2006 Hyundai Sonata Overview


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4.45 stars

Based on 38 reviews

Nice Car. Decent Value Proposition by jimmc2990
 — In December 2005, I purchased two Sonatas. Same trim (LX) different colors for me and my wife. We still own them and have driven one 62,000 miles and the other 67,000 miles. Light duty, some highway... Read More
My Sonata Short As I Can Get. by Cousin Charlee
 — Overall a good car in and out. Performance on the car is very good with six-teen inch stock rims riding on Falken ZE-329 rubber. 0-60 mph is in a fairly good range and equals in or around vehicles 5,0... Read More
Simply Cannot Be Beat For Its Price. by Josh
 — I honestly have nothing but good things to say about this car. Opting for the 235 hp v6 was a wise decision...as the car can definitely put a smile on your face down a Pennsylvania back road. On a m... Read More

2006 Hyundai Sonata Overview

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2006 Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai is getting serious.  With an all new redesign of its mid-sized Sonata sedan this year, the Korean automaker provides an attractive and affordable alternative to some of its Japanese competitors.  It's also committed itself fully to the U.S. market by making the Sonata the first Hyundai to be produced in the U.S., in a new plant in Alabama.  The new 2006 Sonata is actually classified as a larger car due to the extra inches its put on in height, width, and length, featuring a roomy 37 inches in rear legroom and a large 16-inch trunk.  

The exterior is updated with a new grille, lamps, smoother contours, and sporty dual exhaust pipes.  It's also serious about power, with new four and six-cylinder engines. Trims remain the same -- base GL, GLS, and luxury LX.  Both the GL and GLS come with a 2.4-liter, 162-hp I4 and 4-speed shiftable automatic (the GL comes with a 5-speed manual or optional automatic), while the GLS can be outfitted with a new 3.3-liter, 235-hp V6 and new 5-speed shiftable automatic.  This engine is standard on the LX.  Other additions include side curtain airbags, bringing the total to six, and all levels now come standard with ABS brakes, traction control, and electronic stability control, upping the crash ratings to five stars for the 2006 Sonata.  

The base model gets more standard features, such as an MP3 compatible CD player, while the GLS adds wood trim, automatic headlights, and wheel-mounted audio controls.  The LX beefs up the package with larger 17-inch wheels, heated seats, and a sunroof.  The 2006 Sonata offers more room than the Accord and Camry, and its reclassification as a large car means it's also offered at a lower price than others in its class.  This, combined with the long-term warranty, makes it a popular choice for families or budget-minded commuters.  Owners praise the interior space, the large trunk, and stylistic changes.  They say the new V6 is a powerful accelerator with a quiet ride and sure-footed performance.  Complaints center on seat comfort, a sometimes bumpy ride, and a gearbox that noticeably searches the next gear.


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Sun Visors Broken Anyone Had This Problem

I know they have a recall but mine isnt part of it apparently the problem is more wide spread then they want to recall. Where are some places i can complane to add to the recall list. Or if anyone kno...

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Oil Light

My oil light came on for first time ever. Oil level is good. It comes on for short time and goes out. I took it to get codes checked got P011, P012 and P021. I drove home because I know this is ...

20 views with 4 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)

My Hyundai Sonata Won't Start, Everything Comes On When The Key Is Turned B...

Car won't start and no noise but everything else comes on. Been to a mechanic who did a lot of work but it did not change the fact that the car sometimes won't start. Any ideas?

19,480 views with 16 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)

Blower Stopped Working On 2006 Sonata 3.3 L V6. Changed The Resistor And Bl...

changed the resistor and blower motor and checked all fuses. fuses good but still the blower does not work. could it be the blower relays?

28 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 weeks ago)
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Cost Of Headlight Bulb Change

what should my dealer be charging me for changing the low beam headlight bulb

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