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2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2017 Nissan Sentra

Buying a new car can be tough. There are so many options that it is rarely easy to know which vehicle is the best and which are no better than the rest. This can be especially true in the compact sedan segment, which is why we did some research for you to match up the 2017 Hyundai Elantra vs the 2017 Nissan Sentra. Take a look below to find out which model has the edge.

Let's start in an area that both vehicles do pretty well in: safety. In fact, both models were recognized by the Insurance Institue for Highway Safety, although the Elantra received the higher Top Safety Pick+ status due in part to its superior headlights and child seat anchors. On top of that, the Elantra has some standard safety equipment that the Sentra doesn't, such as driver knee protection airbags and daytime running lights.

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2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2017 Nissan Sentra
147 hp, 132 lb-ft of torque Standard Engine Specs 130 hp, 128 lb-ft of torque
Up to 32 city/40 hwy MPG Up to 29 city/37 hwy
7-inch/8-inch high-resolution color Available Touchscreens/Displays 5-inch/5.8-inch color
Top Safety Pick+ IIHS Rating Top Safety Pick

Differences Between the 2017 Elantra and 2017 Sentra

On the performance side, the Elantra really impresses, starting with its standard engine. This power plant pumps out more horsepower and torque than the Sentra's standard engine. Moreover, it has engine options that can boost horsepower to 201 and torque to 195 lb-ft. That's far more than the Sentra's max horsepower of 188 and max torque of 177 lb-ft.

We also can't forget to mention the Elantra's Eco trim. For those who put efficiency before power, the Eco trim is a dream come true. Though power is reduced, it still pumps out a respectable 128 horsepower and a surprising 156 lb-ft of torque. The real benefit, however, comes from its maximum fuel economy of 32 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

We'd love to share more details with you about the 2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2017 Nissan Sentra, but we can't go through everything here. Either way, it seems clear that the Elantra has a big edge in the segment. To learn more, be sure to contact us at Coastal Hyundai, where we can also get you behind the wheel.

2017 Hyundai Elantra in blue
2017 Hyundai Elantra seats
2017 Hyundai Elantra dashboard layout and windshield view
2017 Hyundai Elantra infotainment apps