2020 Hyundai Accent vs. 2019 Nissan Sentra

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Safety

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The Accent has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Sentra doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Hyundai Accent Limited has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Sentra doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Accent Limited has a standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sentra doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Accent and the Sentra 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, rearview cameras and available crash mitigating brakes.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” to “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Accent the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sentra was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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The Accent comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Sentra’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Accent 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the Sentra. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Sentra ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Accent’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Sentra’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Accent has a standard 640-amp battery. The Sentra’s 470-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Accent second among small cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Sentra isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 7th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 4 places higher in reliability than Nissan.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Accent gets better fuel mileage than the Sentra:

MPG

Accent

Manual

1.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

29 city/39 hwy

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

33 city/41 hwy

Sentra

Manual

1.8 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/35 hwy

Auto

1.8 DOHC 4-cyl.

29 city/37 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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The Accent stops much shorter than the Sentra:

Accent

Sentra

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Accent Limited’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sentra SR/SL’s 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Accent Limited executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Sentra SL (28 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Accent’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Sentra’s (33.5 feet vs. 34.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Accent may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Nissan Sentra.

The Accent is 9.5 inches shorter than the Sentra, making the Accent easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Accent has .8 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear hip room than the Sentra.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Accent Limited’s trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Sentra doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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The Accent has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Sentra doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Accent to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Nissan doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Sentra.

Ergonomics

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The Accent offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Sentra doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Accent and the Sentra have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Accent is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Sentra prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Accent’s power window, power lock and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Sentra’s power window (except driver window) and power lock switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Accent’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Sentra’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Accent owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Accent with a number “1” insurance rate while the Sentra is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accent is less expensive to operate than the Sentra because typical repairs cost much less on the Accent than the Sentra, including $86 less for a water pump, $57 less for a muffler, $28 less for front brake pads, $14 less for fuel injection, $90 less for a fuel pump, $47 less for front struts, $141 less for a timing belt/chain and $314 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Accent third among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Sentra isn’t in the top three in its category.

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