The new Sonata banks on swoopy lines and fuel economy to draw shoppers away from the class leaders.
Of all its competitors, it seems geared the most at the highly-rated Ford Fusion, which was refurbished for 2010 with a new interior, a bolder grille and neater dynamics.
The Nissan Altima’s also close kin, with big interior room and probably the best handling of all these four-doors, though its interior lacks the panache of the Sonata.
The large Honda Accord still has an elusive quality feel that few cars can match, though its styling has not aged as well as Honda may have hoped.
Finally, the Camry and Malibu are the conservative choices here, with an emphasis on quieter, more luxurious transportation.
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|22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Large Cars||Mid-Size Sedan||Mid-Size||Midsize||Large||Midsize|
|4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan S FWD||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)||4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS||4-Door I4 Manual LX||4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual||Continuously Variable|
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