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Compare the2024 Nissan VersaVS 2023 Hyundai Elantra

2024 Nissan Versa
2023 Hyundai Elantra

Safety

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The Nissan Versa has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The Elantra doesn’t offer knee airbags.

Both the Versa and the Elantra 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Versa is safer than the Hyundai Elantra:

Versa

Elantra

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

267

314

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.6 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Versa is safer than the Hyundai Elantra:

Versa

Elantra

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

216 lbs.

239 lbs.

Hip Force

318 lbs.

327 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

250

345

Spine Acceleration

32 G’s

68 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

10 inches

11 inches

Spine Acceleration

29 G’s

40 G’s

Hip Force

481 lbs.

954 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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There are over 30 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Versa’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Versa’s reliability 12 points higher than the Elantra.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2023 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan above average in initial quality. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is rated lower.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Versa CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra (32 city/40 hwy vs. 30 city/40 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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The Versa’s standard front disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The front discs on the Elantra are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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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 Elantra doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Versa’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Elantra’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Versa is 7.1 inches shorter than the Elantra, making the Versa easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The Versa has a larger trunk than the Elantra (14.7 vs. 14.2 cubic feet).

The Versa S Auto/SV/SR’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Elantra’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Towing

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The Versa Manual can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Versa can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Elantra can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The Versa SV/SR’s standard wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Elantra’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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