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2009 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

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  • $18,700 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

The subtle styling revisions to the 2009 Hyundai Sonata lend it an upscale look that distinguishes it from class rivals like the Chevrolet Malibu, Saturn Aura, and Toyota Camry. Additionally, the Sonata slots in beneath most of its competition in terms of price, and when the 2009's new features are factored into the mix, this makes it a great bargain in the midsized sedan segment.

What's new for 2009?

Hyundai's Sonata receives a mild facelift for 2009, with more changes in both the cabin and the engine bay. The front end has been revised and now features a classier look with a more upscale grille and larger headlight treatment.

Model Strengths

  • Stylish sedan with ample features
  • affordability
  • good blend of power and efficiency from either the 2.4L or 3.3L engines.

Model Review

The Hyundai Sonata name has been a part of the American car market since its debut in 1989. Now in its fourth generation, and wearing new skin for 2009, the car offers a level of refinement usually reserved for more expensive cars.

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Review: 2009 Hyundai Sonata SE

Source: MSN Autos

Hyundai took America by storm when its Excel hit our shores in 1987, mostly because of the vehicle's meager price tag (under $5,000). The following year, the South Korean automaker followed up that success with the Sonata, proving it was a force to reckon with in the midsize sedan category by offering superior value and contemporary design.

Hyundai's recipe for success was basically borrowed from Toyota: Give the public vehicles that are reliable, well made, comfortable and conservative yet modern in style and they'll welcome you with open arms. The move paid off in spades, providing the U.S. market with a solid alternative to the segment's top players, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

For 2009 Hyundai gave the Sonata a complete interior makeover, refreshed exterior and more power, all the while managing to improve the car's fuel economy. Although there was an attempt to improve the Sonata's cornering capability, to call this four-door sporty would be a misnomer.

Model Lineup
Hyundai's competitive advantage is value for the dollar, and the Sonata is no exception. All versions are well equipped. The GLS comes with cloth upholstery; air conditioning; cruise control; power windows, door locks and mirrors; an AM/FM/CD stereo; XM Satellite Radio; an auxiliary input jack; a USB port; an iPod interface and P215/60R16 tires on steel wheels with wheel covers.

The sport-oriented SE adds a cloth and leather upholstery, a power driver's seat, automatic headlights, fog lights, a rear spoiler, sport suspension and P215/55VR17 tires on alloy wheels.

The top-line Limited has all the aforementioned goodies, including automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a sunroof, a universal garage door opener and an Infinity sound system with a 6-disc CD changer. Much of the Limited's equipment is available for lower-line trims, and other notable options consist of a Bluetooth wireless cell phone link and a navigation system with voice control.

Standard safety features include dual front airbags, torso-protecting front-side airbags, head-protecting curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction control, electronic stability control and active front head restraints.

Under the Hood
All Sonatas are offered with four-cylinder or V6 power. The four is Hyundai's Theta II 2.4-liter dual-overhead cam engine. The addition of dual camshaft continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) and a new intake resonator design raises horsepower from 162 to 175 and torque from 164 to 168 lb-ft. This engine is offered with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capability. EPA fuel economy estimates are 21/32 mpg (city/highway) with the manual and 22/32 with the automatic.

The six cylinder is Hyundai's Lambda 3.3-liter V6, which also gets a new intake resonator design that bumps horsepower from 234 to 249 and torque from 226 to 229 lb-ft. The V6 is offered only with a five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capability, and the EPA fuel economy numbers are 19/29 city/highway.

Inner Space
The Sonata's cabin is a pleasant place to be. The look is attractive and modern, and the materials well chosen. The dash, door armrests and center console have soft-touch surfaces, and the controls are easy to reach and simple to operate. The decor in the SE trim is a bit off-putting. The carpeted door inserts and leather and cloth upholstery aren't particularly sporty, nor are they luxurious; the attractive leather in the Limited model gets the nod.

All versions have plenty of front- and rear-seat room. During our test, we drove four guys 300 miles to attend a football game and didn't hear a single complaint about comfort or legroom. Even our 6-foot- 7-inch friend had enough room. Aided by a standard fold-down center armrest with two integrated cupholders, the rear-seat occupants were comfortable too, which is no surprise since the Sonata's interior space classifies it as a large car according to the EPA, even though it competes in the midsize car category.

The center stack is cleverly designed with a large covered cubby at the bottom. Team that with the center console, standard door pockets and two cupholders behind the shifter and there is plenty of storage for small items. The standard iPod interface comes with a cable to plug in an iPod, as well as an auxiliary input jack and a USB port to accommodate other types of MP3 players. The iPod can be controlled through the radio and the system charges it. It's convenient and safer than looking down at a small iPod while driving.

The Sonata also has a generous trunk with 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Like most modern cars, the opening is short so large boxes won't fit, but long items can be carried, thanks to a standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat.

Bottom line, this makeover has led to an overall design that is more user-friendly and better looking. Very impressive.

On the Road
Take a turn behind the wheel and you'll notice the Sonata's ride is similar to the Toyota Camry — smooth and comfortable — but not quite up to the same standards, especially the SE trim. With its stiffer shocks and larger stabilizer bars, the SE pounded over tar strips, especially at city speeds. Given this annoyance, I'd recommend the smoother-riding GLS or Limited.

Road and engine noise didn't affect conversation, but the Sonata still isn't as well isolated as the Camry or Accord. The steering is also bit slow and numb, but that's the way many drivers like it. The brakes are easy to modulate, with good pedal feel.

Thanks to changes made for 2009, the power output of Sonata's 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is right in line with the competition. The 3.3-liter V6 now has 249 horsepower; that's about 20 horses less than the outstanding V6s offered by Honda, Nissan and Toyota, and torque is down by as many as 30 lb-ft versus those formidable foes. Still, the V6 has enough punch to get the car moving quickly from a stop and provides worry-free highway passing response. The transmission can sometimes dawdle on downshifts, but drivers can overcome that with the standard manual shiftgate.

Right for You?
The Sonata is priced $1,000 to $3,000 below the midsize leaders. So if you're looking for a roomy midsize sedan that aims for comfort over sportiness and want to save a few bucks, the Sonata is right for you.

Kirk Bell has served as the associate publisher for Consumer Guide Automotive and editor of Scale Auto Enthusiast magazine. A Midwest native, Bell brings 18 years of automotive journalism experience to MSN, and currently contributes to JDPower.com and Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com.

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain 10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 7 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Hyundai Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

120-months/100,000-mile Powertrain warranty from original in-service date.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2012-2016 with less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
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Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 10-Year/Unlimited Mileage from In-Service Date
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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