Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Versa VS 2017 Hyundai Elantra Near Macon, GA

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2017 Nissan Versa

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2017 Hyundai Elantra

Safety Comparison

The Versa Sedan has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Versa Sedan 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 29 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Versa Sedan’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Versa Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra Sedan:



Versa Sedan

Elantra Sedan



4 cyl./Manual

27 city/36 hwy

26 city/36 hwy

4 cyl./Manual


4 cyl./Auto

31 city/39 hwy

29 city/38 hwy

4 cyl./Auto 15” wheels




28 city/37 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Versa Sedan stops shorter than the Elantra Sedan:





60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Versa Sedan 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 Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The Versa Sedan’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.8% to 42.2%) than the Elantra Sedan’s (61% to 39%). This gives the Versa Sedan more stable handling and braking.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Versa Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan.

The Versa Sedan is 4.5 inches shorter than the Elantra Sedan, making the Versa Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Versa Sedan SL is quieter than the Elantra Sedan Limited (77 vs. 82 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Versa Sedan has 1 inch more front headroom and 1.3 inches more rear legroom than the Elantra Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Versa Sedan has a larger trunk than the Elantra Sedan (14.9 vs. 14.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Versa Sedan, 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 Elantra Sedan.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Versa Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Elantra Sedan because it costs $387 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Versa Sedan than the Elantra Sedan, including $51 less for a water pump, $45 less for an alternator, $19 less for front struts and $94 less for a power steering pump.

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