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#1479 of 5326 Re: Sonata 2011 vs Altima 2010 [shabadoo25]
Mar 17, 2010 (5:37 am)
The warranty definitely put my mind at ease too.. when I realized that some cars only come with a 36,000 mile powertrain warranty, I was appauled. Things can go wrong with any car, but the Hyundais have always seemed to hold up well.
If it makes you feel better, I had a 2004 Sonata V6 with 151,000 miles on it, the only thing that went wrong was a sensor ($100) and the AC compressor went right at the end ($575). The car still ran well except for no air conditioning at the end which I didn't want to shell out to fix given how many miles I do. Not bad considering the transmission repairs and other things that occur with some cars that get that old.
#1480 of 5326 Re: Sonata 2011 vs Altima 2010 [busterbrit]
Mar 17, 2010 (5:58 am)
I'm looking at either getting the Sonata 2011 limited (no nav.) or the Altima 2010 2.5 SL.
I really like the Sonata but I'm a little nervous getting a new model so soon.
Any thoughts would be very helpful.
This is literally keeping me up at night and I have to decide in the next day or two.
I was in your same position a couple of weeks ago when I was looking at both cars. Here are my thoughts on the two cars.
Exterior - Sonata - sporty, European. Altima - Conservative but classy. However the bulging rear tail lamps are an accident waiting to happen.
Interior - Sonata - high tech, classy. Altima - Nice but nothing special. Orange digital readouts look out of date.
Seating comfort - Sonata - outstanding comfort in front seat and back but back seat headroom a bit low. Altima - good comfort in front seat but shoulder room a bit cramped. Back seat cramped.
Engine performance - Sonata - smooth, powerful engine, excellent 6 speed auto transmission. Altima - engine has good power but noisy. CVT transmission seemed weird to me.
Ride - Sonata - soft and quiet but good handling. Altima - soft and quiet (except for engine noise) with good handling.
Trunk - Sonata - huge trunk. Altima - trunk OK but smaller than Sonata.
Cost - Sonata with the features I wanted about $2000 less than Altima.
To me the Sonata was, by far, the better car (and the better buy).
Mar 17, 2010 (6:00 am)
Who else is waiting for the Turbo to be released?
We have a Veracruz and Azera and one of them will be traded on the turbo when its available. Wonder how to mileage will suffer?
#1482 of 5326 Re: Turbo [craigmri]
Mar 17, 2010 (7:08 am)
Mileage is said not to suffer much at all.
#1483 of 5326 Re: Turbo [bobad]
Mar 17, 2010 (7:26 am)
I too am waiting on news of the turbo. I'm hoping Hyundai will add additional features with the turbo model.. Anyone know if they've done anything like this with past models? such as adding HID headlights, LED taillamps, pano roof, etc...
#1484 of 5326 Re: Sonata 2011 vs Altima 2010 [syitalian25]
Mar 17, 2010 (8:04 am)
when I realized that some cars only come with a 36,000 mile powertrain warranty,
Haven't seen many of these lately. Which manufacturer is that?
#1485 of 5326 Re: Turbo [lancep97]
Mar 17, 2010 (8:11 am)
You do realize that adding things like that would drive up the sticker price, right? There are going to be some things that will just not be offered at the price points the Sonata is operating in. I don't remember Hyundai adding an engine choice in the middle of a model year before so nothing to go on there. However, they have added little things midyear like audio controls to the steering wheel, possibly other small items like that but they didn't appear to be linked to anything else.
But, Hyundai has broken some new ground with this new Sonata so anything is possible. Personally, I'd like to see them add some elements of the SE suspension to the Limited w/ the turbo. They could do that with little extra cost I think.
#1486 of 5326 Re: Turbo [m6user]
Mar 17, 2010 (8:23 am)
I understand that it would increase the price, but I believe the turbo itself will add several thousand. I'm just hoping.. since all of these features are already included on the Korean version of the car.
I noticed the new Kia Optima has an LED strip under the headlights on the new version... hopefully Hyundai will follow suit.
Here's to hoping.
#1487 of 5326 Re: Sonata 2011 vs Altima 2010 [busterbrit]
Mar 17, 2010 (8:48 am)
I've owned 2 first year model cars. The first was an '89 Sonata. The second was a '98 Olds Intrigue. The Intrigue had a leaking rack and pinion unit after I had it about 3 weeks. GM had no replacement parts available for the car and told me it would be 6 weeks before they had one. My dealer was great and basically took another new Intrigue and took the R&P out of it and put it in my car. But GM didn't seem to care.
On the other hand my Sonata had zero problems in the 3 years I owned it. Never had to bring it in for service even once.
Obviously there's no guarantee the new Sonata isn't going to have some problems. But I was willing to take a chance on it.
#1488 of 5326 Re: Sonata 2011 vs Altima 2010 [andyfromva]
Mar 17, 2010 (8:58 am)
I just bought the Sonata SE 2011 after owning two Altimas-a 1999 and a 2003. For the monmey, the Sonata is a much better buy and so far it is flawless-six air bags, six speed asutomatic i got the SE version with the dual exhausts and paddle shifters on the steering column-everyone that has seen this car loves it and so do I-the Altima is also a good car but the style has not changed very much and the warranty on the Hyundai outdoes anyone out there. I highly recommend it.