Childre Nissan Compares 2008 Nissan Sentra VS 2008 Hyundai Elantra Near Macon, GA

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2008 Nissan Sentra

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2008 Hyundai Elantra

Safety Comparison

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Both the Sentra and the Elantra have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts and available four-wheel antilock brakes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 38.5 MPH side impact tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Sentra is safer than the Elantra:

Sentra

Elantra

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Thoracic Trauma

51

58

Pelvis Deceleration

64 G’s

71 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Thoracic Trauma

59

60

Pelvis Deceleration

60 G’s

68 G’s

More stars indicate a better chance of avoiding serious injuries. Lower numbers indicate better actual numeric test results.

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 86 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Sentra’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The camshafts in the Sentra’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Elantra’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt, which eventually needs to be replaced. If the Elantra’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

Engine Comparison

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The Sentra’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 2 more horsepower (140 vs. 138) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (147 vs. 136) than the Elantra’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Sentra is faster than the Hyundai Elantra (automatics tested):

Sentra

Elantra

Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.2 sec

10.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

17.2 sec

18.1 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

5.2 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

17.1 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

79.7 MPH

79.1 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Sentra’s engine produces its peak horsepower at lower RPM’s than the Elantra (5100 vs. 6000).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Sentra’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Elantra:

Sentra

Elantra

Front Rotors

11.02 inches

10.8 inches

The Sentra with optional antilock brakes stops shorter than the Elantra with antilock brakes:

Sentra

Elantra

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Sentra has larger tires than the Elantra (205/60R15 vs. 195/65R15).

The Sentra 2.0’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio), which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Elantra GLS’ standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sentra’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the Elantra (105.7 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

The Sentra 2.0 S handles at .83 G’s, while the Elantra SE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Sentra 2.0 S is quieter than the Elantra SE (75 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Sentra has .6 inches more front headroom and 1.3 inches more front shoulder room than the Elantra.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Sentra’s trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Elantra’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Sentra. The Elantra doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Sentra’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Elantra’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

Wireless connectivity is optional on the Sentra (except 2.0 Base), connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Hyundai doesn’t offer wireless connectivity on the Elantra.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Sentra owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Sentra will cost $1185 less than the Elantra over a five year period.

The Sentra will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that the Sentra will retain 49% to 55.31% of its original price after five years, while the Elantra only retains 38.18% to 41.93%.

The Sentra is less expensive to operate than the Elantra because of its higher resale value and lower insurance rate. It also costs $210 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Sentra than the Elantra, including $89 less for a water pump, $26 less for an alternator, $9 less for front brake pads, $98 less for a starter, $164 less for front struts and $14 less for a power steering pump.

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