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2016 Hyundai Sonata vs 2016 Nissan Altima near Bowie, MD

Go for the Sedan That Gives You More: the 2016 Hyundai Sonata

When in the market for a reliable ride for your daily commute and weekend outings, the flood of choices can be daunting. That is why here at Pohanka Hyundai we bring you the comparison of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata vs 2016 Nissan Altima near Bowie, MD. See for yourself with facts and figures why the 2016 Hyundai Sonata clearly stands out.

To begin in, let’s start with what lies under the hood of these two sedans. The Hyundai Sonata boasts a standard 2.4L Gasoline Direct Injection 4-cylinder engine that gives out a more than capable 185 horsepower. In comparison, the Nissan Altima’s 2.5L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine will only give you 182 horsepower1. The Sonata’s second available powertrain, the 2.0L Gasoline Direct Injection 4-cylinder engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, ups the ante with an incredible 245 horsepower, and even though it falls slightly behind the 270 horsepower of the Altima’s 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine, bear in mind that the Sonata achieves this much with only a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine versus the Altima’s 3.5L V6 engine. Furthermore, the Sonata’s powertrain offers 260 lb.-ft. of torque against the Altima’s 251 lb.-ft. of torque.

Continuing with our comparison of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata vs 2016 Nissan Altima near Bowie, MD, the Sonata will give you exterior features that are not standard on the Altima, like a rear spoiler, and dual fold-away exterior mirrors that come with heating function. Moreover, all trims of the Sonata will have turn signal indicators on the external mirrors as well, with the exception of the SE model. However, on the Altima you will only get this feature on the 2.5 SL and 3.5 SL, and only as part of the Convenience Package on the 2.5 SV.  The 2016 Sonata will also give you chic standard 16-inch alloy wheels versus the 2016 Altima’s 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers. As for headlights, the Sonata offers automatic ones form the start across all of its trims. On the Altima you won’t get the Smart Auto Headlights on its basic trim at all.

In regards to convenience, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata also makes sure you have only the best. Its seats come standard with premium cloth, whereas the Altima will only provide you with common cloth furnishings. Rearview camera comes standard in the Sonata, while the Nissan Altima won’t feature its RearView Monitor2 at all on its basic trim. The Sonata also keeps you entertained with its standard HD Radio™ technology with multicasting and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio3. In the Altima you will only get the latter on some of its higher trims. And the Sonata is the first in its class4 to feature an available hands-free smart trunk and available sunshades in the rear side windows. Such conveniences aren’t even an option in the 2016 Altima.

As you can see, the Sonata has everything to offer you in this 2016 Hyundai Sonata vs 2016 Nissan Altima near Bowie, MD, comparison. Don’t hesitate to stop by Pohanka Hyundai to check it out in person. Schedule a test drive today!


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1. CA emissions (SULEV) equipment causes nominal reductions in horsepower (from 182 hp to 179 hp) and torque (from 180 lb-ft to 177 lb-ft). SULEV vehicles are available in California and some northeastern states.

2. Parking aid/convenience feature. Cannot completely eliminate blind spots. May not detect every object and does not warn of moving objects. Always check surroundings and turn to look behind you before moving vehicle.

3. SiriusXM Satellite Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link each require a subscription sold separately, or as a package, by Sirius XM Radio Inc. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter, and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at thencurrent rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel, call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change. ©2015 Sirius XM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc.

4. Class comparison based on primary midsize sedan competitors as defined by Hyundai Motor America. Competitors within this class are Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Altima and Honda Accord. Claim based on comparison of specifications on manufacturer websites. 

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