A midsize sedan is the kind of car you can use in almost any situation. Vehicles like the Hyundai Sonata and Nissan Altima are designed to provide you with a comfortable interior, an efficient performance, and keep you and your passengers safe.

So, which one of these sleek sedans has what you're looking for in your next ride? Maguire Hyundai put together this Hyundai Sonata vs. Nissan Altima comparison to help drivers in Ithaca, Vestal, and Sayre decide.

Hyundai Sonata vs Nissan Altima Interior Dimensions

The Hyundai Sonata and Nissan Altima both have comfortable seating for up to five people. Each one offers a user-friendly infotainment system, a choice between cloth and leather upholstery, and plenty of room to stretch out. The Hyundai features 106.1 cubic feet of passenger space, while the Nissan gives you 100.8 cubic feet of space.


Hyundai Sonata

Nissan Altima

Headroom (front/rear)

40.4 inches/38.0 inches

39.2 inches/36.9 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

45.5 inches/35.6 inches

43.8 inches/35.2 inches

Shoulder room (front/rear)

57.9 inches/56.5 inches

58.2 inches/57.1 inches

Hip room (front/rear)

55.3 inches/56.1 inches

54.7 inches/54.5 inches


Each interior also features 60/40 split-folding rear seats. These will help you quickly access the trunk or load cargo into the cabin. With the Hyundai Sonata, your trunk will have 16.3 cubic feet of cargo room. Behind the seats in the Nissan Altima, you'll have a roomy 15.4 cubic feet of cargo room.

Hyundai Sonata vs Nissan Altima Specs


Both the Hyundai Sonata and Nissan Altima offer two powertrains. Whichever option you choose, you'll be able to take a long drive thanks to their excellent fuel economy. 

The most efficient option under the hood of the Hyundai Sonata is a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. This works with a 6-speed automatic transmission and gets up to an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city and 35 MPG highway.

The Nissan Altima offers a similar output. Its base engine is a 2.5L 4-cylinder that gets up to 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. It features a standard Xtronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The CVT helps it reach an EPA-estimated 28 MPG city and 39 MPG highway.

Hyundai Sonata vs Nissan Altima Safety

The Hyundai Sonata and Nissan Altima both offer a safe and stable drive with an advanced airbag system and a Traction Control System. The cabin of each car features Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) and side-curtain airbags that cover both rows of seats.

You can also rely on several driver assistance features to watch out for you. These offer more awareness and can prevent accidents before they occur. Some of the features that are available in both sedans are:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist
  • Rearview Camera

Test Drive a Midsize Sedan

Visit Maguire Hyundai to test drive a reliable midsize sedan and learn more about this Hyundai Sonata vs. Nissan Altima comparison. Both models offer drivers in Ithaca, Vestal, and Sayre a comfortable ride, great fuel economy, and peace of mind in a stylish sedan.

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