2011 Nissan
Maxima SV
vs. 2012 Hyundai
Sonata Limited

2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited

10.0

starting from

$27,105
"The Sonata's fuel economy is slightly above average for a family sedan."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sonata's performance
"Upscale interior."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sonata's interior quality

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Sonata Limited

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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
2011 Nissan Maxima SV

9.4

Runner-up

Nissan Maxima SV

starting from

$35,210

Reasons to buy the Nissan Maxima SV

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Passenger power seats
Standard
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Sporty performance
12.3 lb/hp
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Entertainment system
Optional
Cost 10.0 vs 8.8
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited Winner: Sonata Limited
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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
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Safety Features - vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Performance - vs 10.0
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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 - vs 10.0
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  • Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Sonata Limited in particular gets exceptional range
  • Both have roomy front seats, however the Sonata Limited in particular is spacious
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.4

Cost

Hyundai
Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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MSRP $27,105 vs $35,210 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 24 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Sonata Limited's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Maxima SV's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 3 year The Sonata Limited's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Maxima SV's warranty is very limited

Luxury Features

Hyundai
Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Safety Features

Hyundai
Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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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

Hyundai
Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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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 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Hyundai
Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Horsepower 198 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM The Maxima SV is fairly powerful, but the Sonata Limited is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs Continuously variable The Sonata Limited has an OK number of gears, while the Maxima SV has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The Sonata Limited's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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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 16.7 lb/hp vs 12.3 lb/hp The Maxima SV is a sporty car, while the Sonata Limited 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 35.8 ft vs 37.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Hyundai
Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 648 miles vs 520 miles Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Sonata Limited in particular gets exceptional range
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Cargo space 16.4 ft3 vs 14.2 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 58.2 ft3 vs 54.9 ft3 Both have roomy front seats, however the Sonata Limited 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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders Unknown vs 6
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 9
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Yes
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Maxima SV's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Maxima SV; but it's not available at all on the Sonata Limited

Road Tests

Hyundai
Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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0-60 mph 7.7 seconds vs 6.2 seconds The Maxima SV has a good 0-60 time, but the Sonata Limited is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 127 ft vs 128 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 15.8 s @ 90 mph vs 14.7 s @ 99 mph The Maxima SV's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Sonata Limited's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

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2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2011 Toyota Camry XLE Maxima SV vs Camry XLE
2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Maxima SV vs Altima 3.5 SR
2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Maxima SV vs Malibu LT
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Sonata Limited vs Elantra GLS
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 Sonata Limited vs Genesis 4.6
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2011 Toyota Prius Four Sonata Limited vs Prius Four
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Sonata Limited vs Accent GLS
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sonata Limited vs Jetta TDI

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