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2024 Nissan Altima vs. 2024 Hyundai Sonota: Specs & Features Comparison

Posted at Mon, Jun 24, 2024 8:15 PM

Choosing between the 2024 Nissan Altima and the 2024 Hyundai Sonata can be challenging, given their impressive offerings in terms of performance, interior features, safety, and reliability. This comparison aims to highlight the key differences and advantages of each model to help you figure out which vehicle will serve you best on the streets of the greater D.C area. 

Performance Comparison

Feature 2024 Nissan Altima 2024 Hyundai Sonata
Horsepower 188 hp 191 hp
Torque 180 lb-ft 181 lb-ft
Drivetrain FWD (AWD optional) FWD
Gas Mileage (City/Highway) 28/39 mpg 27/37 mpg
Towing Capacity Not Rated Not Rated

Horsepower and Torque

The 2024 Nissan Altima comes equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the 2024 Hyundai Sonata also features a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, producing a slightly higher 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. While the difference in horsepower and torque is marginal, the Sonata does have a slight edge in this area. As you'll see in just a minute, the added power comes at the expense of fuel efficiency. 


A notable advantage of the Nissan Altima is its drivetrain options. The Altima offers Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) as standard, with an optional All-Wheel Drive (AWD) for enhanced traction and stability in various driving conditions. In contrast, the Hyundai Sonata is only available with Front-Wheel Drive (FWD), which may limit its appeal to buyers looking for AWD capabilities.

The AWD system in the Altima is particularly beneficial for drivers in the greater D.C. area and Annapolis, where rainy weather is common and occasional snowfall can occur. The added traction and control provided by AWD ensure a safer and more confident driving experience in wet and slippery conditions, which is crucial for navigating the busy and often congested streets of the capital and its surrounding regions. Additionally, in Annapolis, the AWD option is advantageous for dealing with varying weather conditions, including heavy rain and occasional icy roads in the winter. The improved traction can enhance driving safety and stability, making the Altima a reliable choice for daily commutes and longer trips in the region.

Gas Mileage

In terms of fuel efficiency, the Nissan Altima takes the lead with an EPA-rated 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. The Hyundai Sonata offers a slightly lower fuel economy, rated at 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. This makes the Altima a better option for those prioritizing fuel efficiency, particularly for highway driving.

Towing Capacity

Neither the Nissan Altima nor the Hyundai Sonata is rated for towing, which is typical for midsize sedans. Buyers looking for towing capabilities might need to consider other vehicle segments.

Interior Features and Technology Comparison

Feature 2024 Nissan Altima 2024 Hyundai Sonata
Infotainment Screen Size 8-inch 8-inch (10.25-inch optional)
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Standard Standard
Premium Audio System Optional Bose Premium Audio Optional Bose Premium Audio
Navigation System Optional Optional
Seating Material Cloth (Leather optional) Cloth (Leather optional)
Heated Seats Optional Optional
Interior Space (Passenger Volume) 100.8 cu ft 104.4 cu ft
Zero Gravity Seats Standard Not Available
NissanConnect® System Standard Not Available
Advanced Safety Features Nissan Safety Shield® 360 Hyundai SmartSense

Infotainment and Connectivity

Both the 2024 Nissan Altima and the 2024 Hyundai Sonata come equipped with an 8-inch infotainment screen as standard. However, the Altima provides an intuitive user interface that many users find easier to navigate compared to the Sonata. Both models include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features, ensuring seamless smartphone integration.

Audio and Navigation

When it comes to audio systems, both the Altima and the Sonata offer an optional Bose Premium Audio System, catering to buyers looking for enhanced sound quality. Navigation systems are also available as optional features in both models, allowing drivers to upgrade for in-dash GPS functionality. The Altima, however, includes the NissanConnect® system, which offers a more user-friendly interface and additional connected services that can be highly beneficial for tech-savvy users.

Seating and Comfort

The seating material in both the Altima and the Sonata starts with standard cloth upholstery, with optional leather seats for a more luxurious feel. Heated seats are optional in both vehicles, enhancing comfort during colder months. While the Sonata offers slightly more passenger volume, the Altima's Zero Gravity seats, designed to reduce fatigue and increase comfort on long drives, provide a unique advantage. This ergonomic seating design is particularly beneficial for daily commuters and those who frequently embark on long trips.

Advanced Safety and Driver Assistance

One area where the Nissan Altima excels is in its suite of advanced safety features. The Altima comes standard with the Nissan Safety Shield® 360, which includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and High Beam Assist. While the Sonata also offers a comprehensive safety suite, the standard inclusion of these features in the Altima provides added peace of mind and safety assurance for drivers.

Safety and Reliability Comparison

Feature 2024 Nissan Altima 2024 Hyundai Sonata
J.D. Power Reliability Rating 83/100 82/100
IIHS Overall Safety Rating Top Safety Pick+ Top Safety Pick+
IIHS Crashworthiness Good Good
IIHS Crash Avoidance & Mitigation Superior Superior

J.D. Power Reliability Rating

The 2024 Nissan Altima boasts a J.D. Power Reliability Rating of 83 out of 100, slightly edging out the 2024 Hyundai Sonata, which scores 82 out of 100. While the difference is minimal, the higher rating for the Altima indicates a marginally better overall reliability and quality, which can translate to fewer issues and greater long-term satisfaction for owners.

IIHS Safety Ratings

Both the Nissan Altima and the Hyundai Sonata have received top honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), earning the "Top Safety Pick+" designation. This rating reflects their superior performance in various crash tests and safety evaluations. Both models have achieved "Good" ratings in crashworthiness categories and "Superior" ratings in crash avoidance and mitigation, demonstrating their robust safety features and design.


While both the 2024 Nissan Altima and the 2024 Hyundai Sonata offer excellent performance, safety, and technology, the Altima stands out in several key areas. The Altima’s optional AWD system, superior fuel economy, user-friendly NissanConnect® system, and slightly better reliability rating make it an attractive choice for buyers in the greater D.C. area and Annapolis. The Altima’s advanced safety features and ergonomic seating further enhance its appeal.

We invite you to visit Annapolis Nissan at 2542 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401, or call us at 410-505-0390 to test drive the 2024 Nissan Altima and experience these features firsthand.

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