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2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2016 Nissan Sentra near Washington, DC

Which Compact Car Will Come Out on Top?

You have a certain list of must-have features you want to see in your new compact sedan. From a comfortable interior and innovative technology systems, to an engaging and energy-saving ride, these are qualities you aren’t willing to settle for, and you can have it all when you drive the brand-new 2017 Elantra! Using our convenient 2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2016 Nissan Sentra near Washington, DC, comparison, you can see how outstanding the Elantra truly is. Visit us here at Pohanka Hyundai of Fredericksburg, and you could be one of the first to own the new and exciting 2017 Elantra!

In terms of technology, the Elantra promises a productive and entertaining ride by offering you an array of both standard and available systems the 2016 Sentra doesn’t even feature. Crank up your tunes using the Elantra’s standard 6-speaker audio system, which may not played  as clearly inside of the Sentra, since it only offers four speakers on its base trim. And, the largest touchscreen size you’ll be offered in the Nissan Sentra is an underwhelming 5.8-inch color display, whereas the 2017 Elantra features an available 8-inch touchscreen with navigation. To access your favorite smartphone apps, you can choose between the available Apple CarPlay™1 or Android Auto™2, whichever is compatible with your phone, so you can make hands-free phone calls, connect to your favorite smartphone accounts, stream your own playlist, and more. Nissan unfortunately doesn’t make these available options in the 2016 Sentra.

Moving on in our 2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2016 Nissan Sentra near Washington, DC, comparison, you’ll also discover that the Elantra’s performance outshines the Sentra’s in more ways than one. The Elantra’s 2.0L 4-cylinder base engine cranks out a staggering 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. Although the 2016 Sentra’s standard 1.8L powerhouse tries with all of its might, it only records in with 130 horsepower and 128 lb.-ft. of torque.

If you are looking to save as much time and money at the pump as possible, the 2017 Elantra’s efficient engine is able to sip fuel slowly, rewarding you with 29/38 MPG city/hwy3. You’ll most likely have to stop to refuel your tank more often than you want to when you drive the Nissan Sentra, as it only gives you 27/36 MPG city/hwy4. Not even the Sentra’s Xtronic® CVT transmission, can top the 2017 Elantra’s 7-speed EcoShift® Dual Clutch transmission with SHIFTRONIC®, since it features more gears.

The inside of the Hyundai Elantra is also a challenge for the Nissan Sentra to top. You’ll only have to upgrade your Elantra to the second trim level to have access to dual-automatic temperature control with a CleanAir Ionizer and Auto Defogging System, heated front seats, and the 7-inch touchscreen display. However, you’ll have to purchase one of the top trim levels of the 2016 Sentra if you want Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) and heated front seats. Thanks to the 2017 Elantra’s available 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, you can keep an ideal posture while at the wheel. You may find your back starting to get sore while on long rides to Baltimore in the Sentra, since it only offers a 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

Bringing home the gold in our 2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2016 Nissan Sentra near Washington, DC, comparison is the incredible 2017 Elantra! To take this new compact car for a test drive, visit your local Hyundai dealer, Pohanka Hyundai. We are open seven days a week, so it’s always a good time to pay us a visit!


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

2 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.

3 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.

4 2016 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions — use for comparison purposes only.

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