Ancira Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Versa Note VS 2014 Hyundai Elantra Near Laredo, TX

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2015 Nissan Versa Note

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2014 Hyundai Elantra

Safety Comparison

The Versa Note SL offers an optional Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Elantra GT only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Versa Note and the Elantra GT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 86 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Versa Note’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 18th in reliability. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 27th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Versa Note gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra GT:

Versa Note

Elantra GT

1.6 4 cyl./5-spd Manual

27 city/36 hwy

24 city/34 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

1.6 4 cyl./CVT

31 city/40 hwy

24 city/33 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Versa Note SL has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Versa Note has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Versa Note flat and controlled during cornering. The Elantra GT’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Versa Note may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 500 pounds less than the Hyundai Elantra GT.

The Versa Note is 6.3 inches shorter than the Elantra GT, making the Versa Note easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Versa Note S Plus/SV/SR/SL uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Versa Note has .7 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more rear headroom and 3.7 inches more rear legroom than the Elantra GT.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Versa Note’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Nissan Versa Note and Hyundai Elantra GT won an award in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue.

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