2009 Hyundai Sonata vs. Its Competition

2009 Hyundai Sonata
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The true competition for the 2009 Hyundai Sonata is the large four-door sedan with less emphasis on road manners and more emphasis on comfort.

The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have long dominated this niche, though the Camry’s reliability has slipped by some reports and the Accord’s styling has ventured off on a slightly odd tangent.

The Nissan Altima’s an exceptional large sedan, with quick steering and slick styling, but a less useful trunk and like all but the Accord, less room overall than the Sonata.

The Chevrolet Malibu scores like the Sonata in room and style, and like the Camry and Altima, it comes in hybrid trim too (covered in separate reviews).

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Quick Specs
7.8
TheCarConnection.com still rates the Honda Accord as the family-sedan champion, but the 2009 Hyundai Sonata lands solidly in the upstart tier that includes the Mazda6, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.
8.6
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
7.6
The 2009 Toyota Camry remains one of the best choices for those looking for a reliable and roomy—albeit plainly dressed—family sedan.
9.0
Whether you're looking for a comfy commuter in the $20,000 range or a luxurious, powerful $30,000 family sedan, the newly redesigned 2008 Honda Accord should be on your shortlist.
8.4
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
MSRP From    
$18,700$21,605$19,145$20,360$18,620
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
LargeMidsizeMid-SizeLargeMidsize
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManualManual w/OD