2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4 cylinder from North America
Try it before you buy something else! Great car
This is truly a wonderful car. Personally, I think the body style is much nicer than the Camry or Accord. I've had several Honda's and one Toyota. Overall very good cars. The Sonata is every bit as good in overall construction, ride, handling and performance, maybe better.
I was a bit skeptical about buying my first Hyundai, but I'm so glad I chose it over the Toyota or Honda. The overall build quality and attention to detail are evident. Also, the car feels rock solid and quiet at highway speeds. Even with the four cylinder I have no issues with power. The interior materials also appear to be of a higher quality than the other two.
Other cars owned over the years include Mercedes and several Volvo's. Before you spend your dollars on a Honda, Nissan or Toyota, at least take a Sonata for a test drive. I'm betting you will be impressed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th February, 2009
I totally agree with you about comparing it to the Honda, Nissan, and Toyota. I also have the same car. To me, the Sonata is very close to Nissan, Honda, and Toyota, but with a better warranty. And I love mine.
Original poster. I now have almost 14,000 miles on the car without a problem. Car is quiet, no rattles, and rides incredibly smooth at highway speeds.
I rented the Sonata for many times and it remains to be my top pick at the Avis counter. Sonata is an excellent sedan. So good, that I just bought one. I have driven Honda, Toyota, and Nissan. They all have different pros and cons. I picked Sonata because (1) the base model already comes with quite a bit of bells and whistles, (2) best value, I will worry about resale value later :D, (3) long warranty.
I recently purchased the 2009 Sonota GLS AT. I can only say that I has not disappointed me one bit. Owned a VW Passat previously, which is a great car, but with a very high cost of ownership. I get a lot of compliments on the car and it's styling. Drove the Camry before purchasing and I really don't see much difference in handling and performance. Overall very nice car for the price. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a car without paying a premium for a name badge.
I purchased a used 2009 Sonata GLS 4cyl that had been a corporate fleet car. At $12.5k for a car with 15K miles on it, I got a quiet, safe, comfortable sedan for my family, and there is still 45 months and 45k miles left on the factory warranty -- that's more than Toyota's full 3/36 warranty on a new Camry.
This is my 2nd Hyundai, and probably won't be my last. Their current cars are built well, and are rated well in safety tests.