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3.25 (Good)

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Generations

Family sedans may not be the most innovative segment of the market, but sometimes that’s not a bad thing. The 2019 Hyundai Sonata hits where it counts: comfort, features, technology, and, above all, value.

2011 - 2019 Hyundai Sonata

3/4 Front Glamour 2019 Hyundai Sonata

Major changes included:

The front-wheel drive Sonata is offered in three trim levels: GLS, SE, and Limited. The GLS and Limited are powered by a 198-hp 2.4-liter gasoline direct-injection four-cylinder engine. The SE features dual-exhaust which increases the engine output to 200-hp using the same 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection four-cylinder engine. Standard transmission with the GLS trim is... Read more »

2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

2006 - 2010 Hyundai Sonata

3/4 Front Glamour 2010 Hyundai Sonata

Major changes included:

The Sonata comes in one body style, a four-door, five-passenger sedan. Two engines and three transmissions are available. The base engine is a 162-horsepower four-cylinder. The uplevel engine is a 235-horsepower V6. The four-cylinder can have either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed Shiftronic automatic. The V6 comes only with a five-speed Shiftronic automatic.... Read more »

2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010

2002 - 2005 Hyundai Sonata

3/4 Front Glamour 2005 Hyundai Sonata

Major changes included:

The Hyundai Sonata has become a popular family sedan with more than 62,000 sold in the U.S. last year. And Hyundai has become a major player, selling more cars in the U.S. last year than Mitsubishi, Mazda, Mercury, Saturn, BMW, Mercedes, Cadillac, Lincoln, Lexus, Acura, or Volvo, to name a few. The reason for its... Read more »

2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005

1999 - 2001 Hyundai Sonata

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Major changes included:

Totally redesigned and re-engineered for 1999, the Hyundai Sonata is vastly superior to the previous model. Gone is the tinny echo when you slam the door, replaced with the solid "Ca-Chunk" reminiscent of vehicles born in Germany's Black Forest. Hyundai wants buyers to know it is serious about quality, reliability and durability, so the company... Read more »

1999 | 2000 | 2001

1995 - 1998 Hyundai Sonata

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Major changes included:

Hyundai got its toehold in the United States with inexpensive little cars, and it's now reaching up both in size and quality with its all-new midsize Sonata. This 4-door sedan will have to compete with the likes of Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Taurus and a host of others. That may seem like stiff competition... Read more »

1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998

1992 - 1994 Hyundai Sonata

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Major changes included:

The Sonata is the size of a large compact. It comes in two trims: standard and a higher-end GLS. Like other cars of the time, it has motorized front shoulder belts. Anti-lock brakes are available on the GLS V6.

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1992 | 1993 | 1994

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