Dare to Compare the Nissan Sentra vs the Hyundai Elantra

Nissan Sentra vs Hyundai Elantra

2016 Nissan Sentra

2016 Hyundai Elantra

Price   $16,780 $17,250
Fuel Economy   34 MPG Combined City/Highway* 32 MPG Combined City/Highway*
Engine   1.8L DOHC engine Inline 4-cylinder
Transmission   6-speed manual 6-speed manual
Horsepower   130 horsepower at 6,000 RPM 147 horsepower at 6,200 RPM
Torque   128 lb-ft at 3,600 RPM 132 lb-ft at 4,500 RPM
Seating   5 5

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition, and other factors.

The Nissan Sentra and the Hyundai Elantra are top cars in the sedan market. Everyone loves the space and efficiency both cars can provide, but the Nissan Sentra really stands out in comparison to the Elantra, which is its stiffest competition.


When it comes to fuel economy, the Nissan Sentra has your back. Thanks to the Sentra’s all-new 1.8-liter engine, you will get a generous 34 combined mpg so that gas stations will be a thing of the past. The Hyundai Elantra doesn’t quite match that efficiency, with a lesser 32 combined mpg.


Want space? You’ve got it with the Nissan Sentra. Even though it’s a compact car, it’s got a roomy interior for all of your passengers and cargo. You can seat five people comfortably with 111 cubic feet in the Sentra, slightly more space than the Elantra for a comfortable ride.


You will get top technology in the Sentra, like the Bose Audio System with 8 Speakers, not available in the Hyundai Elantra. Easy-Fill Tire Alert is also unique to the Sentra and lets you know when to refill your tires.


The Nissan Sentra is a top IIHS Top Safety Pick, so you will always feel safe behind the wheel. Not only this, but when it’s equipped with available Forward Emergency Braking, it’s a Top Safety Pick+, the highest honor awarded.