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

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2019 Nissan Sentra

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2019 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Sentra stops shorter than the Elantra Sedan:

 

Sentra

Elantra Sedan

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

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 Elantra Sedan SE/Eco’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 Elantra Sedan SE/Eco.

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 Elantra Sedan 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 Elantra Sedan base model’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Sentra SL handles at .84 G’s, while the Elantra Sedan Eco pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Sentra SL is quieter than the Elantra Sedan Limited:

 

Sentra

Elantra Sedan

Full-Throttle

76 dB

82 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sentra has .6 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom and 1.7 inches more rear legroom than the Elantra Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sentra has a larger trunk than the Elantra Sedan (15.1 vs. 14.4 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.

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 Elantra Sedan has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SEL/Value Edition/Eco/Sport/Limited.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sentra is less expensive to operate than the Elantra Sedan because it costs $279 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Sentra than the Elantra Sedan, including $22 less for front struts and $172 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Sentra outsold the Hyundai Elantra by 10% during 2017.

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