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

" great for 4 cylinder."

Richard M., NC (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"The handling is good and the V6 really responds well. It is comfortable to get a good response when pulling out to overtake a vehicle."

Anonymous, UT (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"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)

"Driving and handling are easy and smooth."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Good acceleration for a 4 cylinder 2.4 engine."

Ami K., IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"The V6 has adequate power to pull my tent trailer and is quieter than the 2.4 in my 2013."

Anonymous, ON (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"When needed the engine provides enough power for the moment. Handling is solid."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Fine on start and stop, always has extra power for passing even at higher speeds. Reliable car."

Anonymous, CT (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Great V-6 Acceleration!!"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"It has the V6 engine which has great pick up and acceleration at all starting speeds."

Karen M., NE (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"I found the Sonata's acceleration and handling to be more than adequate, especially the electronic traction control in winter driving."

Gordon R., MA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)


James M., NS (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"drives smoothly, accellerates well, enjoyable to drive"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"The acceleration with the V6 is remarkable. Because of the front wheel drive, and power of the engine handling is very good."

Virgil P., OR (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"It has good acceleration for a four cyclinder."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Both acceleration and handling are exemplary. I have no problem going on freeways or city streets."

Sandy M., CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"I iike the handling & acceleration. The car accelerates quickly when merging onto the highway."

Anonymous, PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The ride is smooth, and the noise level is low, easy to have a quite conversation. The seats do get uncomfortable on long car rides."

Anonymous, UT (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Comparable to a luxury sedan."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"The Sonata is very quiet and has a smooth ride. When we bought it, I remember as a passenger opening the window to see if I could hear if the engine running, because I couldn't feel any vibration. As a driver, I had to check the gages to see if I had turned the car on sometimes, to let the engine heat for a minute and had forgotten whether I had started it or not, while I checked my child, phone, purse, or a list. It is very quiet car with no vibration. Great car, but the seats need to be cha..."

Pam G., VA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"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)

"The ride smooth & the seats are comfortable, but some road noise."

Anonymous, PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"A very comfortable car. Very quiet and very easy to handle."

Anonymous, NV (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Very quiet, like a more expensive car. Comfortable. Solid feel. Very responsive ride."

Anonymous, CT (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Comfortable seats. Noise level is low. ride is smooth."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Air whistling sounds arounda front and side windows yet no visible problem"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"The 2006 is noticeably quieter than the 2013 both road and motor noise. seats seem a little better in the 2013."

Anonymous, ON (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Good lateral support, good driving position"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"It is a fantastic car"

James M., NS (2006 Hyundai Sonata)


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

What Owners Say

"Quality of workmanship both mechanically and structurally."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"As soon as an item was out of warranty, it fell apart. There was rust or something very early on with the suspension that was not covered but clearly a manufacturing defect. Service centers of terrible - very rude. Too many things broke on this car - very poor quality. The headlights stay on and you have to fiddle with the switch a number of times to get the lights to turn off, some door looks don't work, the visors fell down and needed to be fixed, the a/c broke, the ESC light periodic.y co..."

Lynn S., TX (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"I am so satisfied with this car, that I encouraged my son and daughter and 2 grandsons to purchase Hyundais. They are reliable. I have not had to have anything major done to this car in 11 years. I get the routine maintenance done and the oil changes as needed and it runs like a charm."

Jean W., AR (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Engine is still running great! Very low maintence costs. Body and inside doesn't look so hot, but it's 11 years old."

Anonymous, OR (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"I've had my Hyundai Donate for the past eleven years. I can honestly say that I served me well (virtually maintenance free for the first seven years. I purchased this car new and I believe I got the best " bang for my buck! After 8 years you have to spend a little more money for maintenance and upkeep but it is definitely one of the most sturdy and reliable card I have owned. That said the audio sound system is great."

Anonymous, DC (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"The car has lasted a very long time with minimum of repairs. The purchase price was very low"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Excellent car overall for the price. Very well built. The only major problem was the rear window electric defogger died in 2013."

Richard M., NC (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Quality car, very affordable. Definitely got my value out of this car and do not plan to sell or trade it yet. I have had one recall on the seats to check to see if they were registering the weight correctly for the airbags if a child sat in the front seat. Also, under warranty, the alternator was changed once and have not had a problem since. No major problems. Just normal maintenance needed over the last 11 years. Very quiet, smooth riding vehicle. Drives very well. Sporty and quick when..."

Pam G., VA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"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)

"My car is still going strong even with it's advanced age. I do routine maintenance and I have had no major problems from this car."

Sandy M., CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"This vehicle when purchased new, was reasonably priced and I would have had to pay extra for options on other vehicles that came standard on this one."

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Hyundai America lived up to their excellent 10 year guarantee; and my dealer, Gary Rome Hyundai of Holyoke, MA did as well with his Tires for Life and free loaner car every time the vehicle was in overnight or longer (3 times, all covered in full, rusted out rear cross member, rusted out gas tank, and rusted out front frame assembly; the last after the 10 year warranty was up. I bought it in August 2005 after test driving Accord, Camry, Mazda 6, and a couple of others, choosing the Sonata for thousands less, the most comfortable drivers seat in any car I have owned, and the electronic traction control which got me home in many New England snow storms. My 2003 Sonata is tied with the 1978 Nissan 280Z I bought new when I got out of college."

Gordon R., MA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Nice car to own"

Jason S., OH (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"High reliability and options at lower cost than competitors"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"reliable, no major problems."

Anonymous, UT (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Excellently built car. One time on an Interstate an extension ladder fell off a pickup truck in front of me. I ran over the ladder at 50mph. I immediately check my damage. the next day went to Hyundai Service and they could find ...NO damage."

Anonymous, ME (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"This was a well equiped car when we bought it back in 2006. It is now a dated vehicle that is reaching the end of its useful life."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata)


Bob C., CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata)

"Terrific car, generally reliable, great acceleration, good handling, excellent paint job. The only negative is poor gas mileage."

Aditya G., MD (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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