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2007 Hyundai Sonata

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2007 Hyundai Sonata Review

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Hyundai is quickly becoming a major player in the U.S. market, demonstrating an uncanny ability to produce high-quality products at bargain-basement prices. The latest example of the company's accelerated design evolution is the Sonata, a roomy and well-equipped sedan challenging the dominance of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry (at least on paper) but costing thousands less. Built at Hyundai's factory in Alabama, the Sonata boasts an impressive list of standard safety equipment, helping it earn a five-star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also carries one of the best powertrain warranties in the business.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're attracted to the idea of a feature-filled mid-size sedan that won't bust your budget, the Hyundai Sonata should be one of the cars on your list. Also worth noting is Hyundai's very real commitment to including a high level of standard safety equipment on every vehicle.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Sonata carries the unenviable burden of competing in the same category as the Accord and Camry, perennial industry benchmarks in quality. For anyone accustomed to that top-level refinement, the Sonata's higher level of equipment for the money might not be enough to tip the scales in its favor.

What's Significant About This Car?

A new SE trim is added to the Sonata lineup and features 17-inch wheels and a V6 engine. The four-cylinder GLS models receive a price reduction while the top-end Limited trim gets a new chrome grille and optional Infinity sound system. Both the four- and six-cylinder engines now qualify the Sonata as an Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle.

Driving the Sonata

Driving Impressions The Hyundai Sonata drives like a small car. On the plus side, that means more nimble and confident handling. On the flip side, that means a ride less insulated from...

rough roads. Over smooth highways, our V6 Sonata GLS was comfortable and quiet, even with its low-profile tires. It also delivered brisk acceleration—both off the line and in short-order passing situations—while the five-speed automatic transmission shifted smoothly and responded quickly to manual commands. Overall, the new Sonata does many things well. But unlike some of its world-beating competitors, the new Sonata is merely equal to the sum of its parts.

Automatic Air Quality System
When a sensor detects an excess of pollen or diesel fumes, for instance, the ventilation system automatically switches into the recirculate mode.

Aggressive Low-Profile Tires
The same tires you might expect to find on a sporty coupe help to make the V6 Sonata a worthy companion on meandering roads.

2007 Hyundai Sonata Details
2007 Hyundai Sonata photo Interior

Although the Sonata competes in the mid-size sedan category, the EPA actually groups it in the "Large Car" category due to its interior space. Even though it barely makes the Large Car cutoff, the Sonata treats front and rear passengers to a cabin that is spacious and comfortable, although some might find the front seat bottom lacking in thigh support due to its minimal up-angle adjustment. Its attractive environment also features nicer materials and cleaner designs than many might expect, with the exception of the center of the instrument panel. In spots where cheap plastic seems inevitable, Sonata's designers have done a fine job in minimizing its impact.

Exterior
2007 Hyundai Sonata photo

The Hyundai Sonata features significantly more contemporary styling than previous generations, though some might argue the design is also somewhat generic. The SE trim's available features, like dual chrome exhaust outlets and 17-inch aluminum wheels equipped with aggressive Michelin Pilot tires, provide a little more character. Overall, we like the Sonata's new styling, even if it's squarely on the safe side, and don't see any single design feature likely to turn anybody away from the car.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

One of the Sonata's key selling points is its impressive equipment list, including an admirable array of standard safety features. The base Sonata features a sophisticated 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system, cruise control, keyless entry, power windows and door locks, heated power side mirrors and leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel. The long list of standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and head-curtain airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) and whiplash-reducing active front head restraints.

Optional Equipment

Available upgrades include a 234-horsepower V6, four-speed and five-speed automatic transmissions with manual gear select, leather seats, moonroof, Infinity AM/FM/6CD/MP3 sound system, alloy wheels, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, automatic headlamps, trip computer, fog lights, heated front seats, eight-way power driver's seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror and automatic temperature control. A Sport Premium package is offered on the four-cylinder GLS and includes 17-inch alloy wheels and fog lights.

Under the Hood

The base powertrain package in the 2006 Hyundai Sonata is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a five-speed manual transmission, which complements the car's nimble handling better than the same engine in conjunction with the available four-speed automatic transmission. With dual overhead cams and continuously variable valve timing, this all-aluminum engine is good for 162 horsepower and 164 pound-feet of torque. The best partnership under the hood, however, is the sophisticated new 3.3-liter V6 and the responsive five-speed automatic transmission. With 234 horsepower, 226 pound-feet of torque and manually selectable gears, it isn't hard to coax the V6 Sonata into having a little fun.

2.4-liter in-line 4
162 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
164 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/34 (manual), 24/33 (automatic)

3.3-liter V6
234 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
226 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30

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2007 Hyundai Sonata Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 766 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Best Car Everrrrrr

By on Monday, January 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Since owning this vehicle I have had no problems. Only con about this car is the leather seats and low gas mileage."

Solid running car

By on Sunday, January 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 142,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "good gas mileage, handles well"

Cons: "inside door panels need to be better"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had a bunch of vehicles over the years, this hyundai is by far the most reliable car I have ever owned. I have kept up the maintence and it is still running strong at 142,000mi . Iwould absolutely buy another Hyundai . Great vehicle."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Best I have ever owned

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good value, great reliability, low coast to operat"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car has had regular use, including some long road trips in summer. It is by far the most reliable car I have ever owned, and I have owned some other reliable makes. Comfort is just right for me (I am average height and weight). Instruments very readable, especially at night. Mileage on road continues to be excellent, often exceeding advertised claims. I am tempted to keep it until I or it quits, but after 10 years, I think it is time to trade."

1/4 Million Miles V6 GLS 2006

By on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 255,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Consistent, reliable, comfortable, great v6"

Cons: "suspension noise, eh..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

255k miles

"The car is a truly great in proportions / functionality. Wide doors, high roof line, clear visibility, idiot proof controls/buttons, huge trunk, couch sized back seat, and minimal 'cute gee whiz stuff' that dates itself/breaks. The V6 still surprises me, ample power, great driveability at wide speed range / passenger loads. I would re-buy the vehicle again today without question. It gets so many things right. In the vehicles life, I've driven over 5000 miles on gravel roads at 30+ miles an hour and it's held together quite well. 5.5k-6k mile change intervals on the oil. Most annoying thing - changing the 3rd brake light bulb. Pokey items - driver visor tension was floppy [replaced] and the flip down cup holder gripper wasn't sturdy enough [removed it]."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

255k miles

One of my Best Vehicle I have ever Had

By on Monday, December 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,588

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Low Maintenance,Reliable,High MPG,Perfect driving"

Cons: "Simple insterior Cosmetic Issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am 36 and I had VW Jetta,Toyota Camry, Honda Civic and This one 2006 Hyundai Sonata GL. All of them were great and this one is also way beyond what people thinks. I bought it When it had 85,000 miles on it Sep 2012 from its first owner, I still have it and as a second owner,and planning not to sell it since it is Perfectly reliable. It does not have the timing belt. So you don't have to change anything. Milage/Gallon is pretty good for a car 2.4 engine car. It is giving me always more that 25 miles per gallon. If I have to be precise i can say 28/32 for sure. Low maintenance. There a few cons by the way. Like interior cosmetic issues like windows button. It is floppy but it works. I can definitely keep driving it and I will keep it. There is a check engine light issue you need to know it is coming from emission. I have replace that piece twice like around $200 each time but for a mileage that i have taken so far like 100,000 in 3 years, It is OK. No other expenses. And please consider this car. I can say Instead of paying more to Honda i would get Hyundai since you can get the same type of a car with a better price. Since nobody knows it. It is not popular like the other two brand. But i can definitely say I LOVED IT SO MUCH."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Excellent car..great value

By on Thursday, December 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love this car....6 cylinder... I have a 2011 4 cylinder, and I like this one better. Smooth drive. Just got new tires and complete tuneup. Thinking of selling it to get a new Sonata, but I own it...little reluctant. I know that my 2003 ran until it had 245,000 miles. Very reliable car..I take good care of it with regular maintenance."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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