Just a short time ago, nobody really got excited about the Hyundai Elantra or the Nissan Sentra. They were kind of overlooked in the highly competitive world of the economy car market. But since both manufacturers have stepped up their game with much-needed improvements to the style and features of these cars, consumers have taken notice.
The Sentra and Nissan are now respected for more than just good gas mileage, though both are still quite affordable for the average consumer. In fact, some may find it difficult to choose between the two when searching for a vehicle in this class.
Let’s now compare the Elantra with the Sentra on a few important factors to perhaps make the decision easier for you.
In 2013 Nissan gave the Sentra a brand new design, and it’s certainly made a positive impact on their sales. Though the style may be a bit conservative to some, it has the look and feel of car that costs much more than the pricing suggests.
They didn’t go overboard in this regard, but rather kept the main focus on performance in fuel economy. Compared to previous models, however, the styles of the newer Sentra editions are a welcome improvement.
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The Hyundai Elantra is also turning heads on those who have followed this car’s progression over the years. It offers a moderately classy interior to complement the upgraded styling of the body.
Overall, I think the look and design of the Hyundai Elantra will appeal to a slightly larger group of buyers than the Nissan Sentra.
Engines and Specs
As you would expect, the Elantra and Sentra are very similar in size and specifications. But due to the Elantra’s somewhat sleeker design, there is less headroom in the back for passengers. Additionally, since the Sentra is a little bit longer at 182.1 inches compared to the Elantra’s 179.1 inches of length, rear passengers will enjoy more leg space in the Nissan.
Both have 1.8 liter engines, but the Elantra generates 145 horsepower compared to the Sentra’s 130. Gas mileage is practically the same, as both get around 27 MPG in the city and 37/36 on the highway, respectively.
There is a 75 pound weight difference in these 2 mid-sized sedans, with the Sentra listed at 2,851 pounds to the Elantra’s 2,773.
It’s really hard to pick a winner in this category, but some buyers have claimed that the Elantra has a better feel to the steering and is a bit more fun to drive.
Wait! Don’t forget that the Sentra has a little more interior room providing additional comfort for the passengers…tough choice here!
When it comes to price, you really can’t lose picking either one of these cars. Taking into consideration all of the improvements in design plus the continued savings at the fuel pump, the Hyundai Elantra and Nissan Sentra are both great bargains.
Looking at the 2015 editions, the MSRP are:
● Elantra- $17,250
● Sentra- $16,480
As you can see, Nissan has a slight edge in pricing, but not by much!
The available trims on a 2015 Nissan Sentra are:
1. Sentra S
2. Sentra SE+S
3. Sentra SV
4. Sentra SR
5. Sentra SL
The Hyundai Elantra 2015 has these trims available:
1. Elantra SE (Ulsan PLant)
2. Elantra SE
3. Elantra Sport
4. Elantra Limited
I really commend both Hyundai and Nissan for recognizing the demands of the marketplace and upgrading their vehicles accordingly. They’ve added value to the Elantra and Sentra models making them more desirable for a larger number of car shoppers.
In 2015 and moving forward, I think more manufacturers will begin to follow this trend when upgrading their vehicle packages. Regarding the comparison above, I give a slight edge to the Hyundai Elantra for its driving performance and the statement it makes with its elegant, refined current style.