2009 Hyundai Sonata Limited 4 Cylinder from North America
Would buy it again in a second!!!
None so far.
One of the best cars I've ever owned. All 2009 Sonatas were upgraded from 160 to 179 horsepower, resulting in excellent acceleration.
The price of the car was fantastic, especially with the $3500 factory and $1500 owner loyalty rebates.
The car rides smoothly on the highway and blacktop roads. A little rough on residential city streets.
I'm very satisfied with the 31 (city/highway) and 36 (highway) MPG gas mileage.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd August, 2009
A few months ago, I purchased a 2009 Hyundai Sonata Limited with V6. I had done a lot of research and as the owner of three consecutive Toyota Camrys, it took a lot to convince me to change. Whenever I ran across someone driving a Hyundai product, I asked them about their experiences and those invariably were very positive. Still, I was not really sold on the idea of owning a Hyundai and was all set to buy a 2007 Camry with 40,000 miles and some nice features such as a sunroof.
Then I happened to compare what I was getting with a 2009 Limited and there was no comparison - the new Limited was actually cheaper than the used Camry, and with a great warranty I made the leap. Since then I have been driving the car for several months and see little difference with the Camry, except for the fact it is thousands cheaper with attractive buyer incentives (at least on the 2009 Sonata - don't know about others) and has lots more standard features.
The V6 is very peppy and I'm getting about 22-26 mpg in town and 26 to 30 highway. I thought about the 4-cylinder and opted for the V6 since I live in the mountainous Pacific Northwest. The handling is great and the ride very smooth and generally quiet. The suspension is a bit harsh over rough pavement, but I attribute that to the low-profile 17-inch tires, and from what I've read, Hyundai's attempt to provide a firmer suspension to enhance handling. I will change those out for better riding tires when appropriate.
All in all a great car. My only real complaint is that the V6 sounds and feels best around 85 mph, and I really don't want to pick up any speeding tickets.
My 2009 Sonata 2.4L has some of the same issues.
There is a tinny/rattling sound when I accelerate - it sounds like the exhaust manifold or exhaust system.
The front suspension "clunks" over minor bumps (sounds as if the struts are bottoming out, but they aren't).
I also have the knocking noise when the engine is cold. But I don't think it is the engine itself, but more like a pump of some kind, since the knocking is consistent, no matter the engine speed.
I have an auto transmission, so I do not have your clutch problems, but the auto does shift erratically.
Not all these things are smack-face when you buy the car new... some you realize after you have the vehicle for a month.