2006 Hyundai Sonata User Reviews

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    2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS Review
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    Best Car For The Money Out There — All kinds of options and standard equipment on a car for way less than the competition pretty much sums it up.

    Pros: ESC, smooth ride

    Cons: Timing Chain rattle, seats squeak sometimes.

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    2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS Review
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    Gooc Car — Great gas mileage. Also good performance. I have the 3.3 v6 with 235hp 205lbft trq. auto manual and cheaper than an accord or bmw 325, yet faster.

    Pros: HUGE 16.7 cubic ft trunk. lots of room even with 5 people. great gas mileage.

    Cons: none so far

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    2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS Review
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    Hot Rod Sleeper Sedan — I absolutely love my car. It has the 3.3 V6 with 235hp. The handling is ok, it isn't a race car by any means, but when I mash the gas, all hell breaks loose. 1/2 throttle with ESC turned off and I light up the front tires like a Christmas tree. Gas mileage is not the greatest, though I haven't taken it on a trip yet. But I can vouch for a 93 mph 1/4 mile, and so far 110 mph with plenty of peadle left. Its a sleeper, nobody knows what the hell happened when I pass them like they were parked.

    Pros: Acceleration, brakes, ride quality, standard features, power at cruising speed (like passing someone) looks that kill, headlights are sufficient.

    Cons: fuel economy is not the best, torque steer (moderate, not bad)

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    2006 Hyundai Sonata GL Review
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    Unbeatable Value — was not supposed to buy that car. It did however fit in the price range i wanted to spend for a car so i gave it is chance by trying it. Beated every other brands i've tried. For the price range, car i've looked at were Toyota corolla, mazda 3, ford fusion, nissan versa, honda fit/civic. At that moment, no recent/interesting models at Nissan, GM, Chrysler, Subaru, Kia, Suzuki... I've understood that the best compact car just can't compete with the ride quality of a full size sedan

    Pros: extremely silent, very well assembled, relatively high gas mileage (4 cyl)
    manual transmission a lot better then ford fusion, similar to mazda.
    mutli-link suspension, frame is rigit.  Huge trunk

    Cons: suspension too smooth
    brand/name of the car not very 'glamour'

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    2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS Review
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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. Update 12/14/2014: Now up to 113,000 miles and it is still running smooth. I did have to have the lower A arm replaced this past month at just under $200, which is the most I have spent on non-routine maintenance items since I have owned the car. That's not bad. Still drives and rides like it was new, though I am ready to trade it in for a truck. I have had this car longer and put more miles on it than any car I have ever owned. Overall it has been a very good car and still is.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

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

    Cons: Poor quality paint and materials. Hyundai spent the development budget on safety features and left the material quailty for last.

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    2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS Review
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    The Accountant — Needs the V6, not only for power and pickup, but for resale value, I'm glad I opted for the 6 cylinder. A comfortable reliable, if a bit boring sedan, gives the Camry and Accord a good run for their money. Best warranty in the business, but I've never had to use it. Took me on an hour long commute every day for a year without complaint. Dash is simple, intuitive and well laid out.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Good solid, reasonable, and reliable transportation

    Cons: Good solid, reasonable, and reliable transportation

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    2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS Review
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    Good Value For Money — Car has many safety features V6 is smooth with good power interior is quiet with nice features console is laid out smartly AC heat blows perfectly ride is firm not too firm value cant be beat would recommend to anyone

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: V6 good power good looks reliable good value for dollar

    Cons: Thirsty with city driving seats are little too  firm

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    2006 Hyundai Sonata LX Review
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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

    Pros: 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

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2015 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

    Great Commuter Car By hessere

    This is actually my wife's car. She commutes roughly 30 miles a day and she loves this car for that. She got the model with all the bells and whistles so she loves the heated seats and the navigatio... Read More

    A Spacious And Very Comfortable Family Car! By Redleg70

    I have owned for one week. However, I am very impressed with the safety features, navigation, sound system, and ride quality. Additionally, the panoramic sunroof, heated and cooled seats as well as th... Read More

    2014 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

    Good Value By migration_LisaHappy1

    The car is for business. It handles well, gets great mileage, for the money it is a honey. Great trunk size, great for long distance travel. Front seats are comfortable, and the heated seat option ... Read More

    Overall Great Deal. Currently Outdoes Most Brands With Respect To Balancing Value/style/luxury/perf By jwgreen83

    Currently outdoes most brands with respect to balancing style, luxury, and performance with respect to the cost. (value) I compared many vehicle brands in the same car classes and knew I wanted one o... Read More

    2013 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

    Worth The Money By Bob

    Three years ago I rented a 2012 Sonata for a trip. After spending a week with the car, I knew that I would eventually buy one. That finally happened about four months ago. With the help of Car Gurus, ... Read More

    Love It, Hate To Let It Go By Andrew

    I got this car when I moved to Austin, and have had it now for almost two years. When choosing between Sonata, Accord and Camry, I ended up going with Sonata, because of its handling (much better than... Read More

    2012 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

    Luxury Car Feel Without Luxury Car Price By Zxoike

    This car can handle like a sports car if you need it to but as an older married guy with a family I enjoyed the comfortable ride in a car that keep my family safe. It has tons of storage capacity as ... Read More

    Luxury Car Without The Luxury Car Price By Zxoike

    This car is a luxury sedan with tons of room but has many of the handling characteristics of a sports car. It also has a fold down rear seat to allow for that extra cargo capacity. I feel perfectly ... Read More

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

    Beautiful Fast Little Beast By DaniRue

    I love this car, it's great in every aspect. Great on gas, even as a turbo. And low cost maintenance. Never had a single issue with it. The rims add to the sleek style of the car. And it sounds great... Read More

    A Reliable, Safe, And Fun Family Car. By Fleeman96

    The pros of the car include the luxury options, overall built quality and comfort of the car. The included options in the luxury package are excellent options for this price range of a vehicle. The mp... Read More

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