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2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2016 Nissan Sentra near Richmond, VA

Which Compact Sedan is Right for You?

Finding the perfect compact sedan is no easy task. You could end up spending countless hours researching and visiting dealerships. Here at Pohanka Hyundai, we aim to make the car buying process easier, as we have done the research for you. With our 2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2016 Nissan Sentra near Richmond, VA, comparison, it will be easy to see which compact car is the right choice.

Let’s start this comparison off under the hood, as both the 2017 Hyundai Elantra and the 2016 Nissan Sentra are powered by 4-cylinder engines. The similarities stop there, though, as the Elantra produces a more dynamic performance with 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. The Sentra simply can’t keep up with 130 horsepower and 128 lb.-ft. of torque. And since both sedans reach an EPA-estimated 36 MPG hwy1,2, it makes the most sense to go with the sedan that gives you more power behind the wheel.

Beyond looking at the engines, this comparison of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra vs the 2016 Nissan Sentra near Richmond, VA, also lets you know which choice brings you more of the features you want most in a new vehicle. For example, the Elantra is the first vehicle in its class3 to offer a hands-free smart trunk4. Just stand behind the Elantra with the Proximity Key in your purse or pocket, and it will open automatically. The Sentra doesn’t offer such convenience. The Sentra also won’t keep your passengers as comfortable during chilly nights, because only the Elantra comes with available heated front and rear seats. In the Sentra, comfort is limited to only you and your front seat passenger.

In terms of inspiring technology, the 2017 Elantra prevails over the 2016 Sentra too. Enjoy standard SiriusXM® Satellite Radio through six speakers in the Elantra. In the Sentra, you’ll only have four speakers as standard, and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio isn’t available at all. When looking at touchscreens, the smallest available in the Elantra is still an impressive seven inches, while higher trims have an upgraded 8-inch screen. In the Sentra, you’re left with a measly 5-inch screen, with higher trims only having a slight increase with a 5.8-inch display. Beyond being larger, the Elantra’s screen has support for the latest in smartphone integration – Apple CarPlay™5 and Android Auto™6, which you won’t find at all in the Sentra.

The Hyundai Elantra also beats the Nissan Sentra when it comes to safety. For instance, the Elantra comes standard with seven airbags, including the innovative driver’s knee airbag. The Sentra is limited to only six standard airbags7, which doesn’t include one for your knee. The Elantra is also the first in its class3 to have available Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection8. This feature uses a camera and a radar sensor to scan for vehicles and pedestrians in your path, and can even apply the brakes for you if you fail to react. No such feature is found in the Sentra.

When looking for a powerful compact sedan that gives you exciting features, our 2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2016 Nissan Sentra near Richmond, VA, comparison makes clear all the ways the Elantra triumphs. Visit Pohanka Hyundai today to take this redesigned car for a test drive.


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1 2017 Elantra SE: 29 City/38 Hwy/33 Combined A/T, 26 City/36 Hwy/29 Combined M/T. 2017 Elantra SE Pop/SE tech package: 28 City/37 Hwy/32 Combined A/T, 2017 Elantra Limited: 28 City/37 Hwy/32 Combined. EPA estimates. For comparison only. Your actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition. 

2 2016 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.

3 Claim based on comparison of specifications on manufacturer websites. 

4 The smart trunk will open when the smart key is within 40 inches of the detection area for at least 3 seconds. Radio transmitters and other vehicle smart keys may interfere in normal operation of the feature. Please consult Owner’s Manual for further details. Make sure you close the trunk before driving.

5 Apple is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc.

6 Android Auto™ is compatible with Android phones running Android Lollipop or newer. Android Auto may not be available on all devices and is not available in all countries or regions. Additional apps may be required. Android, Android Auto, Google, Google Maps and Google Play Music are trademarks of Google Inc.

7 Air bags are only a supplemental restraint system; always wear your seat belt. Even with the occupant-classification sensor, rear-facing child restraints should not be placed in the front-passenger’s seat. All children 12 and under should ride in the rear seat properly secured in child restraints, booster seats, or seat belts according to their size. Air bags will only inflate in certain accidents; see your Owner’s Manual for more details.

8 Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection detects pedestrians, but not in all conditions. The system initiates full braking at speeds between 5-28 mph when a pedestrian is standing, or from 5-43 mph when a pedestrian is moving. AEB is not a substitute for safe driving. See Owner’s Manual for details and limitations.
Listed below are the conditions referenced in the owner’s manual where the system may not detect a pedestrian:
· The pedestrian is not fully captured by the camera sensor, or the pedestrian does not walk in the upright position.
· The pedestrian moves very fast.
· The pedestrian abruptly appears in front
· The pedestrian wears clothes in the color similar to the background
· The outside is too bright or too dark
· The vehicle drives at night or in the darkness
· There is an item similar to a person’s body structure
· The pedestrian is small
· The pedestrian has impaired mobility
· It is difficult to distinguish the pedestrian from the surroundings
· The sensor recognition is limited
· There is a group of pedestrians

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