2009 Hyundai Sonata Limited
Price: starting at $18,700
Mileage: 22 city/32 highway
Someone really needs to explain this to me: why is the bulbous jellybean styling of both the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry somehow acceptable to so many new car buyers? And how on earth did it come to pass that the most coherent exterior (and interior, for that matter) design statement comes from none other than Korea's Hyundai? Dare I say it? The Hyundai Sonata is easily and without question the best looking four cylinder family sedan on the market today.
Powered by a fuel efficient 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine the Sonata not only looks good but it makes sense from a financial viewpoint as well. Do I even need to mention that it has a 10 year/100,000 mile power train warranty? The Sonata benefits from tightly tailored lines and while it may not be a groundbreaking design it is unique in the fact that it looks good from every angle. When did car companies stop designing cars whose front, back, side and ¾ views all meshed?
Last year Hyundai also finally fixed the true Achilles Heel that had plagued the most recent Sonata since it was launched the bargain basement feel of the interior. Now the interior of the Sonata reminds me less of a 99 Cent Store and now looks a lot like the inside of the last generation Acura TL. While the dash is not covered in luxurious leather I find it to be a more appealing design than even the one found in the new Genesis sedan. It is definitely a whole lot better than the interior of the nightmarishly plasticky Azeraa car so bad that even its new car smell is malodorously reminiscent of a county fair livestock competition. Oh well, I guess even the mighty Hyundai cant win them all.