Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Sonata
2011 Hyundai Sonata SE (US)
Manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company
Production 1985–present
Predecessor Hyundai Stellar

Mid-size (1985-2005)

Full-Size (2006-present) [1]
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout FF layout

The Hyundai Sonata (Korean: 현대 쏘나타) is a mid-size car/full-size car manufactured and marketed globally by Hyundai Motor Company. From the sixth generation onwards, it is known as the i45 in the Australian, Singaporean and New Zealand markets. The car will be known in Western Europe as the i40 (but is a 5-door hatchback as the i40).


First generation (Y, 1985–1987)

First generation
Hyundai Sonata (South Korea)
Also called Hyundai Stellar II (Canada)
Production 1985–1987
Assembly Ulsan, Korea
Transmission 3 or 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,579 mm (101.5 in)
Length 4,578 mm (180.2 in)
Width 1,755 mm (69.1 in)
Height 1,380 mm (54.3 in)
Related Hyundai Stellar

The first Sonata was only sold in a few markets like the Korean domestic one and in Canada as the Stellar II. The vehicle was unveiled in South Korea in November 1985. It was not available in the US because it did not meet the United States emissions standards.

Engine choices include 1.6L, 1.8L or 2.0L I4 (The latter also finding its way into the 1987 and later Stellar, and in MPI form the 1986 Hyundai Grandeur.) The body was based on the Hyundai Stellar.[2]

Second generation (Y2, 1988–1994)

Second generation
1988-1989 Hyundai Sonata GLS (Canada)
Production 1988–1994
Assembly Bromont, Quebec, Canada
Ulsan, Korea
Engine 1.8 SOHC Mitsubishi Sirius engine 105PS 2.0 Mitsubishi Sirius engine 110PS 2.0 L (131 hp) I4 Mitsubishi 4G63
2.4 L (110 hp) I4 Mitsubishi 4G64
3.0 L (146 hp) V6 Mitsubishi 6G72
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,650 mm (104.3 in)
Length 4,680 mm (184.3 in)
Width 1,750 mm (68.9 in)
Height 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Related Mitsubishi Galant Σ
Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro

The Y2 Sonata was part of Hyundai's expansion in North America after the success of the Excel. It was introduced in South Korea on June 1, 1988.[3] It was then introduced in Canada in September 1987 as a 1988 model, and in 1988, as a 1989 model in the United States. The exterior was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro of ItalDesign. The vehicle received a mid-term facelift in 1991. It replaced the Stellar as Hyundai's large family car. Sonatas were built in Ulsan, Korea, and in Bromont, Quebec.

The Sonata was designed by Hyundai and featured Mitsubishi's engineering, including the platform from the Galant Σ and its 2.4 L 110 hp (82 kW) Sirius I4 engine as used in American-market models. A 3.0 L V6 based on the Mitsubishi 6G72 arrived in 1990. Other markets received 1.8L and 2.0L engines carried over from the first generation, but equipped with MPI,[4] replacing their carbureted counterparts used in the Y1 Sonata. The U.S. model received the 2.0 L engine for the 1992, replacing the original 2.4 L engine.[2]

Trim levels in the US were:

  • GL (2.4 and 2.0 engines)
  • GLS (3.0 engine)

Third generation (Y3, 1995–1998)

Third generation
1995-1996 Hyundai Sonata (US)
Also called Hyundai Sonata 2 (South Korea)
Hyundai Sonica (Italy)
Production 1994–1998
Assembly Ulsan, Korea
Gaborone, Botswana (TMBC)[5]
Body style 4-door sedan
Engine 1.8 L I4 SOHC 70 kW (95 PS; 94 hp)
2.0 L I4 SOHC 77 kW (105 PS; 103 hp) 4G63
2.0 L I4 DOHC 102 kW (139 PS; 137 hp) 4G63 16 valve
3.0 L V6 107 kW (145 PS; 143 hp) 6G72
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length 4,700 mm (185.0 in)
Width 1,770 mm (69.7 in)
Height 1,405 mm (55.3 in)

The Y3 Sonata debuted in 1994, as a 1995 model. The base engine in most markets was a 2.0 L 77 kW (105 PS; 103 hp) Sirius I4, but there was a 3.0 L, 107 kW (145 PS; 143 hp) Mitsubishi V6 option in some markets. This generation continued after the demise of the Bromont, Quebec plant in September 1993. After that, all Sonatas would be built in Korea, until the opening of the Beijing Hyundai plant in December 2002.

UK Market

The 1994 model of the Sonata was the first to be sold in the UK without having to be privately imported. It was available as an 4 door saloon only, with a v6 engine and also had as standard: ABS, air conditioning, an alarm, alloy wheels, body coloured bumpers, CD Multichanger, climate control, cruise control, driver's airbag, electric driver's seat, electric mirrors, electric sunroof, folding rear seats, front electric windows, front fog lights, a full size spare wheel, heated mirrors, isofix child seat anchor points, leather seat trim, lumbar support, PAS, passenger's airbag, rear electric windows, remote locking, Sat Nav, side airbags, and traction control.

There was also an additional CDX model with a 2.0lt engine, which has most of the standard model's features, minus the CD Multichanger, climate control, cruise control, Sat Nav, traction control.[6]

Facelift (1996–1998)

Updated third generation
1997-1998 Hyundai Sonata (US)
Also called Hyundai Sonata 3 (South Korea)
Hyundai Sonica (Italy)
Production 1996–1998
Assembly Ulsan, Korea
Asan, Korea
Engine 2.0 L I4 SOHC 70 kW (95 PS; 94 hp) 4G63
2.0 L I4 DOHC 92 kW (125 PS; 123 hp) 4G63 16 valve
3.0 L V6 107 kW (145 PS; 143 hp) 6G72
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length 4,700 mm (185.0 in)
Width 1,770 mm (69.7 in)
Height 1,405 mm (55.3 in)

A facelift for the Sonata (Y3 facelift) in 1996 saw modifications to the front and rear. The four-cylinder engine was also increased to 92 kW (125 PS; 123 hp) for that year as well.

Fourth generation (EF, 1999–2005)

Fourth generation
1999-2000 Hyundai Sonata (US)
Also called Hyundai EF Sonata (South Korea)
Hyundai Sonica (Italy)
Hyundai Sonata Viv (South Africa)
Production 1998–2005
Assembly Asan, Korea
Izhevsk, Russia
Gaborone, Botswana (TMBC)[5]
Engine 2.0L dohc 136hp 2.4 L 138 hp (103 kW) DOHC Sirius I4
2.5 L 170 hp (127 kW) Hyundai Delta V6
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length 4,710 mm (185.4 in)
Width 1,815 mm (71.5 in)
Height 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Related Hyundai Santa Fe
Kia Optima/Magentis

A new model arrived in 1998, launching the (EF) series.

Engines were 2.0L 136 hp, 2.4 L 138 hp (103 kW) Hyundai Sirius and a 2.5 L 170 hp (127 kW) Hyundai Delta V6. A special 10-year warranty was available.

The Kia Optima (called the Magentis outside of the United States) was based on the same automobile platform of this generation of Sonata and shared the same doors and some other panels.

This Sonata also shared a platform with the first-generation Hyundai Santa Fe, a compact crossover SUV.

Facelift (2001–2005 in USA)

Updated fourth generation
2002-2005 Hyundai Sonata (US)
Also called Hyundai New EF Sonata (South Korea)
Hyundai Sonata Gold (India)
Beijing-Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Sonica (Italy)
Production 2001– present (intermittently)
Assembly Asan, Korea
Beijing, China
Taganrog, Russia (TagAZ)[7]
Engine 2.4 L 149 hp (111 kW) DOHC Sirius I4
2.7 L 173 hp (129 kW) Hyundai Delta V6
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length 4,745 mm (186.8 in)
Width 1,820 mm (71.7 in)
Height 1,420 mm (55.9 in)
Related Hyundai Santa Fe
Kia Optima/Magentis

The 2002 model featured the all-aluminum, DOHC 2.7L Hyundai Delta V6 powered the Sonata with 173 bhp (129 kW). It also featured the same Sirius II 4 cylinder which at the time made 138 hp (111 kW), 157 ft-lb (213 N·m) of torque. Sales reached 104,000 for 2004. Also, the previous EF models have their rear vehicle registration plates repositioned from the bottom bumper to the above hatch.

This generation of Sonata is still being built (since 2002) and sold in China as of September 2006, by Beijing Hyundai Co. and in Russia by TagAZ. Because of licencing problems, TagAZ has not produced the Sonata since 06/2010. In 08/2010 production will be possibly continued under new name "TagAutoprom".[citation needed]

Fifth generation (NF, 2004–2010)

Fifth generation (NF)
2006-2007 Hyundai Sonata (US)
Also called Beijing-Hyundai NF Yu Xiang
Beijing-Hyundai Sonata Yu Xiang
Beijing-Hyundai Sonata Ling Xiang
Hyundai NF Sonata (Russia)
Hyundai Sonata CVVT-i (Malaysia)
Hyundai Sonata Transform (Facelift)
Hyundai Sonata Embera (India)
Hyundai Sonica (Italy)
Production 2004–2010
2010–present (export)
Model years 2006-2010
Assembly Asan, Korea
Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Chennai, India
Beijing, China
İzmit, Turkey (Hyundai Assan)
Cairo, Egypt (Ghabbour Group)
Thonburi, Thailand (TAAP)[8]
Al Jazirah state, Sudan (Giad)[9]
Engine 2.4 L 163-175 hp I4
3.3 L 237-249 hp V6
2.0 L CRDi
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed manual (2.0 CRDI)
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,730 mm (107.5 in)
Length 4,800 mm (189.0 in)
Sonata Ling Xiang:4,815 mm (189.6 in)
Width 1,830 mm (72.0 in)
Height 1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Related Kia Optima

The NF Sonata was launched in August 2004 in Korea, based on a new platform created from the project NF. The company's first all-aluminum I4 engine, dubbed Theta, debuted in the new Sonata. Engine choices at launch were a 2.4L I4 rated 164 bhp (122 kW) at 5800 rpm and a 3.3L V6 rated 237 bhp (177 kW) V6. The diesel version was used as a taxicab in Singapore. Diesel versions are available in Europe and New Zealand.

The U.S. May 2005 launch of the new Sonata coincided with the production commencement at the company's first U.S. assembly plant, in Montgomery, Alabama.

Classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‎ as a large car, the fourth generation was 2 in (51 mm) longer and taller and 1 in (25 mm) wider than the previous generation. Standard features in U.S. models included anti-lock braking system/electronic stability control/traction control system as well as six airbags (driver/front passenger front and side, and side curtain).[10]


Europe: 2006 year models received the following European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) ratings:

  • Adult Occupant: 4/5 stars, score 27
  • Child Occupant: 4/5 stars, score 37
  • Pedestrian: 2/4 stars, score 12.

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests the Sonata received a "Good" overall in the frontal impact crash test, an "Acceptable" overall score in the side impact crash test, and a "Good" rating for rear crash protection. In the roof strength evaluation 09 and 10 models were rated "Marginal".[11]

2006 Hyundai Sonata tested by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):[11]

  • Frontal Rating (Driver): 5/5 stars
  • Frontal Rating (Passenger): 5/5 stars
  • Side Rating (Driver): 5/5 stars
  • Side Rating (Passenger): 5/5 stars
  • Rollover: 4/5 stars

Facelift (2008–2010)

2009 Hyundai Sonata (US)

The redesigned vehicle was unveiled at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show as a 2009 model year vehicle.[12] The production version was sold as the Hyundai Sonata Transform in Korea, and the model debuted elsewhere as an 'early' 2009 model.

The styling was done primarily at Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) in Superior Township, Michigan.[13]

Hyundai Sonata CRDi taxi in Singapore

The redesign features revised engines, front fascia and chrome 3 bar grill, taillights (turn signals became red), jewel-projector headlights, new 10-spoke wheel cover designs for the Limited models (as opposed to sharing the 5-spoke design from the SE model), and an extensively revised IP (Instrument Panel).[14] Hyundai adopted "slush molding,” a production technique that enables a much higher grade of texturing and shaping of the IP surface.[15]

Redesigned gauges feature a blue backlight, and a touch-screen navigation system, optional on the Limited trim level only, includes satellite radio capability.[16] Bluetooth capability is available as an optional unit, separate from the audio or navigation system, and all models include both a USB port along with an auxiliary input jack. An optional USB adaptor cord allows integration of an iPod, and chrome interior door handles are standard on the Limited trim.

The 2.4L Theta II engine was rated 175 bhp (130 kW) at 6000 rpm and 168 lb·ft (228 N·m) (168 bhp (125 kW) for PZEV model) and the 3.3L Lambda V6 was rated 249 bhp (186 kW) at 6000 rpm and 229 lb·ft (310 N·m) at 4500 rpm. Fuel efficiency is EPA rated at 22 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 26 mpg-imp)/32 mpg-US (7.4 L/100 km; 38 mpg-imp) for the I4 and 19 mpg-US (12 L/100 km; 23 mpg-imp)/29 mpg-US (8.1 L/100 km; 35 mpg-imp) for the V6.[17] The base model GLS is available with a manual five speed transmission. GLS, SE and Limited models feature a newly available, manually-shiftable 5-speed automatic transmission marketed as "Shiftronic."

There are minimal changes for the 2010 model, which includes the optional navigation system on the SE as opposed to being a Limited-exclusive option, and the V6 engine is no longer offered on the GLS model.

In Singapore, a 2.2L CRDi turbo diesel powered version is widely used in the country's taxi industry.[18]

Hyundai Sonata Ling Xiang (Sonata NFC)

Beijing Hyundai launched a redesigned Sonata called the Ling Xiang for the Chinese market with an updated exterior and revised rear seating.[19]

Engine choices include 2.0L or 2.4L engines.

Sixth generation (YF, 2011—present)

Sixth generation (YF)
2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T (US)
Also called Hyundai i45 (Australasia and Singapore)
Hyundai i40 (Western Europe)
Production 2009–present
Model years 2011-present
Assembly South Korea: Asan
United States: Montgomery, Alabama
China: Beijing
Engine 2.0 L Theta 162 hp (121 kW), I4
2.0 L Theta Turbo 274 hp (204 kW), I4[20]
2.4 L Theta 178 hp (133 kW), I4
2.4 L Theta GDi, 200 hp (150 kW), I4
Transmission 6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,795 mm (110.0 in)
Length 4,820 mm (189.8 in)
Width 1,835 mm (72.2 in)
Height 1,470 mm (57.9 in)
Related Kia Optima/Magentis/K5
Hyundai i40[21]

Hyundai commenced development of the YF Sonata in 2005, with a development cost of ₩450 billion (US$ 372 million). In the Australian,[22] New Zealand, and Singaporean markets, the YF is retailed under the name "Hyundai i45", fitting in the with the alphanumeric i-series nomenclature utilized by some Hyundai vehicles in these markets. In Western Europe the car is badged as a Hyundai i40. In the UK the i40 Tourer will cost £19,000. In Eastern Europe (especially Ukraine) the car will badged as a Sonata (as in North America and South Korea).

Sales of the YF Sonata in South Korea began on 2 September 2009, before the production vehicle's South Korean launch.[23] In South Korea, the YF Sonata is delivered with a 2.0-liter Theta II MPi gasoline engine (Max output 165 PS (121 kW; 163 hp), Max torque of 20.2㎏·m). Its fuel economy is more than 11% improved.

2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited (US)

For the US market, Hyundai uses their new direct injection 2.4 liter four cylinder engine. With direct injection technology this new engine improves fuel economy over previous models and produces a maximum of 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) at 6300 rpm and 25.5 kg·m (250 N·m; 184 lb·ft) at 4250 rpm.[24] It is part of the Theta II engine lineup. Furthermore, all engines are offered with a new six-speed automatic transmission.[25] The 6th Sonata is built on hot-stamped ultra high-strength steel.

Korean trimlines include the Grand, Prime, Premier Beige, Premier, Top, and Sport models. Exclusive options for the Korean model includes a three-piece panoramic moonroof, electroluminescent instrumentation, fender-mounted turn signals, and a special Premier Beige model. Upgraded stereo systems use a JBL audio system, and certain navigation packages come with a telecommunications system with Hyundai's Mozen system.

The US version of the new Sonata was unveiled at the 2009 LA Auto Show. As with the previous model, a GLS, SE, and Limited trims are offered. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the GLS, and a six-speed automatic is available. Differences with the Korean model include differences with the GLS model, which features a body-colored grille and door handles, and different steel wheel covers. Limited models and optional stereos on the GLS and SE now have "Dimension" audio systems, and the Limited trim has an optional Infinity stereo. Limited models have standard front and rear heated seats; the first use of them in this segment.[26] Additional differences include a redesigned straight leather shifter as opposed to the gated one on Korean models, different cupholders, and the addition of an extra exterior color choice, Indigo Blue Pearl. The 6th Hyundai Sonata was awarded 'Top Safety Pick' from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the US.[27] The Sonata 2.0T was released in December of 2010.

Highly paid advertisements in the Super Bowl XLIV were used to market the new Sonata in the U.S. One commercial proclaimed that the Sonata's paint quality is better than that of the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. The steeply raked front and rear glass give the Sonata a slightly coupe-like silhouette, much like that of the Mercedes-Benz CLS and the Volkswagen CC.[28][29] Sonata was also advertised in an episode of the TV series House called "Two Stories", showing the details of the 6th generation Sonata and one of the cast claiming that he can put three sets of golf clubs into the trunk.

Sales in the United States began in early 2010.

In Western Europe, the car will be released in Autumn 2011.


Top Safety Pick Award in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests[30][31][32]

  • Frontal impact crash test: "Good"
  • Side impact crash test: "Good"
  • Rear crash protection: "Good"
  • Rollover test: "Good"
  • Roof strength evaluation: "Good"

Later release (manufactured on or after July 2, 2010) version of Model Year 2011: 5/5 stars by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under 2010 new test rules[33]
The 2011 Sonata is one of six vehicles rated Five Star under new rules as of November 2010.[34][35]

  • Overall Frontal Rating: 4/5 stars
  • Frontal Rating (Driver): 5/5 stars
  • Frontal Rating (Passenger): 4/5 stars
  • Side Overall Rating (Front): 5/5 stars
  • Side Overall Rating (Rear): 5/5 stars
  • Side Barrier Rating (Front): 5/5 stars
  • Side Barrier Rating (Rear): 5/5 stars
  • Side Pole Rating (Driver): 5/5 stars
  • Rollover: 5/5 stars

Early release (manufactured before July 2, 2010) version of model year 2011: 4/5 stars[36]

  • Overall Frontal Rating: 3/5 stars
  • Frontal Rating (Driver): 3/5 stars
  • Frontal Rating (Passenger): 3/5 stars
  • Side Overall Rating (Front): 5/5 stars
  • Side Overall Rating (Rear): 5/5 stars
  • Side Barrier Rating (Front): 5/5 stars
  • Side Barrier Rating (Rear): 5/5 stars
  • Side Pole Rating (Driver): 5/5 stars
  • Rollover: 5/5 stars

Hybrid version (2011— )

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (US)

At the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, Hyundai unveiled the Hyundai Blue Drive powertrain for the then next generation Sonata, which uses lithium polymer battery technology.[37] It was reported to be based on Hyundai BLUE-DRIVE concept.[38]

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sales in the U.S. began near the end of February 2011.[39][40] The Sonata Hybrid drivetrain combines a 2.4-liter engine with six-speed automatic transmission, and a 30kW electric motor and lightweight lithium polymer batteries to produce a full gasoline-electric hybrid with 37 miles per US gallon (6.4 L/100 km; 44 mpg-imp) in the city and 40 miles per US gallon (5.9 L/100 km; 48 mpg-imp) on the highway.[41] This powertrain will be shared by the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid.[42]

The 2011 Sonata Hybrid was one of the five finalists for the 2011 Green Car of the Year awarded by the Green Car Journal in November 2010, competing with two plug-in electric vehicles, the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt, the 2011 winner.[43]

Cumulative sales of the Sonata Hybrid in the U.S. reached 7,906 units through July 2011, representing 20% of Sonata sales according to Hyundai.[44] The Sonata Hybrid has been the number two selling hybrid since June through September, outsold only by the Prius.[44][45][46] Considering cumulative sales in the U.S. market through September, with 14,042 units sold the Sonata Hybrid ranks second in hybrid sales for calendar year 2011, after the Toyota Prius, and surpassed the Honda Insight in September.[46]

2.0T models

2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T engine
2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T markings

To replace the V6 power option for the Hyundai Sonata in certain markets, Hyundai has developed a turbo powered 2.0 litre engine that has direct injection and is intercooled. The Theta-II engine produces 274 horsepower (204 kW) and 269 lb·ft (365 N·m) of torque while achieving an efficiency rating of 34 mpg-US (6.9 L/100 km; 41 mpg-imp) highway, beating the specs provided by the 3.3 litre Lambda V6 offered in the previous model. The new model is badged as the 2.0T and is available on the SE or Limited trim lines.[47][48] All turbo models get standard dual zone climate control, steering wheel paddle shifters, chrome-tipped dual exhaust, and 18" wheels that are shared with the non-turbo SE models. Limited 2.0T models receive all of these options as well as a heated leather interior, sunroof and other features.[26]

U.S. sales by calendar year

1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
29,840 26,421 17,196 15,420 13,339 17,055 14,616 22,128 14,144 30,022
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
45,983 62,385 68,085 82,330 107,189 130,365 149,513 145,568 117,357 120,028
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

U.S. warranty

Year(s) Bumper-to-Bumper Powertrain Corrosion
1989-1990 3 Years/36,000 Miles 3 Years/Unlimited Miles
1991 3 Years/36,000 Miles 5 Years/100,000 Miles
1992-1998 3 Years/36,000 Miles 5 Years/60,000 Miles 5 Years/100,000 Miles
1999-2004 5 Years/60,000 Miles 10 Years/100,000 Miles 5 Years/100,000 Miles
2005-2012 5 Years/60,000 Miles 10 Years/100,000 Miles 7 Years/Unlimited Miles

Additionally, during years 1992-1994, the Sonata came with the Hyundai ValueCare Ownership Program that covered all regular scheduled maintenance at no charge for the first 2 years or 24,000 miles.


The Sonata has received the following awards:

  • "Interior of the Year", 2009 Sonata, Ward's Auto World, category: Best Redesign.[49]
  • "Best Vehicles for $25,000 or Less" in 2008 Consumer Reports
  • "Best New Family Car (under $35,000)" in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year awards.
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance “Best in Class” in the under $20,000 category – 2007 Sonata: Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 2007 Car Buyer’s Guide "Best of 2007 Cars" March 2007.
  • "Consumers Digest Best Buy" - 2006 Sonata
  • NHTSA 5-Star Crash Rating – 2006 Sonata: Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side-impact airbags (SABs).
  • Named "Best Bet" in Jack Gillis' The Car Book 2006 - 2006 Sonata
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance “Best in Class” in the $18,000 to $23,000 category – 2006 Sonata: Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 2006 Car Buyer’s December 2005.
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance “Best New Car” in the $18,000 to $23,000 category – 2006 Sonata: Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 2006 Car Buyer’s December 2005.
  • MotorWeek’s “Driver’s Choice Award” for Best Family Sedan – 2006 Sonata
  • Hyundai owners in North America placed the Sonata at the top of their classes in AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA) research. The Sonata was the highest ranked Premium Mid-Size Car, beating out the segment-defining Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.[50]
  • 2011 Hyundai Sonata represents the lowest depreciation in the midsize car segment in ALG Residual Value Index. The 2011 Sonata even outperforms comparably-equipped 2010 model year Honda Accord.[51]
  • 2011 Hyundai Sonata Named IIHS Top Safety Pick [27]
  • Awards 2011 Hyundai Sonata 'Car of the Month' for 2010 March[52]
  • The JB car pages awarded the 2011 Hyundai Sonata a best-in-class 4 1/2 star rating[53]
  • 2011 Hyundai Sonata awarded Five Star by NHTSA the 2010 new test rules[30]


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