There’s no question SUVs and trucks are the vehicles of choice for many shoppers these days, but sedans aren’t dead. Far from it. While it’s true some brands have stopped building small cars for U.S. shoppers, like Chevrolet with its Cruze and Ford with the Focus, other brands are still full-speed ahead on the class.
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Nissan is one of them. At the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan debuted an all-new version of its best-selling car of all-time in the U.S., the Sentra. With clean lines, a tech-focused interior and lots of standard active-safety features, there’s a lot it gets right.
The Toyota Corolla compact sedan recently underwent a transformation, too. The redesigned 2020 version, which debuted about a year ago, moved to an all-new platform and got all-new styling inside and out. Toyota’s small sedan has long been a popular model, and the changes for 2020 improved it considerably.
With both cars on the auto show floor in L.A., it seemed like as good a time as any to see how they compare in a few key areas — screen tech, cabin storage, backseat comfort and active-safety features — before we get our first opportunity to drive the new Sentra. Here’s how they stack up.
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Both the Sentra and Corolla have standard 7-inch touchscreen multimedia systems with larger 8-inch screens that sit atop the cars’ dashboards, tablet-style, available as an option. However, each car handles smartphone connectivity a bit differently.
To get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity in the Sentra, you must step up to the mid-level SV trim, which also includes the larger 8-inch screen. The Corolla, meanwhile, gives more to Apple users with standard CarPlay, but leaves Android owners behind because Android Auto isn’t offered.