2011 Nissan
Maxima SV
vs. 2012 Hyundai
Sonata GLS

2011 Nissan Maxima SV

9.4

starting from

$35,210

Reasons to buy the Nissan Maxima SV

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Leather
Standard
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Passenger power seats
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Moon roof
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2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

8.3

Runner-up

Hyundai Sonata GLS

starting from

$20,455
"Most powerful and most efficient 4-cylinder in its class."
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"We’d call it too good to be true."
autoguide.com | talking about the Sonata's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Sonata GLS

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Average number of gears
6
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Good highway fuel efficiency
35 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • Leather comes standard on the Maxima SV; the Sonata GLS only offers cloth seats
  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Maxima SV's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Maxima SV's power seats; not available on the Sonata GLS
Cost 8.8 vs 10.0
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Winner: Sonata GLS
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 24 mpg vs 19 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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  • Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have roomy front seats, however the Sonata GLS in particular is spacious
  • Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Sonata GLS in particular gets exceptional range
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.4 vs 8.3

Luxury Features

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
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Sonata GLS
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Maxima SV's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Maxima SV's power seats; not available on the Sonata GLS
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Maxima SV; the Sonata GLS only offers cloth seats

Cost

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Hyundai
Sonata GLS
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MSRP $35,210 vs $20,455 The Sonata GLS has a great price and the Maxima SV is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 24 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Sonata GLS's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Maxima SV's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Sonata GLS's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Maxima SV's warranty is very limited

Safety Features

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Maxima SV
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Hyundai
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 5 stars Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 5 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 5 stars

Performance

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Hyundai
Sonata GLS
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Horsepower 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 198 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Maxima SV is fairly powerful, but the Sonata GLS is not far behind
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Sonata GLS has an OK number of gears, while the Maxima SV has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Maxima SV's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.3 lb/hp vs 16.0 lb/hp The Maxima SV is a sporty car, while the Sonata GLS is just average
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 35.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Hyundai
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 520 miles vs 648 miles Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Sonata GLS in particular gets exceptional range
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Cargo space 14.2 ft3 vs 16.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.9 ft3 vs 61.0 ft3 Both have roomy front seats, however the Sonata GLS in particular is spacious
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Maxima SV offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Sonata GLS
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Cupholders 6 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Maxima SV
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2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Hyundai
Sonata GLS
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Number of speakers 9 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Maxima SV's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Maxima SV; but it's not available at all on the Sonata GLS

Road Tests

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Maxima SV
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2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Hyundai
Sonata GLS
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0-60 mph 6.2 seconds vs 7.7 seconds The Maxima SV has a good 0-60 time, but the Sonata GLS is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 127 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 14.7 s @ 99 mph vs 15.8 s @ 90 mph The Maxima SV's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Sonata GLS's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.77 g
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Top speed Unknown vs 130 mph

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2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 Sonata Limited vs Genesis 4.6
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Sonata GLS vs Elantra GLS
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