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4.4 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 31 reviews
2006 Hyundai Sonata Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 31 reviews
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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Hyundai Sonata Questions
What Does It Mean If My Car Would Not Drive While Stopped At A Light And Th...
I have a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. I was stopped at a stop light and my car went quite and when the light turned green the car would not drive- the check engine, oil and battery light came on. Once I tur...
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...
Cd Player Doesn't Read Disc
I have a 2006 Sonata with a Mach DSP Audio System, 6 CD changer and however I burn a disc, the cd player says its "Unreadable". I have converted my music to wave and then burned as an audio disc and,...
Why Sonata Air Conditioning Is Warm
sonata air was fine yesterday but today its blowing warm air
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?