2020 Hyundai Accent vs. 2019 Nissan Versa Note

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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 Versa Note doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Accent Limited has standard Automatic 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 Versa Note doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

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 Versa Note doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Accent SEL/Limited’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Versa Note doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 Versa Note 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 Versa Note 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.

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 Versa Note was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

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 Versa Note’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 Versa Note. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Versa Note ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Accent’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Versa Note’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 Versa Note’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 Versa Note was rated third.

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.

Engine

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The Accent’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (120 vs. 109) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (113 vs. 107) than the Versa Note’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Accent CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Versa Note CVT (33 city/41 hwy vs. 31 city/39 hwy).

The Accent has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Versa Note (11.9 vs. 10.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Accent’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Versa Note:

Accent

Versa Note

Front Rotors

11 inches

10.02 inches

The Accent SEL/Limited has standard antilock four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Versa Note. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Accent stops shorter than the Versa Note:

Accent

Versa Note

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Accent Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Versa Note (205/45R17 vs. 195/55R16).

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 Versa Note SR’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Accent Limited has standard 17-inch wheels. The Versa Note’s largest wheels are only 16-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Accent Limited handles at .81 G’s, while the Versa Note SR pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

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

Passenger Space

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The Accent has .8 inches more front legroom, 3.2 inches more front hip room, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear hip room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Versa Note.

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 Versa Note doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, 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 Versa Note doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

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 Versa Note doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Accent SEL/Limited has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Versa Note doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Accent’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows are only available on the Versa Note SV/SR.

The power windows standard on both the Accent and the Versa Note 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 Versa Note prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Accent SEL/Limited’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control. The Versa Note’s driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Accent’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks are only available on the Versa Note SV/SR.

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 Versa Note’s power window (except driver window) and power lock switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Accent SEL/Limited 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 Versa Note doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

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

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

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Accent has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Versa Note doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accent is less expensive to operate than the Versa Note because typical repairs cost much less on the Accent than the Versa Note, including $6 less for a muffler, $45 less for front brake pads, $47 less for a starter, $88 less for a fuel pump, $75 less for front struts and $363 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 Versa Note isn’t in the top three.

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