Nissan Altima vs Hyundai Sonata Full Comparison


We continue to compare the most popular mid size sedans. This time we compare 2015 Nissan Altima and 2015 Hyundai Sonata. Both car has similar prices, similar sizes and both represents Asian brands, but cars are specially designed to meet the needs of North American customers.

Nissan Altima vs Hyundai Sonata Design

Hyundai Sonata 2015 photos, which you can see in our slideshow, made in the traditional style called Fluidic Sculpture v. 2.0. By the way, this style has been brought to life on the other no less popular cars like 2nd generation Hyundai Genesis. Upcoming Hyundai Tucson has similar styling. In the rear, design reminds Chrysler 200. Both cars have interesting and fresh design, more youth-oriented. But in terms of the interior, Nissan has very conservative shapes, and Sonata’s interior looks more attractive and original, might say flat-looking. Both cars have good interior quality, and trimming colors and materials to choose from.

Altima vs Sonata Engines and Drivetrains

2015 Nissan Altima engine range is simple – 2.5 I4 or 3.5 V6 and that’s it. 2015 Hyundai Sonata has more advanced approach and its engine options reminds 2015 Ford Fusion – basic 2.4 4-cylinder engine, economical 1.6 turbocharged and performance 2.0 turbo. The first engine producing nearly the same amount of power as in competitors – 185 hp. Small turbocharged one which is, by the way, available only in one trim level, producing 178 hp. 2-liter turbo engine producing 245 hp, which is even more than in Fusion. As for transmissions, there are 2 possible variants – 6-speed automatic and 7-speed DCT (dual clutch) EcoShift transmission available only for 1.6 engine. Hybrid modification is also available for Hyundai Sonata. Nissan Altima offers only one CVT transmission and no hybrid modification.

Hyundai Sonata vs Nissan Altima Trim levels

Hyundai Sonata is available in 6 different trim levels (vs 5 for Nissan Altima): SE, Sport, Eco, Limited, Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T. Standard trim is really well equipped and may offer much more than Nissan Altima 2.5. The equipment list includes 16-inch alloy wheels, split folding rear seat, heated power mirrors, air conditioner, FM-AM/CD/MP3 audio system with satellite radio support, blind spots monitor. Sport trim features 17-inch alloy wheels, power driver seat with lumbar support, chrome decorated dual exhaust pipes, 5-inch color display, rear view camera, heated front seats, automatic headlights.

Eco trim has 1.6L eco engine with 7-speed dual clutch automatic, and has nearly all equipment from Sport trim, but with 16-inch wheels and chrome front trimming and without automatic headlights. Limited trim adding LED tail lights, turn indicators mounted in exterior mirrors, keyless entry with start/stop button, trunk lid auto open, blind spot detection, chrome door handles, 6-way power passenger seat, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual climate control, advanced audio system.


Sport 2.0T has sport tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lights, rear diffuser, rear cross traffic alert, sport gauges, paddle shifters, sport shift knob, aluminum pedals, sport seats, auto-dimming mirror. Limited 2.0T added panoramic sunroof, smart cruise control, electronic parking brake, lane departure warning system, forward collision warning system, parking assistant, 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, 4,2 inch color trip computer, premium sound system by Infinity, ventilated seats, LED interior lightning.

Sonata vs Altima Pricing and Fuel Efficiency

The pricing for Sonata starting at $21,150 which is less than for Nissan Altima 2.5. Sport starting at $23,175; Eco from $23,275; Limited costs $26,525; Turbocharged versions cost $28,575 and $33,525 for Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T respectively.

2015 Hyundai Sonata pricing: starting at $21,150

The fuel efficiency for 2015 Hyundai Sonata is following: 2.4L engine has 25 mpg in city and 37 in highway, which is less than Altima’s 27/38 rating. Moreover, Sport version has even less – 24 mpg for city and 35 mpg in highway. Eco modification with 1.6L engine has 28/38 mpg rating, which is quite similar with Nissan Altima standard engine. High performance turbocharged Sonata has 21/31 mpg rating, comparing with Altima 3.5 V6 with 22 mpg in city and 32 in highway.


Despite the fact that cars are similar, there are certain differences in many aspects. Hyundai is better equipped in standard trim, but has worse fuel economy, and underpowered in top trims compared to Nissan Altima. So, if you want more dynamic car with less fuel consumption, it’s better to choose Nissan. If you want more equipment for less money, better to choose Hyundai.
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