2002 Hyundai Sonata Review

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Certainly, Hyundai has to earn its spot among the top ranks of auto brands sold in the U.S. But with sales hovering above 350,000 cars a year and quality soaring by some convincing measures, Hyundai’s no longer the Kmart of auto brands -- although comparisons with Wal-Mart wouldn’t be far off.

With the debut of the redesigned 2002 Sonata, it's likely that some of those remaining snide sneers will be transformed into smug smiles of satisfaction. The Sonata takes aim right at the heart of the mid-size family car segment. This means that Sonata is shouldering in among the Camrys, Accords, Malibus, Saturns and Jettas that have for years contested this automotive category like Afghan warlords.

Whereas a previous rendition of Sonata depended on offbeat, even goofy styling to draw attention to itself, the car's reprise in '02 is conspicuous for its courtly elegance. From side and rear, Sonata's lines are tastefully rounded and flowing. Up front, new modular headlights surmount standard cat's-eye fog lamps, evoking a decidedly sporty look. If anything, only the blacked-out grille, with its vertical strakes and prominent Hyundai badge, is a little too big for its britches.

Middling aspirations

The Sonata reviewed here is Hyundai's mid-level GLS version. That means it's powered by a 181-horsepower, 2.7-liter twin-cam V-6. Equipped with a four-speed automatic that incorporates Shiftronic manual gearchanging, this GLS cost $17,499, base. More significant yet, the only option was $86 worth of carpeted floor mats, so that after a destination charge, the as-tested price was $18,080. Pricing, in other words, is Hyundai's not-so-secret weapon, because for just that little, you can get V-6 power in a five-passenger sedan and bask in standard air-conditioned comfort with your AM/FM/cassette/CD sound system and power windows, mirrors and keyless-remote door locks. (The question remains, then: Why couldn't Hyundai just throw in the floor mats for good measure?)

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
For 2017 Hyundai Sonata

Good Performer!!!

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Best car I've owned! Had a 2005 Sonata that I was sorry I traded it in for a 2013 Dodge Dart. Worst mistake I've ever made in purchasing a car.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T

Cheap plastics worse mpgs than the old v6 smaller

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I've had an 07 and a 2015 turbo. I still like my old 07 better. Only thing it did t have That I missed was leather seats and nav. This one fully decked out, auto cruse jams brakes, speeds up uncontrollably... + More »
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Monday, October 17, 2016
2016 Hyundai Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Sport

GOOD RIDE !!!!!

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It is everything I want for daily transportation.Very reliable. Nice styling.
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