This version of the Sonata has a comfortable and quiet interior, but it is less agile than its predeccesor. The compact sedan offers up-to-date standard safety gear for the time, which included side curtain airbags and electronic stability control. Bigger, more powerful and more refined than the car it replaced, the V6 is quick while the four-cylinder is economical and refined.
There are 11 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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

"very responsive when needed great on curves"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"This is a 6 cylinder car. Handles beautifully, curves, straightaways, emergencies, stops, evading accidents. I could not expect more!"

Anonymous, HI (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"The car is great on the highway."

STEVEN W., TN (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"The acceleration available in big city traffic feels much safer than my lower power Subaru that preceded it."

Anonymous, MI (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Great with V6"

Anonymous, NE (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"very prompt on acceleration V6 3.3. Handlind during winter is a little tricky, require good winter tire."

Anonymous, ON (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Amazing power and smooth driving."

CARLOS G., AZ (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Good power for passing on two lain roads and does no down shift on long hills."

Anonymous, MO (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Great acceleration. Great highway driving car."

Anonymous, CT (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Very good handling / acceleration especially considering the good gas mileage."

COREY C., NM (2006 Hyundai Sonata)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The seats are very comfortable I but what I wanted to clarify is that the car USA 2016 year vehicle."

CHARLES B., OH (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"The passenger airbag light and the airbag light do not always work or stay on for an indeterminate amount of time. Have had the car into Hyundai numerous times and the problem(s) continue to occur."

STEVEN A., NC (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"The suspension is noisy and has a rougher ride than any other car I have owned."

PATRICK W., CO (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"I have over 150,000 miles and I swear by this car. It has taken me from Philadelphia, PA to Los Angeles 7 or 8 times, without a bit of trouble or disappointment. I hate that it is getting older, because I do not feel it can be replaced."

JEAN W., AR (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"getting in and out especially when parked by a curb is dangerous to the head of 5' 10" folks. vehicle is otherwise excellent in Canadian and US climate and road conditions."

H H., AB (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Leather seat are the right size for everybody not feeling cramped. Climate control is accurate and air conditioning very quick to cool the cabin. 1st 5 years cabin noise was ideal however past 5 years mark noise can be heard. The ride is still excellent."

Anonymous, ON (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Ride is good, but can be a little noisy. Tires can make this better or worse. Seats are comfortable but could hold you in place better."

TERRY F., WA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"I have short legs and circulation problems. The usual driver's seat is such that driving any distance would be dangerous to my health. The adjustable seat is one of the main reasons I chose this car."

Anonymous, MI (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"The road sounds are more obvious than my Toyota. The electric windows don't work now and then."

Anonymous, FL (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Although I have gotten used to it, I find the seats not terribly comfortable. The seat is too short and the foot rest for the left foot is in an odd place. The back support is excellent. Other than the seat, the interior is excellent. I like the lighter color - hate the all black interiors that are becoming so popular. The sound system is wonderful, I truly enjoy listening to music in the car and because it is very quiet inside, that's actually possible. I bought this car used with very ve"

WENDY S., PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)


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

What Owners Say

"Great price at the time, due to lack of popularity. Air bags all around. No navigation system, bluetooth or camera available this year."

CARLOS G., AZ (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"excellent performing car for what I spent. 10 years old and still looks and runs well"

SUSAN L., MO (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"great car less money than it's competion"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Because I bought this used, my experience is probably not useful to others."

WENDY S., PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"If purchased at the right time of year, you can get more bang for your bucks."

DIANE G., MO (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"I have been driving this auto daily for nearly 10 years and and experienced my first expense due to a mechanical/electrical malfunction in June of this year. The car would sometimes stall at low speeds on city streets. This was caused by a bad connection in the Electronic Stability Control System (ECS) combined with a defective throttle sensor. According to the service department at the Hyundai dealer."

KORY H., CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Until this year I have had virtually no expense outside of routine maintenance. The closest I've come to a breakdown with this car has been a dead battery. Reliability+++"

HANNA G., ID (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"great value for the money."

JIM G., VA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"This car has been an unbelievable value. It has over 200,000 miles now, is 11 years old, and has had about $1,000 worth of repairs in its entire lifetime outside of normal things that wear out such as Brakes and Tires."

STEVE P., OH (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"good car for the money"

GORDON S., NJ (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"My 2006 Hyundai Sonata I bought in 2005, The best car I ever bought, a V6 engine and loaded. Has no rust spots, rides great, very good on gas, I will keep this beautiful car until it literally brakes down and I can't drive it anymore. :} Love it!!!"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Best car I have owned!"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"The styling, ride.comfort, and handling of the car initially were excellent.. I think some things deteriorated a little more quickly than anticipated. There seems to be a problem especially with any kind of composite material say. door handles, both inside and out, The overall visual design of the car, both inside and out, I enjoyed."

JOHN L., FL (2006 Hyundai Sonata)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Vehicle is 11 years old, but looks and acts much younger. It is a surprisingly good Highway and freeway car."

H H., AB (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"The car is perfect. Great sightlines"

STEVEN W., TN (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Outside styling is OK, nothing exciting, inside, especially cup holders definitely needs improvement. Trunk is extremely heavy, one of my pet peeves."

DIANE G., MO (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

Would you buy this car again?

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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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