2009 Hyundai Sonata vs. Its Competition

2009 Hyundai Sonata
Martin Padgett Martin 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
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.
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid melds the automaker's proven, hybrid system into America's bread-and-butter sedan. What's not to like?
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Gas Mileage   
19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (SE)4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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