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2010 Hyundai Sonata Review

Auto critics agreed that if you can get past the 2010 Hyundai Sonata’s bland styling, it’s a solid used midsize car. The Sonata’s good safety ratings, large cabin and useful tech features will appeal to many buyers.

Pros & Cons

  • Good safety scores
  • Competitive fuel economy
  • Spacious, upscale interior
  • Sedate styling
  • Unrefined five-speed automatic transmission




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.0
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2010 Hyundai Sonata Overview

The 2010 Hyundai Sonata is a middle-of-the-road 2010 used midsize car. It’s not the sportiest in the class, but when it was new, test drivers liked its smooth, comfortable ride and spacious interior. They said that there’s plenty of room in the cabin and trunk, and families who are shopping for a safe used sedan will be pleased with the 2010 Sonata’s safety scores. Reviewers also liked the interior’s upscale materials and the standard auxiliary and USB audio jacks. 

If you’re looking for a used midsize sedan with stand-out looks, the 2010 Sonata won’t turn any heads. Auto critics said one of the Sonata’s biggest downsides was that it lacked personality and any type of sporty styling.

The 2010 Hyundai Sonata has either a four-cylinder or V6 engine, and it came standard with a five-speed manual or an available five-speed automatic transmission. Four-cylinder Sonatas get up to 22/32 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class.

Inside, standard features include a six-speaker stereo with a USB port and satellite radio, power windows and door locks and cruise control. Options and features on higher trims include a sunroof, Bluetooth, an upgraded stereo, leather and heated front seats. Six airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and traction control are all standard on the 2010 Sonata.

Critics loved the redesigned 2011 Hyundai Sonata, so if you want more style and can afford to spend more, the 2011 Sonata is worth a look.

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Other Cars to Consider

Like the Sonata, the 2010 Toyota Camry offers a smooth, comfortable ride and refined engines. Additionally, the Camry is a great choice if you need a roomy interior with good cabin and trunk space. The Camry is not a car test drivers said was sporty or engaging to drive, but if you’re looking for a practical family car, the 2010 Camry is a good choice.

If “boring to drive” is a trait you do not want in your next used midsize car, auto critics agreed that you should test drive the 2010 Mazda6. When it was new, the Mazda6 was regarded as one of the most fun-to-drive cars in its class, thanks to its nimble handling and sporty driving dynamics. The Mazda6 also has all the practicality and room that families are looking for, along with sleek, sexy styling.

Compare the Sonata to the Camry and Mazda6 »

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