2014 Toyota Corolla vs. 2014 Nissan Sentra

By Dave Stall.

Here are a couple cars that have been duking it out since the early seventies and the fans have been loyal, kind of like Ford vs. Chevy. These cars have been the backbone for basic transportation, improving every year as well as growing up. Now adults they are making an automotive make few can duplicate. You’re looking at two basic cars that started out rather bare, today you can get all the features on these two cars you can on their big brothers but for a lot less. Let’s look at the 2014 Toyota Corolla first, you can choose from four different models, the base L model that start out at $16,800 plus tax and license. Here are some of the standard features, Bluetooth® connectivity, USB port, LED headlights and Daytime Running Lights (DRL), Power windows and eight airbags.

2014 Toyota Corolla

The 2014 Toyota Corolla‘s fuel mileage is 28-mpg city and 37 mpg on the freeway, which burns unleaded fuel. The next level is the LE starting at $18,300 plus tax and license. Here are standard features to consider in addition to the L features, Entune™ Audio system with 6.1-in Touch-screen display, Integrated backup camera 10 with projected path, Remote keyless entry, Automatic climate control and Cruise control. Third is LE Eco which starts at $18,700 plus tax and license with an EPA-estimated 42 mpg on the freeway, Valvematic engine technology and Integrated rear spoiler and the S which starts out at $19,000 plus tax and license and comes with unique Piano-black front grille, Integrated rear spoiler, Integrated fog lights, Chrome-tipped exhaust Leather-trimmed steering wheel and a 3.5-in. TFT Multi-Information Display, two more to consider, the S Plus, with integrated fog lights, 17-in. alloy wheels and Rear disc brakes and the S Premium which comes with SofTex®-trimmed heated front seats 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat 4-way adjustable front passenger seat. (See dealer for pricing).

2014 Toyota Corolla

Now let’s look at the 2014 Nissan Sentra which is totally redesigned for the 2013 model year. You have eight models to choose from and two transmissions a 6-speed manual and a CVT transmissions you get a S, FE+ S, SV, FE+ SV, SR, SL trim level, (See website for in depth listing). Sentra Offers a class-above look and feel inside and out, along with engineering efficiency that results in outstanding highway fuel economy – along with exceptional rear seat legroom (37.4 in) and ample trunk capacity.

2013 Nissan Sentra

Enhancements include revised CVT, suspension and steering tuning. The 2014 Nissan Sentra comes with a 130-horsepower 1.8-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder; you have a choice of two transmissions, a 6-speed manual or Xtronic CVT® transmission, EPA fuel mileage was not available at this time but if you look back at 2013 stats you should expect 30 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the freeway burning unleaded fuel. Key features worth considering when it comes to comfort, A modern and refined exterior and interior design, available a Bose® Premium audio system with eight speakers, available Sentra SR model with a sportier appearance – including 17-inch forked 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, sport front and rear fascias, sport front grille, lower body side sill extensions. In the technology department you will find standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System with available Easy-Fill Tire Alert, available NissanConnect℠ with Navigation, including hands-free text messaging assistant, Pandora® radio capability, Google® Real-Time POI search, Google® Send-to-Car.

2013 Nissan Sentra

This would be a tough decision I must say but it is all in the drive, you need to drive these cars with the family or whatever you plan to do with it. I actually can’t pick between these two, too tough for me! One more piece of advice, do not rely on past problems with a car or the manufacturer, if it was bad back in the day it is not today!

(Note: All vehicles provided by manufacturers for comparison test purposes. Photos provided by Nissan and Toyota.)