2010 Hyundai Sonata vs. Its Competition

2010 Hyundai Sonata
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The mid-size sedan field has long been ruled by the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, though the Camry no longer has the top-notch reliability and build quality it once did, and the Honda Accord has gone off in left field in terms of styling.

Meanwhile, the Nissan Altima is an exceptional large sedan, with responsive handling and sporty styling to match; however, it has less space overall than the Sonata, and its CVT automatic is a less appealing combination than the Sonata's four-cylinder and five-speed automatic.

The Chevrolet Malibu is just as roomy as the Sonata, with a very comfortable ride and well-appointed interior, though its four-cylinder engine isn't quite as smooth and quiet.

The Ford Fusion is a slight step smaller than the rest but feels much sportier overall.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The refined and roomy 2010 Hyundai Sonata lands solidly in the middle of a crowded field of mid-size family sedans, with just a little more value for the money than most of the rest.
8.6
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
8.2
The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere.
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$19,035$19,145$20,360$18,620
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
LargeMidsizeMid-Size SedanMid-SizeLargeMidsize
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD4-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 DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualManual w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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