The 2021 Toyota Corolla is an evolution of previous Corolla models. Endowed with ample horsepower, stylish trim levels, loads of interior technology, and an available hybrid motor, the Corolla is a real charmer. So, how does it stack up to competitors like the Nissan Sentra? We’ll find out with this 2021 Toyota Corolla vs. Nissan Sentra comparison.

A few topics we’ll discuss include:

  • Standard horsepower
  • Available MPG
  • Standard infotainment
  • Standard and available driver-assisting features

Find out more about both of these models with help from the team at Toyota of Gastonia, and then take a test drive near Lincolnton, Charlotte, or Gastonia, NC!


Available Horsepower

If you want your compact car to have a sense of fun and athleticism, the 2021 Toyota Corolla is an easy choice over the Nissan Sentra.

The Sentra has a fine base engine—a 2.0L 4-cylinder—that generates 149 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. The issue is that this 4-cylinder is the only option within the Sentra lineup.

On the flip side, the Corolla offers an option aside from its base engine. The available 2.0L 4-cylinder of the Corolla produces 169 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque.

2021 Toyota Corolla Blue

2021 Toyota Corolla APEX Night

Maximum Fuel Economy

The gap in fuel economy between the 2021 Corolla and 2021 Sentra is vast. Because the Sentra doesn’t offer a hybrid engine, its peak efficiency reaches just an EPA-estimated 29 city/39 highway MPG.

The Corolla blows those figures out of the water with its EPA-estimated 53 city/52 highway MPG, achieved with its hybrid trim.1


Standard Features

Whether you choose the Toyota Corolla or Nissan Sentra, you’ll get standard features like Bluetooth® hands-free calling.

However, the Corolla makes for a more enjoyable daily companion, thanks to features like a standard 6-speaker audio system. This trumps the standard 4-speaker system offered on the Sentra.

2021 Toyota Corolla Dashboard Interior


Experience the 2021 Toyota Corolla in Gastonia Today

Choosing the right car for your life in Gastonia, Charlotte, or Lincolnton, North Carolina, requires a bit of research and patience. Our Toyota of Gastonia team wants to help you locate and eventually drive off in the right model. That’s why we create resources such as this 2021 Toyota Corolla vs. Nissan Sentra comparison.

There’s a lot more to learn about the Corolla, too. This compact car comes with a range of trim levels, for example. You can explore its many variations by using our online inventory. If you have questions, contact us—we’ll be happy to address them!

1EPA-estimated 30 city/38 hwy/33 combined MPG for 2021 Corolla L, LE, SE Apex CVT, and XSE Apex; EPA-estimated 29 city/37 hwy/32 combined MPG for 2021 Corolla XLE; EPA-estimated 29 city/36 hwy/32 combined MPG for 2021 Corolla SE 6MT; EPA-estimated 31 city/40 hwy/34 combined MPG for 2021 Corolla SE CVT and SE Nightshade; EPA-estimated 28 city/35 hwy/31 combined MPG for 2021 Corolla SE Apex 6MT; EPA-estimated 31 city/38 hwy/34 combined MPG for 2021 Corolla XSE; 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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