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Compare 2008 Hyundai Sonata vs 2008 Nissan Altima

2008 Hyundai Sonata
2008 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic GLS 21 30 $18,083 $18,870
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Limited 21 30 $21,035 $22,470
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS 21 31 $16,949 $17,670
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE 21 31 $18,548 $19,570
Sonata 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 28 $20,208 $21,120
Sonata 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic Limited 19 28 $22,608 $24,170
Sonata 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 19 28 $21,026 $22,220
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2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S ULEV 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S ULEV 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,956 $25,850
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $23,495 $25,350
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S ULEV 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL ULEV 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 23 32 $18,243 $18,620
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,196 $20,470
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S ULEV 23 31 $19,196 $20,470
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 ULEV 23 31 $18,243 $18,620
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $23,881 $25,480
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,142 $24,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $26,565 $28,670
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $22,681 $24,470
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,083
$20,112
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,870
$21,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$315 / month
$358 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you can live without top-level refinement and the absolutely latest technology, 2008 Hyundai Sonata is a fine little mid-size sedan, and considering its price, a genuine value. The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 52.4
Front Leg Room (in)
43.7 42.5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.5 54.2
Second Leg Room (in)
37.4 34.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.1 39.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
105.4 89.7
Second Hip Room (in)
55.3 47.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 53.9
Second Head Room (in)
38.2 35.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 55.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
107.4 105.3
Liftover Height (in)
NA 26.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.1 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.0 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
188.9 182.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 7.4
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.7 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 34.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.3 2.83
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.9 16.2
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact T135/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60VR16 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60VR16 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)
3266 3095
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
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 -
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
164 @ 4250 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
NA QR25
Displacement
2.4L/146 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
162 @ 5800 175 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.77 5.80
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 2.35 - 0.39
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Type
4 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.48 1.75
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Sonata Nissan Altima
Suspension
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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.59 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double-wishbone w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.98 0.86

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