2006 Hyundai Sonata User Reviews

2006 Hyundai Sonata Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 37 reviews

  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"power" 18 reviews
"ride" 16 reviews
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"handling" 8 reviews
"storage" 7 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 11 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"interior" 4 reviews
"doors" 3 reviews
"steering" 3 reviews

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Jaaron127 writes:
2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS Review
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4

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Smooth, comfortable ride. Strong, but quiet V6. Big car volume in a medium car package. Many standard safety features.

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Less than expected gas mileage (around 21 mpg combined), poor quality paint and materials. Hyundai spent the developement budget on safety features and left the material quailty for last.

Jaaron127
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Reliable Mechanically, Disappointing Cosmetically — I have owned this car for almost seven years now and have had no engine or drivetrain problems to speak of. With 83,000 miles, the V6 is still strong with good acceleration. I definitely have no complaints about this car mechanically. I can't say that about the quality of materials in this car. The seats are still comfortable, but starting to look worn. I have replaced the driver side visor twice, and the passenger side once because they broke (and not from misuse). The volume knob on the radio no longer works as it should. The second outside driver side mirror is separating at the top, creating a slight whistle when driving (the first one was replaced because of this). The paint is very delicate, chipping and scratching easily, and I have had to have the hood repainted. The trunk lid, from day one, requires a lot of muscle to lift, which is not convenient whey you have your hands full. I loved everything about this car when I bought it, and still love the way it rides and the performance of the V6. I can't say that about the rest of it. Update: The connection in the buttons for the power locks is apparently loose, as it takes several tries to get the doors to lock or unlock. I'm now up to 86,200 miles and the transmission is starting to act a little weird, but not so much I'm ready to have it looked at and deal with the "We can't duplicate the problem" excuse I hear a lot. Update 9/05/13: Now up to 92k on the ODO and no new issues to report. I am now working in a different town, driving a little farther each day, but because it is 85% highway am averaging a little over 24 mpg. Original EPA estimates for the V6 was 18/27, so it's good with the gas.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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shrikant_1st writes:
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5

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Smooth Ride in all condition weather

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N/a

shrikant_1st
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The Comfortable Car — I had a awesome experience with this car, I used it for daily commuting for 4 years with an occasional road trip. It is by far the best family car I have owned. I have it regularly serviced at our local Hyundai dealer and I have experienced only one tail light issue . Otherwise...zero problems. It is a joy to drive on the highway or twisty back roads. I am on my second set of tires and brakes. This week I will replace the original battery. We fully intend to keep this car forever, God willing.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Cody writes:
2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS Review
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Performance, Stock MP3 Radio, wheel mounted controls

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No track skip for CDs on steering wheel, price of keeping the flipping car at younger ages

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My Sonata — This car overall is amazing. I have the 3.3 litre version and it is just peppy as hell. It has more than enough get up and go for any situation. The stock radio is up to par, and this is if you have the MP3 player CD deck. Sadly the head unit is the only thing left audio wise that is stock the rest is aftermarket. Infinity 6.5s all around and 2 12 inch audiobahns in the trunk...sounds great. I would say check the price of owning it as far as insurance goes, I am 22 and a good deal for me stands around 148 a month most other places wanted 220 plus a month and i do not have any tickets or accidents. The car its self is amazing and very solidly built. Get one if you have the opportunity to or at leaste take one for a drive.

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lorn13 writes:
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It has a spacious interior and a huge trunk.  

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Fuel efficiency is not as great as other smaller sedans, but we have always needed the extra space and added safety features, which makes up for the difference.

lorn13
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A Smooth Riding Family Car — We love driving it, and it provides a very effortlessly smooth ride. It gives me great peace of mind with the 6 airbags that surround our family at all times. It also has a great stability control mechanism, that compensates for unforeseen issues encountered on the road, such as speed around a turn or slick road conditions.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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jimmc2990 writes:
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5

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Decent value for options provided. Nice V6, smooth. Lots of space. Well appointed. Comfortable on long trips. No rubber timing belt.

Cons

Fair workmanship on details like failed sun visor & power door locks; not so fantastic gas mileage, a bit soft on handling

jimmc2990
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Nice Car. Decent Value Proposition — 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 miles but mostly around town. Overall, the cars have done well by us. They haul family and lots of stuff in the back, they look nice, they are quick and smooth on the acceleration front, and came loaded with lots of goodies. My wife's starter died at 45,000 miles, was replaced under warranty. Her driver's sun visor died at 49,000 miles, was replaced under warranty. My general impression is that Hyundai made a decent car, they packaged it nicely and sold it with a generous value proposition in 2006. A comparable Honda was over $30K and our cars were each $23,400. But now, I've dropped $700 to repair the rear power door locks which started dying at 50,000 miles and replaced that silly sun visor which died out of warranty. I wrote Hyundai asking for some sort of compensation and they originally told me to get lost. Update to this story: I wrote to the President of Hyundai North America in December 2012 and they recently agreed that my situation was unusual and have agreed to stand by their vehicles. I am grateful that someone in Hyundai recognized the importance of brand loyalty. I've changed my tune. Hyundai represents a good value overall, and I will consider purchasing another one in the future. And now, the company apparently stands behind their vehicles and that is an outstanding comfort level increase for me.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Cousin Charlee writes:
2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS Review
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good average speed, high top end,  lack of a governing chip,  large trunk, smooth ride.

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gauges seem a little out of date, bulbs and such burn out easily,  not really great on gas.

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My Sonata Short As I Can Get. — 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 5,000 dollars and above more. It equals my brothers TL and is faster than a BMW Z4 automatic V-6. May not sound like much but with it's weight, smooth ride, and quiet functioning it's really a steal for the money. Even after newer better looking models come out 2006 models are still wanted over the newer models. This is a feat considering newer models have better motors. Items included in package are in dash cd player with mp3 capability, a very spacious trunk, room enough for five adults, and much more. All around a great package that can run 155 mph without a hint of effort.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Donnelle writes:
2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS Review
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3.3 L V6 that gets 31 MPG

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Boring to drive

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Good College Student Car; There Is A 2.4 L Version Too... — Hyundai's redesign of the Sonata drives great and feels nice to be in. First car I've ever seen that draws 31 MPG hwy out of a V6. It's kind of boring inside except for the Mach Audio system and good working climate control. But, I think the coolest thing they have added is the digital trip computer which now also tells you gas mileage, time driven, and miles to empty along with trip.

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Josh writes:
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Stylish, fun-to-drive, easy-to-live with performance.

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It makes my beater '92 oldsmobile feel that much older.

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Simply Cannot Be Beat For Its Price. — 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 more serious note, the car is simply easy to live with. Comfortable, solid, easy to drive. On the annoyance side, the driver's seat needs some wd-40 as it squeaks a bit, I've just been too lazy to get to it. Gas mileage is decent for a v6...we average about 22-24 mpg around town, in the mountains of western PA. I did have to use my warranty, twice...once for a timing chain tensioner, and again for a startlingly failed alternator. No problems since then, and the car truly is a joy to drive, whether you're pushing it to its limits, or just running errands.

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Lindsey writes:
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Great Gas Mileage

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Nothing!

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Great Car — I love my car! The performance of the car is great. I have taken it on long trips and it handles very well. Gas mileage is about 20 miles per gallon in town. I really enjoy this car and would recommend it to anyone.

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Ayman writes:
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Great Acceleration and Power

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Bland car inside

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Hyundai Sonata Review — well this hyundai has soem style , its very relable, never had many problems with it and it runs real fast I've taken it to 120 mph. Cost of Ownership is very low , only have to do regularly schedule maintenance. Fun to Drive Factor is 3/5.

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2012 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

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I love the styling and advanced tech in this car. Bluelink, voice control, telemetrics, phone connectivity etc.. the larger wheels on the SE drove me to this model over the Limited, and the dual tip e... Read More

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

Content By scottbrosius

The car has a lot of features you find in the typical higher end cars, like heated leather seats. The stock entertainment system is more than adequate, I wouldn't consider trying to upgrade with after... Read More

Great Car And A Great Deal! By lmpulley

This car is fun and easy to drive. It runs smoothly and is a gas saver. I average about 30-32 miles per gallon on a tank of gas with a good mixture of city/highway driving. Truly a great car! Read More

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2010 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

Amazing Car By Amanda

Wonderful car all round! Makes a great everyday driver and would make a great first car!!! :) Excellent gas mileage and interior room! Also makes a great family car!! Has a very large trunk and very b... Read More

#1 Commuter If You Need More Room Than A Compact By Mknupp

All in all a great commuter vehicle without having to go to a compact. Price wise it was a good buy and reliable enough to keep fora long time. Hyundai has made leaps and bounds in the last few years ... Read More

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2009 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

Love My Little Car By cdsurvis

Really a nice little car. Does great on gas, has options I love (XM, Sunroof) and is very affordable. Any issues we have had have been covered by their awesome warranty. My parents have the new body s... Read More

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