The Sonata has many of the right ingredients for success, these include power, comfort, and convenience. Further, Sonata delivers a quiet ride. It also accelerates and brakes well. The package is marred, however, by mediocre emergency handling.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Great for both acceleration and handling. What you need when you need it."

LISA M., VA (2004 Hyundai Sonata)

"The Hyundai is so reliable! So quiet, so smooth, so powerful, so elegant. The gas mileage is awful in the city but fine on the highway. We did not know we purchased a cruising car with 6 cyclinders so gas has been a massive expense all these years, but, the overall value and satisfaction makes up for that."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Hyundai Sonata)

"Easy handling."

MARSHA B., WI (2004 Hyundai Sonata)

"Six cylinder engine has much more power and acceleration than our previous 2004 with a four cylinder manual."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Hyundai Sonata)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"This car is a joy to drive. It is smooth, quiet, handles well. Only wish it got better gas mileage."

LISA M., VA (2004 Hyundai Sonata)

"Ride and handling are good. Acceleration is good Overall comfort is good. The car is quiet. The driver's seat makes my right leg numb unless I shift around."

ROBERT A., MO (2004 Hyundai Sonata)

"Comfortable"

ROBERT C., WI (2004 Hyundai Sonata)

"Had to replace the air conditioner with a brand new pump after 9 years. It failed again only 2 years later. Currently replaced it with a used pump. Repairman says the coil located in the dash could be bad."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Hyundai Sonata)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"GREAT VALUE"

DENNIS H., AL (2004 Hyundai Sonata)

"Vehicle was purchased 10years ago and never had a problem with it."

MARSHA B., WI (2004 Hyundai Sonata)

"Owned this care for 10 years (100,00 miles) never needing anything other normal maintenance until this year when front end sub-assembly rust out. There had been factory recall but was never contacted even though only the second owner. This car is very quiet, has very good acceleration for 4 cyl., and AC is great. Would definitely buy again"

FRANK T., MN (2004 Hyundai Sonata)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"GREAT STYLE"

DENNIS H., AL (2004 Hyundai Sonata)

"No chrome"

ROBERT C., WI (2004 Hyundai Sonata)

"The exterior styling and proportions are nice and the interior is tastefully designed. The car looks good in silver paint. I would prefer that the cruise control on/off switch be located on the steering wheel and that the two front cup holders were not so close together."

ROBERT A., MO (2004 Hyundai Sonata)

"Sleek stylish outside, comfortable seats"

SANDRA P., TN (2004 Hyundai Sonata)
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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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