Compare 2012 Nissan Altima vs 2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Nissan Altima
2012 Hyundai Sonata
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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,699 $20,550
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 31 $22,534 $24,040
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $23,096 $24,640
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $23,697 $25,570
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $26,842 $28,970
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $28,904 $31,200
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4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,699
$18,971
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,550
$19,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$343 / month
$330 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Nissan Altima isn't as roomy as the newest mid-offerings, but as a coupe or as a sedan, it's one of the best-looking and most sporty mid-sizers. After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
56.8 55.2
Second Leg Room (in)
35.8 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
52.5 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 57.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.7 103.8
Second Head Room (in)
36.8 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.5 56.7
Front Leg Room (in)
44.1 45.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 110.0
Liftover Height (in)
27.6 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 62.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
190.7 189.8
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.0 62.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.3 16.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 1.0 11.8 x 1.1
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)
11.5 x 0.4 11.2 x 0.4
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 18.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.83 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 14.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P205/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P205/65R16
Spare Tire Size
T135/90D16 T125/80D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3180 3161
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.0 2.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 110
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 3900 184 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/- TBD - 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 5600 198 @ 6300
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 24
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.79 3.25-4.33
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.28
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Ratio Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.83
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.27
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.70
Trans Type
1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.78 3.59
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.93
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Nissan Altima Hyundai Sonata
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.68 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.86 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.9 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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