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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
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 743 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

Very Comfortable & Easy to Drive

By on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

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
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, Spacious, Comfortable, Safe"

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

"This was the first and only car I test drove on the lot when I bought it about 6 months ago. It is stylish, comfortable, spacious (I was actually surprised at how spacious it was) and easy for anyone, including my tall fiance, his mom, my grandmother, and my two nephews to get in and out of. One of my favorite things about it, other than how easy it is to drive, is that the seats let down and make the trunk almost as long as a small truck bed. This is incredibly useful during the holidays and for those unintended large items that we sometimes buy, like tvs, without thinking about how to get them home. Also, the gas mileage on the interstate is great - I got 300 miles to a little under half a tank and it only costs about $30 to fill up. Also, as an added bonus, it doesn't use much oil and I've hardly ever had to check it. There are a few small things that aren't up to par as far as the interior goes, but none worth mentioning other than the middle console latches that are hard to replace and according to other reviews I've read, get broken easily. All of that aside, everyone who has gotten into my car and especially those who have driven it have all really liked it and some have even considered buying one. Overall, I would recommend it to anyone who wants a dependable, stylish, spacious, car that is great on gas. Hope this was review was helpful and have a blessed day!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Fantastic car!

By on Tuesday, May 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,100

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: "Very comfortable and great gas mileage!"

Cons: "No outside noise control."

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

"bought this car new at the end of May 2010. Disappointed with only choice of black or slate, so I chose slate. It currently has 62,100 miles, one owner. Tinted windows were installed by a professional company. It is great for long distance travel; however, it doesn't have outside noise control as did my former auto, 2000 Chevy Malibu, which I really miss. It's great on gas! Very comfortable and roomy too. Everyone who has riden in my vehicle comments what a smooth ride it is and comfortable."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Couldnt ask for better quality for the money

By on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Milage, dependability, power"

Cons: "noisy ride."

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

"The car has been reliable from day one. The milage is spot on for my driving, lead foot and 28 mph. Ive only had to put new tires on and the battry replaced once."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Overall, best of the 15 cars that I have owned.

By on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable and easy to drive"

Cons: "None"

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

"Have owned Hyundai products since 1985. For value and reliability I would place it in the top of it's class."

One owner car, Ex cond, Fl use only, low mileage

By on Monday, April 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

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: "great car for family use, and no surprises"

Cons: "cup holders, center panel, change panel, etc.."

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

"This is an excellent car for someone who needs a well maintained car, with low mileage, newer tires, brakes, and overall maintenance free. This car was used in Fl only and is in excellent condition. One owner, and will sell for blue book price of $6,300. which saves new owner dealer add on costs. Interested parties ONLY???? been there, done it before, and you won't be disappointed..."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Meh

By on Sunday, April 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "It looks nice."

Cons: "It isn't very nice."

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

"Falls apart a lot. Not really that great. But I guess it was pretty affordable. Though, not after all of the work we have had to put into it."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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