Compare 2013 Hyundai Sonata vs 2013 Kia Optima vs 2013 Nissan Altima

2013 Hyundai Sonata
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2013 Kia Optima
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2013 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited 22 34 $25,790 $27,595
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited w/Wine Int 22 34 $25,790 $27,595
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SE 22 34 $23,727 $25,095
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS 24 35 $20,010 $20,895
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS PZEV 24 35 $20,010 $20,895
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited 24 35 $24,170 $25,845
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited PZEV 24 35 $24,170 $25,845
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited PZEV w/Wine Int 24 35 $24,170 $25,845
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited w/Wine Int 24 35 $24,170 $25,845
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic SE 24 35 $22,277 $23,545
Sonata Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 36 40 $24,248 $25,650
Sonata Hybrid 4-Door Sedan Limited 36 40 $28,674 $30,550
Sonata Hybrid 4-Door Sedan Limited w/Panoramic Sunroof Pkg 36 40 $28,674 $30,550
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4-Door Sedan EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan EX 24 35 $22,095 $23,650
Optima 4-Door Sedan LX 24 35 $20,400 $21,350
Optima 4-Door Sedan SX w/Chrome Limited Pkg 22 34 $25,040 $26,800
Optima 4-Door Sedan SX w/Limited Pkg 22 34 $25,040 $26,800
Optima Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 35 39 $29,555 $31,950
Optima Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 36 40 $24,210 $25,900
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2-Door Coupe I4 2.5 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 2.5 S 23 32 $23,910 $25,230
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 27 38 $20,356 $21,760
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 S 27 38 $20,376 $22,280
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SL 27 38 $25,283 $27,660
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SV 27 38 $22,018 $24,080
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 S 22 31 $23,550 $25,760
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SL 22 31 $27,929 $30,560
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SV 22 31 $25,831 $28,260
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,790
$22,095
$23,910
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,595
$23,650
$25,230
Monthly Payment Estimate
$460 / month
$394 / month
$421 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
With a standout design; perky performance; great gas mileage; and exceptional value for the money, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata is one of the best buys among mid-size sedans. The 2013 Kia Optima adds generous dashes of style and sophistication to what's otherwise a sensible, frugal, and spacious mid-size sedan. Briskly updated in the right ways, the 2013 Nissan Altima sedan promises good looks and great gas mileage for those who don't mind a CVT.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 24 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 35 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Midsize Cars Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 57.28 53.900
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.8 102.17 89.300
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.60 35.600
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 55.71 52.400
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 45.47 42.500
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.2 54.65 54.200
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 34.65 34.400
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 39.96 39.700
Second Hip Room (in)
54.9 54.49 47.600
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.31 5.300
Length, Overall (in)
189.8 190.7 180.900
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.28 55.900
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.5 62.8 61.200
Wheelbase (in)
110.0 110.04 105.300
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 26.200
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 72.05 70.700
Track Width, Front (in)
62.5 62.8 61.000
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.4 15.43 8.200
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 x - TBD - 11.2 x - TBD - 11.500 x 0.350
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD - 11.700 x 1.020
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.5 20.000
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.5 - TBD - 16.200
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 35.76 34.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.94 2.94 2.830
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A NA - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/45R18 P215/55R17 P215/55TR17
Spare Tire Size
T125/80D16 NA T135/90R16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R18 P215/55R17 P215/55TR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3452 3223 3124
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 6.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 6.5 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
2.8 3.6 7.200
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 600 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 110 110
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.4L/144 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
274 @ 6000 200 @ 6300 175 @ 5600
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
269 @ 1750-4500 186 @ 4250 180 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 35 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 24 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 28 26
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.800 1.80 NA
Trans Type
6 6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.385 3.38 1.750
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.637 2.63 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.885 2.88 5.790
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.386 1.38 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic w/manual shift Continuously Variable Ratio
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.772 0.77 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.212 4.21 - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Sonata Kia Optima Nissan Altima
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Coupe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
N/A - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
N/A - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.6 - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 NA - TBD -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 NA 5.9
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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