2020 Nissan Versa vs. 2019 Hyundai Accent

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Versa SV/SR are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Accent doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Versa has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Accent doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Versa’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Accent doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Versa SV/SR’s 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 Accent doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Versa SV/SR’s 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 Accent doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Versa and the Accent 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Versa

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

32 city/40 hwy

Accent

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/38 hwy

Transmission

The Versa offers an optional 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 Accent doesn’t offer a CVT.

A standard “hill holder” feature keeps the Nissan Versa from rolling backwards on a steep slope. The Accent doesn’t offer a hill holder feature.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Versa has larger standard tires than the Accent (195/65R15 vs. 185/65R15).

The Versa has a standard 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 Accent doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Versa has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Accent doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Versa’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the Accent (103.1 inches vs. 101.6 inches).

Passenger Space

The Versa has .6 inches more front headroom and 2.4 inches more front legroom than the Accent.

The front step up height for the Versa is 1.1 inches lower than the Accent (13.9” vs. 15”). The Versa’s rear step up height is .6 inches lower than the Accent’s (14.4” vs. 15”).

Cargo Capacity

The Versa has a larger trunk than the Accent (14.7 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Versa’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Accent’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Versa 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 Accent has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SEL/Limited.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Versa detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Accent doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Versa SR offers an optional Intelligent 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 Accent doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Model Availability

The Nissan Versa comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Hyundai Accent isn’t available as a station wagon.

Recommendations

The Nissan Versa outsold the Hyundai Accent by almost three to one during 2018.

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