Looking for something fresh in the midsize sedan segment? At Crown Nissan of Greenville, we don’t blame you, and the designers at Nissan thought it was time for a change as well. That’s why the 2013 Nissan Altima is fully redesigned to meet the needs of the modern driver. The Altima faces off against options like the 2013 Toyota Camry and 2013 Hyundai Sonata. With the Sonata already hitting some showrooms, let’s see how the two stack up.
The Nissan Altima is available in three trims—S, SV, and SL—with 2.5-liter and 3.5-liter engine options in each. The Sonata is available in GLS, SE, and Limited trims with a standard 2.4-liter engine. The Altima’s standard 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine is EPA estimated at an incredible 27 mpg city and 38 mpg highway, while still clocking in at 182 horsepower. The standard Sonata engine is slightly more powerful at 198 horsepower, but is only estimated at 24 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. If you’re a daily commuter or a frequent road-tripper, that difference can add up quick.
The Altima’s 3.5-liter engine ramps the horsepower up to 270 with 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, and is available on all trims. For the Sonata’s 274-horsepower 2.0-liter Turbo GDI, you’ll have to choose at least the mid-level SE.
When it comes to sedans, comfort and technology is just as important as what’s under the hood. Most buyers in the segment want a well-equipped, comfortable vehicle that doesn’t break the bank, and the 2013 Altima doesn’t disappoint. The Altima’s body-panel gaps are laser-measured for accuracy, which goes to show the level of detail you can expect from this model. A power sliding moonroof is available on the 2.5 Altima SV and standard on the 2.5 Altima SL and above. The Sonata SE features a similar available power sunroof (standard on the Sonata Limited). Chrome-tipped dual exhaust outlets are also standard—on the Sonata, these are an available feature.
On the inside, both sedans feature standard power driver windows, door locks, side mirrors, and remote keyless entry. However, Nissan went the extra step and made push button ignition standard—on the Sonata, this is standard only on the SE and Limited. The Altima’s designers also used NASA research to optimize the Altima’s seats for comfort and to reduce fatigue. The Altima’s seats are cloth-trimmed with 6-way power adjustment on the driver’s seat (8-way on the SL). In contrast, 8-way driver power adjustment is optional on the Sonata GLS and standard on the SE and Limited.
The Altima and Sonata both feature steering-wheel mounted controls for the audio system and Bluetooth® Hands-Free system. The Altima also comes standard Nissan Advanced Drive-Assist™ 4-inch in-dash display with real-time vehicle information and available navigation. Other Altima technology features include a standard Rearview monitor on the SV and SL models and a HomeLink™ Universal Transceiver on the SL and 3.5 SV (optional on the 2.5 SV). On the Sonata, an advanced trip computer and Blue Link® telematics system is standard—a rearview camera is optional on SE and Limited models, and HomeLink™ is standard on the Limited.
Both sedans feature similar safety systems. Every Altima comes standard with the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with seat belt sensors and front occupant classification sensor—the Sonata also features an air bag system with front occupant classification sensor. The Altima and Sonata also both feature anti-lock braking, traction control, front and rear crumple zones, and other features designed to keep you secure in your ride.
The 2013 Nissan Altima has a starting MSRP of $22,500, while the 2013 Hyundai Sonata has a slightly lower starting price of $20,895. The mid-range models are much closer in price, though: $24,100 MSRP for the Altima 2.5 SV and $23,345 MSRP for the Sonata SE. With standard mid-range features like a Rearview monitor and higher fuel economy, we think the 2013 Nissan Altima delivers premium value. Come experience it for yourself at Crown Nissan of Greenville.