2001 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.5L V6 from North America
Never fails to impress
Paint chipping from rear left door handle. Recalled for side airbags which were fixed quickly and for free under warranty.
The V6 accelerates to 60 in less than eight seconds which is impressive for a car of its size. Plenty of power after 4000 RPM, but enough low end torque to be drivable. It is faster than 4 cylinder Accords, most 6 cylinder Mustangs and older V6 Camaros. Interior materials are of decent quality. The 4 speed auto is a bit slow to shift. Ride is soft and comfortable. On sharp turns, the Sonata's body rolls considerably. Hard braking at high speeds causes the body to oscillate left and right. I don't have much confidence in this car while its suspension is being pushed to the limit. As a family car it works well and for thousands less than its competition.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th February, 2004