2019 Nissan Versa Note vs. 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Versa Note SL has a standard 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.


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 Note’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates rated the Versa Note second among small cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Elantra GT isn’t in the top three in its category.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Versa Note gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra GT Auto with its standard engine (31 city/39 hwy vs. 24 city/32 hwy).


The Nissan Versa Note comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Elantra GT.

The Versa Note has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

The Versa Note (except S) offers an optional 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

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


The Nissan Versa Note may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 550 pounds less than the Hyundai Elantra GT.

The Versa Note is 7.9 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 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

The Versa Note has 1.7 inches more front headroom and 3.5 inches more rear legroom than the Elantra GT.

Servicing Ease

A Service Interval Reminder is standard on the Versa Note to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Hyundai doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Elantra GT.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Versa Note will be $2397 to $4416 less than for the Hyundai Elantra GT.

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