The Hyundai Sonata used to have an easy job for three generations it was the top-of-the-line car for Hyundai. All it had to do was be a little bigger and better than the model under it to fit in the line up. But that changed mid-way through the thierd generation with the introduction of the XG in 2001. Suddenly the Sonata not only had to be the next level up from the Elantra, but it had to be a transition car for the XG. Now in its fourth generation (debuted in 2006), the Sonata is the exact middle sedan for Hyundai. It is the transition car that takes people from the budget-minded Accent and Elantra, and get them ready for the more luxury-minded Azura and Genesis.
Hyundais are getting more respect in our fleet. They are not performance cars or luxury cars, but they are beginning to show that they are decent cars for the money. The Sonata-based Santa Fe SUV we had in our fleet was a solid performer that made its most friends when it came down to the price point. The exact same feelings came back in our Sonata.
Hyundai announced today at the Chicago Auto Show the pricing for the all new 2009 Sonata. With an all-new interior, enhanced suspensions and revised powertrains boasting even more horsepower and improved fuel economy, the new Sonata is now on sale at Hyundai dealerships. Pricing start at $18,795 for the Sonata GLS and go up to $26,345 for the Sonata Limited.
For 2009, Sonata raises the bar for value and standard safety technology in the mid-size segment. Hyundai’s sales leader boasts new features ranging from standard USB/iPod auxiliary inputs to available navigation and sport-tuned suspension. Combined with Sonata’s continued leadership in safety – it remains the only mid-size sedan under $20,000 with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) – the 2009 American-made Sonata is the smartest choice in the competitive mid-size sedan segment.
The new, second-generation Theta II 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine delivers more horsepower and quicker acceleration. Fuel economy numbers are 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway with the standard five-speed manual transmission or the newly available five-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®. The Theta II is rated at 175 horsepower and 168 lb.-ft. of torque. This high-tech, all-aluminum, 16-valve engine now features Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) on both camshafts and a Variable Induction System (VIS) for better engine breathing.
Sonata’s 3.3-liter V6 engine now pumps out 15 more horsepower and three more pound-feet of torque (249 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 229 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm). This newly refined powerplant features all-aluminum construction, dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, CVVT on both camshafts and stiffer hydraulic engine mounts for optimum power, efficiency and refinement. A variable intake system is added for 2009, which further broadens its power curve, improving off-the-line acceleration and passing performance. New mileage figures for V6-powered Sonatas are 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway.
Hyundai will unveil at the Chicago Auto Show the 2009 Sonata that features an all-new interior, enhanced suspensions and revised powertrains boasting both improved fuel economy and horsepower. It will be available in three different trims: GLS, SE and Limited. Sales will begin later this month.
The 2009 Sonata will be powered by Theta II 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine that delivers more horsepower and quicker acceleration, while also improving fuel economy. The Theta II is rated at 175 horsepower and 168 lb.-ft. of torque.
The V6 engine has also been improved: it now pumps out 15 more horsepower and three more pound-feet of torque (249 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 229 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm).
For 2009, Sonata raises the bar for value and standard safety technology in the mid-size segment. Hyundai’s sales leader boasts new features ranging from standard USB/iPod auxiliary inputs to available navigation and sport-tuned suspension. Combined with Sonata’s continued leadership in safety - it remains the only mid-size sedan under $20,000 with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) - the 2009 American-made Sonata is the smartest choice in the competitive mid-size sedan segment.
Hyundai announced today pricing for the 2008 Sonata. The 2008 line-up will come powered by the uel-efficient 2.4-liter DOHC inline-four cylinder engine in all trim levels, including SE and Limited models, for the first time. The GLS will be powered by a V6 engine. The sporty SE version has also been upgraded with standard performance tires, decklid spoiler and a power driver seat. The previously optional Infinity(R) AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio(R)/6-CD Changer/MP3 audio system is now standard (...) More
Posted on 05.8.2007 19:00 by Andrew Coman , Blas Nicusor
Recognized as the best family sedan in 2006, the 2007 Hyundai Sonata is remarked as the best in class midsize. Highly competitive the new 2007 hyundai quickly set the benchmark for its value and standard safety technology in the midsize segment.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named the Hyundai Sonata GLS and Azera Limited “Best in Class” in the annual buyer’s guide “Best of 2007 Cars” awards. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance editors and analysts evaluated nearly 500 new models and selected winners in nine price categories from small economy cars to crossovers, large SUVs and luxury sedans. They also assessed sticker and dealer prices, projected resale values and fuel costs. The Azera Limited beat the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima for “Best (...) More