When we compare the 2018 Nissan Altima's and the 2018 Hyundai ELANTRA's specifications and ratings, the 2018 Nissan Altima has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, reliability, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The 2018 Hyundai ELANTRA has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for used cars, and resale value. Based on this comparison of the 2018 Nissan Altima's and the 2018 Hyundai ELANTRA's specifications and ratings, the 2018 Nissan Altima is a better car than the 2018 Hyundai ELANTRA.
2018 Nissan Altima vs. 2018 Hyundai ELANTRA Pricing
A used 2018 Nissan Altima ranges from $11,634 to $20,998 while a used 2018 Hyundai ELANTRA is priced between $10,993 to $19,997.
2018 Nissan Altima vs. 2018 Hyundai ELANTRA Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the 2018 Nissan Altima loses 48.9 percent of its value and the 2018 Hyundai ELANTRA loses 41.1 percent of its value. This means the 2018 Hyundai ELANTRA retains 7.8 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the 2018 Nissan Altima.
2018 Nissan Altima vs. 2018 Hyundai ELANTRA Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Nissan Altima is 8.3 out of 10 while the Hyundai ELANTRA's quality rating is 8.1 out of 10. This results in the Nissan Altima being ranked 7 out of 13 Best Midsize Cars and the Hyundai ELANTRA being ranked 12 out of 26 Best Compact Cars.
2018 Nissan Altima vs. 2018 Hyundai ELANTRA Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Nissan Altima is 8.2 out of 10. For the Hyundai ELANTRA the reliability rating is 7.8 out of 10. This gives the Nissan Altima a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Hyundai ELANTRA.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the 2018 Nissan Altima’s base engine makes 179 horsepower, and the 2018 Hyundai ELANTRA base engine makes 147 horsepower. The Altima is rated to deliver an average of 31 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 684 miles. The ELANTRA is rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 504 miles. This gives the 2018 Nissan Altima the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the 2018 Hyundai ELANTRA. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The 2018 Nissan Altima, a midsize car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The 2018 Hyundai ELANTRA, a compact car, has the advantage in the area of rear head room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the 2018 Nissan Altima has higher safety ratings than the 2018 Hyundai ELANTRA, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.64 out of 5 Stars.