Both the 2021 Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra are all-new for this model year, making the choice between them more exciting than ever before.

In this comparison, we at Al Hendrickson Toyota will break down the key differences between these models to help drivers near Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, and Pompano Beach, FL, make the right choice.

Corolla Vs Sentra: Performance Specifications

Toyota Corolla Performance

The 2021 Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra may look similar on the surface, but they couldn’t be more different once you get under the front hoods of these vehicles, as you’ll see below…

Toyota Corolla

Nissan Sentra

Number of Engine Options



Hybrid Engine


Not available

Best Fuel Economy

EPA-estimated 53 city/52 highway MPG1

EPA-estimated 29 city/39 highway MPG

Top Power

169 horsepower/151 lb-ft of torque

149 horsepower/146 lb-ft of torque

The Toyota Corolla offers options and the best of both worlds—pep and efficiency—no matter which of its three engines you choose. What you get with the Sentra is what you get.

Corolla Vs Sentra: Safety & Technology Features

Toyota Corolla Tech

The 2021 Toyota Corolla comes standardly equipped with Toyota’s latest iteration of its cutting-edge safety suite: Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS 2.0).

With this suite, you’ll get:

  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection

You’ll find several similar features in the Sentra, including Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, which functions like the Corolla’s Pre-Collision System. However, many of the other seemingly similar features don’t quite function the same way.

For example, the new Corolla’s Lane Departure Alert, which comes standard, comes with Steering Assist, which automatically adjusts steering to help you avoid an accident. The Sentra’s lane departure system only provides warnings.

Corolla Vs Sentra: Interior Comfort & Convenience

Toyota Corolla Comfort

Compact models like the 2021 Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra are ideal for commuters as they’re easy to whip through busy traffic.

However, you can’t compromise interior space like the Sentra does, as you’ll see below…

2021 Toyota Corolla

2020 Nissan Sentra

Number of Seats

Five passengers

Five passengers

Front/Rear Headroom with Available Moonroof

38 inches/37.1 inches

37.5 inches/36.7 inches

Front/Rear Legroom

42 inches/34.8 inches

44 inches/34.7 inches

While the Nissan Sentra offers slightly more wiggle room in the realm of front-seat legroom, it doesn’t make up for the massive dock in headroom you’ll get in the Sentra, especially if you choose to go with the moonroof.

Plus, the Nissan takes a (cramped) back seat to the Toyota in terms of convenience. While both models offer smartphone integration, navigation, and Bluetooth®, only the Corolla has the available Amazon Alexa integration and Remote Connect through your smartwatch.

2021 Toyota Corolla: A Step Above the Competition

Based on what we at Al Hendrickson Toyota found and laid out in this comparison, it’s evident that the 2021 Toyota Corolla comes out on top in every conceivable way.

Don’t take our word for it, though. Drivers near Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, and Pompano Beach, Florida, can see for themselves by taking a test drive with us. Call today to schedule yours!

1. EPA-estimated 53 city/52 hwy/52 combined MPG for 2021 Corolla Hybrid LE. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See

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