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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual (SE)
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual 26 35 $14,352 $15,350
4-Door Sedan Automatic 27 35 $15,100 $16,150
4-Door Sedan Automatic LE 27 35 $15,326 $16,750
4-Door Sedan Automatic XLE 27 35 $16,149 $17,650
4-Door Sedan Manual S 26 35 $15,023 $16,420
4-Door Sedan Automatic S 27 35 $15,783 $17,250
4-Door Sedan Manual XRS 22 30 $17,256 $18,860
4-Door Sedan Automatic XRS 22 30 $18,345 $20,050
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 25 33 $15,483 $16,140
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 S 24 31 $15,275 $16,370
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 25 33 $16,018 $17,170
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 25 33 $17,786 $19,070
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $18,716 $20,070
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 33 $19,181 $20,570
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,352
$15,483
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,350
$16,140
Monthly Payment Estimate
$256 / month
$269 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS. The 2008 Nissan Sentra is worth a drive, but its CVT may turn off some buyers.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 26 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 35 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 54.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Leg Room (in) 36.3 34.5
Front Head Room (in) 38.8 40.6
Second Hip Room (in) 43.9 53.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 56.9
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 37.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 92.0 97.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.6 55.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 42.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.4 60.8
Wheelbase (in) 102.4 105.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 28.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.3 70.5
Track Width, Front (in) 60.3 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.8 5.6
Length, Overall (in) 178.7 179.8
Height, Overall (in) 57.7 59.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.6 13.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA NA
Brake Type Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 9.0 x - TBD - 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x - TBD - 11.02 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 14.5
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.4 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.4 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.6 35.4
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P195/65R15 P205/60HR15
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Size Compact T125/70D16
Front Tire Size - P205/60HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2723 2925
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 5.8 7.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 132 @ 6000 140 @ 5100
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System EFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 128 @ 4400 147 @ 4800
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 1.8L/110 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 26 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 30 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 35 33
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.25 1.75
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.90 NA
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.31 5.41
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.89 NA
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.17 2.35 - 0.39
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31 NA
Trans Type 5 1
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Toyota Corolla Nissan Sentra
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.94 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Stabilizer Bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.79 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Stabilizer Bar NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 8 -
 
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