|2015 Nissan Sentra||VS||2015 Hyundai Elantra|
|$15,990 (est.)||Base Price||$17,250|
|1.8L 4-cyl. w/ CVT||Most Popular Powertrain||1.8L 4-cyl. w/ 6-speed Auto.|
|30/39/34 mpg||Fuel Economy (city/hwy/comb)||28/38/32 mpg|
|15.1 cu.ft.||Interior Cargo Volume||14.8 cu.ft.|
A quick view of the compact sedan class reveals something that might not be evident from the segment’s name: these cars really aren’t all that compact. At the very least, they aren’t as compact as they used to be. In fact, many cars that round out the segment--including the 2015 Nissan Sentra and 2015 Hyundai Elantra--would have been considered mid-size just a decade ago. So, in comparing these two great vehicles, it’s best to focus on the “sedan” portion rather than the “compact” label. Both feature spacious interior cabins, generous trunk storage and ample legroom for up to five adult occupants.
However, these two vehicles aren’t alike as it might initially seem, particularly in their disparate powertrains: the Sentra features an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), while the Elantra offers a standard six-speed automatic transmission. Now, you’re asking, “What is wrong with an automatic transmission?” And the answer is, nothing, really. It’s a matter of preference, and what is offered in the Xtronic CVT is this: seamless transition between gears, more accurate shifting ratios and a higher fuel economy. This noteworthy feature, in addition to the Sentra’s inexpensive sticker price and larger interior cabin, is much of the reason that it maintains a sizeable lead over its Hyundai competitor.
Long an industry favorite for drivers searching for dependability and great fuel economy at an appealing sticker price, the 2015 Nissan Sentra offers a hearty dose of sophistication as well. In addition to the Bluetooth connectivity that is now available on all models, the Sentra receives NissanConnect with Navigation as well, a fully-realized maps system complete with traffic rerouting, weather info and point-of-interest details provided by Google. It also interfaces with your smartphone to provide streaming audio, Pandora radio or access to social media.
The attention to detail felt in the technology and powertrains of the 2015 Nissan Sentra extends to the safety features as well. A full suite of airbags is complemented by electronic traction and stability control and antilock brakes, as well as LATCH connectors for child seats. Additionally, features such as an Easy Fill Tire Alert and Rearview Camera are now available as well. Inside and out, the 2015 Nissan Sentra proves yet again that dependable, confident transportation doesn’t need to break the bank.
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