Nissan Altima VS Toyota Corolla

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Small, compact sedans are in high demand in the market. Choosing the best vehicle is a tough decision, and needs to be based on the aspects that are most valued by the car buyer. A potential owner needs the right model with the right features, and there are no higher quality compact sedans than the Nissan Altima and the Toyota Corolla.



While they are both 4-door sedans, the Nissan Altima and the Toyota Corolla are made for two different drivers. The Nissan Altima offers the driver more leg room because of the larger front head. The Toyota Corolla offers the passengers more leg room in the back seat. The Altima is bigger, therefore, has a roomier cargo area for holding bags and other items than the Corolla. 

Both the Nissan Altima and the Toyota Corolla hold the same amount of passengers- 5 adults. 

No matter what the temperature, Nissan Altima’s available Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control helps make sure you always get into a comfortable car. And once you’re ready to go, keyless entry makes getting in easier than ever. The Toyota Corolla does not offer a remote engine start system.




Safety is important to all drivers, so both vehicles offer high quality safety technology and features to keep the driver and passengers safe.
The safety suite in the Nissan Altima is known as Nissan Safety Shield, which includes rearview monitor, predictive forward collision warning and blind spot warning. The Corolla does not offer a feature to help with alerting drivers of objects in their blind spots. 

In the Toyota Corolla, the safety suite of technology, called Toyota’s Safety Sense, provides features such as a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist and automatic high beams.

Both the Nissan Altima and the Toyota Corolla have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rear-view cameras, available daytime running lights and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Altima is safer than the Toyota Corolla.



The Nissan Altima has a larger tank than the Toyota Corolla, making for less stops on the road. Plus, the Nissan Altima has a more powerful engine creating more power to the wheels.

The Nissan Altima standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cylinder produces 179 horsepower giving 47 more horsepower than the Toyota Corolla. Not only does the Nissan Altima crank out more horsepower, it also provides 177 lbs.-ft of torque making it 49 lbs.-ft more than the Toyota Corolla.




Long road trips need the best quality entertainment. The Nissan Altima offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with the availability of NissanConnect. Stream audio via Bluetooth wireless Technology. Use the hands-free technology to talk/text while you drive. Listen to your favorite songs through the Bose Premium Audio System with the nine speakers (optional). 

The Toyota Corolla offers Entune Audio Plus with connected navigation app and similar features to the Nissan Altima, but does not have the nine speaker option. 





Starting MSRP* $23,260

27/38 estimated MPG

179 HP/177 lb-ft torque


Starting MSRP* $18,550

28/32 estimated MPG

132HP/128 lb-ft torque









Altima Models (7)

Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Nissan Altima 2.5 SR

Nissan Altima SR Special Edition

Nissan Altima SR Midnight Edition

Nissan Altima 2.5 SV

Nissan Altima 2.5 SL

Nissan Altima 3.5 SL

Corolla Models (6)

Toyota Corolla L

Toyota Corolla LE

Toyota Corolla LE Eco

Toyota Corolla XLE

Toyota Corolla SE

Toyota Corolla XSE