AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Hyundai’s Refreshed Sonata

May 27th, 2008 at 5:18pm

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Hyundai LogoHyundai is updating its popular Sonata midsize sedan with a bunch of changes for 2009.

The current Sonata launched back in 2006. It’s a solid, sharp-looking car, but Hyundai is making it even better by giving it some important updates.

Designers have restyled the front and rear ends and completely overhauled the dashboard. The changes on the exterior are pretty minor, but the new instrument panel looks like it came right out of a Lexus.

Hyundai also improved both of the Sonata’s engines. The base four cylinder now has 175 horsepower and best-in-class fuel economy of 22 in the city and 32 on the highway. The optional V6 now makes 15 more horsepower at 249 and it also gets better gas mileage.

Even with all of these improvements the Sonata is still a great value. Base, four cylinder models start at about $19,000 while fully-loaded ones top out around 26 grand.

Click an above image to see larger photos of the 2009 Hyundai Sonata

One Comment to “AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Hyundai’s Refreshed Sonata”

  1. Tom Martin Says:

    Sounds good. I considered buying a 2003 Sonata. Everything felt cheap, door handles, radio controls, steering wheel, etc. It was easy to say no.

    I’ve not been in the 2006+ models, but I know that Hyundai is on a roll.

    Hyundai will soon be selling hybrids in the U.S. I hope they carry this quality into the hybrids. My next car will likely be a hybrid.