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Features Comparison: Nissan Sentra vs. Hyundai Elantra

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Model Year 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014
Model Sentra Sentra Sentra Elantra Elantra Elantra
Trim S FE+ S SV SE Limited Sport
Engines (show)  
1.8L I4
130 hp@6000
128 lb-ft@3600
1.8L I4
145 hp@6500
130 lb-ft@4700
2.0L I4
173 hp@6500
154 lb-ft@4700
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manual      
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic      
Drivetrains (show)  
Tires (show)  
205/55HR16 tires      
195/65R15 tires          
205/55R16 tires      
215/45HR17 tires        
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 4 speakers        
Unbranded, 6 speakers          
Bose, 8 speakers (with subwoofer)          
Unbranded, 172W, 6 speakers      
Unbranded, 360W, 6 speakers          
Accessories (show)  
Cruise control    
First-aid kit      
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.      
Remote appCheck on car and remotely control various functions (locks, lights, HVAC) from a telephone or computer.          
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.      
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual
Universal garage door openerHomelink.      
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.      
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.    
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Electronic differential lockApplies the brakes to a slipping drive wheel to transfer torque to the other side, simulating the effect of a limited-slip differential. We haven't identified all applications, often implied by traction control.      
Engine immobilizer (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.      
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.      
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.    
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire      
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo mat      
Cargo net
Cargo tray      
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.          
Audio controls on steering wheel    
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.          
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.        
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.          
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
Ionizing air filtrationIonizes air to clean it. Might create high levels of ozone.          
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.        
Pandora internet radio connectivityRequires connected compatible phone.          
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.      
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.    
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.          
Telematics service, such as OnStar, with navigationIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system plus turn-by-turn navigation (no map display). For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.          
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.        
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.    
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.        
Voice textingDictate and send text messages. Usually an annual fee after a short trial period.          
Exterior (show)  
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.          
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.
Underbody aerodynamic aidsUnderbody shields to improve fuel economy. (Optional, no standard value because might or might not be present on other models.)          
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.    
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.      
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.      
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.    
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.    
Interior ambient lightingLEDs in the ceiling or door panels cast a soft glow over the interior.      
LED tail lights (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.        
Map lightsFront row reading lights.      
Outside temperature display
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Spotter mirror(s)Auxiliary convex lens in the corner of the outside mirror that improves view of the driver's blind spot.      
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors        
Visor mirror, driver        
Visor mirror, passenger        
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row
Door sill trim plates        
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats      
Heated second row seats          
Illuminated door sill trim plates      
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.        
Leather-wrapped steering wheel      
Manual height adjuster, driver seat    
Metal pedals          
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat        
Power height adjuster, driver seat        
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.        
Power recliner, driver seat        
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.        
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels    
Electronic systems calibration selectorVaries throttle, steering, ABS, and/or stability control calibration.        
Performance steering system (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Sport suspension (upgrade)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Tires, high-efficiency (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.      

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Option Package Contents

Electronics Package

Interior ambient lighting

Electronics Package

Interior ambient lighting

Premium Package

Illuminated visor mirror, driver
Illuminated visor mirror, passenger
Bose, 8 speakers (with subwoofer)

Driver's Package

USB port
Automatic headlights
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Satellite radio
Proximity key

Navigation Package

Navigation system
Rearview camera
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic + travel information


Bluetooth audio streaming
App support
SMS text-to-speech reader

Electronics Package

Interior ambient lighting

Preferred Package

Automatic headlights
Rearview camera
205/55R16 tires

Technology Package

Bluetooth audio streaming
Pandora internet radio connectivity
Navigation system
Proximity key
Engine immobilizer (optional)
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic + travel information
Unbranded, 360W, 6 speakers

Technology Package

Automatic climate control, front
Dual-zone climate control
Ionizing air filtration

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