Compare 2021 Hyundai Sonata vs 2021 Nissan Altima

2021 Hyundai Sonata vs 2021 Nissan Altima
2021 Hyundai Sonata 2021 Nissan Altima
  191 hp 188 hp
Front Leg Room
  46.1 in. 43.8 in.
Alloy Wheels
  Standard Optional
Cargo Space
  16.0 cu. ft. 15.4 cu. ft.
Infotainment Display
  8-in. touchscreen 7-in. touchscreen
Drivetrain Warranty
  10 yr./100,000 mi. 5 yr./60,000 mi.

2021 Hyundai Sonata vs 2021 Nissan Altima

Serving Lexington Park, MD

Are you torn between buying a Hyundai Sonata or a Nissan Altima? These smaller sedans are in the same automotive class, so they are often compared against each other. However, despite this critical similarity, numerous differences could factor into your selection. The first difference that you may notice is the 2021 Hyundai Sonata’s more affordable base MSRP. What other standout qualities should you pay attention to?


These five-passenger sedans are both equipped with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, and they both have front-wheel drive. The 2021 Sonata is a lighter vehicle that registers with a slightly higher horsepower rating than the Altima. Specifically, the Sonata benefits from 191 horsepower, and it has an eight-speed auto transmission. The Altima only receives 188 horsepower from its engine, and the engine is combined with a continuously variable transmission.


The differences between these popular cars continue across their exterior design. The Sonata has an eye-catching design thanks to a recent refresh. Its hexagonal grille has horizontal bars flowing through it, and the grille is supported by a metallic accent bar that wraps around the lower portion of the nose. An LED light ribbon underscores the geometric headlights. The bar of light trends upward to highlight the curvature of the hood. Compared to the Altima, the Sonata has a lean, aggressive look. The Altima carries the same V-shaped grille that has been on most Nissan vehicles for years. The car also has chrome accents and wedge-shaped headlights.


Inside, the modern appeal of the Sonata continues with its beautiful dashboard design. The Altima has many of the same features as you will find in the Sonata, but its dashboard has a dated feel. Both vehicles come with a sound system, a push-button ignition, power windows, power door locks, powered front seats, USB ports, and more.

Our helpful sales team at Team Hyundai Southern Maryland is ready to tell you more about the Sonata and show off its full abilities through a test drive. To wrap up your model comparison by taking the Sonata out for a spin, contact our sales department today.