Both the Versa Sedan 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 and rearview cameras.
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.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Versa Sedan’s reliability 20 points higher than the Accent.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Versa Sedan second among small cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Accent isn’t in the top three in its category.
On the EPA test cycle the Versa Sedan CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Accent Auto (31 city/39 hwy vs. 28 city/38 hwy).
The Versa Sedan SV 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 Accent doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The Versa Sedan has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Versa Sedan flat and controlled during cornering. The Accent’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The Versa Sedan 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.
The Versa Sedan has .9 inches more front headroom and 3.5 inches more rear legroom than the Accent.
The Versa Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Accent (14.9 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).
Consumer Reports rated the Versa Sedan’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Accent’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”
The Versa Sedan’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 Versa Sedan SL’s standard 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.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Versa Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Accent because it costs $270 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Versa Sedan than the Accent, including $22 less for a water pump, $59 less for fuel injection and $16 less for a timing belt/chain.
The Nissan Versa outsold the Hyundai Accent by 81% during 2017.