Compare 2010 Hyundai Sonata vs 2008 Nissan Altima

2010 Hyundai Sonata
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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 GLS PZEV 22 32 $19,056 $19,900
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 22 32 $20,867 $22,050
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE PZEV 22 32 $20,867 $22,050
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 Limited PZEV 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
The refined and roomy 2010 Hyundai Sonata lands solidly in the middle of a crowded field of mid-size family sedans, with just a little more value for the money than most of the rest. 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
Front Hip Room (in)
55.5 56.8
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 Volume (ft³)
105 100.7
Second Head Room (in)
38.2 36.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 55.5
Front Leg Room (in)
43.7 44.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
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
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 60.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.0 15.3
Brakes
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
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Power
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
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
Spare Tire Size
Compact T135/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1000
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
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
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
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
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 23
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Sonata Nissan Altima
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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