2019 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2019 Nissan Sentra Comparison
2019 Hyundai Elantra
Starting Price: $17,985 | Price yours
Above Average: Great warranty; lots of luxury; packed with technology; everything from a sport model to the fuel-efficient Eco; Qi wireless phone charging in upper-level trim; great interior room for its class
Below Average: Not as fun to drive as some others in its class; some models lack driver-assist features
Consensus: After a redesign a scant two years ago, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra gets an extensive makeover, and continues to improve. It’s comfortable, luxurious, a great value, and extremely roomy inside, with sophisticated features and lots of tech. The Elantra is offered in a variety of trim levels and packages, from sporty to fuel-efficient Eco, and its legendary 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty remains the standard-bearer in its class.
2019 Nissan Sentra
Starting Price: $18,685 | Price yours
Above Average: Comfortable and spacious interior; lots of models to choose from, from fuel-efficient to more sporty
Below Average: No hatchback option; non-turbo models could use a bit more power; even with the sportiest models, the handling isn’t as good as competitors.
Consensus: The 2019 Nissan Sentra ticks a lot of boxes in the compact sedan class, from a stylish exterior that echoes the design of its older brothers, to good fuel economy, a reasonable price, and lots of options. It’s perfectly adequate as a highway cruiser, but if you’re looking for something sporty, even the sportiest models are bested by other members of the compact class.
The compact sedan segment is one of the most competitive, from the classics, the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, to upstarts such as the Mazda 3, Chevy Cruze, and Kia Forte. In such a tough group, it pays to stand out: The 2019 Hyundai Elantra and Nissan Sentra both differentiate themselves with interiors that are EPA-classified as midsize. Each brings a certain sense of style to the table, decent feature content, and a variety of models, from sporty to fuel-efficient. They’re not the barn-burning canyon-carvers of the segment, but they’re both perfectly comfortable and practical for both city and road trip highway driving.
Efficient and substantial interior space; numerous models, from sporty to fuel-efficient; comfortable to drive, with some touches that are unexpected in this class.
Hyundai Elantra Advantages
Warranty, more power with base model, hatchback option
Nissan Sentra Advantages
More standard features on the base models, very comfortable ride
The Hyundai Elantra featured a substantial makeover this year, coming shortly after a full redesign, and it shows. It offers a lot in a compact, from luxury and comfort to some nice touches and a variety of engine and transmission choices. It’s not a drag strip champ, but certainly has respectable performance on both the road and highway, and decent handling when the road turns twisty. The Nissan, however, while certainly stylish and fuel-efficient, with ample interior space for four passengers, is a little more tired. Its antiquated rear suspension makes it a less capable performer, even at the upper trim levels. Neither its manual or automatic options is as good as it could be, and while it does everything capably, it doesn’t truly excel at any of them. These are both perfectly sufficient and adequate compacts, but in nearly every metric, Hyundai’s efforts and thought show, and it is just a bit better than the Nissan. Plus, it’s impossible to beat that Hyundai warranty.
|2019 Hyundai Elantra||2019 Nissan Sentra|
|Engine||2.0-liter I4||1.8-liter I4|
|Horsepower||147 hp @ 6,200 rpm||130 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm||128 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm|
|Transmission||Automatic, 6-Spd||Manual, 6-Spd|
|Fuel Economy||29 mpg (26 city, 36 hwy)||30 mpg (27 city, 35 hwy)|
|Also Available||1.4-liter I4, turbo; 2.0-liter I4 (GT); 1.6-liter I4, turbo, 6-speed automatic, 7-speed automatic||CVT, 1.6-liter I4, turbocharged|
|Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||4 Stars||4 Stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||106.3 inches||106.3 inches|
|Overall Length||181.9 inches||182.1 inches|
|Width||70.9 inches (w/ mirrors)||69.3 inches (w/ mirrors)|
|Height||56.5 inches||58.9 inches|
|Turning Diameter||34.8 feet||34.8 feet|
|Headroom, Front||38.8 inches||39.4 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||37.3 inches||36.7 inches|
|Legroom, Front||42.2 inches||42.5 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||35.7 inches||37.4 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||56.2 inches||54.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||55.3 inches||53.9 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||95.8 cu. ft.||95.9 cu. ft.|
|EPA Cargo Volume||14.4 cu. ft.||15.1 cu. ft.|