Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Versa Note VS 2015 Hyundai Accent Near Warner Robins, GA

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2015 Nissan Versa Note

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2015 Hyundai Accent

Safety Comparison

The Versa Note (except S/S Plus) offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Versa Note SL also offers an optional Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Accent doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

Compared to metal, the Versa Note’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Hyundai Accent has a metal gas tank.

Both the Versa Note and the Accent 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, 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 Versa Note is safer than the Hyundai Accent:

Versa Note

Accent

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

136

322

Abdominal Force

225 G’s

271 G’s

Hip Force

403 lbs.

413 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

271

812

Spine Acceleration

67 G’s

91 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

195

231

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

641 lbs.

747 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 Versa Note’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Versa Note has a standard 470-amp battery. The Accent’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 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 18th in reliability. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 27th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Versa Note Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Accent Auto (31 city/40 hwy vs. 26 city/37 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Versa Note stops shorter than the Accent:

Versa Note

Accent

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Versa Note has larger standard tires than the Accent (185/65R15 vs. 175/70R14).

The Versa Note’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accent GS/GLS’ standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Versa Note has standard 15-inch wheels. Smaller 14-inch wheels are standard on the Accent GS/GLS.

The Versa Note SL has a standard 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 Accent doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Versa Note 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 Accent, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Versa Note’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Accent (102.4 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Nissan Versa Note amounts to more than styling. The Versa Note has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .308 Cd (optional .298 Cd with CVT). That is lower than the Accent (.3 to .31) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Versa Note get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the Versa Note S Plus/SV/SR/SL uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Accent doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Versa Note has 4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Accent 5dr (94.1 vs. 90.1).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Intelligent Key standard on the Versa Note SL allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Hyundai Accent doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Versa Note SL has standard heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Accent.

The Versa Note offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Accent doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Optional NissanConnect for the Versa Note (not available S/S Plus) allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Accent doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Versa Note SL. The Versa Note’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Accent doesn’t offer a navigation system.

With optional voice command, the Versa Note SL offers the driver hands free control of the radio, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Accent doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Versa Note, 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. Bluetooth costs extra on the Accent.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Versa Note owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Versa Note will cost $840 to $1345 less than the Accent over a five-year period.

The Versa Note will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Versa Note will retain 54.13% to 56.15% of its original price after five years, while the Accent only retains 47.75% to 49.25%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Versa Note will be $2094 to $3772 less than for the Hyundai Accent.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Versa Note has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Versa Note

Accent

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Kiplinger’s Award

TRUE

FALSE

The Nissan Versa outsold the Hyundai Accent by over two to one during the 2014 model year.

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