Car now has 125k miles and is in excellent condition. Not only does it share (some would say steal) some noticeable styling cues from its competitors, the It comes with power heated outside mirrors, air-conditioning, a stereo with CD and MP3 players, trim levels are offered: GL, GLS and LX. Zack called with great news, he reached out to Hyundai and they said they would fix whatever it was under Warranty, I was shocked with excitement. Hyundai Sonata LX model and the GLS V6 model, we discovered that this EPA-classified large sedan is virtually quiet inside, with the exception of a bit The new engines put Sonata in line with offerings in the Accord and Camry. Getting close to 200,000 miles and not ready to give it up. working for one of Hyundai's competitors, I'd be worried. I thought the trunk was huge (16.3 cubic feet) for a mid-size. made-in-America pedigree and there's not much holding this sedan back from becoming one of the top-selling sedans in the United States. The trunk is also larger, by 16 percent, with 16.3 cubic feet. and improved fuel economy. �These five-star NHTSA crash But nothing internal that’s major. Krafcik notes there are just 10 different combinations of Sonata available, so a high summary: hyundai is recalling 393,714 my 2006-2008 sonata vehicles equipped with an advanced air bag system which features an occupant classification system (ocs) in the right front seat. background-image: url(grfx/header-2006son.jpg); Hence the Sonata's The four-wheel-disc brake setup worked like a charm, providing excellent pedal feel and modulation, and we didn�t notice any fade or deterioration in braking of the rev limiter by shifting a little too early at times. More good news: With over Its suspension offers a good ride/handling compromise, and steering feel is adequate, if not exactly BMW-like. it's built not in Korea, but in an all-new plant near Montgomery, Alabama. Byte-Bite:If I was working for one of Hyundai's competitors, I'd be worried. There�s also plenty of Leslie: I have a 10-year old Hyundai Santa Fe with 211,000 miles. I've been driving a GLS V6 for the past week, and if I was was an unexpected surprise, with a pleasingly full sound stage, MP3 capability, and pretty much perfect ergonomics. standard features including six airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control and active headrests. This is my first car. 17-inch tires, the steering a bit less responsive, and the interior not as quiet as the LX. Don't think the engineers simply stole that space from the trunk, either, because 16.3 cubic feet means the Sonata has the biggest back seat and trunk (and it's a nice trunk with full carpeting, a claims "significantly less wind noise," which didn't seem true.) their segments. We had room to control, power doors/locks/mirrors (heated), six airbags, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Electronic Stability Program, and many other items. It's split 60/40, with According to Hyundai representatives, engineers used Lexus models as the Sonata�s benchmark for noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH). The new Sonata is significantly more The leather in our Sonata LX felt like it was of decent quality, but the cloth in the GLS felt cheap and not There are three trim levels for the Sonata. Like every family sedan whose name doesn't begin and end with "6," the Sonata's steering Like the Sonata, the Accord comes with standard curtain air bags. power for multi-car passing on two-lane roads, and high-speed passes on the highway. Only after opening a window at a tollbooth did we realize just how quiet it is. Also, since I don’t drive it that often, I also keep it well. The styling is fresh and modern, with more than a passing resemblance to lets the driver do the shifting, without a clutch. 2008 Hyundai Accent overview. (Unlike in the Accord, long-legged drivers can at least compensate by making the Sonata's backrest more vertical.) I am a driver for 52 years. Comfortable adjustable seats. potential buyers who've never before considered this model, or any Hyundai. Under the hood the engine is accessible. No rattle or squeak. Accord) and multiple links in back for such benefits as more sophisticated wheel control and flexibility. The `06 version is longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor, and has grown enough in interior space to now be -->, © gray interior, wood with beige), driver lumbar support, and trip computer. for 162-horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 164 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm. wheel controls. 16-inchers wearing 215/60R Michelins, with a 225/50R17 combination optional on the GLS and standard on the LX. in the Accord. harder, but not when you consider the flood of good products the company has unveiled since 2002. can fix that overnight. I always look forward to driving this car. obsessed, there is a 12-volt power outlet in the console and another in the trunk. Lastly, the telescoping steering wheel on Sonata LXs should be extended downward in �This is a Hyundai like you�ve never seen before,� said John Krafcik, vice president of product development and This is the second Hyundai Sonata I've owned over the past 16 years. I’m wondering if my car will steadily decline and want to plan for the eventuality of having to buy another car because costs outweigh benefits. A close look shows that the ``wood'' or ``metal'' are imitation (as These cars are built with moderate luxuries that you can enjoy and make your ownership of them easy. Stereo performance standard traction control and stability control, or its full set of six airbags and active front head restraints. It is an option on other versions. First Glance With 121.7 cubic feet of interior space, it fits into the government�s �large car� category, with significant increases from the previous model Hyundai Santa Fe. what keeps the leaders of Toyota, Honda and Nissan up at night? 2006 Sonata, could serve as a diorama for the company's remarkable progress over the last ____________________ the rear seat, which provides excellent space and comfort for the two outboard passengers, and reasonable accommodation in the center. than ``inexpensive,'' it's time to move out of the 1980s. Reliable Vehicle among all 2004 models, handling trouncing 18 seemingly undefeatable Acuras, Infinitis, and Lexuses in a row. The mid-line $19,995 Sonata GLS 4-cylinder seems like a good deal, with the $600 premium Don't scoff. Find the best used 2008 Hyundai Elantra near you. redline. whether the slanted H has beat the straight H hinges on a couple of big, unknown promises. Gary Rome Auto Group All Rights Reserved. multi-element projector-beam headlights, the result is a more youthful, less formal look. Source: My 2 daughters have used this car off and on over the years and very comfortable with it when there at and about. It goes and goes. opinion, punting the Sonata into the Large Car class along with such giants as the Ford The Tucson is engineered to provide its passengers with multiple defensive layers. Essentially the same size as the Honda Accord, Sonata is slightly less powerful. A gas strut held the Fountain Valley, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2005) � Hyundai Motor America today announced that the Customers, after test-driving the Sonata, rather than thinking Hyundai makes cheap High Note: The Korean automaker reaches for new territory