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2009 Hyundai Sonata Trims

GLS

Avg. Price: $10,569

Looking at its standard features, you might not believe the 2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS represents the base trim in the lineup for this full-size sedan. Featuring front-wheel drive and a double wishbone front and multilink rear suspension, the 2009 Sonata GLS upgrades its standard 16-valve, 2.4-liter DOHC inline four engine to get 175 hp and 168 ft-lbs of torque at 4,000 RPM. It comes with a choice of 5-speed shiftable automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.

Though crash test scores are not out yet, the 2008 version of the GLS received five stars in all categories but rollovers, in which it got four stars. Standard safety features include 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, dual front-side and side curtain airbags with front passenger deactivation, traction and stability control, and halogen lamps. The sedan rides on 16-inch steel wheels with all-season tires and comes with a tire monitor. Inside, it seats five in two rows, with 60/40 split-folding rear seats that feature a folding armrest/trunk pass-through. The trunk holds a spacious 16 cubic feet and features a power outlet. A cargo tray and net cost extra. Legroom is ample: 43 inches in the front and 37 in the rear.

Full power features include remote entry, wheel-mounted cruise control, and heated mirrors. A CD player with new MP3 input jack, satellite radio (three months free), intermittent wipers, tilt steering, a security system, and a tachometer are all standard. The Popular Equipment Package adds wood interior accents, automatic headlights, wheel-mounted audio controls, a trip computer, and a sunroof. Bluetooth is also offered.

GLS PZEV

Avg. Price: $9,838

GLS V6

Avg. Price: $10,806

Moving up to the 24-valve 3.3-liter DOHC V6 engine in the 2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS V6 gets you 249 hp and 229 ft-lbs of torque at 4,500 RPM. This engine comes only with the 5-speed shiftable automatic transmission. No manual is offered. This front-wheel-drive sedan seats five comfortably, with 60/40 split-folding rear seats that feature an armrest that doubles as a trunk pass-through. Legroom is plentiful, as is cargo space. The trunk holds 16.3 cubic feet. Though it comes with its own power outlet, a cargo net and tray are optional.

A stronger front stabilizer bar improves the safety profile of this already highly rated midsize sedan. New electronic brakeforce distribution joins the 4-wheel disc and 4-wheel ABS brakes. Six airbags include dual front-side and side curtain. Traction and stability control are also standard. Other features include halogen lamps, daytime running lights, a security system, and a tire monitor for the 16-inch wheels with all-season tires. Automatic headlights are available as part of the Popular Equipment Package. A new dash and center console are highlighted by blue-black gauge lighting. Power windows, locks, and heated mirrors are standard, along with wheel-mounted cruise control, a CD/MP3 player with aux input jack, satellite radio, intermittent wipers, remote entry, tilt steering, and a tachometer.

Options add wood trim, a sunroof, a trip computer, and wheel-mounted audio controls. On the outside, chrome accents and mudguards are also available.

Limited

Avg. Price: $12,527

Coming in as the top-of-the-line trim for this midsize front-wheel-drive sedan, the 2009 Hyundai Sonata Limited adds a lot of luxury in the form of leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power sunroof. Other upgrades include a 7-speaker sound system and 6-CD changer with radio data, and a remote garage opener. A temperature display and compass join the tachometer and trip computer on the dash. Already standard are an 8-way power driver's seat, full power features, heated mirrors, remote entry, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, satellite radio, intermittent wipers, leather trim for the steering wheel, and faux wood accents.

Under the hood of this spacious sedan sits a 16-valve, 2.4-liter inline four that delivers 175 hp and 168 ft-lbs of torque. It comes with a 5-speed shiftable automatic only. Together, they average 22/32 mpg. The 2009 Sonata Limited also adds larger 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires and an auto-dimming rearview mirror to the safety equipment. It earns five stars due to standard traction and stability control, a front stabilizer bar, 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, and dual front-side and side curtain airbags. Also standard are a tire monitor, foglights, halogen lamps, and automatic headlights. The sedan seats five in two rows that split-fold. A folding armrest in the back doubles as a pass-through to the 16.3-cubic-foot trunk. There are power outlets up front and in the trunk.

Being so well-equipped, the 2009 Sonata Limited offers few options, but a touchscreen navigation system is new this year. Other options include a wind deflector for the sunroof, mudguards, Bluetooth, and a cargo tray and cargo net for the trunk.

Limited PZEV

1 national listing
Avg. Price: $12,541

Limited V6

Avg. Price: $12,917

Identical to its less-powerful sibling except for the powertrain, the 2009 Hyundai Sonata V6 gives you more confidence when accelerating on the highway thanks to its 24-valve, 249-hp, 3.3-liter V6. Matched with a 5-speed shiftable automatic transmission, it offers 229 ft-lbs of torque. The front-wheel-drive sedan rides on 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires. Handling chores are covered by the double wishbone front and multilink rear suspension.

With 43 inches of legroom up front, 37 in the back, and 16.3 cubic feet of storage space in the trunk, this midsize sedan is very roomy and comfortable. Adding to the comfort factor are leather upholstery, heated front seats, an 8-way power driver's seat, automatic climate control, a power sunroof, and a 6-CD changer with satellite radio (three months free)and MP3 input jack. Other standard features include power windows, locks, and heated mirrors, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, a trip computer, temperature and compass readout, intermittent wipers, four cupholders, two 12V power outlets, and a garage opener. There are plenty of compartments and storage pockets, and the rear seats split-fold 60/40.

The 2009 Sonata Limited V6 maintains its high safety reputation by offering standard 4-wheel ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, dual front-side and side curtain airbags for both rows, and a front-row passenger deactivation sensor, traction and stability control, and a tire monitor. At night, drivers will be pleased with automatic headlights, halogen lamps, foglights, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. A new option for 2009 is a touchscreen navigation system. This joins Bluetooth, a sunroof wind deflector, a cargo tray and net, and mudguards on the options list.

SE

Avg. Price: $12,046

As the performance trim in its lineup, the 2009 Hyundai Sonata SE adds a stiffer sports suspension and larger front and rear stabilizer bars. This trim features a 175-hp, 2.4-liter DOHC inline four, paired with a 5-speed sport-shift manual transmission. It gets 168 ft-lbs of torque at 4,500 RPM. This spacious midsize sedan rides on larger 17-inch alloy wheels with performance tires. A rear spoiler adds some style and improves handling, while standard automatic halogen headlights and foglights light the way.

Interior ugrades that accompany the SE include faux wood trim and leather accents on the steering wheel and shifter. The front cloth seats get leather bolsters for a sportier look. An 8-way power driver's seat is standard, along with a trip computer and both tilt and telescopic steering. Audio controls for the 6-speaker CD/MP3 player join cruise control on the steering wheel. Also part of the package are remote entry, intermittent wipers, a tachometer, and a security system. Passengers can stretch with 43 inches of front and 37 inches of rear legroom. Rear seats split-fold onto a 16.3-cubic-foot trunk. 12V power outlets are located up front and in the trunk. A cargo net and tray cost extra.

Earning five-star crash ratings in the past, the 2009 Sonata SE continues to offer standard traction and stability control, 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes (with new electronic brakeforce distribution), and six airbags. The front-side ones include passenger deactivation, and side curtain airbags are included for both rows. A tire monitor is also standard. Some available options for the 2009 Sonata SE include a sunroof with wind deflector, mudguards, Bluetooth, and a touchscreen navigation system.

SE PZEV

2 national listings
Avg. Price: $10,813

SE V6

Avg. Price: $12,542

Better acceleration and improved fuel economy come with the tweaked 24-valve, 3.3-liter DOHC V6 engine in the performance-oriented 2009 Hyundai Sonata SE V6. Paired with a 5-speed shiftable automatic, this powertrain produces 249 hp and 229 ft-lbs of torque at 4,500 RPM. Fuel economy averages 19/29 mpg. The SE V6 comes with a sports-tuned suspension, larger 17-inch alloy wheels and performance tires, larger front and rear stabilizer bars, and a rear spoiler. This front-wheel-drive midsize sedan rides on a double wishbone front and multilink rear suspension.

The sports trim seats five in two rows of seats. Front seats feature an 8-way power driver's seat and leather bolsters on the upgraded cloth material. Rear seats split-fold 60/40 onto a 16.3-cubic-foot trunk. A folding armrest doubles as a trunk pass-through. The trunk features its own power outlet and can be equipped with a cargo net and tray. There is also a power outlet up front and four cupholders. The SE V6 adds a trip computer to the dash, leather steering wheel and shifter trim, tilt and telescopic steering, wheel-mounted audio controls, and faux wood accents. Already standard are full power features, remote entry, heated mirrors, cruise control, a CD/MP3 player with new MP3 input jack, intermittent wipers, a tachometer, and a security system. Options add a sunroof, Bluetooth, and a new touchscreen navigation system.

On the safety front, the 2009 Sonata SE V6 always earns top marks, thanks to standard traction and stability control, 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and dual front-side and side curtain airbags with front passenger deactivation sensors. Upgrades that come with the SE include automatic headlights and foglights, which join the daytime running lights and halogen lamps. A tire monitor is also standard.