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2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2017 Nissan Sentra near Richmond, VA

Which Compact Sedan Prevails? 

Compact cars boast excellent inherent traits – being small enough to squeeze into even the slimmest of parking spaces and being frugal with gas consumption. People seem to have the idea that these compact vehicles have little power behind those rotations per minute and even less when it comes to innovative technology. Pohanka Hyundai of Fredericksburg is here to show you otherwise with our head-to-head skirmish between the 2017 Hyundai Elantra vs the 2017 Nissan Sentra new Richmond, VA. Let’s get started!

The lighter a vehicle is, the less it takes to propel it forward – it’s just physics. So keep that in mind as we talk about the engines that lie waiting under the sheet metal. The Elantra provides you with a tried and true Atkinson® 2.0-liter 4-cylinder powerhouse that takes off with zest thanks to the 147 horsepower ready at the tap of the accelerator pedal. You’ll find less verve at your command on the 2017 Sentra. It’s projected to retain the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, same as the 2016 version, which produces 130 horsepower. To top it all off, you won’t find that the Sentra is as frugal as the Elantra, clocking in at only 30 MPG combined1, while the Elantra soldiers ahead with a confident 33 MPG combined2.

Thus far, our comparison between the 2017 Hyundai Elantra vs the 2017 Nissan Sentra near Richmond, VA, is leaning heavily towards the Elantra, but let’s take a look at the cabins. Even on the top levels of both compact sedans, you’ll find large differences in technology. The largest touchscreen you can get on to the Nissan Sentra is a minute 5.8-inch screen, while the Elantra proudly offers an 8-inch touchscreen, for a more responsive and intuitive experience while operating the available Apple CarPlayTM3 or Android AutoTM4, neither of which are offered on any trim level of the Sentra.

The Elantra takes passenger comfort to an entirely new level by offering not only heated front seats, but heated rear seats, as well. And features like the Blind Spot Detection5 with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert6 and Lane Change Assist7, and a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines can be added onto any trim level. The Sentra, on the other hand, doesn’t offer these peace-of-mind features as available options until higher trim levels.

While both of these sedans have some great attributes, it’s clear to us at Pohanka Hyundai of Fredericksburg which compact sedan in this battle between the 2017 Hyundai Elantra vs the 2017 Nissan Sentra near Richmond, VA, truly deserves the gold. Come see this winning vehicle at 5200-A Jefferson Davis in Fredericksburg, VA! We’re here seven days a week to show off the Elantra! 


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1. EPA-estimated. Actual mileage will vary. 

2. 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..

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

4. 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. 

5. The Blind Spot Detection assists the driver by warning of other cars in the blind spot region. It senses the rear side territory of the vehicle when it is traveling over 20 mph. Lane Change Assist provides an audible and visual alert if the turn signal is activated and another vehicle in the blind spot is sensed. The turn signals must be activated for the Lane Change Assist to function. There are limitations to the function, range, detection and clarity of the system. It will not detect all vehicles or objects in the blind spot. Its operation depends on the size, distance, angle and relative speed difference between your car and other cars. Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist may not operate if sensors are obscured in any way. Do not rely exclusively on Blind Spot Detection. Blind Spot Detection is a supplemental system and the driver must still be attentive and exercise caution when driving with it. It is important to always signal, look over your shoulder and through your mirrors before changing lanes. It is the driver’s responsibility to be aware of the surroundings and ensure it is clear before changing lanes or directions. Blind Spot Detection is only meant to assist the driver in these responsibilities. 

6. The Rear Cross-traffic Alert system is designed to notify drivers of approaching cross-traffic behind the vehicle. When a vehicle is detected, it provides an audible warning and visual display warning. Rear Cross-traffic Alert is a supplemental system and the driver must still exercise extreme caution when backing up. Drivers must always turn and view oncoming traffic before backing up. Rear Cross-traffic Alert is active when the vehicle is in reverse and backing at a speed less than 6 mph. It may not detect all vehicles, depending on the size, angle, distance and speed of the other vehicle. In addition, Rear Cross-traffic Alert does not detect stationary objects or slow moving objects near the car, including pedestrians (including children), shopping carts, bicycles or baby strollers. The sensor will not function if it is blocked by foreign material, bicycle racks, luggage carriers, bumper stickers, mud or snow. Please see Owner’s Manual for additional information. 

7. The Lane Departure Warning with Lane Change Assist is designed to notify the driver if the vehicle is leaving the lane of travel by audible and flashing a display signal. 

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