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Published on December 22, 2020

The range of vehicles seen on the road is getting bigger and manufacturers are working hard to make it even harder to choose. This applies to SUVs as much as it does to sedans, as the competition is so fierce.

L’Ami Junior Nissan in Saguenay near Jonquière and La Baie compares its 2021 Nissan Altima to the 2021 Hyundai Sonata, highlighting their main features.

Altima or Sonata: Japanese or Korean?

On the start line, we have two competitive mid-size sedans that are top choices for car consumers rather than big gas-guzzling SUVs.

From the outset, the 2021 Nissan Altima’s popular styling gives it an edge over the Korean brand, which is rather bland at first glance. With its efficient road handling, the 2021 Altima is available with four-wheel drive through its entire range. With its pleasant driving feel, you will enjoy touring the winding roads of Quebec and Canada.

Even more interesting, the 2021 Nissan Altima features a highly efficient 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine with 182 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque, a little less than the 2021 Sonata, but it’s still one of the best on the highway. On the inside, it’s worth noting that the Koreans didn’t manage to give the Sonata better looks or refined styling. On the other hand, the 2021 Nissan Altima is much more attractive, the finishes are of better quality and its storage spaces are generous. With its detached multimedia screen, innovative features (Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, voice recognition, hands-free text messaging, etc.) and its Japanese-style logo, the 2021 Altima is much more avant-garde than the rather ordinary Hyundai Sonata.

Thanks to a much more efficient all-wheel drive compared to the 2021 Sonata, the 2021 Nissan Altima surprises with its superior performance. Automotive expert Marc-André Gauthier goes so far as to write: “In winter, in loose snow, in slush, even on ice, we are surprised by the degree of grip it gives us in terms of acceleration and even stability” (Le Guide de l’auto 2021, p.556). This is an important detail for those who are still choosing their next sedan. Quebec often experiences harsh winters and it’s a good idea to have a vehicle that will perform on the road in all conditions.

Although the 2021 Hyundai Sonata offers respectable performance, it is inferior to its Japanese rival. As proof, the Altima is a vehicle that has been on the road since 1994 even before the Stanza and Bluebird, so it’s a timeless vehicle that climbs the ranks every year.

With its successful design, clean lines and distinctive grille, the Altima is one step ahead of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata.

In the end, while both sedans have indisputable advantages, the unbeatably-priced Nissan Altima stands apart from the 2021 Hyundai Sonata. In addition to being less expensive than the Korean car, the 2021 Altima gives you more for your money.

In closing, if I had to choose between a Japanese or a Korean brand car—in this case an Altima or a Sonata—I would turn to the Nissan Altima for a variety of reasons. First of all, its all-wheel drive is very efficient, the driving experience is fun and its interior is sleek, but that’s not all. It has a more modern look than the 2021 Sonata. Above all, the price of an Altima suits my budget perfectly and is less expensive than a Sonata; simply put, the Sonata offers you more than its Korean counterpart.

L'Ami Junior Nissan: The Right Dealer for You!

For many years, the people at L’Ami Junior Nissan in Saguenay have done things in the right order. With its exceptional service, L’Ami Junior Nissan warmly welcomes you; its dynamic team greets you with both consideration and respect.

When you walk into this dealership, you’ll know that you’re in the right place. Our sales consultants take the time to listen to you, to present you with all the options and to guide you to your final choice. With its flexible and advantageous financing solutions, the Nissan team in Saguenay will help you save big. Come and discover the all-new 2021 Altima—the car that’s made for you!

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