corolla are also pretty close. The Sentra has 95.9 cubic feet of passenger space and 15.1 cubic feet in the trunk. The Corolla has 97.1 cubic feet of passenger space and 13 cubic feet of trunk space. 

When it comes to driver assistance systems, the Corolla takes the lead, with these features standard on every model: adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams and automated emergency braking. The Sentra offers automatic emergency braking on every model, but blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on the top trim level, optional on the mid-level trims, and not available on the base model. Adaptive cruise control is available on some Sentra versions but not others. 

Overall, the Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla are very similar. While the Sentra has a larger trunk and more optional power, the Corolla provides the latest advanced driving technology as standard equipment. Drive them both to see which one you prefer.

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