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Compare 2012 Hyundai Elantra vs 2012 Nissan Sentra

2012 Hyundai Elantra
2012 Nissan Sentra
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4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 28 38 $17,010 $17,595
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 28 38 $17,010 $17,595
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited 28 38 $19,727 $20,595
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited PZEV 28 38 $19,727 $20,595
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 28 38 $14,918 $15,345
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Automatic GLS 23 30 $16,685 $17,195
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Automatic SE 23 30 $19,443 $20,295
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Manual GLS 23 31 $15,539 $15,995
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Manual SE 23 31 $18,687 $19,495
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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 27 34 $16,888 $17,610
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 27 34 $17,125 $18,360
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 27 34 $18,428 $19,760
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SR 27 34 $17,125 $18,360
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $19,107 $20,490
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 24 31 $15,759 $16,430
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 28 $19,571 $20,990
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,010
$16,888
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,595
$17,610
Monthly Payment Estimate
$293 / month
$294 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
6.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize cars Compact
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
43.6 42.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.5 54.1
Second Leg Room (in)
33.1 34.5
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.6
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 53.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 56.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.6 97.4
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.3
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 59.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.5 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 105.7
Liftover Height (in)
NA 28.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 70.5
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
178.3 179.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.8 13.1
Brakes
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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.02 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.8 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.2 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 35.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA T125/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 P205/60HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 P205/60HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2701 2975
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.0 15 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.0 15 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
2.2 2.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 100
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 140 @ 5100
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
131 @ 4700 147 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 27
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 34
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.44 1.75
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.72 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.06 5.41
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.40 2.35 - 0.39
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.83 NA
Trans Type
6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Nissan Sentra
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Axle Torsion Beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- TBD - 6.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7
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

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