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2009 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

4dr Sdn V6 Auto SE

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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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Source: The Car Connection

The car experts at TheCarConnection.com have driven the 2009 Hyundai Sonata and have compiled this road test and review from a wide range of respected automotive Web sites. This review also compares the 2009 Hyundai Sonata with other vehicles in its class, to give you the best information and to help you make a great purchasing decision.

The 2009 Hyundai Sonata may be one of the less well-known vehicles in its mid-size sedan class, but it's not for lack of trying. Hyundai's endowed the four-door with a pleasing style, great interior room and the traditional choice of four- and six-cylinder engines. This year, they've only made the Sonata better by fitting a brand-new interior and a new four-cylinder engine, and by adding some high-tech features high on the shopping lists for today's family sedan buyers.

Let's start with styling. The 2009 Sonata gets a light touch-up on its front and rear ends. It's essentially the same as the previous version, and that's welcome. The Sonata's a handsome sedan with some strong character lines but mostly, a generically good-looking shape. Inside lies real change: the Sonata gains a new interior this year, and it's beautifully rendered in soft-touch plastics on most of the surfaces you'll touch on a regular basis. The matte-paint finish reminds TheCarConnection.com's test drivers of Lexus--and of Hyundai's much more expensive Genesis sedan. A broad band of metallic-finish plastic gives the dash elegant wings, and the high-mounted radio and climate controls are visible and easy to use. A few hard finishes live in places you'll hardly see or use. It's state of the art in a class with some classy cars.

Hyundai's trimmed the Sonata lineup for 2009, leaving it with a base four-cylinder GLS, a sporty SE edition and an upscale Limited. Both the SE and Limited can be outfitted with a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 175 horsepower or a 3.3-liter V-6 with 249 hp. A five-speed manual is available on the GLS and SE four-cylinders, but you'll be hard-pressed to find one. A five-speed automatic is the only other transmission, and in tandem with the four-cylinder, it's a smooth and adept freeway cruiser with enough torque for comfortable passes. The V-6 isn't that much quicker. Fuel economy ranges from 21/31 mpg for the four, to 19/28 mpg with the six. On the road, the 2009 Hyundai Sonata rides well and is agile enough. It compares well to the base Honda Accord and Toyota Camry models, but steering isn't as nicely weighted as in a Mazda6 or a Ford Fusion. The Sonata's firm shocks and softer bushings give even the SE versions an absorbent ride.

Interior room has been a strength of the Sonata since it was last completely redesigned for 2006. Along with the richly appointed cabin, there's a wealth of usable space inside. The front seats in the SE version are well trimmed but a little on the flat side--though plenty wide for American backsides. The back seat has legroom that qualifies this as a large car, just like the Honda Accord, and the seatback is reclined at a perfect degree. Doors open and close with a solid sound, there's enough trunk room for weeks of luggage, and cupholders and storage abound.

All 2009 Hyundai Sonata models include stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, and side curtain airbags. The Sonata earns five stars for front and side-impact safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) calls it "acceptable" for side impacts.

A well-equipped car in base form, the 2009 Hyundai Sonata offers up AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio with USB and auxiliary jacks, air conditioning, cruise control, and a tilt steering wheel. The SE adds 17-inch wheels, a spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power driver seat and steering-wheel audio controls. The Limited gets a multi-disc CD changer, a subwoofer/amplifier, and heated front seats. A sunroof and a navigation system are available, and the Sonata now offers an Infinity premium audio system. There's Bluetooth as well, but the Sonata's setup is mounted like a speakerphone on the base car's headliner--a less convenient solution that contrasts with the steering-wheel controls offered on most other sedans in the class. Hyundai also backs the 2009 Sonata with a 5-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, plus a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty on the powertrain.

The Bottom Line:

TheCarConnection.com still rates the Honda Accord as the family-sedan champion, but the 2009 Hyundai Sonata lands solidly in the upstart tier that includes the Mazda6, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.

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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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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
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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 up to 5 model years old w/ 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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