2020 Hyundai Elantra GT vs. 2019 Nissan Versa Note

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Safety

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The Elantra GT N Line offers optional 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 Elantra GT 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 Elantra GT N Line’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Versa Note doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Elantra GT (except N Line)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Versa Note doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Elantra GT (except N Line)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Versa Note doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Elantra GT N Line’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Versa Note doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Elantra GT N Line offers an optional 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 Elantra GT 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.

The Hyundai Elantra GT weighs 417 to 593 pounds more than the Nissan Versa Note. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

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 “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Elantra GT the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 101 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Versa Note was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The Elantra GT 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 Elantra GT 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 Elantra GT’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 Elantra GT has a standard 550-amp battery. The Versa Note’s 470-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Elantra GT’s reliability 18 points higher than the Versa Note.

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 Elantra GT’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 52 more horsepower (161 vs. 109) and 43 lbs.-ft. more torque (150 vs. 107) than the Versa Note’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. The Elantra GT N Line’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 92 more horsepower (201 vs. 109) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 107) than the Versa Note’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Hyundai Elantra GT 4 cyl. is faster than the Nissan Versa Note (automatics tested):

Elantra GT

Versa Note

Zero to 30 MPH

3.3 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

10.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.6 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

18.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86 MPH

78.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Elantra GT has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Versa Note (14 vs. 10.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Elantra GT higher (5 out of 10) than the Nissan Versa Note (3 to 5). This means the Elantra GT produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Versa Note every 15,000 miles.

The EPA certifies the Hyundai Elantra GT as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Nissan Versa Note is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Elantra GT

Elantra GT N Line

Versa Note

Front Rotors

11 inches

12 inches

10.02 inches

Rear Rotors

10.3 inches

11.2 inches

8” drums

The Hyundai Elantra GT has standard 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 Elantra GT stops shorter than the Versa Note:

Elantra GT

Versa Note

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Elantra GT has larger tires than the Versa Note (225/45R17 vs. 185/65R15). The Elantra GT’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Versa Note (225/45R17 vs. 195/55R16).

The Elantra GT’s standard 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’s standard 65 series tires. The Elantra GT N Line’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Versa Note SR’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Elantra GT has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Versa Note. The Elantra GT N Line’s 18-inch wheels are larger than the 16-inch wheels on the Versa Note SR.

The Hyundai Elantra GT’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Nissan Versa Note only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Elantra GT N Line has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Nissan Versa Note has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Elantra GT has standard rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Versa Note’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Elantra GT’s wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the Versa Note (104.3 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Elantra GT is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than on the Versa Note.

The Elantra GT’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (58.6% to 41.4%) than the Versa Note’s (59.9% to 40.1%). This gives the Elantra GT more stable handling and braking.

The Elantra GT N Line handles at .88 G’s, while the Versa Note SR pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Elantra GT N Line executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the Versa Note SR (26.5 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Elantra GT a Mid-size car, while the Versa Note is rated a Compact.

The Elantra GT has 2.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Versa Note (96.5 vs. 94.1).

The Elantra GT has .9 inches more front legroom, 4.5 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Versa Note.

Cargo Capacity

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The Elantra GT has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Versa Note with its rear seat up (24.9 vs. 18.8 cubic feet). The Elantra GT has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Versa Note with its rear seat folded (55.1 vs. 38.3 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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The Elantra GT 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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To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Elantra GT 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 Elantra GT’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 Elantra GT’s optional 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 Elantra GT’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 Elantra GT’s driver power window 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) switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Consumer Reports rated the Elantra GT’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Versa Note’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Elantra GT has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Versa Note doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Elantra GT N Line detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Versa Note doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Elantra GT’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the Versa Note SL.

The Elantra GT’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.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Elantra GT N Line keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Versa Note doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Elantra GT’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Versa Note doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Elantra GT’s optional 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 Elantra GT has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Versa Note doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Elantra GT N Line offers an optional Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Versa Note doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Hyundai Elantra GT, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Nissan Versa Note isn't recommended.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Elantra GT as the 2012 North American Car of the Year. The Versa Note has never been chosen.

The Hyundai Elantra outsold the Nissan Versa by over two to one during the 2019 model year.

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