Advertisement
Find a Car
Go!

Add a Vehicle to Compare

Change a Vehicle to Compare

Compare 2012 Nissan Sentra vs 2012 Hyundai Elantra

2012 Nissan Sentra Change
2012 Hyundai Elantra Change
+ Add a Car
Selected Style 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0
Switch Style

Body Style

Transmission

Engine

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 24 31 $15,759 $16,430
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 27 34 $16,888 $17,610
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 27 34 $17,125 $18,360
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SR 27 34 $17,125 $18,360
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 27 34 $18,428 $19,760
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $19,107 $20,490
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 28 $19,571 $20,990
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Alabama Plant)
Switch Style

Body Style

Transmission

Emissions

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 28 38 $14,918 $15,345
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 28 38 $17,010 $17,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 28 38 $17,010 $17,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited 28 38 $19,727 $20,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV Limited PZEV 28 38 $19,727 $20,595
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,759
$14,918
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,430
$15,345
Monthly Payment Estimate
$274 / month
$256 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

?
Read Our Full Review
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
?
Read Our Full Review
TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Nissan Sentra no longer looks fresh, but especially in base 2.0 form or SE-R Spec V guise it represents a strong value for the money with a roomy, comfortable interior. The 2012 Hyundai Elantra has officially left the Civic and Corolla in the dust, thanks to a 38-mpg gas mileage rating, a sleek look, and tremendous value for the money.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 24 mpg 28 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 31 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Midsize cars
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 34.5 33.1
Front Head Room (in) 40.6 40.0
Second Hip Room (in) 53.0 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 55.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.4 95.6
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 54.8
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 43.6
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 54.1 53.5
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) 28.1 NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.5 69.9
Track Width, Front (in) 59.8 61.5
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.6 5.5
Length, Overall (in) 179.8 178.3
Height, Overall (in) 59.5 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.8 62.0
Wheelbase (in) 105.7 106.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.1 14.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.02 x 0.94 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 9.0 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 12.8
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 14.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.4 34.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P205/60HR15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/60HR15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size T125/70D16 NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2906 2661
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 2.1 2.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 100 90
Engine
Fuel System SMPI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 147 @ 4800 131 @ 4700
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 140 @ 5100 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 27 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 38
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 28
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.17 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.81 0.63
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.73 3.30
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.45 1.25
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.69 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.11 1.96
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.93 4.33
Summary
Vehicle Name Nissan Sentra Hyundai Elantra
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.87 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.91 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Torsion Axle
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA NA
Suspension Type - Front Independent Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.9 - TBD -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.
Advertisement