Compare 2008 Hyundai Elantra vs 2009 Nissan Sentra

2008 Hyundai Elantra
2009 Nissan Sentra
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4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE PZEV 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 24 33 $13,592 $13,970
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual SE 24 33 $16,004 $16,670
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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 24 30 $16,047 $16,730
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 FE+ 26 34 $16,047 $16,730
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 24 30 $16,567 $17,760
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S FE+ 26 34 $16,567 $17,760
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 24 30 $18,334 $19,660
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL FE+ 26 34 $18,334 $19,660
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SR FE+ 26 34 $16,567 $17,760
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $19,265 $20,660
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 24 31 $14,727 $15,350
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 S 24 31 $15,823 $16,960
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 29 $19,729 $21,160
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,547
$16,047
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,970
$16,730
Monthly Payment Estimate
$250 / month
$279 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice. The 2009 Nissan Sentra is a worthy contender in the compact segment, but the CVT transmission may turn off some buyers.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.0 34.5
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.9 97.4
Second Hip Room (in)
54.0 53.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 56.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
43.5 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
54.2 54.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
177.4 179.8
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 59.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.7 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 105.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 70.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 13.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 11.02 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.4 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.9 35.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 2.9
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65TR15 P205/60R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65TR15 P205/60R15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2895 2930
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
75 100
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6000 140 @ 5100
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
- TBD - SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4600 147 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
NA MR20DE
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 30
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.48 5.47
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.55 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.85 2.69
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.92 2.56 - 0.43
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Type
4 1
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Nissan Sentra
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.67 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 8

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