Childre Nissan Compares 2014 Nissan Sentra VS 2014 Hyundai Elantra Near Macon, GA

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2014 Nissan Sentra

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2014 Hyundai Elantra

Safety Comparison

Both the Sentra and the Elantra Sedan 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 antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan:

Sentra

Elantra Sedan

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

108

388

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

184 G’s

339 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

204

424

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

70 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

202

396

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

515 lbs.

832 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 19th in reliability. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 22nd.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sentra FE+ gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra SE Sedan Auto (30 city/40 hwy vs. 28 city/38 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Sentra Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra Sedan SE Auto (30 city/39 hwy vs. 28 city/38 hwy). The Sentra Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra Sedan Limited Auto (30 city/39 hwy vs. 27 city/37 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Sentra stops shorter than the Elantra Sedan:

Sentra

Elantra Sedan

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Sentra has larger tires than the Elantra Sedan (205/55R16 vs. 195/65R15).

The Sentra’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Elantra Sedan SE’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sentra has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Elantra Sedan SE.

The Sentra (except S) offers an optional easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Sentra has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Elantra Sedan, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Sentra has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Sentra flat and controlled during cornering. The Elantra Sedan’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Sentra SL handles at .83 G’s, while the Elantra Sedan SE pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sentra SL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Elantra Sedan SE (28.1 seconds @ .57 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sentra has a larger trunk than the Elantra Sedan (15.1 vs. 14.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Sedan’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Sentra will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Sentra will retain 36% of its original price after five years, while the Elantra Sedan only retains 31% to 34%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sentra is less expensive to operate than the Elantra Sedan because it costs $217 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sentra than the Elantra Sedan, including $38 less for a water pump, $463 less for an alternator, $110 less for front struts and $21 less for a timing belt/chain.

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