2013 Toyota Corolla vs 2013 Nissan Sentra

By Adam Fredricks.

It’s not your dream to drive an Eco friendly compact car. Nor is it your first choice to shop for one. But when times are tough, it’s a necessity. In this economy you want MPG and reliability. But you also want style and Comfort. And if you can get away with some extras, that’s a bonus.

The 2013 Toyota Corolla and the 2013 Nissan Sentra have more than just the MPG and reliability your looking for, they have some style with loads of technology. Not to mention safety features that you typically wouldn’t see in compact cars. The Nissan and Toyota have some extra goodies that you will enjoy. Some, the kids will even get a kick out of. The important part is that you get your money’s worth. With both of these you will do just that.

2013 Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla has a base price of $16,230. Fully loaded your looking at $26,617. The Eco friendly 1.8L DOHC 4 cylinder, 16 valve Corolla has 132 horsepower @ 6000 RPM and 128 lb. ft of torque @ 4400 RPM. Not the most powerful 4 cylinder but enough to get you around town. With its 13.2-gallon fuel capacity and 26/34 MPG you would be able to get close to 445 miles on a single tank of gas, that’s not to shabby! That should be able to last all week for most commuters and a bit extra for the weekend.

The Corolla has a 102.4″ wheelbase with an overall length of 180″. You will be able to squeeze into the tightest spaces at the mall with ease. The interior is adequate with 38.8″ of headroom and 41.7″ of legroom. The cargo area lacks space for your all-important purchases with only 92.1 cubic feet.

2013 Toyota Corolla

The 2013 Toyota Corolla shines in the safety department. With six air bags, multiple crumple zones, active head rests and the Star Safety System you will feel secure and safe while your little ones are nice and quite in the back. The Active Headrests rapidly adjust upwards and forwards in the event of an accident to support the front occupants heads. Every Corolla is built with the Star Safety System, an advanced integration of safety technologies designed to enhance vehicle stability, traction, braking and more. Armed with these active safety features, Corolla can actually help you avoid accidents in the first place. Not bad right?

2013 Toyota Corolla

In the Technology department the Corolla can hold its’ own. She is equipped with Entune, Bluetooth, a USB port and HD radio. With the Entune system you can expect to stay connected, it combines 8 popular mobile apps and data services. Looking for a good movie? Use Bing. Restaurant reservations? Try OpenTable. Want the ultimate road trip playlist? Turn up Pandora. With Entune, find what you want and when you want it, without fumbling for your smartphone.

The 2013 Nissan Sentra is another great option for an Eco friendly compact car. The Sentra offers a sportier look with a little bit more for your buck. The Sentra starts at $15,990 and tops out at $25,498. A similar power plant as the Corolla with a 1.8L dual overhead cam 4 banger. The Sentra has 130 horsepower and 128 lb. ft of torque. The Nissan Sentra also offers a 13.2-gallon fuel capacity but raises the bar with the MPG. On surface streets you can expect 30 miles per gallon. But on the highway she stretches her legs getting 40 MPG. That’s 528 miles in optimum driving conditions in one tank. That means you could almost make it from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back in one tank of gas. That’s amazing for a non-hybrid vehicle.

2013 Nissan Sentra

The Nissan Sentra has a 106.3″ wheelbase with an over all length of 182.1″. The interior is spacious with 39.4″ of headroom and a relaxing 42.5″ of legroom. The cargo space in the Nissan is much more accommodating with 95.9 cu. ft. that’s plenty of room for a couple extra pairs of heels and a new outfit. Oh and a toy or two for the kids. The Sentra is big, it’s roomy, and it features a lower, aerodynamic body that widens at the fenders for a striking broad-shouldered look. Not what you would expect from a compact car.

2013 Nissan Sentra

The Sentra is packed with safety features, over 50 in fact. Like six airbags that adjust their inflation rate based on the severity of impact, and safety belt usage. And braking and traction features that help you stay on course when course conditions aren’t ideal. They’re all part of Nissan’s Safety Shield Technology. Also in the safety department the Sentra has a Rearview Monitor, Traction Control System, Anti Lock Brakes, EBD, VDC, Tire Pressure Monitoring System and the list goes on and on.

Nissan installed premium materials and plush trim into the Sentra. More rear legroom than the Corolla, Elantra, or even the Civic. And it’s all placed into a cabin built so quiet, you can carry on a conversation no matter how loudly the world outside is carrying on. The list of options and technology is out of this world. Bose sound system, Pandora, Nav Traffic, Nav Weather, Bluetooth Streaming Audio, Dual Temperature Control. The Sentra can hold her head up high.

2013 Nissan Sentra

If you’re in the market for a compact car, you should really take a look that these two works of art. You wouldn’t expect to get so much for the amount you would be spending. Both with ample room and options. Obviously both manufactures are known for reliability and MPG. But for them both to take so much care in the design of a compact and not a luxury makes them two great values, two great cars, two cars that you will give you years of use and the economy, what else could you ask for.

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