Comparison: 2017 Nissan Sentra vs 2017 Hyundai Elantra

If you're in the Richmond area and need an economical compact car that's as suited to families as it is college students, you have a few options at your disposal.

We always recommend doing comparison shopping, so here's a side-by-side comparison of two popular compact cars: theĀ 2017 Nissan Sentra and the 2017 Hyundai Elantra.

Read on to see which one suits you and your budget, then come visit us to take the Sentra for a test drive at our convenient Staunton location:


Nissan Sentra

While the Sentra is on the lower end of the price spectrum for sedans, even the base model comes loaded with convenience and entertainment features. The Nissan compact comes in five trims: S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, and SL. There are also five features packages available, including Style (S and SV), All Weather (SV), Premium Technology (SR and SL), Driver's Assist (SV, SR), and Premium Technology (SL).

The Sentra S comes standard with Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, illuminated steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, auxiliary and USB input, and 4-speaker sound system. Available features include the NissanConnect infotainment system with Navigation and Mobile Apps, 5.8-inch touchscreen, Nissan Voice Recognition, Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link, dual-zone climate control, HomeLink universal garage remote, LED mood lighting, Bose Premium Audio, and heated front seats.

Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra comes in four trims, including SE, Eco, Limited, and GT. It also has four available feature packages: Popular Equipment, Tech, Ultimate, and Value.

The Elantra SE comes standard with AM/FM/Sirius radio, 6-speaker audio, and auxiliary and USB input. Bluetooth and steering wheel-mounted controls are available on the SE, but only via the Popular Equipment Package. The Elantra is available with HD Radio, cruise control, Android Auto support, Apple CarPlay support, Infinity premium audio, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 7-inch touchscreen display.


Nissan Sentra

The Sentra and the Elantra received similar safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (both are Top Safety Picks) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (both received 4-Star Overall Ratings). However, the NHTSA reports that the 2017 Hyundai Elantra has had four recalls issued, as well as 27 complaints. This compares to the Nissan Sentra's one recall for front-passenger airbag deployment and just two complaints for engine components. We ensure every model that leaves our lot has been thoroughly inspected and is up to date with premium Hyundai parts.

Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra's recalls affected the power steering assist system, power brake assist, and airbags. Meanwhile, complaints about the Hyundai model cited issues with the airbags, electrical system, electronic stability control, fuel and propulsion system, powertrain, seat belts, suspension, and more. If you choose to go with the Elantra, just know that it could be risky and be sure to ask your dealer about the components mentioned in recalls and complaints.


Nissan Sentra

Starting at $16,990 MSRP

Hyundai Elantra

Starting at $17,150 MSRP