Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Sentra VS 2019 Hyundai Accent Near Gray, GA

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2019 Nissan Sentra

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2019 Hyundai Accent

Safety Comparison

To help make backing safer, the Sentra (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Accent doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Sentra 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sentra the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 140 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Accent has not been tested, yet.

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 Sentra’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Sentra CVT’s standard 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (125 vs. 119) than the Accent’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. The Sentra’s standard 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (128 vs. 119) than the Accent’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Sentra (130 HP engine) is faster than the Hyundai Accent (automatics tested):




Zero to 30 MPH

3.6 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.7 sec

9.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Sentra has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accent (13.2 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Sentra has larger tires than the Accent (205/55R16 vs. 185/65R15).

The Sentra S/SV’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 Accent’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sentra S/SV has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Accent.

The Nissan Sentra’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Hyundai Accent only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Sentra SV/SR/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.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The Sentra has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Accent doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sentra’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the Accent (106.3 inches vs. 101.6 inches).

The Sentra SL handles at .84 G’s, while the Accent SE pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Sentra a Mid-size car, while the Accent is rated a Compact.

The Sentra has 5.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Accent (95.9 vs. 90.2).

The Sentra has .5 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room, 3.9 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accent.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sentra has a much larger trunk than the Accent (15.1 vs. 13.7 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 Accent’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

Consumer Reports rated the Sentra’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Accent’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Sentra has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Accent has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SEL/Limited.

The Sentra’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Accent doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Sentra has a standard 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.

The Sentra SV/SR/SL’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Accent doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Sentra SR/SL has a standard Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Accent doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Sentra (except S)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Accent’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sentra is less expensive to operate than the Accent because it costs $162 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Sentra than the Accent, including $14 less for a starter.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Sentra outsold the Hyundai Accent by almost four to one during 2017.

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