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#2521 of 3637 Re: 2012 Altima vs. Sonata - trunk space & child seat [walletless]
Dec 29, 2011 (2:37 pm)
I recommend the 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS for several reasons.
SPACE- The Sonata's passenger volume (interior space) is 104 cu ft, compared to 101 cu ft for the Altima. The Sonata's trunk has 16.4 cu ft of space vs. 15.3 cu ft for the Altima.
WARRANTY- Hyundai- Basic- 5yr/60k, Powertrain- 10yr/100k, Roadside Assistance- 5yr/Unlimited
Nissan- Basic- 3yr/36k, Powertrain- 5yr/60k, NO Roadside Assistance
FUEL ECONOMY- Hyundai- 24/35mpg vs. Nissan- 23/32mpg
SAFETY- Both cars are very safe, but the Sonata performed better in the rear-impact collision test conducted by the IIHS. It evaluates the performance of the design of the seat and head-restraint in low to moderate speed rear impacts. The Altima was rated as Acceptable, while the Sonata earned the highest rating of Good.
For 2012, all Sonatas have a new feature called BlueLink. It is a telematics system similar to OnStar in basic concept. It will automatically transmit the GPS coordinates in the event of a collision or if you call Roadside Assistance via the system. Functions such as voice navigation, remote unlock, remote start, maintenance alerts, stolen vehicle tracking and weather/traffic are also offered for a slightly higher annual fee ($79, $179 or $279/year).
One of my co-workers has a 2011 Sonata GLS and she loves it! Her only regret is that she didn't get the GLS Popular Equipment Package. For only $750, it includes Power Adjustable Driver's Seat w/ Lumbar, 16" Alloy Wheels, Automatic headlight control and Upgraded Door Panel trim. I would highly recommend it for the wheel upgrade alone! =)
Good luck and congrats on the kiddo!
#2522 of 3637 Re: 2012 Altima vs. Sonata - trunk space & child seat [walletless]
Dec 29, 2011 (3:04 pm)
The other thing is, if you are planning to buy one of these soon, do it by Jan. 2 as both Hyundai and Nissan have year-end incentives. For example, I am visiting in Central TX this week and a dealer in the Austin area is advertising $3000 off MSRP on Sonatas, not including the Military rebate which is $500 additional off. I know Nissan has year-end specials also.
And the other thing is, since both the Altima and Sonata have been around awhile in present form, you could save a lot of money by buying a slightly used car. With the Sonata, you could get one 1-2 years old and still have a lot of warranty left.
On fuel economy... although the Altima's EPA ratings are a little less than the Sonata's, I've found the Altima 2.5 with CVT is very efficient for a mid-sized car. I rented one last week (had only 1600 miles on it) and drove it over a few days and several hundred miles, and it averaged 35 mpg with mostly highway miles but also some city driving in the Chicago suburbs and Milwaukee.
#2523 of 3637 Re: 2012 Altima vs. Sonata - trunk space & child seat [backy]
Dec 29, 2011 (7:50 pm)
Thanks backy. Yes, there are some great deals going on right now for Altima. My dealer is willing to sell the Altima 2.5S for 18k + TTL
#2524 of 3637 Re: 2012 Altima vs. Sonata - trunk space & child seat [walletless]
Jan 02, 2012 (5:54 pm)
Good luck. I rented a 2011 Sonata for three weeks and the family hated the wallowy ride, enough to know the sonota out of the running of the new car race. Space was good, gadgets were good.
Make sure you are okay with the ride, on rough surfaces. It was not inspiring.
#2525 of 3637 Re: 2012 Altima vs. Sonata - trunk space & child seat [kdshapiro]
Jan 02, 2012 (6:11 pm)
Sorry, I forgot to update this thread. I bought the Nissan Altima after test driving both the car one more time.
#2526 of 3637 Re: 2012 Altima vs. Sonata - trunk space & child seat [kdshapiro]
Jan 02, 2012 (6:15 pm)
Have to agree that the Sonata I rented for a few days in Florida made me conclude it's not one I'd pick in this group. Steering was no fun at all -- no road feel, no responsiveness. Seats hurt. Front passenger seat was low and couldn't be raised. Noise was higher than I was expecting. I think the car's getting such great reviews mainly because it looks great and comes with a long list of features and is a significant step up from its predecessor.
Haven't driven an Altima, so I can't comment.
#2527 of 3637 Re: 2012 Altima vs. Sonata - trunk space & child seat [igozoomzoom]
Jan 05, 2012 (6:25 am)
Good comparison post. We just bought a 2012 Sonata GLS with the $750 popular package. Great value. Car seems good in town with first road test this weekend. We also have 2010 Buick Lacrosse that is the most quiet car we have ever been in. The Sonata is definitely more noisy - engine and wind noise. anxious to check highway MPG, wind noise and ride on highway after all the preceding posts on those subjects. Will post observations later.
#2528 of 3637 Re: 2012 Altima vs. Sonata - trunk space & child seat [kdshapiro]
Jan 09, 2012 (9:45 pm)
Like many others, I was debated Sonata vs. Altima and others top contenders in mid-size sedan category. I really wanted to like the Hyundai more. Drove it and saw the overall value--they pack a lot of features in standard, as other have said. But in the end I just felt underwhelmed by the fit and finish and, to my eyes anyway, I thought it was trying a bit too hard with the space-age look. Exterior I liked more than interior. Drove the 2012 Turbo. Plenty quick and certainly not a bad car. But just not my car. I kind of feel that there was TOO much going on with respect to the info centre (radio/nav/etc.). I found it distracting. I'm sure after a week, or less, of driving it I'd sort those points out, but I just found myself wondering whether I'd grow tired of the overall "look." And I would like to keep the car for at least 5 years. So we're looking at the Altima 3.5. Was considering Honda too, but Accord seems overpriced for what you get. I suppose, in the end, you won't go too far wrong with any of the solid contenders here.
#2529 of 3637 Re: 2012 Altima vs. Sonata - trunk space & child seat [rasputin7]
Jan 09, 2012 (11:57 pm)
If you like the Accord, I suggest you try to email all ALTIMA dealers to see how low they can get. Whatever is the lowest, you can assume that you can take that quote to a different dealer and have it beat by ATLEAST $500 (may be more). Based on what I have been seeing on the forum lately, I believe you will be able to negotiate to around $18.5k for a 2.5S base.
Then see what kind of premium you may want to pay for an Accord with comparable features, and go to the dealer and offer them lower than that target price. I'd think that the Honda brandname would atleast command a $1000 premium, so you may want to set your target to around 19.5k, and offer them initially 19k. Stick to your guns, and prepare to walk if they do not get any close to your target price. If they agree, you walk off with a car you want.. otherwise you just lose few hours trying to haggle.
Just my $0.02.. Over the years, I have learnt that you can really haggle at the dealership if you have a target price in mind. You have nothing to lose, since the salesman who spent hours negotiating the deal would hate to see you walk away without him getting any commission.
#2530 of 3637 Re: 2012 Altima vs. Sonata - trunk space & child seat [rasputin7]
Jan 10, 2012 (8:46 pm)
I did not drive the turbo bit I agree 100% with your other observations. The 3.5 might be a win for you.