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Hyundai Elantra vs. Nissan Sentra

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Hyundai Elantra

$442
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Nissan Sentra

$405
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Hyundai Elantra Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $442 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are lower than other vehicles, so the Elantra is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Nissan Sentra Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 10th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $405 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Sentra.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$442
inexpensive
expensive
$405
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.22
not often
very often
0.18
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(12)
4
(36)
3
(21)
2
(5)
1
(2)
The Hyundai Elantra ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in brakes.
“We have had multiple Elantras and they really are such a great reliable vehicle. The only issues we have had were self induced. Like me running up on a curb and blowing out the tire. We got the ...”
“We have had multiple Elantras and they really are such a great reliable vehicle. The only issues...”
5
(4)
4
(30)
3
(22)
2
(5)
1
(2)
The Nissan Sentra ranks highest in electrical and ranks lowest in suspension.
“2013 Nissan Sentra Car seems to have a lot of problems. The motor bogs out a lot, making a loud noise. My back tires ware quickly. And it just started recently over heating! The ac also doesn't blo...”
“2013 Nissan Sentra Car seems to have a lot of problems. The motor bogs out a lot, making a loud n...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Nissan Sentra and the Hyundai Elantra are two competing compact cars. Both are available as four-door sedans, and both come with front-wheel drive. 

Power ratings on their standard engines favor the Hyundai Elantra, which has 147 horsepower, compared to 124 for the Nissan Sentra. Optional engines are more closely matched, with the Sentra coming in with 188 horsepower, and the Elantra putting out 201 horsepower. 

In the space race, the Nissan Sentra and the Hyundai Elantra are very close. The Sentra has 95.9 cubic feet of passenger space and 15.1 cubic feet in the trunk. The Elantra gives you 95.8 cubic feet of passenger space and 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space.

If you’re looking for the latest advanced driver assistance technologies, these two compact sedans are not up to the levels of class leaders Toyota and Honda. The Sentra does offer standard automatic emergency braking on every model, but other important features are not consistently available. The Elantra provides standard blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist on all models except the base Elantra, but automatic emergency braking is not available.

These are both worthy choices if you’re interested in a compact sedan. Drive them, price them, and see which one makes more sense for you. One possible tie-breaker might be the Elantra’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, which the Sentra does not have.

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