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Used Hyundai Sonata Model Guide And How To Buy At The Best Price
Originally introduced in 1989, it actually took ten additional years for the Sonata to really get its act together. Now, it looks like the wait was worth it.
It was in 1999 that the Sonata finally came into its own with a an improved look, far better engines and big improvements in noise and ride quality. And with its attractive pricing, car buyers began to take notice. This generation of Sonata, produced through the 2005 model year, still remains a solid used car choice and clearly represents a lot of value for the price.
But it's really the 2006 and newer models (the Sonata's fourth generation) that are the best value play today. And here's some information about them for those of you who may be interested in purchasing a used Sonata.
There were three initial trims: GL, GLS and LX. Since then, today's GLS is now the equivalent to the original GL (change made in 2007), while the LX model was replaced by the Limited (also in 2007). And in 2008, the more sport-oriented Sonata SE was introduced.
The standard features you'll find on the already well-equipped base Sonata GLS models include full power accessories, air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, heated sideview mirrors, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel (on the V6 only), and a 6-speaker audio system with a CD/MP3 player, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. Again, just an awful lot of quality features for the dollar.
In addition, used Sonata GLS models can be found with uplevel options such as an 8-way power driver seat, sunroof, a trip computer and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.
The Sonata SE is equpped with all of the above except the sunroof, and it adds a combination leather/cloth upholstery, a tilt and telescoping steering column, performance tires, 17 inch alloy wheels and foglights. Used SE models can also be found with optional features such as the sunroof, a universal garage door opener, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an upgraded stereo with a six-disc CD changer and subwoofer.
A used top-of-the-line Sonata Limited has all of the above, plus all-season tires, full leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, wood-grain interior accents, chrome exterior trim and a premium Infinity sound system. And some Limited models can also be found with the optional touchscreen navigation system.
Both of the Sonata's engines are solid performers. The 2.4-liter, 162 horsepower, four-cylinder engine found in the GL and GLS is surprisingly lively and capable, whether driving the five-speed manual (GL only) or the four-speed automatic transmission that also comes with a manual shift capability. For the 2008 model year, the four-cylinder engine became standard on all models while the V6 became optional.
And the very capable 3.3-liter 235 horsepower V6 comes with a five-speed automatic transmission, also with the manual shift capability.
The Sonata's EPA-estimated gas mileage is very respectable for a family sedan at 22 mpg city and 32 mpg on the highway with the four cylinder, and 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway with the V6.
We've found the Sonata to have plenty of headroom, a spacious rear seat and a very large and useful trunk. The interior is also attractive with a two-tone dashboard and metallic trim.
The Sonata offers front-wheel drive and abundant safety features such as antilock brakes (ABS), traction control, stability control, front seat side airbags and curtain airbags. And in government crash testing, the Sonata was awarded perfect five-out-of-five-star ratings in all front and side-impact tests for both driver and passenger protection.
The Sonata was also redesigned for the 2011 model year and has elevated itself from a "very solid choice" to "the top of its segment". It offers a myriad of appealing qualities, including its sleek design, smooth drive, capable handling, spacious interior, impressive feature list, large trunk, excellent safety ratings, long warranty and strong value for the dollar.
In addition to its impressive materials quality and solid construction, the powertrain offers both surprising athleticism and power while still delivering high fuel mileage. And with more standard features than its competitors while still priced $2,000-$3,000 less, this newest Sonata offers a value that will likely continue it heady sales growth.
All in all, we think the Sonata deserves a very close look for people in the market for an affordable, yet feature-laden and well-constructed used midsize sedan.
How To Get The Best Price On A Pre-Owned Hyundai Sonata:
There are actually several different ways to buy a used Sonata at the lowest price, and even at wholesale. You can click on the links to each of the following methods to get the specific instructions.
In addition, you can also try the Public Car Auctions in your own geographic area. While there can be a lot of junk vehicles at these auctions, there are often absolute gems sprinkled in as well. This article reviews what to expect at open-to-the-public car auctions and how to locate them in your own area.
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