The Hyundai Sonata is a midsize sedan which is comfortable and attractive. Hyundai is known to build cars that are affordable as well as stylish. This midsize sedan like most vehicles of its kind comes with a front wheel drive as well as several safety features. In addition the Sonata comes with a choice of plush sporty variants and trims of your choice. What set the Sonata above the rest of its competitors are the price as well as the outstanding long term warranty. And over the years the Sonata has just kept getting better.
When it comes to a family sedan the all new Hyundai Sonata is a competitive option for any family. This new range of Hyundai comes with a strong value proposition and also displays several things that were not previously seen such as sporty driving dynamics and innovative styling. Models prior to 2006 were not a good proposition as opposed to the new Sonatas which is most definitely a solid choice when it comes to Sedans. Although the new Sonata competes in the midsize range the 2011 the EPA has classified the Sonata as a full size family sedan.
The new Sonata is available in SE, GLS and Limited trim levels. The Sonata comes well endowed and the features of the SE sport suspension tuning and of course the Sonata Limited offers its passengers luxury with additional features such as the front and rear seats being heated. There are also option packages which include a sunroof, upgrades audio system and a navigation system. The Sonatas engine is standard and offers a 2.4 liter direct injected inline four cylinder with a horsepower of 198 and 184 pound feet of torque.
The SE and the Limited Hyundai Sonata models come with a 2.0 turbo charged engine giving a 274 horsepower and 269 pounds feet of torque. The Sonata GLS has a standard six speed transmission and the other trims offer a six speed automatic which is also optional in the GLS model. With a slightly firm but comfortable ride the Sonata provides an good acceleration and responsive handling. The fuel consumption is also impressive with 30 mpg on the highway and in and around the city for conservative drivers.
However, when the Hyundai Sonata was tested there were slight concerns with regards to the electric power steering which was thought to be too light when driving at lower speeds although it was found to weight up nicely and held its grip when the Sonata was tested on winding roads. The Sonata provides ample space, has a solid build quality and comfortable seating and runs quietly which makes this a well serving commuter and family car. People looking for a new sedan show definitely take a closer look at the latest Sonata.
As opposed to the later Sonata models that were produced in 2006 to 2010 the latest model is most definitely worth consideration as the previous models only initially offered three trim levels such as the GLS, LX and the GL. Over the past years the Sonata was dramatically improved as far as trims go. The most recent development and notable is the sporty SE version which now has seventeen inch alloy wheels as well as fog lights.
The previous models produced a standard 162 horsepower and a 2.4 liter four cylinder on the GLS and GL trims. In addition a five speed manual was also standard and a four speed automatic with this type of engine was optional. On the standard SE, LX, Limited and GLS versions come with a 3.3 V6 which matched to a five speed automatic transmission. The four cylinder engine in 2008 was standardized on all trim levels and the V6 then became optional. At the same time additional trim options to the Limited and SE became available.
However in 2009 Hyundai made some big changes as the engine output was increased to 175 horsepower for the inline four and 249 horsepower for the V6. The interior of the Sonata such as the dash was also redesigned using high quality materials. In addition features such as an optional touch screen navigation system and a auxiliary audio jack were included. The newest Hyundai Sonata is on par with its competitors and is economical as well as eye catching.