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2021 Hyundai Elantra vs 2021 Nissan Sentra


Safe. Fuel Efficient. Great Performance. These are three ways to describe the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and 2021 Nissan Sentra. While they’re both great cars that’ll make reliable companions for anyone who drives them, there are some stark differences between each. If you’re considering the Elantra and the Sentra for your next car, you’re in luck!

This guide, put together by McDonald Hyundai, is aimed to help drivers throughout Littleton, Parker, and Castle Rock, CO, figure out which car is best for them.


Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra vs Nissan Sentra: Quick Facts

  • Hyundai Elantra has four trims: SE, SEL, N Line, and Limited. Nissan Sentra has three trims: S, SV, and SR.
  • 2021 Hyundai Elantra has been named the 2021 North American Car of the Year™.
  • Both vehicles won an IIHS Top Safety Pick award.
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ come standard in both vehicles.
  • Similar standard safety features, such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, and more.

Hyundai Elantra MPG

Elantra vs Sentra: MPG

Looking to stay on the road longer and spend less time at the gas station? The Hyundai Elantra and Nissan Sentra will help you do that. Both cars are incredibly fuel efficient and go a long way toward prolonging your drives. While you can get a lot of mileage in a single tank of gas from these sedans, the Elantra wins the day here.

With an EPA-estimated 33 city/43 highway/combined 37 MPG, the Elantra will get you farther than the Sentra, which has an EPA-estimated 29 city/39 highway/combined 33 MPG.*


Hyundai vs Nissan: Interior Space

It’s important for you and your passengers to feel comfortable no matter how far your drive is. Whether it’s a quick trip to the grocery store or a longer drive to a vacation spot, you want to ensure everyone has enough room. Both of these cars offer similar dimensions when it comes to shoulder room and hip room. The Elantra, however, offers more headroom and rear legroom than the Sentra.

Hyundai Elantra (front/rear in inches)

Nissan Sentra (front/rear in inches)

Headroom: 40.6/37.3

Headroom: 38.9/36.7

Legroom: 42.3/38.0

Legroom: 44.0/34.7

Shoulder room: 56.5/55.6

Shoulder room: 56.4/54.5

Hip room: 53.4/50.5

Hip room: 53.5/53.3


Hyundai Elantra Tech

Hyundai Elantra vs Nissan Sentra: Safety Technology

What’s more important than feeling safe? The Elantra and the Sentra both go a long way toward making sure you’re safe at all times and act as a second set of eyes on the road. These cars come with similar standard safety features, such as:

  • Blind-Spot Warning
  • High Beam Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • And more

Where the Elantra excels over the Sentra is with the standard Driver Attention Warning, which will alert you if the car detects you are driving outside of your normal driving habits, and Safe Exit Warning, which will alert you of potential accidents if your car door is open.


2021 Elantra vs 2021 Sentra: Verdict

So, now you know a little more about the Hyundai Elantra and the Nissan Sentra, two great cars that will get you from Point A to Point B and beyond. However, we at McDonald Hyundai believe that the Hyundai Elantra is the better of these two, especially for drivers across Littleton, Parker, and Castle Rock, CO.

Schedule your test drive and see why the Elantra will be great for you!


*2021 ELANTRA SE: 33 City/43 Hwy/37 Combined MPG. 2021 ELANTRA SEL/Limited: 31 City/41 Hwy/35 Combined MPG. 2021 ELANTRA N Line 6-speed M/T: 25 City/34 Hwy/28 Combined MPG. 2021 ELANTRA N Line 7-speed DCT: 28 City/36 Hwy/31 Combined MPG. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.


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