Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Sentra VS 2017 Hyundai Accent Near Austin, TX

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2017 Nissan Sentra

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2017 Hyundai Accent

Safety Comparison

The Sentra SR/SL offers optional Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Accent doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Sentra SV/SR/SL has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Accent doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

To help make backing safer, the Sentra (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Accent doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Compared to metal, the Sentra’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Hyundai Accent has a metal gas tank.

Both the Sentra and the Accent 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available blind spot warning systems.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Accent:

 

Sentra

Accent

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Restraints

GOOD

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Femur Force R/L

1/.1 kN

6.1/1 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1.14%/.55%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.66/.53

1.14/.55

Tibia forces R/L

1.5/.5 kN

2.1/1.2 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Hyundai Accent:

 

Sentra

Accent

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

108

322

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

184 G’s

271 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

204

812

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

91 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

202

231

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

515 lbs.

747 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Accent:

 

Sentra

Accent

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Structure

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

 

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Head Injury Criterion

251

258

 

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Injury Criterion

123

366

Shoulder Movement

31 mm

36 mm

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sentra the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 113 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Accent was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 29 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Sentra’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Sentra has a standard 470-amp battery. The Accent’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Sentra’s standard 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (128 vs. 123) than the Accent’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Sentra (130 HP engine) is faster than the Hyundai Accent (automatics tested):

 

Sentra

Accent

Zero to 30 MPH

3.6 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.7 sec

10.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.6 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

17.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sentra CVT 1.8 4 cyl. (124 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the Accent Auto (29 city/37 hwy vs. 26 city/36 hwy).

The Sentra has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accent (13.2 vs. 11.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Sentra’s front brake rotors and drums are larger than those on the Accent:

 

Sentra

Accent

Front Rotors

11 inches

10.1 inches

The Sentra stops shorter than the Accent:

 

Sentra

Accent

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Sentra has larger tires than the Accent (205/55R16 vs. 175/70R14). The Sentra S/SV’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accent (205/55R16 vs. 195/50R16).

The Sentra S/SV’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accent SE’s standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sentra S/SV has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 14-inch wheels are standard on the Accent SE. The Sentra SR/SL’s 17-inch wheels are larger than the 16-inch wheels optional on the Accent.

The Nissan Sentra’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Hyundai Accent only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Sentra SV/SR/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 Accent doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Sentra has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Accent; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sentra’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the Accent (106.3 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sentra is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Accent.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Sentra is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the Accent Sedan is rated a Compact.

The Sentra has 6.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Accent Sedan (95.9 vs. 89.7).

The Sentra has .7 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 4.1 inches more rear legroom, 2.9 inches more rear hip room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accent Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sentra has a much larger trunk than the Accent Sedan (15.1 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Sentra easier. The Sentra’s trunk lift-over height is 27.1 inches, while the Accent’s liftover is 28.3 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sentra’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Accent’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Intelligent Key standard on the Sentra SV/SR/SL allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Hyundai Accent doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Sentra has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Accent has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Sport Hatchback.

The Sentra (except S) offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Accent.

The Sentra has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Accent doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Sentra SL’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Accent doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Sentra SL’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Accent doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Sentra SR/SL offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Accent doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Standard NissanConnect for the Sentra SV/SR/SL allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Accent doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Sentra (except S). The Sentra’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Accent doesn’t offer a navigation system.

With optional voice command, the Sentra SV/SR/SL offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Accent doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Sentra, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Hyundai doesn’t offer wireless connectivity on the Accent SE.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Sentra owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Sentra with a number “5” insurance rate while the Accent is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sentra is less expensive to operate than the Accent because it costs $162 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Sentra than the Accent, including $77 less for a water pump and $86 less for a starter.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Sentra outsold the Hyundai Accent by almost three to one during the 2016 model year.

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