Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Altima VS 2015 Hyundai Sonata Near Warner Robins, GA

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2015 Nissan Altima

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2015 Hyundai Sonata

Safety Comparison

The Altima Sedan has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Sonata doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Altima Sedan and the Sonata have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Altima Sedan is safer than the Hyundai Sonata:

Altima Sedan

Sonata

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

20%

Leg Forces (l/r)

32/46 lbs.

198/433 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Altima Sedan is safer than the Sonata:

Altima Sedan

Sonata

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head injury index

143

405

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

73 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

POOR

GOOD

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Altima Sedan is safer than the Hyundai Sonata:

Altima Sedan

Sonata

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

233

354

Spine Acceleration

58 G’s

74 G’s

Hip Force

677 lbs.

785 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

197

213

Hip Force

711 lbs.

773 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 86 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Altima Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 18th in reliability. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 27th.

Engine Comparison

The Altima Sedan has more powerful engines than the Sonata:

Horsepower

Altima Sedan 2.5 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

182 HP

Altima Sedan 3.5 3.5 DOHC V6

270 HP

Sonata Eco 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

177 HP

Sonata 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

Sonata Sport 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Altima Sedan is faster than the Hyundai Sonata:

Altima Sedan 2.5

Altima Sedan 3.5

Sonata Eco

Sonata 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

5.9 sec

7.8 sec

8.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

14.2 sec

16.1 sec

16.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan 2.5 gets better fuel mileage than the Sonata SE (27 city/38 hwy vs. 25 city/37 hwy). The EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan 2.5 gets better fuel mileage than the Sonata Sport/Limited (27 city/38 hwy vs. 24 city/35 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Altima Sedan stops shorter than the Sonata:

Altima Sedan

Sonata

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

155 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Altima Sedan has larger standard tires than the Sonata (215/60R16 vs. 205/65R16).

The Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sonata SE/Eco’s standard 65 series tires.

The Altima Sedan has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Sonata doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Altima Sedan 2.5 SL handles at .84 G’s, while the Sonata Eco pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Sonata Eco (27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Altima Sedan offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Sonata doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

If the front windows are left down on the Altima Sedan the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Sonata can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Altima Sedan’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sonata’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Altima Sedan won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue.

The Nissan Altima outsold the Hyundai Sonata by 52% during the 2014 model year.

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