2015 Nissan Sentra vs. 2016 Toyota Corolla

2015 Nissan Sentra

2015 Nissan Sentra

2016 Toyota Corolla

2016 Toyota Corolla


When Palm Coast and Port Orange drivers come to the Daytona Auto Mall looking for a compact, they’ve often already heard about both the 2015 Nissan Sentra and the 2016 Toyota Corolla. Each is impressive, but only one will be the perfect choice for you. We’ve drawn up this competitive comparison to ensure you make the right decision.

Trim Levels and Price

2016 Nissan Sentra The 2015 Nissan Sentra is available for Palm Coast and Port Orange drivers in five well-balanced trim levels:

  • S: Starting at $16,480, even the entry-level Sentra showcases premium technology as standard, such as a Bluetooth handsfree phone system, cruise control, speed-sensitive volume control, and a radio data system.
  • FE+ S: Starting at $17,730, the FE+ S trim makes efficiency upgrades with Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) as standard. It also adds aero deflectors, a rear spoiler, and low rolling resistance tires for even greater mileage ratings.
  • SV: Starting at $18,300, the mid-range SV adds a number of enviable technological features. A Nissan Intelligent Key system with push button ignition makes it effortless to enter the vehicle and start up, while a 5.0-inch color screen provides all vehicle information.
  • SR: Starting at $19,910, the SR enhances comfort with heated front seats, upgrades your styling with 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, and keeps you in touch with the world at large by adding a NissanConnect system with Mobile Apps.
  • SL: Starting at $20,670, the SL defines the luxury compact vehicle, with leather-appointed seats and dual-zone automatic temperature control as standard.

The 2016 Toyota Corolla also comes in five trim levels, but you’ll be expected to pay more. The entry-level L model starts at $17,230, close to $1,000 more than a 2015 Nissan Sentra, with models working their way right up to $20,635 for the Special Edition.

2015 Nissan Sentra

2016 Toyota Corolla

CheckmarkStarts at $16,480 Starts at $17,230
Checkmark111 cubic feet of total interior volume 101.5 cubic feet of total interior volume
CheckmarkTop Safety Pick Not a Top Safety Pick
Checkmark39 mpg highway with base powertrain 37 mpg highway with base powertrain

Powertrains and MPG

2016 Nissan Sentra performanceThe 2015 Nissan Sentra is fitted with a state of the art 1.8L 4-cylinder, which puts Palm Coast and Port Orange drivers in command of 130 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. That makes for a strong, responsive drive, but it never comes at the cost of efficiency, with even the entry-level model capable of 29 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. For better fuel economy, you can choose the FE+ S trim; it makes up to 30 mpg city and city and 40 mpg highway.

The 2016 Toyota Corolla comes with a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine with similar power ratings. However, it only makes 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. An enhanced model can produce 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway, but, of course, that comes as an added cost.

Comfort and Convenience Features

The 2015 Nissan Sentra utilizes an expansive 111 cubic feet of total interior volume — the Corolla provides just 101.5 — to ensure that all five passengers never feel short on space. That makes it one of the most comfortable compacts on the road today, with a spacious cabin you wouldn’t necessarily expect.

It’s also one of the most well equipped compact vehicles, with several features available that aren’t offered with the Corolla. These features include:

  • Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control: Allows you to set individual temperature zones for the passenger and driver side.
  • Bose Premium Audio System: Employs eight high powered speakers to fill your Sentra’s cabin with rich, immersive sound.
  • NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps: With a growing number of apps, this available system uses the Sentra’s dash-mounted color touchscreen to check Facebook, browse the web, or use text-to-speech technology to read your Twitter feed aloud.

Safety Features

2016 Nissan Sentra safetyThe 2015 Nissan Sentra has received acclaim for its solid performance during crash testing, even earning a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. The 2016 Toyota Corolla has not yet been rated, though it’s worth remembering that the 2015 model on which it is based did not receive a Top Safety Pick designation.

The 2016 Corolla also misses out on some of the Sentra’s more innovative safety features. For example, the Sentra’s available Easy-Fill Tire Alert causes your hazard lights to blink as you fill up the tires; when you reach the correct pressure, the horn will give a small beep. Just another nifty little way in which Nissan is making safety maintenance easier than ever.

The 2015 Nissan Sentra Thoroughly Outperforms the 2016 Toyota Corolla

Now that you’ve read about the 2015 Nissan Sentra, we’re sure that you’ll want to take one out for a test drive. At the Daytona Auto Mall, we can put you behind the wheel today.