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Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra, Sedan
#10 of 66 Neither look too hot
Oct 16, 2006 (11:05 am)
I don't think appearances are either of these cars strong suit.
Actually, the Sentra does look like a stodgier Altima jr. The heavy weight makes me wonder what the real world mileage will be also. It appears the Versa only gets about 28-30 if its Edmunds real world posters numbers are averaged. What does that mean for the Sentra - 25-28 mpg?
The Elantra exterior still looks influenced by the Corolla (sorry Backy). I actually like the front end more when I saw it in person yesterday. The back end is still very Corolla like. I think the interior is much nicer than past Elantras, and the EPA numbers look pretty good. I would like to see its real world mileage numbers. If the discounts come quickly and a manual SE is actually available on dealer lots, I may give one a try. I booted the Accent due to the unavailablity of factory cruise and aux input, and am glad both are available in the Elantra.
I think the Sentra is probably a loser, and the Elantra is probably a winner. I still think the Civic and Mazda3 lead from an exterior looks standpoint. Both Honda and Mazda took a few risks and did not take the conservative route like Hyundai and Nissan.
#11 of 66 Re: Neither look too hot [bamacar]
Oct 16, 2006 (11:58 am)
It's funny but with much more hp and torque than the Versa, the Sentra could wind up getting better fuel economy.
I used to think the Mazda3 was the best looking car in its class. Now the styling is beginning to get old to me. But it's still a nice-looking car--even though it's a twin of the Corolla. The Civic is OK too, although it still looks too much like a Saturn SL I think. I prefer the more traditional interior layout of the Mazda3 and Elantra (and Sentra) to the Civic's. And I was reading an interesting note on the Civic discussion yesterday re the top-end Civic EX: "Where's the trip computer?" "Doesn't have one." "Where's the sunglasses holder?" "Doesn't have one." And so on. Makes me appreciate the Elantra (and Sentra) even more.
#12 of 66 Re: Neither look too hot [backy]
Oct 16, 2006 (12:23 pm)
It is just embarrassing that the Versa and Sentra with the only 6 speed manuals can only get 34 on the highway for the EPA. The Mazda with more power and just a 5 speed gets 35. The Elantra gets 36, the Civic 38, and the Corolla 41 -all with 5 speeds. Even Camrys, Accords, and Sonatas get about 34 on the highway.
It appears most Versas can't even get real world mileage above 30 on the highway. Ouch!
#13 of 66 Re: Neither look too hot [backy]
Oct 16, 2006 (10:37 pm)
I still think the Mazda3 sets the standard for looks in the compact car class. Yeah, I'm a bit more used to seeing them now, but I still think they're gorgeous from every angle. Wish I could say the same for the 5-door, since I usually prefer hatches. The Civic I really like from the front, but I don't like the rear of the sedan at *all*. Very awkward-looking taillights.
I think the new Sentra has a nice interior (and I usually don't like Nissan interiors), but I think I'm going to tire of the exterior quickly. I already don't like the mini-Maxima look since, well, I don't really like the regular Maxima look!
#14 of 66 Re: Neither look too hot [herotakesafall]
Oct 17, 2006 (5:11 am)
I don't think the new Sentra is terrible looking, just not very original. We've seen these shapes before. At least it looks a LOT better than the Versa sedan, at least to my eyes.
#15 of 66 Re: Neither look too hot [backy]
Oct 17, 2006 (8:21 am)
The Versa sedan has probably the worst rear-end in the whole subcompact game (and I'm not keen on the Yaris either). Yeesh.
#16 of 66 Re: Neither look too hot [herotakesafall]
Oct 17, 2006 (8:33 am)
The Civic I really like from the front, but I don't like the rear of the sedan at *all*. Very awkward-looking taillights.
This is probably out there, but the Civic sedan reminds me of.... a BMW. When I look and see that it's a Civic, the illusion vanishes. But when I see it in a quick glance or out of the corner of my eye, my mind thinks BMW. It's something about the proportions and the way it sits on its wheels, I think.
#17 of 66 Re: Neither look too hot [doohickie]
Oct 17, 2006 (9:03 am)
I've never thought that of the Civic, but I do when I see the Mazda3.
Oct 17, 2006 (9:44 am)
I have no clue how I couldn't have included the Mazda3 in that list considering I looked at one the other day. I consider the Mazda3 as equal or better than the Civic in that compact category.