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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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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
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2002
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2003
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags standard from 1999. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2006.
Road Test

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.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (138 hp)
  • 2.7-liter V6 (170 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Hyundai Sonata owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

“The power plug is in the passenger side of the trunk. It pulled out, and was fixed under warranty. Then pulled out again. too expensive to fix. Defect, should never have come out in the first place. A weak spot”

Jane S., OH (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

“The outlet in the trunk as the fuse blowned a few times”

Anonymous, QC (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)
Clock

“The clock does not always display, which is annoying. Again, too expensive to fix”

Jane S., OH (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

“Display disappeared and reappeared without doing anything”

Anonymous, QC (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)
Headlights

“entire headlight fixture must come out to replace lamps. Second - spring holding lamps in place if it breaks the whole headlamp assembly must be replaces. No clips sold seperately from manufactuer”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

“since the lights go offf when the key is removed, I use them as daytime running lights and we are constantly gong thru headlights”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Brake light could not shut off brake lights pin on brake pedal came out”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.7-L V6)
Horn

“expensive to replace. Stopped working after 10 years”

William B., OH (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)
Interior lights

“Hard to find overhead dome light replacements- Hundyi does not say they exist - only dashboard lights work. Dome light went out when door switch replaced”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

“one of the remote door openers stopped working”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.7-L V6)

“When the left front pass door is shut all the doors lock, even when the engine is running. Got locked out the first time it happened”

Michael P., IL (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)

“Come on when there is not a problem”

Terry B., OK (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The check engine warning light came on and the dealer got it turned on at great expense”

Richard S., CA (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Not covered under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“just broke a couple of weeks ago. never had problems with the ac before”

Anonymous, LA (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

“Noisy, bearings starting to fail. Repairs not done yet but estimated from $700 to $2,400”

Oswald H., ON (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

“not working”

Scott M., UT (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Seized”

Jimmie G., VA (2005 Hyundai Sonata LX 2.7-L V6)

“The motor and air direction assembly is one unit. So the whole unit had to be replaced than just the motor unit”

Dhiman M., ON (2005 Hyundai Sonata)

“Had a leak and continued to run low on freon. Took several times to find the problem. Still runs low on freon occasionally although we replaced the condenser”

Anonymous, MS (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.7-L V6)

“The air conditioning his not worked in this car, despite adding more coolant, for a long period of time”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“When lights on auto/off- left running lights on and discharged the battery. Had dead battery 3 times as a result of the lights”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

“Developed leak. Replaced by independent shop”

Thomas M., GA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.7-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Chrome trim around rear windows (left and right) has detached. Dealer said adhesive would not secure the trim. Mounting would need to be ordered and replaced with trim already in place. Not done due to excessive cost”

R H., FL (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Window trim came off”

Dale V., CA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)

“I've lost the chrome trim around all four doors; and I've also noticed it missing on other cars of the same make and model”

Todd M., VA (2005 Hyundai Sonata LX 2.7-L V6)

“all exterior door handle modules have lost paint due to peeling. Was originally told that even though the condition was unsightly, because not a safety issue, replacement at Hyundai expense was not allowed”

R H., FL (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The chipping is occurring mostly around the door handles and the side mirrors”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust around the rear wheel wells. Looks terrible”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Rusting & bubbled behind each rear wheel”

William B., OH (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)

“Despite applying a rustproofing treatment almost every year, the underside of the car has become very rusted. The body over the rear wheel wells has begun to rust through”

Richard G., QC (2005 Hyundai Sonata LX 2.7-L V6)

“Despite being rustproofed many times, the underside of the car is quite rusty. The exterior above the rear wheel wells has begun to rust under the paint”

Richard G., QC (2005 Hyundai Sonata LX 2.7-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Rear brakes rotors replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.7-L V6)
Parking brake

“Didn't work”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Brake pads separated from the shoes”

Anonymous, KY (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)
Regular brake failure

“Brake line ruptured due to rust”

Richard G., QC (2005 Hyundai Sonata LX 2.7-L V6)

“Replaced all brake pads in summer 2014. Car was driven about 1000 miles total over 8 months (would sit 2-3 weeks at a time). In May 2015, braking felt poor so took it to shop. Shop said all the rotors were bad and brake pads stuck due to rust. Had”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

“replace one rotor and turn another”

Anonymous, WI (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“When you first turn the car on there's a very loud whine”

Char B., AZ (2005 Hyundai Sonata LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeal over last four years, finally found issue was timing belt... when it broke. zero clearance engine so now car is scrap. 228k miles. We forgot about the recommended timing belt change every 100k”

Michael G., NY (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“For the last several years there has been a terrible rattle in the backend, I've had it checked several times. I've changed tires, had the floor in the trunk tacked down, nothing has ever chenged”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)
Wind noise

“wind noise from the time we purchased the car. most of the noise seems to come from around the driver side door”

Anonymous, LA (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)
Air or water leaks

“Water pump failure and the filler neck on the radiator broke AFTER the water pump and hoses had been replaced”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

“Trouble starting car after filling with gas. Once it starts up, I have no problems starting vehicle”

Marilyn M., TX (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.7-L V6)
Fuel pump

“Everytime I fill up with gas, I have trouble starting car. After that, I have no trouble starting car”

Marilyn M., TX (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.7-L V6)

“This is a low mileage vehicle we inherited, and within the last year, we had to replace the fuel pump twice. When a car stops in traffic, it's never a good thing. The car would sit for about 3 minutes, then restart, go a few blocks and die again. The problem was a combination of the bad fuel pump and a defective wiring harness. We only take the car on local trips now”

Kevin C., CA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Not experience a problem. Repair was recommended by repair people for this car. Front and Rear shocks and strut assembly”

David S., CA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Minor repairs needed in linkage because of excessive play in the steering wheel”

Wayne S., VA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“replaced both axles in January 2015”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“Failure of gas pedal sensor at approximately 160000 miles. This is apparently a typical mileage that it fails, but the symptoms are hard to diagnose. Major symptom is brief drops in speed while using cruise control”

Anonymous, NE (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Sensor”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Must use 4 quarts of oil between each oil change”

Terry B., OK (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

“Car smoked and stalled. There were also leaks that needed to be repaired”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The only problem I had was getting the timing belts fixed correctly. I had to go to a Hyundai dealership for the repair as no one else seemed to know the problem I was having and only replaced 1 timing belt which didn't resolve the problem. Hyundai n”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“not retracting”

Scott M., UT (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“Battery needed to be replaced when 4 years old”

Wayne S., VA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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