The Hyundai Sonata is really a comfortable and pleasant midsize sedan that proves Hyundai can take shape cars that aren't just easy around the pocketbook, but additionally simple to accept too. Like the majority of automobiles within the midsize sedan class, the Sonata offers front-wheel drive, numerous security features along with a selection of trim levels which include sporty and plush variants. Setting the Sonata apart, however, is Hyundai's lower prices and outstanding warranty coverage.
Excellent warranty, stylish sheetmetal, lots of bang for your family-sedan buck.
Noisy four-cylinder engine, some cheap interior bits.
The 2002 Sonata receives a new look, a refined suspension and an available automanual transmission. The standard features list is lengthened to include such niceties as remote keyless entry and, on GLS and new-for-2002 LX models, 16-inch wheels. In September 2002, Hyundai announced that it had misstated the horsepower ratings for all of the models in its lineup -- the Sonata's 2.4-liter four-cylinder is now rated for 138 hp, while the V6 is now at 170, the previously advertised 2002 power upgrade (11 horsepower) apparently notwithstanding. To compensate, the company is offering owners (of 2000 models and newer) three options: 10 years of roadside assistance, 6-year/72,000-mile basic warranty coverage or 12-year/120,000-mile powertrain coverage.