2020 Nissan Altima vs. 2019 Hyundai Sonata

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  • Available Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo) engine – Altima’s available 2.0-liter 4-cylinder VC-Turbo engine reacts to driver input and seamlessly changes its compression ratio to deliver near V6-level performance and torque or the fuel efficiency of a 4-cylinder. Sonata offers a 4-cylinder and a non-variable compression turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.
  • Available all-wheel drive1 – Altima’s available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive can automatically direct up to 50% of the power to the rear wheels for improved traction under various road conditions. When all-wheel drive is not needed, Altima operates in 100% front-wheel drive for maximum fuel efficiency. Sonata is available in front-wheel drive only.
  • Available advanced drive assist system (ProPILOT Assist2) (vs. no Steering Assist) – ProPILOT Assist eases the driver’s workload by automatically adjusting the vehicle’s set speed and following distance to other cars according to the flow of traffic. It can also help keep the vehicle centered in its lane when lane markings are visible. Sonata offers Smart Cruise Control to help the vehicle maintain distance from other cars, but its Lane Keeping Assist system only corrects the vehicle when it drifts toward the edge of its marked lane, unlike Altima’s lane centering system.
  • Standard Intelligent Forward Collision Warning3 (I-FCW) (vs. available and not intelligent) – Altima’s standard Intelligent Forward Collision Warning system helps alert the driver to a potential frontal collision by monitoring the vehicle in front of the vehicle immediately ahead. If the system detects a potential collision, it alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings. Sonata’s available forward collision warning system monitors only the vehicle directly ahead.
  • Available Rear Automatic Braking4 (RAB) – Altima’s available Rear Automatic Braking helps detect large stationary objects when backing up, and if necessary, may apply the brakes to help avoid a collision. Sonata does not offer this safety feature.

Additional Advantages

  • Available sequential multi-point fuel injection (VC-Turbo)
  • Standard Dual-Pinion Electric Power Steering (DP-EPS) (vs. available)
  • Intelligent Trace Control5 (I-TC)
  • Active Ride Control (ARC)
  • Larger available wheels and tires
  • Available fog lights
  • Zero Gravity front seats
  • Standard D-shaped steering wheel (vs. available)
  • Intelligent Auto Headlights (I-AH) with windshield wiper interlock (vs. no wiper interlock)
  • 2 Type-A and 2 Type-C USB ports (vs. 2 Type-A only)
  • Rear Door Alert6
  • Standard Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition (vs. available)
  • Standard Remote Engine Start (vs. available)
  • Available Nissan Door to Door Navigation7
  • Available Traffic Sign Recognition8 (TSR)
  • Intelligent Driver Alertness9 (I-DA)
  • Standard Advanced Drive-Assist® Display (vs. available)
  • Seat-mounted rear passenger side-impact supplemental air bags10
  • Easy-Fill Tire Alert
  • Standard Automatic Emergency Braking11 (AEB) (vs. available)
  • Available Intelligent Around View® Monitor12 (I-AVM)
  • Available Active Noise Cancellation
  • SiriusXM® Advanced Audio Features13
  • Better fuel economy estimates (2.0 VC-Turbo vs. 2.0 Turbo)


hyundai sonata rear view

Sonata is Hyundai’s midsize sedan. It is available in five trim levels and two engine choices. SE, SEL, Sport, and Limited are powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with gasoline direct injection. The performance-oriented Limited 2.0T has a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. A hybrid model is also available in two trim levels (SE and Limited).

The 2.4-liter engine is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission, but the 2.0-liter turbo has an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Sonata is a well-equipped front-wheel-drive sedan that offers conservative styling. Altima responds with available all-wheel drive, more athletic exterior styling, a premium interior, and a longer list of advanced comfort, convenience, and safety technologies.


Sonata carries over with the following changes:

  • Sport+ is now Sport and Limited 2.0T+ is now Limited 2.0T

hyundai sonata interior


Altima Sonata
Platinum FWD/AWD
Platinum VC-Turbo FWD Limited 2.0T
Hybrid SE, Limited


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1 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive cannot prevent collisions or provide enhanced traction in all conditions. Always monitor traffic and weather conditions.
2 ProPILOT Assist cannot prevent collisions. It is the driver’s responsibility to be in control of the vehicle at all times. Always monitor traffic conditions and keep both hands on the steering wheel. System operates only when lane markings are detected. Does not function in all weather, traffic and road conditions. System has limited control capability and the driver may need to steer, brake or accelerate at any time to maintain safety. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
3 Intelligent Forward Collision Warning cannot prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
4 Rear Automatic Braking cannot prevent all collisions and may not provide warning or braking in all conditions. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving and brake as needed to prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
5 Intelligent Trace Control cannot prevent collisions or loss of control. Driver should remain in control of vehicle at all times. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
6 Does not detect people or cargo. Always check rear seat before exiting.
7 Never program while driving. GPS mapping may not be detailed in all areas or reflect current road status.
8 Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) may not detect and read all traffic signs in all conditions. Driver should monitor all traffic signs and obey all traffic laws.
9 Intelligent Driver Alertness cannot provide a warning in every situation. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
10 Air bags are only a supplemental restraint system. Always wear your seat belt. Rear-facing child restraints should not be placed in the front-passenger’s seat. All children 12 and under should ride in the rear seat properly secured in child restraints, booster seats, or seat belts according to their size. Air bags will only inflate in certain accidents. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
11 Automatic Emergency Braking cannot prevent all collisions and may not provide warning or braking in all conditions. Driver should monitor traffic conditions and brake as needed to prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
12 Intelligent Around View Monitor cannot eliminate blind spots and may not detect every object. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
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