Standard Features And Options:
Standard features on the already well-equipped base Sonata GLS includes 16 inch steel wheels, full power accessories, air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, heated sideview mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob (on the V6 only), a 60/40-split rear seatback, a tilt steering column, and a 6-speaker audio system with a CD/MP3 player, satellite radio and auxiliary audio and USB jacks.
Available options on the GLS include steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth, an 8-way power driver seat, a sunroof, wood-grain interior trim and a trip computer.
The Sonata SE adds 17 inch alloy wheels, performance tires, a sport-tuned suspension, a rear spoiler, automatic headlamps, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, steering-wheel audio controls, leather/cloth upholstery, an 8-way power driver seat and interior metallic accents.
Options for the SE include a sunroof, Bluetooth, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 240-watt Infinity sound system and a 6-disc CD changer.
The top-of-the-line Sonata Limited then adds 17 inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, full leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, the Infinity sound system and wood-grain interior accents.
Options on the Limited include Bluetooth and navigation (which comes with a single-CD player instead of the 6-disc).
Engines, Powertrain And Gas Mileage:
The standard engine powering all 2010 Sonata models is a 2.4 liter four-cylinder that produces 175 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque. It's coupled with a standard five-speed manual transmission on the GLS, and a five-speed automatic on the SE and Limited. The automatic transmission is an available option on the GLS.
Also available on the Sonata SE and Limited is a 3.3 liter V6 that delivers 249 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. The five-speed automatic is the only transmission offered with this engine.
The EPA's estimated gas mileage for the Sonata is a respectable 22 mpg city and 32 mpg on the highway (21 mpg city with the manual) with the four-cylinder. Gas mileage for the V6 Sonata comes in at 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.
Standard safety features on all 2010 Sonatas include antilock brakes (ABS), stability control, front-seat side-impact airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints.
In government crash testing, the 2010 Hyundai Sonata earned perfect five-star ratings across the board for both frontal and side-impact protection for both the driver and passengers.
The Sonata's cabin is well-designed, attractive and user-friendly ... especially since the 2009 interior upgrade. With its higher quality materials and striking center stack, the overall look and feel is closer to a luxury vehicle rather than a daily family sedan. In addition, seating is roomy and comfortable while the trunk has a large 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space.
Also notable is the optional Infinity audio system which is a particularly impressive system for this price segment.
The Sonata has been specifically engineered to emphasize ride comfort over dynamic handling prowess. The ride is smooth and compliant, but don't expect sporty road grip around twisty roads or zippy acceleration. The sport-tuned SE model is a step-up in terms of performance but the Sonata is essentially a comfortable and quiet family sedan.
How To Get The Lowest Price:
Best Negotiating Tactic: Well, there's definitely a 'best way' when it comes to new car buying. If you want to get the best bottomline, out-the-door price you need to know exactly who to talk to at the dealership, how to make the contact and how to make this person eager to quickly drop prices as low as possible to get your sale.
Here's the details on exactly how to get the best price on a new Hyundai Sonata ... or any other car.
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Those of you in the market for a used car may want to check out this article about how to buy a used car at the lowest price. It details a super effective buying method, one that often beats down prices to wholesale levels.
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2010 Hyundai Sonata:
GLS, manual: dealer price: $18,700, invoice price: $17,922
GLS, auto: dealer price: $19,900, invoice price: $19,056
SE, auto: dealer price: $22,050, invoice price: $20,867
SE V6, auto: dealer price: $24,050, invoice price: $22,736
Limited, auto: dealer price: $24,550, invoice price: $22,959
Limited V6, auto: dealer price: $26,550, invoice price: $24,809
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