However, what if you guys, are one of the few buyers out there who wouldn't be caught dead in an suv and you're? Looking to spend around 25 000 for a new commuter car well, today, you're in luck, because i have two of the latest offerings from toyota and nissan, as you can see on my left, the 2021 toyota corolla and on my right, the 2021 nissan sentra. Now these two are some of the top selling compact sedans together last year, they sold nearly 250 000 units here in america, but if you guys have roughly 20 to 25 000 to spend which one of these two mainstream sedans is actually the better buy stay tuned To find out now by looking at the sales numbers, you can clearly tell how buyers have shifted toward suvs. Both the rav and the rogue are the top selling vehicles in both toyota and nissan's lineup. So, as you can see, you know sedan buyers, they have slightly different priorities and that's exactly why nissan and toyota made these two sedans a lot more stylish when they redesigned them last year. The corolla is now in its 12th generation and the sentra over there is now in its eighth generation, but let's focus on the exterior design of both of these sedans. As you can see, it's not quite a fair match up, because the corolla over there is the sport oriented se there's, also a higher grade xse. Well, the sentra is the sv model, which kind of looks like a base model.
The sr model is going to be the more sport oriented models regardless. Both of these cars are roughly in the same price. The center over there is 25 600 full or fully equipped, and the corolla is 24 200. Of course, the sc, with a stick, only comes in one specific configuration now let's talk about the styling of these two vehicles. Let me know in the comments below which one do you guys prefer? I actually think the sentra has a much more mature premium. Look. It definitely has baby ultima or baby maxima looks to it, while the corolla definitely looks a lot more aggressive. Let me start with the design, of course, of the corolla. Now this is the sedan body style, which has a unique front fascia versus the hatchback model. You can see the se includes things like this big open or this big grill, with the honeycomb shape in the center big grilles are kind of now a thing nowadays, and even the corolla is not going to escape that you can see the headlights you get full Leds standard on every corolla, they're led low and high beams led turn signals led daytime running lights and even an led accent, light down in the lower part of the front fascia. Compare that, of course, to the sentra, which looks a little bit basic in this trim. Sadly, if you guys want led headlights, this sv trim does not have that. You can see.
It'S got halogen headlights, an incandescent turn signal no fog lights. The sr trim is the only trim to get you the led headlights and you can see nissan's grille isn't, quite as large as the grill on the corolla. But this is the company's signature v motion grille. You can see the sensor for the adaptive cruise control is behind the the emblem, which is slightly different versus what toyota does with the corolla, and, let me know below in the comments, if you guys prefer the look of either of these cars. I actually think the corolla definitely has a much more youthful racier appearance, but you can kind of mitigate that, of course, on the center. If you guys go for the uh sr trim, let me move around the side of the corolla. First, the corolla and the sentra are roughly the same size overall lengthwise they're around 182 and a half inches long. They both have a 106.5 inch long wheelbase and they actually both have rear disc brakes and independent four wheel suspension. The wheels you can see on the corolla are slightly bigger. These are an 18 inch wheel, riding on 225 with tires. You can also get an 18 on the sentra, but you have to again step it up to the sr trim. Let me show you guys the side profile of the centre you can see. This is a much more mature looking car, although the 17 inch wheels on this one.
Definitely look a little bit small they're optional part of the sv premium package that my tester has really. The big party trick with the sentra has to do with its interior and because, as you can see, i've got my good friend keith in there. How does that interior feel? Does that feel like a 20 000 car? No, it feels like a lot more. It reminds me of a maxima quality, wise yeah. It is very much a huge departure from the old sentra so give this car a chance. If you guys haven't had a chance to look at the new sentra uh, you can also get things like a color or two tone: roof uh, which the corolla offers and the sentra both actually have sunroofs standard sized sunroofs at the rear. I want to say the sentra definitely looks better. This is the car that's around an inch and a half wider and about a half an inch lower, and you really can tell looking at the rear. Both of them have kind of an incandescent design for the rear. Taillights, the sentra doesn't have a chrome exhaust tip. You can find that, of course, on the sr trim, there's kind of like a rear, diffuser area, which kind of surprised me. This rear spoiler is extra for 300 bucks. The trunk capacity on the sentra measures 14.3 cubic feet of space, which is a pretty big size. The seats also fold down 60 40.. In contrast, the corolla, which is riding on the tnga architecture.
Just like the camera you can see. Let me show you guys: the rear of that the sc comes with the spoiler it's got a much more taller narrower look to it. I think the toyota could have made the corolla sedan a little bit wider and because this is a sport, oriented model it's got that chrome exhaust tip with the twin pipes, another rear diffuser area. But if you guys are wondering which one has a bigger trunk that actually goes to the sentra, it measures about a cubic and a half larger versus the corolla. This, thankfully also has a 60 40 split fold down seat. So now that we've talked about the exterior of both of these compact sedans let's move on to the interior i'm going to first start with the corolla. Now this does come with the company smart key access system with push button start. What i like about toyota is when i come up to the door, i can basically just kind of touch the outside part of the door handle that'll, lock the door when i unlock it just touch the back of the door handle that unlocks it. The nissan requires an extra step where i have to push the button to unlock the door, whereas toyota has a sensor on the back of the handle. Now let's look at the interior of this corolla, because this is the standard interior. You get for the sc with a stick shift model and, as you can see, the inside of the corolla se is complemented by a gray interior.
You can also get a black cloth interior with some blue contrasting stitching. If you guys are looking for a leatherette material, toyota doesn't offer a real leather, they offer a soft text material on the xse you can see. The sc has the more aggressive bolstering on the seats. This is a six way manual adjustment for the driver's side. You can see this is the height adjustment there's, the recline, no lumbar support you have to step up to the xse, which gives you an eight way power driver's seat, but you can see my tester with the six speed manual is certainly a rare option. This, i believe the um civic and the mazda 3 are the only ones that continue to offer a stick. Now you can see the two tone. Gray interior certainly looks nice, but we'll get into the center later. You'Ll see that this interior looks okay until you look at the nissan's interior now, stepping inside you can see the step in uh. This feels like it's a little bit higher up versus the nissan, and when i get inside you can see it doesn't feel quite as roomy as i'd, like the dashboard sits up very high. You have this big 8 inch floating tablet style screen, which kind of cuts into your view of the forward or of the road. And then, when i shut the door, the door has a kind of tinny sound to the thunk, so not really great first impressions.
I also i'm, not loving the smell of the interior kind of smells a little bit like cheap plastic in here, which kind of surprised me considering you know. Toyota is typically known for offering you know good stuff. Now the button to fire up the engine is back here behind the steering wheel, because this is a stick you can see. I actually have to put the clutch in and you can see the gauges look rather basic. This is the standard four inch lcd helper screen that you find over there. The xse version gives you a seven inch helper screen, which is the same size as the one you'll find in the nissan. These gauges are simple, they're, easy to read, they're perfectly fine, but they do kind of remind you of an economy car. You can kind of adjust how you want the gauges to look where you can change that little screen over on this left part of the steering wheel through this little button over here, the wheel itself you can see this is the very typical toyota wheel, they've been Using for a while it's got leather ret on it, it's got some decent stitching, it's a manual tilt and telescoping, with a pretty reasonable amount of adjustability in terms of the rest of the materials you can see. This is a soft touch, injection molded plastic, with a faux stitching, it's, actually rather decent. This right here is soft touch, but this plastic feels very cheap and, like very just plasticky, the door panel you can see is soft touch on the upper portion.
You have this aluminum or silver painted door handle that's included on the se. One thing that i, like all four of the windows are one touch up and down, which is definitely nice. The sentra only gives you one touch auto up on the driver's side and auto down, so that was an unexpected feature: lots of empty buttons over here, uh, where you know, if you go for the higher trims toyota, will give you obviously more features the switch gear And controls feel relatively nice. The horn has a rather cheap tinny sound to it. It just sounds like it belongs on a puny car, so i'm not happy with the way the horn sounds. You can see there's automatic single zone, climate control. I don't believe toyota offers a dual zone. Just a single zone. You can see here's the eight 8 inch toyota infotainment system. It does include android, auto and apple carplay. Android auto became standard for 2021. it's, not a wireless carplay design like you'd, find in some of the competitors, the newer competitors, but you can see the toyota system there's what it looks like. It works: okay, no factory nav on the se, with a stick. So if you want navigation, you have to again go to your phone, which is fine, which is what people are going to use anyways just the standard six speaker stereo in this car, which doesn't sound all that impressive. Most of you are going to want to upgrade to the jbl 9 speaker system, which is again part of the automatic transmission you don't, get that with the se.
With the stick put the vehicle into reverse, you can see there's your backup, camera it's, very rudimentary. It doesn't even have trajectory just distance markers, not quite as nice as what you'll find in the center. The screen quality and resolution also isn't. All that impressive. You can see there's the you know, radio information. If you want to go to your presets and whatnot, going back to the menu display here, there's your icons and whatnot, you can change the way this sounds. You can change kind of the colors in the theme here, although toyota only offers a choice of four. So this is kind of a disappointment. It works perfectly fine, although sometimes i found that it froze a couple times, especially when i have my phone connected to the car play, but it is relatively easy to use, although i think i prefer the system in the nissan a little bit more down here, you Can see this is the button for the rev match feature for the manual transmission totally unexpected some piano black plastic trim electronic parking brake. Some nice brew blue contrasting stitching over here a little bit of storage down there, and then you got a usb and another usb over there for your phone. These seats are pretty comfortable and supportive. They actually have some good bolstering and padding. I don't like the cloth. I would prefer the soft tex leather, but if you want that, you have to go with an automatic transmission and step it up to the xse glove compartment you can see, is damped it's not lined with felt, but it is a pretty good size and then interior Lighting, you can see it's not led, at least the se gives you a sunroof which is nice, but overall the cabin of the corolla feels a little bit on the cramped side.
I don't like the high dash, but the se comes with a decent amount of features, but keep in mind if you want real leather. If you want heated seats and you want blind spot monitoring, you have to step it up to a different trim. This trim does not offer those features so, after just stepping out of the corolla's interior let's, take a look at the sentras now i do want to make one quick note. The sentra also offers intelligent access key with push button start. Unlike the toyota. However, if you want to get into the vehicle, you actually have to do a second step. You have to touch the button on the door, handle there's no sensor in the back, unlike the toyota, which is not really a big deal, but i just prefer the toyota's arrangement, where you just have to touch the back of the door handle and that will unlock The door for you now, unlike the sentra sr that i tested a year and a half ago, this is an sv trim which has an upgraded premium package for 27 for 2200. This cabin is one of the nicest cabins you're gon na find in the mainstream compact sedan segment. These are genuine leather seats. This is again with the quilted leather and the contrasting stitching, the black, the black piping, which really looks fantastic with the two tone interior. This looks like it belongs on a maxima or even an infinity.
This is a really upscale. Looking cabin. The seats are also very plush quilted premium leather. This is upgraded versus the primatex, faux leather that you got in the sr tram. You also have an eight way: power driver seat with a two way, lumbar support, which is nice, no memory seats, which would have been nice to include, but this screams, more luxury carvers, the corolla's interior screams, more economy, car now, stepping inside i do notice the lower Roof panel or the lower roof line of the sentra. I have to duck my head slightly more because this car is about an inch lower or point i'm sorry, it's, 0.6 inches lower versus the corolla. When i shut the door, it has a relatively solid sounding thunk, but there is a slight shutter that i noticed pretty similar to the corolla so they're. I guess they're kind of tied in that regard. Now the sentra puts the button to fire up the engine over here by the shifter, whereas toyota puts it on the dash. You can see when you start up the sentra the instantly the gauge display just looks a lot more upscale. You have a larger seven inch. Helper screen over there with these two integrated dials, which are analog for your speedometer and your tachometer that's, of course very nice, and i love the way this interior looks again. This is very upscale looking very premium. Looking the steering wall has a nice flat bottom design.
I actually prefer the wheel of this vehicle versus the toyota. It also has a tilt telescoping manual adjustment, which offers a pretty good amount of adjustability, but overall i'm just noticing the sentras cabin feels a lot more spacious in here and that's, really because of the lower dash design. This is a much better design versus toyota, which kind of brings the dash up and toward you. This makes the dash feel very low. The hood also feels very low. You can see out of this car a lot better. I also like the way the floating screen looks. This is a much more upscale look, it also has android, auto and apple carplay, it's, not wireless, but you can see the graphics are just significantly better. Even when you go to the standard audio system or the standard nissan connect head unit, it just has a much better. You know interface to it. It just even looks better. It sounds better. The clicks also sound a lot nicer um, so nissan is doing a better job with their infotainment system versus toyota, which is really surprising. The dash you can see here has some faux stitching, although it looks a lot more genuine in the sentra. This is a soft touch: injection molded plastic. This is hard touch plastic here and there's. Some faux carbon fiber trim down here, it's also hard touch plastic. You can see there's two level heated seats on my tester. You have to step it up to an xse corolla to get that nissan also offers a heated steering wheel.
You can't get that on the corolla. You have dual zone automatic climate control, which you can't, get dual zone on the corolla, so that's, something to keep in mind once again, very impressive features. The door panel here is a soft touch plastic, which is nice, genuine stitching here with leather, the window controls they feel pretty nice but i'm. Sad to say that nissan only offers a one touch up and down for the driver, whereas in the toyota i had it for all four, which was included a few more buttons over. Here you have nice controls here for your audio controls and your um. The center screen over here is controlled by this dial or this control pad. You can see it offers a pretty good amount of customization and it just looks a lot better. You can change all your different settings and whatnot uh from the steering wheel controls when i put the vehicle in reverse. You can see the backup camera does have trajectory and it has a much cle, more clear view to it as well. Nissan offers a full 360 camera which you can't get in the corolla, which is kind of surprising to me that they don't offer that, but you don't really necessarily need it in a vehicle like that down. Here you can see, i like the dash layout with three vents. It looks really upscale big dials here for your automatic climate control, your dual zone layout. You have an available wireless phone charging pad down here, although this one doesn't have it.
The corolla offers that as well, you have two usb ports over there big cup holders. The center console here is just a lot more usable because i have a lot more storage and, in addition to this nice padded armrest, you can see this is twice the size as the one you get in the corolla. So a lot more storage in the center console, more covered storage, there's, actually an interior lighting package in my tester, where you can turn on and off the ambient lighting and change. The color it's got lights in the cup holders down in there and in the foot wells that is available on the coral and on the trim that i've got the seats. Like i said, the corolla seats were really were pretty comfortable for cloth, but these are just the clear winner for me: you can't even get seats. These nice uh this nice in the corolla, even on the higher trims. The glove compartment you can see is uh damped, but not lined with felt pretty big size. It'S uh, pretty similar to the one in the in the corolla, no factory nav in this car either. Although you're not going to really be missing it too much in a vehicle like this, you can just use the embedded or the apple carplay, nav or the you know, waze and whatnot. The lighting in here you can see is not led just like in the toyota and then the horn.
It sounds pretty dinky as well, so that one is pretty much a tie between the two. So overall, the cabin in the sentra definitely feels like a cut above what you get in the corolla. It feels more spacious in here. You get a lot more features which you can get on the corolla, but the toyota's interior design will never feel quite as nice as the centros. Now looking at the back seat of the new corolla, you can see toyota actually made the backseat a little bit smaller. This year for this generation, the company says you get around 34.8 inches of legroom that's, actually 0.1 inches more than what you're going to find in the center now getting back here, you can see at five foot seven um. This is a relatively good space for me. I have a decent amount of headroom, even though the sunroof does take up take up a little bit of space, but the roof line is higher in this car and you feel that i don't have to duck my head quite as much shutting the door. You can see getting back here. There is a fair amount of space. Actually, the floor is not completely flat, although it's nearly flat, there's a big open area here, where you could have rear seat. Air vents, i believe, on the higher trims toyota, gives you one map pocket over here and then the materials are hard touch plastic on the rear doors, at least they do give you an armrest here.
They typically reserve this for the higher trims and the seats do fold down in a 60 40 manor. So overall, the back seat of the corolla is fine, but just know that the other competitors, besides the sentra, offer a little bit more backseat space. Now, let's hop into the back seat of the nissan. This car offers around 34.7 inches of legroom, so it's 0.1 inches less than what you find in the corolla. However, this car does feel like it's a lot lower and longer on the outside. When i get back here at five foot, seven i'm definitely noticing i have to duck my head a lot more on this car, because the roof line is significantly lower. That aids, with the looks not necessarily with the space in terms of you, know, taller passengers, but getting back here and shutting the door you can see. There is a fair amount of legroom back here. This is pretty comparable to the corolla. The seats are a little bit more sculpted here, so i find myself having a little bit more knee room and the floor here is not completely flat, although it's relatively low it's, pretty similar to what you find in the corolla. This is very usable in the real world. I find this one to be a little bit more comfortable as i'm. Actually sitting in here. Nissan also gives you one map pocket there's, a usb charging port back here, no rear seat, air vents and the materials are hard touch plastic similar to the toyota.
But you get some nice genuine materials here and some faux carbon fiber. There is a nice fold down. Armrest here with two cup holders and the seats fold down in a 60 40 manner, so back seat space is pretty similar to both vehicles. But i do notice the corolla offers a little bit more space, because the roof line is a little bit higher and you get a little bit more head room now, underneath the hood of both of these mainstream sedans nissan keeps it simple. They only offer one engine choice, while toyota continues to offer three engine choices: there's the base 1.8, a two liter which this one has and, of course, there's the corolla hybrid now starting over with the corolla, because this offers a lot more choices. The se and the xse grade models come standard with the two liter dynamic force, four cylinder with direct injection and variable valve timing. This engine actually makes pretty good power for this segment horsepower and 151 pound feet of torque. You can take your pick between either this six speed manual with active, rev matching, which totally surprised me in a corolla, or you can go for a cvt with a physical first gear. They call it a direct shift cvt, which also has variable ratios. The corolla remains only front wheel drive and you can't get things like a limited slip. Diff i really am excited for toy to introduce a performance version, there's rumors of a gr version of the corolla coming.
But sadly, this is the most performance oriented engine that you can get fuel economy is also pretty good, it's rated at 29, the city 36 on the highway, with the manual it's going to go up considerably to 3140. If you guys go for the cvt, obviously the cvt is going to be the more efficient pairing this car, as it sits, weighs in at around 3055 pounds, so it's a pretty lightweight vehicle. The centra, in contrast, only offers one engine choice, it's also a two liter. Four cylinder it's nissan's latest engine family. It has continuously variable valve timing and it also has a cvt. This is nissan's latest uh, cvt uh. It does make a lot less power than the corolla at 149 horsepower and 146 pound feet of torque that's, roughly 20 horsepower less, but the torque number is pretty similar, which kind of shows you the characteristics of a naturally aspirated 2 liter. This is what you expect in this segment. It all goes out through i mentioned earlier, a cvt that's rated to get 29 in the city and ' on the highway. So slightly better mpg versus the corolla and centers again only remain front wheel. Drive they don't offer a baser engine, they don't offer a hybrid, they don't offer a nismo version. Yet i really would love to see nissan strap a turbo to this 2 liter, but as this one sits, it weighs in at a little bit more than the corolla at around 30 or 3070 pounds or so so.
Performance should be pretty similar. Um really trying to choose between the two engines is going to be whether you prefer the nissan engine or the toyota engine so with toyota moving around 140 000 corollas in america last year. This is still a pretty important car for the company, and you know what last year when i drove the corolla apex with the six speed manual, i was pretty disappointed in that car. For two reasons. The ride quality was too harsh and it was too damn expensive for what kind of a car it is now. This time i have the corolla se with the six speed manual. This is the other way that you can get a corolla with a stick and corolla. Basically or toyota basically builds the corolla se with a stick in one configuration, a sunroof comes standard and it comes with all the equipment that you could ever want. Minus the fact that you can't get blind spot monitoring. You can't get the upgraded, jbl sound system, but you can get that on the se. If you guys go for the cvt transmission, and you know what the fact that toyota is one of the few manufacturers that still offers a stick, will make the corolla my choice for as a driving enthusiast over the centra. It even includes such a rare feature like this rev match: downshifts automatic rev matching downshifts. So obviously this is going to be the more fun to drive car versus the sentra, because you can't even get it with a stick and it's.
Also the quickest quicker, accelerating car. This has 20 more horsepower versus the sentra, and i immediately feel that, despite the fact that i have a stick, which makes it way quicker than the cvt Music, but listen to this engine, it just revs out to almost 7000 rpm and it's a really it's. A great four cylinder it's, smooth, relatively smooth it's, not as buzzy and noisy as it was in the apex model, because we don't have that farty farty ricey exhaust that you get in that model i'm just genuinely impressed. This is a car that i didn't expect toyota to make so fun to drive. Actually, Music and toyota actually put a four wheel: independent suspension on the corolla this year same thing with nissan with the sentra, and you can see the steering is pretty quick. Although it's really light not much terms of feedback, the suspension you can tell the apex model had far less body lean, but this car has a much better much more agreeable ride. Quality and visibility is good. It'S got the toyota safety sense system, so it's got adaptive cruise control even with the manual. Although the adaptive cruise doesn't bring it to a full stop technically, the center has that as well, but you can't get blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic. Lurk on this model, which i f i would have preferred to through that in Music, but you have to remember that the corolla is designed to be more of a budget commuter car Music, but expect 0 60 time with the manual to be around the 7.
8 second Range, this is actually pretty quick for what it is. The cvt version of this car will be a little bit slower and in terms of fuel economy, i've been averaging 33 miles to the gallon in mixed driving on the highway. This car got around 38 miles per gallon, which is a little bit better than the epa rating doesn't. Surprise me it's a stick. They tend to do really good in terms of fuel economy in the real world, but really what's the disappointment with the corolla. Is this interior, this interior, with the cloth seats, the materials and the look? It just feels like a step below most of its competitors in terms of technology in terms of luxury and premium feel, and i get that this is not supposed to be a luxury car. But remember the sentra kind of gives you that luxury car feel for the same money on the inside, and i personally think the corolla still doesn't. Look all that wonderful on the outside. The sc model, of course looks a little bit better with its. You know 18 inch wheels, it's, more aggressive body kit and whatnot, but let me hop into the sentra and let's remind ourselves how good the current generation center actually does drive, although it's got a really uphill battle compared to this corolla. This is a fun car to drive, especially considering the price, so after just hopping out of the corolla and into the sentra.
This one remember, is a cvt nissan doesn't offer a stick on the center, so i'm, going to try my best to think more about the corolla as a cvt versus the six speed, because you can't really do a manual versus automatic comparison in the eyes of an Enthusiast but right off the bat let's start with the center's driving dynamics. This car definitely definitely feels more. Like a more substantial car, i feel like i'm sitting lower to the ground, i can feel the one and a half wider body of this car. It just feels like i'm driving an ultima. I, like the visibility in this car, immediately right off the bat. The dash is much lower. You have much easier view out of the front of the rear. You also feel like the interior is slightly more roomy in this car. The seats are also way more comfortable. This is the only sentra trim to get real leather seats. The sr trim, which kind of compares more favorably to the corolla se and xse, offers the prima tex, which is a faux leather material, similar to what toyota offers the soft text and whatnot. But this real leather, very comfortable, very nice, very upscale in this car. I feel like i'm driving a maxima right off the bat you really don't notice. The fact that this is an economy car until you put your foot down – and this is where its economy car routes start to come back Music.
But i will say that the sentra's engine is slightly quieter versus the corollas. That actually really surprised me. I wasn't expecting this engine to be quieter, but it actually is um. The cvt in this car is perfectly fine. There is a sport mode when you push the back of the cvt here of the transmission selector, it goes into an s. Mode actually has enough power to spin the tires a little bit Music and 0 to 60 time is around the mid. 8 second range. This does feel slower than the corolla, although if i had the corolla with the cvt, they should be roughly the same. The corolla's physical first gear in the cvt does make it launch a little bit harder off the line, but the nissan's is very responsive as well. It just puts the engine right in the meat of its power brand, and this two liter is a surprisingly decent engine. I really want nissan to slap, a turbo on this thing and give us back a nismo version of the center. That would be lovely if they would do that, but you know i can't deny the more substantial more premium feel of this car. I can't believe i'm saying this about the nissan, but the sentra feels like a much more expensive car, even though it is slightly more expensive, it feels like a 5 000, more expensive vehicle right off the bat. I also have the safety features that i, like it has nissan's adaptive cruise control automatic emergency.
Braking lane change, assist lane, keep assist blind spot monitoring with your cross traffic alert. That is all standard on the sentra sv trim. If you guys go for the base s trim, you will lose the adaptive cruise control and some of the upscale features, but most of you are going to buy this sv trim, which is you know not that much more versus these other trims pretty decent acceleration. I mean again, this is supposed to be in a commuter economy car, but you can't, really fault nissan for really stepping up their game. I was super impressed with the center when i first drove it at the media launch um about a year and a half ago and i'm still very impressed in terms of handling the central steering is better than the corollas. This is a little bit heavier it's. Still very quick and precise, but i have more feedback coming through from the front tires, so i feel a little bit more confident with pushing the car. It also has a four wheel, independent suspension, just like the corolla, but the suspension i'm noticing is a little bit firmer in this car, but the ride quality is not affected now granted. I do have 17 inch wheels on this versus the 18s on the corolla, but the ride feels a tad smoother in this car, actually over most of the pavements that i'm noticing, but i genuinely enjoy driving the sentra. I just really want the company to bring back a nismo version of this car.
I would love to see you know a nismo version with another 100 horsepower, i mean 149. Horsepower is fine for commuting, but for enthusiasts we're going to want more power. Now let's talk about the fuel economy a bit. The corolla got pretty good gas mileage around 29 miles to the gallon and mostly city driving on the highway. I got 38 almost 40.. This car averages has been averaging around 33 mpg and mostly mixed driving. The cvt is very efficient in this car on the highway. I got it up to basically the same as the corolla 38. You could probably push it to 40. If you were really, you know, driving this car a lot more conservatively, but it's amazing to me how good both the sentra and corolla have gotten. I mean, obviously, i'm more. You know involved in the drive in the corolla because it had a stick but i'm. Also not entirely bored with the sentra. I actually find this interior to be quite likable. I just wish that nissan would include the led headlight option on the sv trim, it's sad that you have to go for the sr to get that, because i really like these seats in this interior, but with the halogen headlights on this car on the front it Just looks it just cheapens the overall look, but you can't deny with this fantastic interior, this refined, powertrain, good, cvt, it's, a really great package. So, at the end of the day, trying to choose a winner between the new corolla and sentra, really is going to come down to your personal preference and your exact needs and, of course, which brand you particularly like in terms of styling.
I prefer the styling of the sentra, because i think it's a much more mature, more elegant design. I especially like how it's lower and wider, but with an asterisk there i would prefer the sr trim, which is slightly sportier. The corolla is still gon na, be my choice. If i was gon na go for it. As from a driving enthusiast perspective, i love the six speed manual. I love the fact that toyota offers a stick on this car. They also offer a base engine and a hybrid powered train, but really where the corolla kind of lacks for me is in the entire package. The interior doesn't feel quite as nice. It doesn't feel quite as roomy the visibility out of the front isn't as good, because of that really tall dash and the seats. The cloth seats are fine for cloth, at least until i tried the seats in the new sentra and that's. Really. Where surprises me about the nissan, because i typically have never enjoyed the sentra. However, when this generation came out last year, when i first drove it, i was blown away with the level of fit and finish the technology. The comfort of the seats and just the overall feel surprisingly, this was actually the sportier driving car driving these two cars back to back the center had better steering it had a better ride quality. It had better control of the suspension, while the toyota, of course, was more fun because of the manual.
But if i was driving the cvt version of this car, which is arguably what people are gon na, buy when they're buying corolla, i would easily pick the sentra, even though the corolla has more horsepower. The sentra just feels like nissan spent more time with it. Trying to make it feel and drive a lot more premium than the previous generation, whereas the corolla is fine until you actually start driving its competitors because, as you guys know, the honda civic is basically the segment leader in terms of sales, sales of the corolla and The central were cut by about 50 last year because everybody is buying crossovers, but i would what i would really love to see is toyota and nissan come out with a performance version of both of these cars i'd like to see nissan, bring back a nismo version Of the sencha and i'd like to see toyota bring out that gr corolla hot hatch, which is supposedly rumored to be coming next year now in terms of pricing they're pretty similar. The nissan starts at around nineteen thousand five hundred dollars for a base s, while the corolla starts at around twenty thousand uh one hundred dollars for the base version of that car. My particular tester here is around 24 200 because it's an se with a stick. You can only buy it in one specific way. You probably need to go to an xse trim to get the soft text with the heated seats and the slightly upgraded stereo option.
Basically, a fully loaded corolla will come in at around twenty eight thousand dollars. A fully loaded sentra, if you guys went to an sr trim, will come in at around twenty six thousand dollars, which makes it actually cheaper and that's. One of the reasons why the sentra is, in my opinion, a better deal, it's the cheaper option, but it doesn't feel like you bought a cheap car, whereas the corolla, the interior kind of feels a little bargain basement to me and that's kind of where i'm gon Na pick, the sentra, as my winner of this comparison test just because it's a better overall car to drive on a daily basis with all that said, i hope you guys have enjoyed my full comparison test, of course, between the 2021 centra and the 2021 corolla. If you're also looking to see the latest cars, i'm testing be sure to follow me on instagram at redline underscore reviews like us on facebook and as always guys, please keep subscribing to the redline reviews youtube channel for all the latest reviews. Thank you.