The Hyundai Sonata is a four-door, midsize sedan built by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai. Its competitors are the Nissan Altima, Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion. The fifth and sixth-generation used Sonatas for sale are some of the most Followed sedans on Mojo Motors.
The Sonata is currently in its sixth generation, which made its US debut as a 2011 model year sporting Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture design language. The new design, which was a departure from the generic fifth-generation, produced from 2004 to 2010, made the Sonata a true competitor in the midsize market, bringing exciting styling to a normally bland segment.
The Sonata single-handedly changed the midsize market and forced other automakers to engineer better, more stylish and luxurious vehicles. With a sweeping dash and high-quality materials, the Sonata set itself apart by providing the feeling of a higher priced luxury car at an affordable price. As a midsize sedan the Sonata offers excellent handling and acceleration. The Sonata rides like a luxury vehicle and can also be considered an impressive family sedan.
Sonata VS Accord
The Sonata’s biggest competitor is the Honda Accord, which has stagnated in styling and amenities as of late. While the Accord is offered in both coupe and sedan form, the Sonata’s unique styling and current sporty lineup of four-cylinder engines is truly unmatched. Compared, year to year, the Sonata’s fuel economy, engine lineup, cargo capacity, styling, and features makes it the better buy for your money. The Honda Accord may be popular, but that popularity forces the Accord to be the car for everybody, and in return, it’s simply boring. Sonata’s exotic styling and driving capabilities adds excitement to the segment.
The Sonata excels at achieving class-leading fuel economy thanks to its use of four-cylinder engines and hybrid engineering. The number of engines available is dependent upon the trim level and generation of the Sonata you are considering. In the sixth-generation Sonata, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is available. The Sonata hybrid combines the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission and 30kW electric motor for maximum efficiency.
When introduced in 2011, the Sonata hybrid achieved 36 MPG in combined fuel economy. With a few tweaks, the 2013 Sonata hybrid achieves 38 MPG in combined fuel economy. This sort of uptick is seen across the lineup in the six-generation. The 2013 model-year Sonata gets 35 MPG highway, 24 MPG city with the 2.4-liter engine and 34-mpg highway and 22 city with the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine.
The fifth-generation Sonata offered either a 2.4-cylinder four-cylinder engine or a 3.3-liter V-6 engine with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. The V-6 Sonata achieved a combined fuel economy of 22 MPG, while the four-cylinder automatic and manual Sonata’s achieved 24 and 25 MPG, respectively. By the fifth-generation’s last year in 2010, Hyundai replaced the four-speed automatic with a five-speed, bringing fuel economy in-line with what the manual transmission offered.
Sonata Facts and Highlights
- The Hyundai Sonata shares a name with the prescription sleep medicine Sonata which combats insomnia.
- The first generation Sonata was launched in 1985 but wasn’t sold in the United States because it didn’t meet emission standards.
- When Hyundai redesigned the Sonata in 2009, it won “Interior of the Year” by Ward’s Auto World.
Written by Anthony Alaniz