Who needs a compact four-door sedan? Even though some automakers are discontinuing small sedans to concentrate on more profitable crossovers and SUVs, others continue to see entry-level compact four-door cars with starting prices at or below $20,000 as a way to introduce new buyers to their brands. For example, Toyota says that one in four of Corolla sales are to first-time buyers. The overriding appeal of these compact sedans is a new car with a warranty for the price of used mid-size car with a few years under its belt and uncertain repair issues looming. Well over 1 million compact sedans were sold in the U.S. in 2019.
Both the Nissan Sentra and the Toyota Corolla sedan were newly redesigned for 2020. In recent years, both have been chasing the segment-leading Honda Civic in sales. Let’s see how the two popular compact sedans stack up against each other.