2018 Hyundai Elantra vs Nissan Sentra

Except for the shape of the grille, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra and Nissan Sentra look very similar. But don't let appearances fool you; one is better than the other. In this comparison guide, we'll peer under the hood, inside the car, and elsewhere to give you an all-around look at each of these midsize sedans.

Power: 2018 Hyundai Elantra

Don't get us wrong. Neither the Elantra nor the Sentra is a hot rod, but one of them packs more of a punch than the other. The power-punching sedan would be the 2018 Hyundai Elantra. The base engine is a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4 that generates 132 pounds per feet of torque. For those who want more power, on the Sport and GT trims, there's a 201-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that produces 195 pounds per feet of torque. Thanks to Hyundai engineering, the base engine is even sportier than its listed horsepower indicates. When you opt for the top-tier engine, you'll get a powerhouse that's sure to deliver everything you need.

You only get a 124- or 130-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with the Nissan Sentra. The power on display from these engines feels underwhelming when passing another vehicle on the highway or going up a hill. You can upgrade to the 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 188 horsepower, but even that top Nissan engine is inferior to the 201 horses on the Elantra.

Reliability: 2018 Hyundai Elantra

A good measurement for quality is the JD Power and Associates reliability rating. Superior craftsmanship means long life with fewer necessary repairs. The Hyundai Elantra has a better rating-a score of 4 out of 5-plus a longer warranty. Hyundai offers an outstanding five-year/60,000-mile warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

2018 Hyundai Elantra On Road

Meanwhile the 2018 Nissan Sentra received just 3.5 out of 5 from JD Power. That's not much difference, still slightly above average, but the Sentra also offers an inferior warranty: a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. If you want to keep costs down after the initial purchase, you'd do better with the Elantra.

Available Features: 2018 Hyundai Elantra

You'll get a smorgasbord of features on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra. For starters, you'll find a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind-spot monitoring, and heated front seats. Those willing to pay more can drive in luxury with a leather-appointed interior, power-adjustable driver's seat, chrome exterior trim, and 17-inch wheels. The Elantra has so many available options that you can customize it almost any way you want.

The Sentra comes close in available features, but the Sentra has a smaller display and lacks smartphone integration, except for the NissanConnect system. Otherwise, the option lineup is pretty even but the cramped screen and lack of smartphone options dings the Sentra in this competition.

As you can see, despite their nearly equal appearances, the Hyundai Elantra is a better car when compared to the Nissan Sentra. Come to think of it, we like the look on the Elantra better too.