2007 Hyundai Sonata

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2007 Hyundai Sonata Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Hyundai Sonata was new.

The Sonata delivers class-leading safety features, decent fuel economy, reasonable handling and an incredibly spacious interior, but it can't match the more sporting performance and bold exterior body-styling of many others in its class. If you're in the market for an affordable midsize car, you should also consider the class-leading Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

Pros & Cons

  • Extremely spacious interior for its class
  • Many typically optional comfort and convenience features come standard at an affordable price
  • Class-leading list of standard safety features
  • Top-notch powertrain and overall vehicle warranties
  • Four-cylinder is seen as sluggish by some
  • Poor road feel, especially compared with the leading vehicles in its class
  • Bland, uninspired exterior styling
  • Has yet to achieve the "solid" feel of top European and Asian competitors

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Hyundai Sonata has a score of 8.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 52 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.8
Safety: 9.7
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2007 Hyundai Sonata Overview

The 2007 Hyundai Sonata offers adequate power and handling, generous cabin space, many standard safety features and a warranty that is generally seen as leading its class. Nevertheless, its bland look, combined with somewhat poor road-feel and a transmission that some feel hesitates, prevents auto writers from declaring it ideal. Still, reviewers are, on balance, impressed. In fact, the Detroit News declares, "With the Sonata, the Koreans are no longer just keeping up with the competition and producing 'me, too' kind of cars. They are elbowing their way to the head of the pack." While Edmunds notes that it "still doesn't match the segment leaders when it comes to overall refinement," it's still a "serious contender in the midsize sedan segment." BusinessWeek adds that "this vehicle not only sets a new standard for cost-effectiveness in a family sedan, it pushes even higher the already lofty levels of safety equipment and interior room in the class." With all this praise, it's no wonder the 2007 Hyundai Sonata is "Recommended" by Consumer Guide.

Reviewers almost universally agree that the Sonata is a great value. In fact, Kelley Blue Book asserts that "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." IntelliChoice gives the 2007 Sonata GLS a rating of "Excellent" for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership, compared to other vehicles in its class. The SE and Limited, however, receive a value rating of "Worse than Average." Nevertheless, Consumer Guide asserts, "Its strength is a crafty combination of comfort, roominess, mainstream design, and everyday performance at a price that compels shoppers to consider it." Kelley Blue Book adds, "While these prices can be up to $4,000 lower than some of the Sonata's best-selling competitors', lower resale values should be taken into consideration. We do, however, expect to see Hyundai vehicles command increasingly better prices in the resale market."


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