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2009 Hyundai Sonata Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by promanko



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Reviewed: 2009 Hyundai Sonata

4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2009 Hyundai Sonata?

Discounts & incentives

At the time of purchase there was $2,000 for incentives and an additional $500 for graduate rebates. Topping it off was 0% financing for 48 months!

Interior styling

Completely overhauled in 2009. Very stylish and well thought out.....the soft blue backlighting is very appealing. Would not have purchased if the 2008 interior had been held over.

Feature availability

When compared to the Accord EX-L I could purchase the Sonata Limited for nearly $5K less after incentives were applied. The cars were both rich in features which made it easy to pull the trigger.

Safety & braking

Firm and responsive braking, along with 5 star rating for crash safety.

Fuel economy

Best of breed fuel economy speaks for itself.

Why Not the 2009 Hyundai Sonata?


The only noticeable downside thus far is the vast depreciation in the first 12 to 24 months. If you plan on retaining the car for longer than 5 years, it becomes a moot point.

Materials & workmanship

Periodic "Rice Krispies" effect from the dash as cabin temperature warms. Materials are vastly improved from the 2008 model, but dash material seemingly expands as the cabin warms to room temperature...it ceases once room temperature is reached.

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