Comparing two vehicles in the same class, or at least in similar classes, is one of the best ways to sift through all the riff-raff and find your perfect gem of an automobile. Today, we’ll be looking at two vehicles that have been high on many drivers’ lists – the Nissan Sentra and Hyundai Elantra. We’ll start by providing you with some details about each vehicle then end our discussion with a brief comparison between the two. By the end, you should have a good idea of which vehicle is the better, all-around automobile.
Features of the Nissan Sentra
In the past several years, the Nissan Sentra has gone through a number of changes, both inside and out. For 2013, it was redesigned to become more stylish and roomy, and with better performance than in past years. On the outside, you’ll find curves and lines befitting a much more expensive vehicle, and inside is a nicely-powered 4-cylinder engine. Although the CVT engine is a bit on the loud side at higher speeds, the fuel economy of 30 mpg in the city 39 mpg on the highway more than makes up for that.
While it may not look like it from the outside, there’s plenty of room for both passengers and their cargo inside the Sentra. A number of passengers, in fact, have been quite surprised by how much space exists in the back seat and trunk. In the front, you’ll find comfortable seats that feel great whether you’re running up to the grocery store or driving across the country.
There are also a number of great features to be found. Safety features, like four-wheel ABS, child safety locks, and five air bags will make you feel safe while tooling around town. Optional features like Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, and navigation system will make your ride even more enjoyable.
Features of the Hyundai Elantra
Like the Sentra, the Elantra is one of Hyundai’s most popular vehicles. The body has been restructured a bit for 2013, helping it to stand out amongst some of its competitors. With a four-cylinder, six-speed transmission, you get a good amount of power, though drivers have experienced a lack of engine power when passing and climbing hills. Fuel economy is solid, achieving 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.
The interior is where the Hyundai Elantra really shines. Sporting plenty of space for passengers and cargo, this is a great car for hauling groceries or taking on weekend trips. The seating could be a bit more comfortable, but this is an area where drivers and passengers are likely to differ. The ride itself is quite comfortable, regardless.
Hyundai has always done pretty well with safety, offering five air bags, 4-wheel ABS, brake assist, and other standard features that most drivers have come to expect. If you’re looking for something extra, the Elantra offers a number of options ranging from a navigation system and rearview camera to heated leather seats and satellite radio.
Comparison of the Nissan Sentra and Hyundai Elantra
This is nearly a perfect match-up for a comparison, thanks to the popularity, size, and overall features of these two vehicles. They share a number of similarities, but for the most part, you’ll find that the Nissan Sentra edges out the Hyundai Elantra in areas of engine performance and fuel economy, and possibly even seating comfort. Plus, with all things being equal, you’re more likely to save a bit of money with the Nissan Sentra, which starts at around $1000 less than the base model of the Hyundai Elantra.
Cherry Hill Nissan
If you are interested in test driving a new Nissan Sentra, or have questions about the vehicle, we invite you to come down to our Nissan dealership in Cherry Hill, NJ. Our expert staff has the knowledge to answer all of your questions and the friendliness to help you, not push you, during your car shopping experience.