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Toyota Corolla vs Toyota Camry, which one is better for Nigeria roads?

Posted: 1st Oct, 2020    By: Adulf Juan



For some unique and specific reasons, Toyota corolla and Toyota Camry have been the most preferred car models recently in Nigeria. Could this be because of their efficient fuel conservation and safety enhance features? We will get to know about that, as we explore their features in this article. 

The question has always been, how well do these two cars compete? The Toyota corolla  had been in the auto industry long before Toyota Camry debuted. It was first launched in 1966, as against 1982 when the Camry model was first produced. It won the “best-selling vehicle in the world” in 1974, and since then, has never lost form in its quest to offer comfort and safety. They both offer similar five trim models of L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE, with the same five-passenger space.

However, you will get to know which of this popular sleek and compact sedan style cars is best for Nigerian roads as you read along. Though the dimension and body style varies depending on the production year and model; we will be comparing based on dominate features, like safety, fuel conservation, durability, maintenance cost, mileage and many more. 

Interior and Exterior Features

Ideally, Toyota Camry is a bit bigger than the Corolla model, with a broader interior and exterior space; thereby giving more comfort to passengers. The Toyota Camry is 189.2 inches long, as against Toyota Corolla at 178.7. However, they have the same front headroom of 39 inches respectively; though with a little variation at the rear, of 38 and 37 inches. They also have the same legroom in front (41.7 inches respectively) and with Camry leading by 2 inches at the rear (38.3 against 36.3).  The Toyota Camry also has a larger cargo space of up to 14.5 Cu.ft, while the Toyota Corolla has 12.3 Cu.Ft. So if you enjoy cars with more room and passenger space, then the Camry model is the best option for you. However, both have enough room to give you maximum comfort.

Engine Performance and Fuel Conservation

These car models are terrific in their unique ways. Still, the most renowned and specific edge they have over other models is their outstanding fuel conservation capacity, as against other car models. But since it’s a quest to finding the best choice, we will be running a few statistics to compare their fuel consumption rate, as well as their engine performance.

Ideally, because the Toyota Camry has a larger tank capacity of 18.5 gallons against the 13.2 gallon capacity of Toyota Corolla, it has better speed and engine performance. But here’s the fantastic thing, EPA mileage states, that the Toyota corolla has 26 to 30 mpg in the city and 35 to 40 mpg on the highway, while Camry has 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway; making it more fuel-efficient. However, because of the 2.5L inline-four engine in Toyota Camry and 6-speed manual transmission; it comes faster, with higher engine performance than its counterpart. 

So Toyota Corolla is the best option when you want to save money on the exorbitant fuel price while plying the rugged Nigerian roads.


When it comes to safety, according to IIHS, the two Toyota models proved very efficient with high ratings. Hence, here are a few safety features they share and will be listing some unique once subsequently. The following are similar safety features you will get from both models: Speed sensitive steering, 4-wheel antilock braking system (ABS), Strut front suspension, Front anti-roll bar, Standard brake assist, Electronic stability system, ABS and Driveline traction control, Front Airbags (Driver, front passenger), Side airbags, and Curtain airbags. 

However, Remote vehicle starting system as optional for both, and the Sequential shift control are optional but peculiar to Toyota Camry only. Toyota Corolla comes with Front disc and rear drum 4-wheek disc brakes, while Toyota Camry comes with the standard option. Finally, the Toyota Camry has a Driver’s knee airbag, while the sibling doesn’t. Overall, the Toyota Camry is a bit safer than the Toyota Corolla, but both scores very high at popular safety tests. 

Car Maintenance cost 

Statistical data from YourMechanic, states that Toyota Corolla has an annual maintenance cost of at least $393. In comparison, you will likely spend up to $401 annually on maintaining your Toyota Camry (you can convert with the present dollar rate to naira). 

As well, Toyota Corolla is the SmartChoice Maintenance Costs Award winner. So when it comes to matching the rugged Nigerian road and still saving cost, then it is the smartest choice; plus you can easily access qualified mechanics to service and maintain your car.


You must have made your choice on which car is better for Nigerian roads, after reading our analysis of Toyota Camry vs Toyota Corolla cars. So finally, if you want to save money on fuel and car maintenance cost, then the Toyota Corolla is your best option. But if you like speed, large space and more enhanced engine performance, then you need a Toyota Camry.