Pros: Price, acceleration off the line, nice paint color selection.
Cons: Poorly built, plant shifted to Alabama this year, cheap plastic.
Preface: I had a brand new loaded V6 Sonata as an Avis rental car for five days. I also have a Honda Accord which competes with the Sonata. My wife has the new 㤏 Camry which also competes with the Sonata. I really wanted to like this car because it is cheap and can make Honda and Toyota better with competition.
Acceleration off the line is better than the Accord V6.; Far worse than the Camry.
Roomy trunk space.
Fits four to five comfortably.
Seats not as bad as I anticipated, but not as for back support as the Accord.
Interior controls are easy to reach.
Styling is better than the Blank Honda or the new Camry.
The tires are Michelin High Energy and handle very well.
The suspension when not broken acts a little like a tight sports car.
Not a lot of road noise as with the Accord
Acceleration is not great at full throttle one needs to mash the pedal hard to pass other cars
The manual shifter is jagged (much like a Jaguar) and it is hard to shift the car from park, reverse or into drive
The seat adjustments are only 6-way instead of 8-way.
The interior is made of cheap plastic.
Not as much interior storage pockets as the Accord or Camry.
The interior rattles everywhere. Not good for a new car.
The radio sounds fine, but you must do a lot of things manually.
The Temperature controls are not dual and you have to turn a dial to change them. You cannot tell the interior temperature like with the Honda or the Toyota.
Fit and finish needs a lot of work. The interior plastic is mis-aligned. Exterior shows that the hood does not match the body well.
The brand new Sonata with 10 miles on the odometer wobbled on the road.
The axel came loose causing me to stop for an expensive repair that Avis eventually agreed to pay. Avis Roadside Service met me at the shop.
The muffler was missing some hanging/hinge hooks and was soldered incorrectly. This again was an expensive repair as there was no Hyundai dealer for 75 miles.
The CD player did not work. It ate my CD.
The trunk was fully closed and leaked water in a bad rainstorm causing me to lose all my business clothes on the trip. Avis customer service said it is having a lot of issues with this.
It appears quality became ugly when Hyundai moved to Alabama.
This is a new model year '06 and the '05 Sonata models with the old styling were far superior. My friend has one and states it has zero defects; however, upon inspection, fit and finish are also askew. Hyundai needs to work out the kinks in '07. For this reason I would recommend purchasing a Honda which is on the third year of its' 6th iteration. No issues with the Honda, just old styling. I would not purchase a Toyota Camry as this is the first year of the new model and they are riddled with transmission problems. I would wait for '07 so Hyundai has time to fix the issues. Hyundai has a lot of work before they try to compete with the big kids at Honda and Toyota.