Competition is not any better, and Sonata (specially in used market) is not beatable!
I believe the style of 02~05 was really unique and much better than the Japanese/American cars in class.
Much better than what expected, especially on highway, and I do have a heavy foot!
I have tried 3 different in 2 provinces, and they are always happy to help, and surprisingly the service rate is really good! I have gone to two dealer for test drive and looked at cars & SUVs. both of them really polite and patient with no push to buy.
Just after I tried other cars (mazda, nissan, GM) I realized how good is interior material.