What’s amazing about the fact that the 2022 Hyundai Elantra is faster than the new Nissan Sentra is that the new Elantra is also the most fuel-efficient. But that’s only the start of the story. Here’s a head-to-head duel between Hyundai’s stylish new 2022 Elantra and Nisssan’s best attempt at a compact sedan, the 2022 Nissan Sentra. Hyundai wins in multiple key categories like reliability and powertrain warranty. Let’s look at a few details.

Performance: Hyundai wins

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra at Circle Hyundai in Shrewsbury NJ and the 2022 Nissan Sentra have four-cylinder engines that appear very similar, with horsepower ratings that are almost identical. The difference is in actual performance. The newest Hyundai Elantra wins the zero-to-60 race with 8.1 seconds vs. 9.2 seconds for Nissan. The 2022 Hyundai Elantra hits 88 mph in the quarter-mile vs. only 83 mph for the well-meaning Nissan Sentra.

Fuel economy: Hyundai wins again

While it might be logical to expect that the faster vehicle would come up a little short in terms of gas mileage, the 2022 Hyundai Elantra defies logic pretty nicely. With the dual-overhead cam (DOHC) four-cylinder engine in its SE trim, the 2022 Hyundai Elantra gets an impressive 33 mpg in the city and an even more impressive 43 mpg on the highway. It’s the Nissan Sentra that comes up a little short with 29 mpg/city and 39 mpg on the highway.

Advanced tech helps Elantra save on gas

The sophisticated engine in the Hyundai Elantra SE turns off automatically when you’re sitting at a stop light, which saves on fuel. Of course, that’s just momentary. When the driver is ready to move, the engine instantly re-starts. The system can be turned off any time the driver prefers but it can be a big advantage in terms of fuel efficiency. The latest edition of the Nissan Sentra doesn’t have anything comparable.

Predicted reliability: Hyundai wins yet again

The consistent reliability of Hyundai models is reflected in the predicted reliability rankings conferred by the quality experts at J.D. Power. Based on the J.D. Power 2021 survey of owners with three-year-old vehicles, Hyundai models are rated more reliable than Nissan vehicles. In fact, Hyundai is ranked in the top 10 while Nissan doesn’t crack the top 20. Consumer Reports also ranks Hyundai vehicles as more reliable than Nissan.

Warranty: Hyundai gives you a better night’s sleep

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra comes with a 5-year/60,000-mile comprehensive bumper-to-bumper warranty that covers most components. Nissan’s comprehensive warranty lasts for only 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. On the all-important powertrain, Hyundai does even better. Coverage is 10 years or 100,000 miles, whichever is first for Hyundai while the Nissan Sentra’s powertrain warranty is only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Coverage for scheduled maintenance: Hyundai wins big

When customers from West Long Branch, NJ buy a new 2022 Hyundai Elantra at Circle Hyundai, all factory-recommended maintenance is paid for by Hyundai for 3 years or 36,000 miles. That means Hyundai pays for oil changes, lubrication and other required maintenance. Sadly enough for Nissan Sentra owners, Nissan doesn’t pay for any scheduled maintenance. When it comes to taking care of a Nissan, unfortunately, you’re on your own.

In light of how the new 2022 Hyundai Elantra sails past the new Nissan Sentra, we recommend that you shop our new Hyundai Elantra models and find the one that feels like the best match for you. Then schedule a test drive soon at Circle Hyundai in Shrewsbury NJ.

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