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Hyundai Sonata

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2020 Hyundai Sonata Ratings & Reliability
The redesigned Sonata has a sleek, coupe-like silhouette, with headlights that extend up the hood. The cabin has some nice design flourishes, although we lament the use of buttons for the gear selector. An 8-inch touch screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility comes standard. A panoramic sunroof, wireless smartphone charging, heated and cooled front seats, and a premium sound system are optional. Android phone users will be able to swap the Sonata's key for an app. There are two four-cylinder engines: 180-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter and 191-hp, 2.5-liter. Both are coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard advanced safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, lane centering, and rear cross-traffic warning with braking.
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2019 Hyundai Sonata Ratings & Reliability
This competitive sedan stands out for, among other attributes, its excellent rear-seat room, easy cabin access, and user-friendly controls. Handling is taut and secure, but the ride is on the firm side, and it's no longer as comfortable as it was before the 2018 freshening. The base 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine is coupled to a smooth six-speed automatic that returns 28 mpg overall in our tests. A more powerful 2.0-liter turbo mated to an eight-speed automatic is optional. The Eco uses a 1.6-liter, turbo four-cylinder paired with a seven-speed automatic. Outward visibility is a strong point. Blind spot warning is standard; forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, optional. Plug-in and hybrid versions are available; the latter returned an impressive 39 mpg overall in our tests. The generous interior makes for a very pleasant sedan.
2015 Redesign Year
Hyundai Sonata 2018
The 2015 Sonata models may be less stylish than the previous generation but it remains a roomy, comfortable riding sedan with easy to use controls. The rear seat is particularly generous. Handling isn't particularly engaging, but secure. Most versions have a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic that make for an unobtrusive powertrain. We got 28 mpg overall. High end versions get a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo that makes the car quicker and quieter. The hybrid version has the same virtues, but with the added initial boost of the electric drive. Unlike other hybrids, it has a conventional automatic transmission rather than a continuously variable one, giving the car a more natural feel. We got an impressive 39 mpg with it.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $16,500 - $24,225 $13,455 - $21,855
2017 $14,150 - $21,425 $11,240 - $19,155
2016 $12,725 - $19,200 $9,835 - $16,935
2015 $11,200 - $15,625 $8,370 - $12,470
2011 Redesign Year
Hyundai Sonata 2014
The 2011 to 2014 generation was a major leap forward in terms of style and capability. The base four-cylinder supplies reasonable acceleration and returned 27 mpg overall in our testing. We also tested the more powerful 2.0-liter turbo that gives the car more oomph and got 25 mpg overall. Controls are easy to use. Handling is fairly nimble, but the ride is rather firm. Road noise is evident in all versions, which makes the car feel less substantial. We suggest finding a Sonata with the optional power driver's seat; otherwise the seat might be too low and lack some adjustments. The swoopy styling made for challenging rear visibility and rear-seat access.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2014 $9,825 - $12,525 $7,050 - $9,550
2013 $7,525 - $9,950 $4,835 - $7,085
2012 $6,675 - $8,025 $4,035 - $5,285
2011 $5,700 - $7,150 $3,090 - $4,455
2006 Redesign Year
Hyundai Sonata 2010
Although stability control and side curtain airbags became standard for the 2006 Sonata, don't expect this generation to provide the same level of crash protection as the more recent Sonata models. The four-cylinder engine averaged 26 mpg, which was very good for that vintage. High-end versions came with a 3.3-liter V6, which was quieter and made the car smoother and quicker, but averaged only 21 mpg. Handling was rather ponderous, but ultimately secure. The ride seems absorbent at first, but broken pavement punches through in a pronounced way. The seats aren't very supportive, but the rear is roomy and visibility is unrestricted. Controls are easy to use.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2010 $5,225 - $6,600 $2,595 - $3,895
2009 $4,525 - $5,400 $1,995 - $2,745
2008 $4,025 - $5,000 $1,595 - $2,395
2007 $3,650 - $3,975 $1,295 - $1,545
2006 $2,525 - $3,725 $590 - $1,340
Hyundai Sonata 2005
The Sonata grew larger and benefited from a much-improved interior design. The standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine got more power, and a 3.0-liter V6 was optional. The Sonata was redesigned 1999, gaining a more refined V6 and a quieter interior. It has a decent ride and secure, if not very nimble, handling. 2002 brought a facelift and a larger V6.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2005 $2,450 - $3,025 $510 - $970
2004 $2,450 - $2,725 $510 - $715
2003 $2,450 - $2,725 $510 - $715
2002 $2,450 - $2,525 $510 - $570
2001 $2,450 $510
2000 $2,450 $510