Compare 2012 Nissan Sentra vs 2012 Hyundai Elantra

2012 Nissan Sentra
2012 Hyundai Elantra
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0
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
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4-Door Sedan Manual GLS
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
8.2
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.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Midsize cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Leg Room (in)
34.5 33.1
Exterior Dimensions
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
Liftover Height (in)
28.1 NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 69.9
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
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
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.9
Tires
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
Rear Tire Size
P205/60HR15 P195/65R15
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2906 2661
Wheels
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
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
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
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
Fuel System
SMPI Electronic Fuel Injection
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
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
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.17 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Sentra Hyundai Elantra
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.87 NA
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

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