The Hyundai Sonata is a mid-sized, 4-door sedan. The car's spacious design makes it a favorite purchase for buyers interested in purchasing a family vehicle. The car boasts a segment-leading 35 miles per gallon, making the Hyundai Sonata a popular choice for purchasers looking for a fuel-efficient automobile. The Hyundai Sonata has received consistently good safety ratings, making it a popular choice for parents who wish to purchase a safe and comfortable family car.
New models of the Hyundai Sonata are built in Asan, Korea, and Montgomery, Alabama. The Hyundai Sonata is front-wheel drive and features a 16-valve with CVVT valve train. The Hyundai Sonata comes with a 198 horsepower 2.4L or 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder engine. The Sonata's drivetrain is 6-speed manual with a 6-speed automatic option. The Hyundai Sonata features the industry leading Gasoline Direct Injection fuel system. The Hyundai Sonata sports a steel unibody construction and 4-wheel independent suspension.
The first model of the Hyundai Sonata was released solely to the Korean market in 1985. The first generation of the Sonata had a body based on the Hyundai Stellar and included a 1.8L or 2.0L engine. The second generation of the Sonata was released in 1988 in South Korea. In 1989, the Hyundai Sonata made its American debut. The second generation of the Sonata featured Mitsubishi's engineering and featured a 2.0L engine for its US 1992 model. The third generation of the Sonata began in 1995 when the car received a facelift; in 1996, it underwent front and rear end makeovers. The fourth generation of the Hyundai Sonata began in 1999 and featured a 2.0L 136 horsepower engine. The fifth generation of the Sonata ran from 2004-2010 and featured Hyundai's first ever all aluminum l4 engine. The sixth generation of the Hyundai Sonata started in 2009 and features body-colored grille and door handles.
The Hyundai Sonata comes with standard body color heated dual power windows, solar control glass, non-CFC air conditioning, 16 steel wheel with full wheel covers, AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system, and steering wheel audio controls. Optional trim for the Hyundai Sonata includes 16" aluminum-alloy wheels, navigation system with high-resolution touchscreen display, 8-way power driver seat, and driver seat lumbar support.
The Hyundai Sonata has won several awards throughout the years. In 2006, the Sonata was awarded the Canadian Car of the Year's award for Best New Family Car in the under $35000 category, Consumers Digest Best Buy, and an NHTSA 5-star crash rating. In 2007, the Sonata was awarded the Cars.com Best Deal for Small Families. In 2011, the Hyundai Sonata was named the IIHS Top Safety Pick and NADAguides.com Car of the Month.
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