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2010 Hyundai Sonata

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2010 Hyundai Sonata Review

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If there's a single vehicle that distinguishes the new Hyundai from the old, it's the current-generation Sonata Sedan. The redesigned Sonata debuted for the 2006 model year with relevant styling, class-competitive powertrains and a new feeling of refinement, along with every bit of the price-feature value that once was Hyundai's sole reason for being. Over the next couple years, though, the Sonata would begin losing ground in the segment as many of its best-selling competitors underwent complete redesigns. The Sedan's passenger cabin became the greatest area of need, having been left far behind the competition in both styling and features. Last year's update carries over to the 2010 model and is meant to hold customers attention until the debut of the all-new and much sleeker 2011 Sonata.

You'll Like This Car If...

We think you'll like the 2010 Hyundai Sonata if you're looking for a comfortable, roomy mid-size sedan that won't break the budget. The Sonata continues to offer as much or more equipment as the competition at a lower price.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want a family sedan with a sporty flair, you'll be better served by the Nissan Altima, Chevy Malibu or even the larger Honda Accord. The Sonata aims more at luxury than sportiness, though it lacks the chassis sophistication of the car that does this best, the Toyota Camry.

What's New for 2010

In a nod to improved fuel economy, Hyundai has added its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine to the SE and Limited trims. A V6 is still available on all but the base GLS model. Auxiliary audio and a USB input jack are now standard on all trims.

Driving the Sonata

Driving Impressions On the road, the 2010 Hyundai Sonata is smooth and comfortable. Road and engine noise aren't very intrusive, but the Sonata isn't as quiet as the best in the class....

The Sonata's road manners are similar to those of the Toyota Camry, which has the smoothest ride in the segment. It isn't nimble, though, not even the SE model with its stiffer suspension settings. In fact, we found the SE tended to pound over tar strips at low speeds, making it the model we'd least recommend. In all models, the steering is somewhat slow, but braking is predictable and worry-free. Both of the Sonata's engines are competitive. We feel the V6 is the best choice, but it isn't as powerful as the V6s offered by General Motors, Honda, Toyota and Nissan and we found throttle response to be a bit slow.

iPod Interface
One of our favorite features of the Sonata is its standard iPod Interface. A cable is provided to plug in your iPod and charge it, and you can control your iPod through the radio. Also included are a USB port and an auxiliary input jack to plug in other types of MP3 players.

Split-Folding Rear Seat
We also like the Sonata's standard 60/40 split folding rear seat. It expands on the trunk's already generous 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space and makes it possible to haul longer items like skis or snowboards.

2010 Hyundai Sonata Details
2010 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 generous interior space. That means it has plenty of front and rear seat room, enough to carry four or even five adults comfortably. The rear seat is made even more livable by a standard fold-down armrest with two integrated cup holders. Up front, the environment is attractive and the materials are of a higher quality than buyers might expect. All of the controls are within easy reach, and the blue-tinted gauges are easy to read, though they can wash out in bright sunlight. We appreciate the fact that Hyundai has provided plenty of bins and cubbies to hold small items like cell phones and iPods.

Exterior
2010 Hyundai Sonata photo

When it comes to looks, the 2010 Hyundai Sonata is a fairly generic interpretation of the modern sedan. It is sized like most of its competitors, and it has a large greenhouse to accommodate a lot of interior space. Though not unattractive, it doesn't stand out on the road, even with last year's refresh of its grille, front and rear bumpers, headlights, taillights, and fog lights. The SE model features a rear spoiler and 17-inch aluminum wheels with low-profile performance tires. The Limited also has 17s, plus a chrome grille and additional chrome exterior trim.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

One of the Sonata's key selling points is its impressive equipment list. The GLS model comes with air conditioning, cruise control, cloth upholstery, power accessories, CD stereo with six speakers, XM Satellite Radio, and 16-inch steel wheels. The sport-oriented SE adds cloth seats with leather bolsters, fog lights, a rear spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels, stiffer shocks and larger stabilizer bars. The top-line Limited is decked out with automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a sunroof, and an Infinity sound system with a 6-disc CD changer. All Sonatas have an admirable array of standard safety features, including dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist (ABS), traction control, electronic stability control, and active front head restraints.

Optional Equipment

The Sonata GLS offers a Popular Equipment Package that adds automatic headlights, a power driver's seat with power lumbar control, woodgrain interior accents, steering-wheel audio controls and a trip computer. A power sunroof is also available. The Limited trim can be equipped with Hyundai's touch-screen navigation with voice control.

Under the Hood

The 2010 Sonata's base engine is Hyundai's second-generation dual-overhead cam Theta II 2.4-liter four-cylinder. A newly redesigned intake resonator and the addition of dual camshaft continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) raises horsepower to 175 and torque to 168 lb.-ft. It can be ordered with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capability. Also newly revised is Hyundai's Lambda 3.3-liter V6. It develops 249 horsepower and 229 lb.-ft. of torque. This V6 is only available with the five-speed automatic transmission.

2.4-liter in-line 4
175 horsepower @ 6000 rpm (ULEV)
168 horsepower @ 6000 rpm (SULEV)
168 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm (ULEV)
163 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm (SULEV)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/32 (manual), 22/32 (automatic)

3.3-liter V6
249 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
229 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/29

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2010 Hyundai Sonata Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 757 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

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

Pleasantly surprised; have liked this car

By on Thursday, August 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Stylish, peppy, fun, comfortable"

Cons: "visors fail, local dealership service was absent"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Cash-in-hand, I went to the local dealership to test drive used vehicles. I tried several but didn't like any of them. However, we've bought several good used cars from this dealership and at his urging, I tried the Sonata. The first surprising thing was applying reasonable throttle and squealing out of his parking lot. The seats were comfortable and over-all I was happy with the steering, responsiveness and fit. White is one of the only sensible colors in GA and I much prefer cloth seats. (At the time of purchase, there was a close Hyundai dealership but they closed after 2-3 years. Taking any car to a mechanic who's not factory trained for the specific model makes me uneasy. That was my major complaint; nearest dealership, about 40 miles away. Second major complaint: around year 4 after purchase, both visors had broken shattering the mounting plastic all over the dash and front seats. (I'd heard that there was a period of time the dealership would have replaced the visors for free, but I missed out on that. I doubt that the replacements would have lasted more than 4-5 years since I suspect faulty design and/or materials was the reason they failed). Over-all the car has been reliable and mileage has been 23 mpg mixed hwy/city and 29 mpg loaded with 2 adults and a trunk full of luggage. The paint has held up well and so has the upholstery and seat supporting materials; the driver lumbar adjustment is great."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

An excellent car.

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "An excellent car for the money."

Cons: "There is none."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The car is outside since i bought it. The paint is excellent and the leather seats are to. The back seat looks brand new, the car has a large trunk . It has an electric sunroof ."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Best value for design and reliability

By on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I have had nothing go wrong with my car and it has nearly 60,000 miles. It has been super reliable, fun and easy to drive and similar to an Acura Legend in feel"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

So glad I bought this car. Best I've ever owned.

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 168,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"Bought this car used in 2007 with around 20,000 miles on it. Besides the routine upkeep any car requires, it's only needed one repair (new key assembly)since. Handles well in snow & is a comfortable ride. Gets relatively good gas milage. Don't feel like i could have asked for more. Will definitely get another Hyundai."

This car rarely needs repair.

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "good mileage, comfortable, feel very safe in it."

Cons: "center brake light replacement and driving lights"

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

"My sister shopped a long time for a new car and paid cash for it. I was so happy when it was left to me after all the cars I have had purchased in the past. Excellent mileage, drives great and reliable. If I could find others at a good price I would get one for each of my 4 kids."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great 2nd car or starter car for new driver!!

By on Sunday, July 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "still get Great Gas mileage (27mpg Hwy)"

Cons: "CD player sometimes get stuck"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Even though car has high mileage it still performs like a champ. I have kept up with Every service maintainence issue thru the years and same service shop for all repairs can verify condition etc.. Replaced alternator, new battery and tires etc in past year to support the strong,quiet engine.This Sonata still runs Great; City & Hwy!! Interior is in good condition as well... Everything still works; except cannot seem to get airbag light to go off on dash panel.. my service tech has tried numerous times ( manufactor defect on this) But we do know that All airbags etc operate properly. I am only selling car because I am buying newer model and do not have use for 2 cars....GREAT STARTER CAR FOR NEW DRIVER... GREAT CAR FOR OLDER PERSON, GREAT BUY FOR LOW BUDGET/POOR CREDIT PERSON!"

5 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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