Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Versa VS 2017 Hyundai Accent Near Laredo, TX

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2017 Nissan Versa

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2017 Hyundai Accent

Safety Comparison

The Versa Sedan (except S/S Plus) offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Accent doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

Compared to metal, the Versa Sedan’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 Versa Sedan 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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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 Versa Sedan is safer than the Hyundai Accent:

 

Versa Sedan

Accent

 

Rear Seat

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

686

812

Spine Acceleration

64 G’s

91 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

175

231

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

47 G’s

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 Versa Sedan is safer than the Accent:

 

Versa Sedan

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

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Shoulder Movement

27 mm

30 mm

 

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

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 Versa Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Versa Sedan Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Accent Auto (31 city/39 hwy vs. 26 city/36 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Versa Sedan stops shorter than the Accent:

 

Versa Sedan

Accent

 

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Versa Sedan has larger standard tires than the Accent (185/65R15 vs. 175/70R14).

The Versa Sedan’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 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 Versa Sedan has standard 15-inch wheels. Smaller 14-inch wheels are standard on the Accent SE.

The Versa Sedan 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 Versa Sedan 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 Versa Sedan has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Versa Sedan 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 Versa Sedan’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Accent (102.4 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The Versa Sedan’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.8% to 42.2%) than the Accent’s (60.6% to 39.4%). This gives the Versa Sedan more stable handling and braking.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Versa Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Accent Sedan (14.9 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Intelligent Key standard on the Versa Sedan 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.

Consumer Reports rated the Versa Sedan’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Accent’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

Optional NissanConnect for the Versa Sedan (not available S/S Plus) allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations 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 with audible turn-by-turn directions, a GPS navigation system is standard on the Versa Sedan SL. The Versa Sedan’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 standard voice command, the Versa Sedan 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 Versa Sedan, 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 Versa Sedan owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Versa Sedan with a number “1” insurance rate while the Accent is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Versa Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Accent because it costs $270 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Versa Sedan than the Accent, including $102 less for a water pump, $36 less for an alternator and $29 less for a starter.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Versa outsold the Hyundai Accent by 88% during the 2016 model year.

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