2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4 L from North America


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.

2009 Hyundai Sonata Limited V6 from North America


Great car for the money


Trouble free!

General Comments:

Fit and finish is what you would expect from more expensive vehicles.

Plenty of leg and head room for drivers over 6', and still leave enough room in the rear for passengers to sit comfortably.

Instrumentation is good and easy to read, A/C controls easy to use and understand. Controls on steering wheel are too easy to accidentally change.

Steering is not as responsive as I like. Brakes work very well. Door remote needs to be redesigned; it's way too easy to open the trunk without knowing.

Tilt on steering wheel feels cheap and is awkward to adjust.

Fuel economy is good, over 25 mpg combined, and have gotten as high as 33 mpg on a trip.

The cloth seats have leather on the sides, which we do not like. Would prefer all cloth.

Fuel door VERY cheaply made (worried about breaking it each time we fill up).

Fold down rear seats are nice to have when carrying longer items.

The headlights are GREAT, does a very good job of lighting up the highway, especially when brights are on.

Radio is very annoying when the free satellite stops, because the steering wheel controls still go to the non-functioning stations.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2009

9th Mar 2010, 07:21

I own a 2009 Sonata V-6 and this is my third one. I had the 2003 and 2006 of the same models. I never had to take the 2003 to the dealership for warranty service. I took the 2006 for a recall on the passenger airbag sensor. The 2009 has 10,000 miles and yesterday, the engine light came on. I'll have it checked today.

You can't get a better car for the price. Smooth ride, excellent gas mileage, I get 33 mpg on hwy and some 30 mpg combined. Very comfortable... I make 500 mile trips regularly.