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2021 Toyota Corolla vs. 2020 Nissan Altima Review

New 2021 Toyota Corolla

2021 Toyota
Corolla

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New 2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Nissan
Altima

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MSRP*
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$19,925 to $28,210
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$24,300 to $35,180
Invoice* $18,830 to $26,119 $22,650 to $32,769
MPG - City 29 - 31 25 - 28
MPG - Hwy 36 - 40 34 - 39
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Not Tested *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Not Tested ****
Side Crash Rating** Not Tested *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Toyota Corolla offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Nissan Altima with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. The Nissan Altima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Toyota Corolla.

Convenience
The Nissan Altima requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Toyota Corolla, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Toyota Corolla is clearly a better financial choice over the Nissan Altima. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Toyota Corolla will cost more in transportation costs than the Nissan Altima.

Dimensions
Since the Toyota Corolla is much slimmer than the Nissan Altima, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Toyota Corolla, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Nissan Altima.

Drivetrain
The Toyota Corolla has much less torque than the Nissan Altima, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Toyota Corolla has a smaller turning radius than the Nissan Altima, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Toyota Corolla is significantly less powerful than the Nissan Altima. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Toyota Corolla and the Nissan Altima. The Toyota Corolla has less cargo capacity than the Nissan Altima, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Toyota Corolla comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Nissan Altima.