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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS
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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 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 GLS 19 29 $21,466 $22,450
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 19 29 $22,737 $24,050
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic Limited 19 29 $24,809 $26,550
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
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
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
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $23,495 $25,350
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,956 $25,850
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
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
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
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $26,565 $28,670
4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $23,881 $25,480
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 SL 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,922
$18,243
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,700
$18,620
Monthly Payment Estimate
$312 / month
$310 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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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
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Midsize
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Height, Overall (in) 58.0 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.4 60.8
Wheelbase (in) 107.4 109.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.3 15.3
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.7 20.0
Steering
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
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size Compact T135/90D16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3292 3112
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.3 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) NA 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 110
Engine
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 175 @ 6000 175 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System MPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 168 @ 4000 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code NA QR25
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 32
Transmission
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
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.27 3.50
Summary
Vehicle Name Hyundai Sonata Nissan Altima
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA NA
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 -
 
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