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Features Comparison: Hyundai Sonata vs. Nissan Altima

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Model Year 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015
Model Sonata Sonata Sonata Altima Altima Altima
Trim SE ECO Sport 2.5 2.5 S 2.5 SV
Engines (show)  
2.4L I4
DOHC-4v
185 hp@6000
178 lb-ft@4000
       
turbocharged
1.6L I4
DOHC-4v
177 hp@5500
195 lb-ft@1500
         
2.5L I4
DOHC-4v
182 hp@6000
180 lb-ft@4000
     
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic        
7-speed automated manual          
CVT      
Drivetrains (show)  
FWD
Tires (show)  
205/65HR16 tires      
215/55VR17 tires        
215/60R16 tires      
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 6 speakers  
Dimension, 7 speakers (with subwoofer)        
Unbranded, 4 speakers          
Accessories (show)  
Cruise control  
First-aid kit      
Hands-free trunk or liftgateRelease latch by waving a foot beneath the bumper.        
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.    
Remote appCheck on car and remotely control various functions (locks, lights, HVAC) from a telephone or computer.      
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.        
Remote window/roof operationOperate the power windows, sunroof, and/or convertible roof using buttons on the keyfob.      
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual
Universal garage door openerHomelink.      
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.      
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.      
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Engine immobilizer (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.        
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.      
Knee airbag, driver      
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.          
Moving object detection, rearDetects moving objects near rear of vehicle when driving at parking lot speeds.          
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.        
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.  
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire  
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Torque vectoring / active trace controlUses the brakes to channel torque to the outside wheels and counteract understeer. Similar to stability control, but proactive, and acting to improve cornering performance rather than prevent loss of control.      
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo mat
Cargo net      
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.      
Apple Car Play supportRequires compatible Apple iPhone.        
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.      
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.      
Google Projected Mode supportRequires compatible Android phone.        
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.        
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.      
Rear air ventsVents at aft end of center console, in B-pillars, and/or in ceiling.          
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.  
Siri Eyes Free supportActivate Siri using button on steering wheel. Make calls, hear and dictate texts and email, manage calendar, turn-by-turn nav. Requires iPhone 4S or higher.        
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.          
Speed-sensitive wipersOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.
Telematics service, such as OnStar, with navigationIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system plus turn-by-turn navigation (no map display). For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.      
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.      
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.  
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.      
Voice textingDictate and send text messages. Usually an annual fee after a short trial period.      
Exterior (show)  
Additional chrome trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.        
Bodyside moldingsMoldings on the bodysides, to protect against door dings in parking lots.        
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.  
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.  
Sport front fascia (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Sunroof          
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.      
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.  
Automatic-off headlightsHeadlights automatically turn off.          
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.      
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.          
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.      
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.  
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.  
Interior ambient lightingLEDs in the ceiling or door panels cast a soft glow over the interior.    
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Outside temperature display
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Rear reading lights      
Speed limit informationDisplays the current speed limit. Included with nav on an increasing number of cars. No feature value here because incomplete info on availability.          
Spotter mirror(s)Auxiliary convex lens in the corner of the outside mirror that improves view of the driver's blind spot.      
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors      
Upgraded instrumentsOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.        
Visor mirror, driver          
Visor mirror, passenger          
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets  
Front sport buckets          
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench
All-weather floor matsAll-weather floormats.      
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats        
Illuminated door sill trim plates        
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.          
Leather-wrapped steering wheel      
Manual height adjuster, driver seat          
Manual height adjuster, passenger seat      
Partial leather seating sufacesEither only the front seats are leather or the upholstery is a mix of cloth and leather.          
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat  
Power height adjuster, driver seat  
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.    
Power recliner, driver seat    
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.  
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels    
Electronic systems calibration selectorVaries throttle, steering, ABS, and/or stability control calibration.      
Machined alloy wheelsOuter surface of alloy wheels machines to yield a bright finish. Replace and include value of reqular alloy wheels.          
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.      

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Option Package Contents

Blue Link

Features
Telematics service, such as OnStar, with navigation
Remote app
Voice texting

Tech Package

Features
Leather seating surfaces
Heated front seats
Dimension, 7 speakers (with subwoofer)

Tech Package

Features
Dimension, 7 speakers (with subwoofer)

Premium Package

Features
Partial leather seating sufaces
Front sport buckets

Display Audio Package

Features
Satellite radio
Rearview camera
USB port

Sport Value Package

Features
Rear spoiler

Power driver seat

Features
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power tilt adjuster, driver seat

Technology Package

Features
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
Lane departure warning system
Blind spot warning system
Traffic + travel information
Moving object detection, rear
Speed limit information

Convenience Package

Features
Sunroof

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