Hyundai Elantra vs Nissan Sentra

Hyundai Elantra vs Nissan Sentra


When you need a dependable sedan to get you through city roads in Milford, Fairfield, and New Haven, CT, there are plenty of options. However, here at Key Hyundai of Milford, we’re particularly interested in the dynamic between the Hyundai Elantra vs. Nissan Sentra. Both of these vehicles perform swimmingly with our New England vibes—but which one comes out on top?


2021 Hyundai Elantra Engine Specs

Hyundai vs Nissan: Performance

Warriors of commuter traffic in their own ways, both the Elantra and Sentra provide ample support for traffic jams and open roads alike. It’s here, though, that the Elantra’s maximum capacity outshines the Sentra’s capabilities.

Although the base Elantra trim comes standard with a 2.0L I-4 engine, the N-Line trim has added pep in its step. Enjoy a mighty 201-horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque—compared to the standard 149-horsepower and 146 lb-ft found in the Sentra. It’s worth noting the Sentra has only one engine option available, whereas the Elantra has two.

Another point in Elantra’s favor comes in the form of fuel efficiency. The Elantra’s EPA-estimated 31 MPG city/41 MPG highway narrowly trumps the EPA-estimated 29 MPG/39 MPG highway in the Sentra.1


2021 Hyundai Elantra Interior Space

Interior Conveniences in the Elantra and Sentra

When you’re buckled in and driving the Elantra, space is your friend. Hyundai provides more room for your head to move around, hips to relax, and shoulders to take a breather than what’s seen in the Sentra.

The 40.6 inches of front headroom in the Elantra is nearly two inches more than the 38.9 inches in the Sentra. Your rear passengers, too, are given additional headroom with 37.3 inches as compared to the Sentra’s 36.7 inches. The more space, the merrier.

These cars are more than just their coziness of course. Both sport their own infotainment system chock-full of features—but it’s here the Elantra shines again. The standard 8-inch touchscreen display bests the standard 7-inch screen in the Sentra. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ is standard in both vehicles—yet it’s only Elantra that offers wireless capability. You’ll need a cable with the Sentra.


2021 Hyundai Elantra Safety

Elantra vs Sentra: Stay Protected with Safety Features

When you drive either of these sedans, you’re gifted advanced safety and driver-assist features right off the bat. Their respective safety suites are designed with your safety in mind from the moment you’re buckled in. Some of these shared features include:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist
  • Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist

The Hyundai SmartSense suite provides additional safety features not found in the Sentra. Take, for instance, the available Highway Driving Assist. This not only keeps you centered in your lane but makes sure you’re traveling at a safe distance behind the car ahead. Most impressively, it can set your speed based on GPS and highway data–an intelligent feature the Sentra does not have.


Which Sedan is Right for You?

The comparisons between the Hyundai Elantra vs. Nissan Sentra are close, albeit noticeable. The Key Hyundai of Milford team is particularly impressed with the Elantra’s capabilities under the hood; they serve as a boost for drivers looking for a little something extra.

Drivers in Milford, Fairfield, and New Haven, CT, who are interested in trying out the Elantra for themselves are welcome to visit our showroom. We’d be delighted to have you take one of our Elantra’s for a test drive! Contact us today to get one scheduled.

1 2021 ELANTRA SE: 33 City/43 Hwy/37 Combined MPG. 2021 ELANTRA SEL/Limited: 31 City/41 Hwy/35 Combined MPG. 2021 ELANTRA N Line 6-speed M/T: 25 City/34 Hwy/28 Combined MPG. 2021 ELANTRA N Line 7-speed DCT: 28 City/36 Hwy/31 Combined MPG. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.


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