2021 Nissan Altima vs Hyundai Sonata

2021 Nissan Altima vs Hyundai Sonata


If you are a Crystal River driver who is searching for a new mid-size sedan, you have plenty of options to choose from. While out car shopping you may come across these two models-the 2021 Nissan Altima and the 2021 Hyundai Sonata.

Here at Maus Nissan of Crystal River, we know that selecting a car that you want to drive for years to come can be a tough decision. That is why our team has put together this side-by-side comparison of these two midsize sedans.

We hope that this comparison will make the buying decision easier and help you feel more ready to schedule a test drive.


The Nissan Altima has long been a mainstay in the sedan segment and offers a comfortable cabin and a choice of two engines. It comes in the S, SV, SR, SR-VC Turbo, and SL trims.

The Hyundai Sonata comes in 5 different trims including the SE, SEL, SEL Plus, N Line, and Limited trims levels.


The Nissan Altima's offers 188 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft of torque base trim from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. AWD is available with the standard engine on every trim except the S and is included on the Platinum trim level. A 2.0-liter turbo engine is also available.

The Altima has impressive acceleration due to Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Fuel economy varies by trim and can be 27-28 mpg in the city and 37-39 mpg on the highway. AWD subtracts 1-2 mpg.

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata offers a trio of powertrains, including a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine with 191 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft of torque in the SE and SEL, as well as a 1.6-liter turbo engine in the SEL Plus and the Limited trims. Both Hyundai Sonata engines come paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel economy is 32 combined for the base trim, 21 in the SEL, and 20 mpg for all upper trims. AWD is not available in the Hyundai Sonata.



The 2021 Nissan Altima offers a roomy interior with comfortable seats and many amenities to make your drive more comfortable. It also features 60/40 split rear seats to carry larger cargo and an impressively sized trunk with generous space.

If you want a more premium look, you can upgrade to a chrome matte finish with a wood-tone trim.

The Hyundai Sonata was redesigned for 2021 and offers a sleek roofline, average rear-seat space, and a low dash.


Safety Features + Tech

 All trims of the Nissan Altima come with standard:

  • Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning

Plus, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are optional on the S, but standard on all other trims. On the SL, Platinum, and 2.0 SR, Nissan's ProPilot Assist offers adaptive cruise control and semi-automated lane centering.

All trims except the S have an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Leather is available on the SL trim level, which comes equipped with heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and navigation. A 360-degree monitor is also exclusive to the Platinum trim.

All trim levels of the Hyundai Sonata come equipped with:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist
  • Automatic high beams

The SEL trim and above offers blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and Hyundai's Safe Exit Warning. The Limited comes with a rearward camera feed when the turn signal is in use. Available features also include Highway Driving Assist sterling-assisted cruise control, a head-up display, and a 360-degree monitor.


Bottom Line

If you are looking for a fuel-efficient mid-size sedan that is practical and won't break the bank, the 2021 Nissan Altima should be at the top of your list. Nissan offers a highly efficient powertrain with impressive fuel economy and has AWD available. That's right, Nissan provides the power of all four wheels on a mid-size sedan with the new Altima AWD option, a feature that Hyundai does not offer on the Sonata.

Further, the hot weather in Florida will be no match for your Nissan Altima, thanks to the remote engine start that can cool down your car before you get in. This feature is not available on the 2021 Hyundai Sonata.


Test Drive a 2021 Nissan Altima

Ready to get behind the wheel of the 2021 Nissan Altima for a test drive? Come visit our showroom at Maus Nissan of Crystal River or give our friendly sales team a call today - (352) 592-6287.


 We know you will love the AWD option on the Nissan Altima!

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