Compare 2009 Toyota Corolla vs 2008 Nissan Sentra

2009 Toyota Corolla
2008 Nissan Sentra
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4-Door Sedan Manual
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 Manual S 26 35 $15,023 $16,420
4-Door Sedan Automatic LE 27 35 $15,326 $16,750
4-Door Sedan Automatic S 27 35 $15,783 $17,250
4-Door Sedan Automatic XLE 27 35 $16,149 $17,650
4-Door Sedan Manual XRS 22 30 $17,256 $18,860
4-Door Sedan Automatic XRS 22 30 $18,345 $20,050
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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.8
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
City
26 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
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
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 54.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
102.4 105.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.6 13.1
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.5
Steering
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
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
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
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
- P205/60HR15
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2723 2925
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.8 7.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 650
Engine
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
132 @ 6000 140 @ 5100
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 25
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Toyota Corolla Nissan Sentra
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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