2009 Hyundai Sonata GL Sport 2.4L 4 cylinder


Great value, but beware of the 46 mpg claim!


Fuel consumption is about 30% above advertised rating.

General Comments:

I did 600 km on my first tank of gas, but it has slowly gotten worse. It now averages about 12.7l/100km in the city. Only did one long trip with it, and it did close to 800km on a tank, but I have a feeling it might not get close to that again. Not sure what the problem is. Taking the car in for a check-up this week.

Seems to accelerate erratically at times.

Sport suspension combined with low-profile wheels make for a less than smooth ride.

On the plus side, lots of features for the money. Cabin and trunk are both roomy. Nice interior finish. Good quality feel to controls. Good acceleration once at cruising speed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2009

2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4 cylinder


It's a keeper. Solid, good looking car with lots of room, plenty of power and excellent MPG


No problems.

General Comments:

Original poster of the 2009 model Sonata.

This is a follow-up to earlier post.

I now have 22,000 miles on my Sonata and without any problems. Only oil changes and regular dealer service. Absolutely no issues with the car. I recently drove it on a 1,300 mile road trip and the car performed beautifully.

Highway mileage when checked twice on the trip was 37 MPG and 36.4 MPG with regular gas. This was expressway driving at 65 to 70 MPH. Plenty of power even with the four cylinder engine. This is a solid and comfortable vehicle. I love the suspension as it gives a super smooth ride. I'm running full synthetic Mobil 1 and am meticulous about proper service. I hope to keep this car a long time. I would urge anyone looking for a Camry or Accord size car to at least drive the Sonata before making a similar purchase.

Update 20th August 2010:

My 2009 Sonata has approx. 35,000 miles, and has been perfect. I'm totally impressed. I just purchased another one. My wife loves it much more than her Mother's Camry. My opinion... Camry quality is not what it was a few years ago. Camry rubber molding just falling off doors and trunk. Back to the dealer get it repaired.

Another relative just purchased a 2011 Sonata, and also loves it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2009

2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4 L


Good for the price, not a great ride


Rough ride and more noise than expected. The tight suspension you feel all the road vibration, very tiring. New off the showroom floor.

General Comments:

I thought I’d throw in my opinion as a new owner of a 2009 Hyundai Sonata, 4 cylinder, automatic. I have only had it two weeks and it has 600 miles, so still fresh off the showroom floor.

I previously owned three Toyotas in the last 30 years. During the last 23 years both were Camry 4 cylinder. All were purchased new. I drove them for 125K, 225K and 184K miles, respectively.

This time around I looked at the Camry, Honda, Nissan, Kia and Hyundai. I talked to everyone I could find about the Hyundai, owners, auto brokers, plus I read every review I could find. My major concern was reliability, as I keep my cars for approximately 10 years, so I did my research.

I’m satisfied with my purchase, in that I got a great price. It’s good value. That being said, I’m disappointed in some aspects of the car. The ride or driving comfort is subjective, but the noise is more than I expected and the tight suspension and road vibration is more than annoying. When on a glass smooth road you get a glass smooth ride, on a normal road or freeway you run over a penny and you can call it heads or tails from the feel through the steering. Rather than a comfortable ride to me it’s more tiring. It’s something you don’t quite feel during a test drive when you are excited and the new car smell overpowers your sense of observation.

I call it my Camry clone. I like the interior appointments better than the comparable Camry. Great trunk space, although I’d like key entry to the trunk. Dash arrangement is good.

With my previous Camry’s, you couldn’t wipe the new car smile off my face for years. With my first venture away to a Korean Hyundai, the new car smile was gone the third day or first 100 miles whichever came first. Would I take it back, of course not. It’s a good car for $16,000. It’s not to Camry or Honda standards as far as for comfort and drive, but a comparable Camry would have been $6,000 more. So for value car folks this is acceptable. I rated it 7.5 out of 10 points, which is exactly the Edmunds.com test drive rating.

What would I do differently? Well I test drove two different Sonata’s, and just like any other manufactured item, each one will be unique to some extent. I would take the car I was purchasing on a much longer test drive. I wouldn’t pay cash. I would have lower expectations. You shouldn’t compare it with Camry’s or Honda’s or any other car outside of its discounted price range of $15,000-$16,000. In that way you aren’t disappointed that it didn’t meet your expectations. My friends say I’m having Toyota withdrawal pains after 30 years of good drives.

If this is your first car, for the price I didn’t find anything that came close to amenities. But the bottom line, taught by experience, is you do get what you pay for. It’s a good value priced transportation car, not a luxury ride. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to share my thoughts and experience, as Hyundai doesn’t seem to do any customer satisfaction follow-up once the check is cashed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st December, 2009

5th Dec 2009, 21:30

I guess one size doesn't fit all. I purchased a new 2009 Sonata and now have 20K + miles. My wife and I completed a 1300 mile trip in our Sonata with no complaints about the car being uncomfortable. Ours is as comfortable as many other medium to full size cars I've owned. By the way, I still have the "New car smile" almost a year after the purchase. Our Sonata still looks new and drives wonderfully.