2006 Hyundai Sonata LX V6 from North America
Impressive, but concerned about longevity and gas mileage
I rented this car over a two week vacation. I was very impressed with the interior room, smooth ride and exceptionally quiet interior. In fact, a couple of times when I started the car I couldn't tell whether the engine was running or not, it was that quiet. I own two older Toyota Camry's which have been great cars, but the 2006 Sonata seemed more solid and higher end then the 2002-06 Camry's. My only complaints are the gas mileage and the cup holders. The gas mileage was in the low 20's which might not be bad for a V6. I would be interested in anyone's experience with the 4 cylinder regarding both gas mileage and operation. Concerning the cup holders, they are in the center by the arm rest, but are too far back to easily use when driving.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 1st August, 2006
3rd Aug 2006, 08:45
I wouldn't be concerned about longevity. I have a 2001 Elantra that I've put over 150,000 on in 5 years. The only thing besides regular maintenence I've done is replaced a leaking water pump at 126,000.
3rd Aug 2006, 13:28
Just for everyone's knowledge, I have a 2006 Sonata V6, and I average about 30 mpg combined. I don't do very much highway driving, maybe only 50 miles per week. The rest is >40 mph or straight city driving. I think mileage really depends on your driving habits.
14th Aug 2006, 16:16
I just purchased a 2006 Sonata V6. I went for the V6 because it had a 5-speed transmission. I thought this would give me a nice overdrive on the highway. When cruising at 50-60 mph, it sounds like it is stuck in 3rd gear. I can feel the xmsn shift from 1-2 and 2-3, but then cruising at 50-60, it is very distracting because it sounds like it is dragging in 3rd gear. If one lets off the gas, the transmission will steadily slow the car down to 20 mph. I purchased this model because no one could find a 5 speed manual transmission vehicle.
I, too, do not like the cup holders where they are--they take away from a satisfactory center arm rest. Also, the door armrests are curved and sloped downward, which causes some discomfort on the road.