Compare 2009 Hyundai Sonata vs 2008 Nissan Altima

2009 Hyundai Sonata
2008 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS 21 32 $17,922 $18,700
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic GLS 22 32 $19,056 $19,900
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV GLS 22 32 $19,056 $19,900
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE 21 32 $19,436 $20,520
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 29 $21,466 $22,450
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 19 29 $22,737 $24,050
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Limited 22 32 $22,959 $24,550
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV Limited 22 32 $22,959 $24,550
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic Limited 19 29 $24,809 $26,550
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 23 32 $18,243 $18,620
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 23 31 $18,243 $18,620
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,196 $20,470
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,196 $20,470
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 SL 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $22,681 $24,470
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,142 $24,970
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $23,495 $25,350
4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $23,881 $25,480
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,956 $25,850
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $26,565 $28,670
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,922
$18,243
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,700
$18,620
Monthly Payment Estimate
$312 / month
$310 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
TheCarConnection.com still rates the Honda Accord as the family-sedan champion, but the 2009 Hyundai Sonata lands solidly in the upstart tier that includes the Mazda6, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu. The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 55.5
Front Leg Room (in)
43.7 44.1
Front Hip Room (in)
55.5 56.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
105.4 100.7
Second Leg Room (in)
37.4 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
40.1 40.6
Second Hip Room (in)
55.3 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 55.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.2 36.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
107.4 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
NA 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.1 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.0 60.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
188.9 189.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 15.3
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.02
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.7 20.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.28 2.83
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.9 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 36.1
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact T135/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3292 3112
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.3 8.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
NA 550
Engine
Fuel System
MPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
168 @ 4000 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
NA QR25
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 6000 175 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 23
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.27 3.50
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.55 1.39
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.37
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.79 1.95
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.25 3.81
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.18 1.06
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Sonata Nissan Altima
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double-wishbone w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.02 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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