Nissan Sentra vs. Hyundai Elantra
In the class of affordable small cars, there are so many options to choose from. And depending on the features you’re looking for, the options for different configurations can seem endless. Two of the most popular vehicles in the class today are the Nissan Sentra and the Hyundai Elantra. When you’re trying to decide between the Sentra and the Elantra, there are several questions you should ask.
How do the two compare in terms of power?
On paper, the engine in the Hyundai Elantra looks more powerful. But the real difference between the two vehicles is in the drivetrain. Both vehicles are front wheel drive3 and come standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission. But the optional automatic transmission is much different in the two vehicles. The Nissan Sentra offers an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission. This transmission is fast-shifting and transitions are very smooth.
The Elantra offers a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC and an active ECO system. The Active Eco system might seem like a good thing, but not only does it not lift the fuel economy of the Elantra enough to meet the competitive efficiency of the Sentra, but it completely ruins the driving experience. It makes it sluggish to start, transitions take loner, and in general, it lags behind the competition.
How does their entertainment equipment compare?
The standard entertainment system in the Nissan Sentra is an AM / FM / CD audio system with a 5-inch color monitor. There are options to upgrade from four to six speakers or you can go full Monty on it and get the Bose Premium Audio system which has eight speakers, including two subwoofers. This system has a 5.8-inch color touch screen monitor and connects with your iPod through a USB, streaming audio via Bluetooth wireless technology or through an auxiliary input jack. Controlling your listening experience is simple with the illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls.
The standard entertainment options in the Hyundai Elantra are comparable to those in the Nissan Sentra. Where the real difference between the two lay is in the available upgrades. The Elantra offers an optional Bose Premium Audio system with a 6.8 inch color touch-screen monitor. The system has eight speakers including two subwoofers. The Elantra simply doesn’t offer a premium audio though the maximum price is higher than that of the Sentra.
Which is safer: the Sentra or the Elantra?
The 2015 Nissan Sentra follows the tradition of the rest of Nissan’s vehicles as a leader in the field in terms of technology. Not only is the Sentra equipped with technology to protect your investment when you’re not around including the Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer system, the Sentra is fully equipped with the latest and greatest safety technology. These technologies include Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Traction Control System (TCS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS), and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with easy-fill tire alert.
The biggest difference between the safety of the Nissan Sentra and the Hyundai Elantra is not in the safety features included in the vehicles but in the reputation of the manufacturer. While Hyundai has had to pull models off the road and is still dealing with quality control, Nissan is a frontrunner in the industry for reliable vehicles that last much longer than their counterparts. And what’s safer than having a high quality vehicle with a great company backing them?
Where can you get your Nissan Sentra?
Come in to Montgomeryville Nissan and check out the Nissan Sentra for yourself. We have a huge inventory of new vehicles including the Sentra, and our professional and friendly sales team will be happy to answer any questions you have. Give us a call at (888) 431-2905 to set up an appointment or schedule a test drive online today.