Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Altima VS 2017 Hyundai Sonata Near Boerne, TX

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2017 Nissan Altima

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2017 Hyundai Sonata

Safety Comparison

The Altima Sedan has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Sonata doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SL has standard Front and Rear Sonar Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Sonata doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Compared to metal, the Altima Sedan’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Hyundai Sonata has a metal gas tank.

Both the Altima Sedan and the Sonata 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, available crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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

 

Altima Sedan

Sonata

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

20%

Leg Forces (l/r)

32/46 lbs.

198/433 lbs.

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 Altima Sedan is safer than the Hyundai Sonata:

 

Altima Sedan

Sonata

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

233

354

Spine Acceleration

58 G’s

74 G’s

Hip Force

677 lbs.

785 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

197

213

Hip Force

711 lbs.

773 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Altima Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sonata is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 28 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Altima Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima Sedan second among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Sonata isn’t in the top three.

Engine Comparison

The Altima Sedan has more powerful engines than the Sonata:

 

Horsepower

Altima Sedan 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

179 HP

Altima Sedan 3.5 DOHC V6

270 HP

Sonata Eco 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

178 HP

Sonata 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

Sonata 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Altima Sedan is faster than the Hyundai Sonata:

 

Altima Sedan 2.5

Altima Sedan 3.5

Sonata Eco

Sonata 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

5.9 sec

7.8 sec

8.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

14.2 sec

16.1 sec

16.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Sonata:

 

 

Altima Sedan

Sonata

 

 

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

27 city/39 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/37 hwy

25 city/36 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

3.5 V6/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

21 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Altima Sedan stops shorter than the Sonata:

 

Altima Sedan

Sonata

 

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

155 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Altima Sedan has larger standard tires than the Sonata (215/60R16 vs. 205/65R16).

The Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sonata SE/Eco’s standard 65 series tires.

The Altima Sedan 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 Sonata doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Altima Sedan 2.5 SL handles at .84 G’s, while the Sonata Eco pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Sonata Eco (27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Altima Sedan 2.5 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Sonata doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Altima Sedan easier. The Altima Sedan’s trunk lift-over height is 26.5 inches, while the Sonata’s liftover is 28.6 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Altima Sedan offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Sonata doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

If the front windows are left down on the Altima Sedan the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Sonata can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Altima Sedan’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sonata’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Altima Sedan’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Sonata’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Altima Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Sonata because typical repairs cost much less on the Altima Sedan than the Sonata, including $96 less for a water pump, $237 less for an alternator, $1 less for front brake pads and $54 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima Sedan second among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Sonata isn’t in the top three.

The Nissan Altima Sedan outsold the Hyundai Sonata by 49% during the 2016 model year.

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