Hyundai Sonata Review – Wikicars

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Hyundai Sonata

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It’s hard to imagine, but Hyundai says that while it has one of the highest customer loyalty ratings in the industry, getting new buyers into the showroom has been a challenge. Hence the Sonata’s new tagline: “A Hyundai you’ve never seen before and true to form the redesigned Sonata has more power, more space and better fit and finish than it has ever had in the past.

A summary of all reveiewers on rates the 2006 Sonata as 5th best of 20 mid-sized cars.[1]


High Points

Acceleration (V6 )

Accident avoidence

Comfort and convenience

Gas mileage

Low Points

Performance and Handling

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The 2006 Sonata is adequately equipped with a standard 4-cylinder that offers 162HP. The 3.3-liter V6 with 235HP an available 247 HP engine in Canada are smooth yet responsive and reach cruising speed with little effort.

Acceleration is brisk in the four-cylinder and brings a grin to the face in the V6. Hyundai officials say the V6 will turn 0-60 miles per hour times of about 6.6 seconds, with a top speed of 147 mph. Shifts are executed easily with the five-speed manual. and chirping the front tires is even easier. The Shiftronic automatic transmission moves between gears smoothly, kicking down for passing with minimal hesitation.

In manual mode, the Shiftronic will upshift automatically when the engine bumps up against redline, and it declines to downshift at all, leaving that to the driver’s preferences.

Steering is light and direct, with good on-center feel and directional stability. Brakes are mostly linear, displaying little of the interference of some of the more complex EBD-equipped systems and then only in the final stages of a stop.

Nevertheless, the Sonata is equipped with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, which improves stability and reduces stopping distances by balancing brake force between the front and rear tires, and anti-lock brakes. which allow the driver to maintain steering control under hard braking. The 17-inch wheel /tire combination makes its presence known on rough pavement, where the shorter sidewalls transmit more of the road’s imperfections into the cabin. Wind and road noise is decently muted.

The suspension suffers more from what’s best described as teething than from lack of proper geometry and components. The latter are there: double wishbones in front, multi-links in back, twin-tube gas-pressure shocks and stabilizer bars all ’round, with a larger front bar in the V6 to handle the larger engine’s extra weight. But how it all works together still needs, well, work.

Against the competition, which has been refining its suspension technology for much longer than Hyundai. the Sonata feels less polished, less of a whole. Not that there’s anything wrong or necessarily lacking in the ride and handling, just that some of the transitions, in direction and between types and qualities of pavements, aren’t as smooth as the look and feel of the Sonata promises. The front end tucks in nicely as steering is cranked in, but the car doesn’t track as surely as expected.

There’s also the impression of poorly managed unsprung mass when the rear suspension crosses rough or broken pavement, which suggests the hard parts are a generation or two behind in the alloys used and how they’re formed. Still, interstate-intensive travel, even at socially irresponsible speeds, is smooth and unruffled, which is no small achievement.

Gas Mileage:

Note that the below table displays the fuel economy ratings of the revised EPA rating system which began testing in 2007.

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