This refreshed version of the Sonata packs a lot of gear. It also delivers a pleasant ride, a quiet and spacious cabin and very good fit and finish. The four-cylinder engine provides reasonable power and attains impressive fuel economy, while the V6 powertrain boasts top-grade refinement. Driving enthusiasts need not apply though, handling, while secure, does not make it fun to drive.
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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

"Handling is good, acceleration is acceptable to a senior as myself."

Eric K., BC (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"great acceleration and smooth ride"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Handles well, ample power compared to other 2.4 engines."

Michael A., MD (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"The car has good pick up and power. Please with the handling in Winter conditions. Solid car"

Anonymous, NB (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Both steering and suspension seem mushy to me."

Donald N., WI (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"It accelerates OK for a standard full size car. I like the fact that it has a show turning radius. Make U-turns easy."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"There is enough power to cruise comfortably on the highway. and yet pass a truck going up a hill in the passing lane."

Anonymous, AB (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Handling a little shaky going around corners. Acceleration: Awesome!"

ROBERT G., MA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Ride comfort is a bit hard. Car tends to wander easily on the highway. Must always pay very close attention."

GLENN H., IL (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Initial acceleration from a stopped position is often delayed momentarily. The radio's sensitivity and pick-up from some stations 75 mile away are not always satisfying."

Anonymous, TN (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"2.4 litre motor with 5 spd auto continues to impress - smooth, reasonably strong and continued outstanding fuel economy. Sport option which has slightly firmer shocks which improves ride over base Sonata."

C S., ON (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Very wide turning radius for this size car. Acceleration and handling are average."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Very good in all situations."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"The car does not accelerate smoothly and the ride is choppy"

Ann E., CO (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"It's a 4 cylinder car that drives like a 6. Prior to driving this vehicle, I owned an '04 Ford Taurus 6 cylinder. The Sonata accelerates faster and more evenly than the Taurus ever did. The drive is always smooth and quiet."

Sharon T., AZ (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"I chose a 4 cylinder engine which works great in town but is underpowered for hilly freeways. My mistake. I'll stick with six cylinder engines in the future."

Martin B., IA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"For the price, a fairly quiet, comfortable vehicle."

Anonymous, DE (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Very good car except, left rear door handle broke 3 times! Very aggravating-new one had to be ordered each time. Thought it was strange that it was the same door and we hardly use the back seats since it’s just my husband and I."

Anonymous, GA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"The seats are comfortable, the noise level is acceptable but the ride can be rough except on very smooth surfaces."

Eric K., BC (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Easy to drive, comfortable ride."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"The drivers seat is not automatic on my model.... It is a manual with a lever on the side that must be pumped up or down Inconvenient for more than one driver the seat is uncomfortable on longer drives....needs better back support also"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"The seats are comfortable , pluseiad noise is very low."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Seats are subpar from others I have had."

Curt H., NY (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"The car rides rough. This could be based on the fact that I have driven it hard since I've owned it. I feel every bump in the road."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Its a quiet , smooth riding car for its price."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"I am a 260 lb man--6'3' tall--and the fromt seats of our Hyuandi, while leather and heated, are not good for long distance travel for me. Very uncomfortable for me either as the driver or passenger. Not so with my wife."

Richard T., WI (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"The ride is very quiet, there is no noise while driving or riding in the car. I am a petite female and the driver seat adjusts so I can be comfortable while driving and to be able to see the front end of my car."

Anonymous, OH (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"nice3 arrangemenet very comfortable"

JERRY P., CA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"My wife is shorter and she fits perfectly in the drivers seat"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Nice Leather Seats. Great Air Conditioner. Great Ride."

ROBERT G., MA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"The car feels spacious and has plenty of storage space. It does everything well."

Anonymous, AR (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"leather seats with electric controls for adjustment make it easy for both drivers"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"2 slightly annoying things in Hyundai Sonatas 2010 (I own 2 of them): a) rear and front windshields are easily fogged during cooler late evenings; b) you have to hold a fuel hose with your hands in certain position all the time while filling the car's tank - otherwise it turns off prematurily"

ARKADY Y., CA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Two of the exterior door handles broke. The first was covered under the warranty. The dealer quoted $196 to fix (replace) the second one. We bought one on Amazon and bad a small body shop paint and install it. I am of the opinion that it is a faulty design"

BOB K., PA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"seats good. climate control excellent. ride is excellent. the car is very quiet."

WILLIAM H., MA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"noisy inside"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Ride and comfort are average for this kind of vehicle. The car is reasonably quiet."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"good seats to sit in, ride was smooth, quite on the in side. having break problems"

Cary S., IN (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"it is quiet and the ride is very good. the seats are comfortable."

William H., MA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)


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

What Owners Say

"It has been a reliable car."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Great engine and drive train. I have the 4 cylinder, 2.4 litre engine."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"The car didn't cost a lot and I got a lot of miles out of it with few problems."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"0% financing"

Anonymous, NM (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"The Hyundai Sonata Limited with the six cylinder helps add to a decent quality ride. Unfortunately the Sonata is no longer offering the six cylinder option. This six cylinder gets excellent highway mileage. I have gotten as high as 32 mpg and never get below 29 mpg highway driving. This vehicle has a large trunk and is a good economical choice for vacation driving."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"a lot of features that would cost $2-3ooo in similar cars"

Ted G., OH (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"I have only spent about $1000 for maintenance (other than tires and oil changes) since I purchased the vehicle in April 2010."

J C., OH (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"dealers ar willing to deal"

Stanley O., PA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"The Sonata was affordable but in no way luxurious. Well priced for practical transportation."

John F., CA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"This vehicle was an excellent price for a mid-size sedan."

Anonymous, DE (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Quite satisfied"

STUART N., QC (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Bought the Sonata in early 2010 as a new leftover. Paid only $15K. Have only replaced brakes and tires in the past 6.5 years.A great value!"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Overall the value I got for my money was very good; however, I did have one serious problem. In going online, I found many people had the same problem. After 3 years the driver side handle just fell off into my husband's hand. 2 Days later the passenger side rear door handle fell off. The car was still under warranty so it was repaired without cost. 6 months later the handle fell off the passenger side front door. We had just purchased our 2014 Sonata after being assured this was no longer a pr"

BEVERLY B., FL (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"It's annoying that the tire pressure light is on even though the tires are not low. And the egeine light is also on - brought in into my Hyundi dealer a number of time and it's still not fixes."

BARBARA G., CA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Good reliable, stylish transportation at a "reasonable" price."

JAMES F., OH (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"This six cylinder Hyundai Sonata got amazing highway gas mileage. Fully loaded with air going and traveling at highway speeds and that is greater than 70 miles an hour, I got as high as 32 mpg and never got below 29 mpg worse case."

DAVID G., TX (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"value and accessories"

JERRY P., CA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"6 years old and no problems - couldn't say that about other cars I've owned."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"the car has very low mileage but so far we have had no problems with it.i do not know if the newer models are as good."

WILLIAM H., MA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"We have had a wheel bearing replaced under warranty after 6 years of ownership. Very little has gone wrong with this car. We had a starter part replaced in the first or second year of ownership but mostly the car has given us trouble free driving."

TOM T., CA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Warranty is very good, but service not too good."

JOHN H., NJ (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Traction lock does not work right"

Anonymous, DE (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Comfortable, easy driving car."

Anonymous, WI (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"This was a great buy.$15k brand new in 2010.It's been a good car and serves our needs perfectly.We will be buying another sonata."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"This car doesn't have many extra features, but my husband is proud of the fact he paid a rock bottom price with a zero percent interest loan."

W L., CA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"it came with plenty of extras and only cost about $7000 and a 2005 toyota corrola"

William H., MA (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Highway mileage was excellent for this 6 cylinder engine. I got between 29 and 32 miles per gallon using 87 octane gas."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Hyundai Sonata)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"It's not exactly the best looking car in the world."

JOAN S., FL (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"Practical. They didn't compromise outward visibility for style. I can see out the back! And it doesn't look like a door stop like so many other sedans and SUVs."

WARREN M., MN (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"The pearl why paint is peeling and it's factory paint. I've read of others having the same issue with this color. You can read more on the complaints board website."

LARRY B., CT (2010 Hyundai Sonata)

"I love the interior of the car. The dashboard is very sharp looking. I was very disappointed with the color of the exterior. We ordered a slate blue car unfortunately, everyone refers to it as my gray car. Only in certain lights can you even see a hint of blue in the gray paint.With all the beautiful shades of blue, I don't understand why Hyundai would choose this color."

BEVERLY B., FL (2010 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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