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Hyundai Sonata, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
Nov 18, 2002 (11:25 am)
The Sonta V6 makes 170 hp at 6k rpms and 181 pound feet of torque at 4k rpms. The 2.5 liter V6 has been around since 1999. The current 2.7 liter is simply a larger version of the same engine, first debuting on the Sante Fe. It should be a reliable car for the long-term, but whether it would up to 270k is debatable. Hyundai hasn't proven itself up to that mileage yet. I would not describe the Sonata as having the torquey feel of a pushrod GM V6. Its power characteristics more closely resemble those of the 626, Camry, and Accord; higher rpms nets better acceleration to a certain degree.
Nov 18, 2002 (1:41 pm)
In addition to lngtonge18's good advice, pick up the just-out Consumer Reports New Car Preview 2003 (to add to your research). CR is now recommending the Sonata and Santa Fe, both of which are demonstrating above average reliability. Grand Am has been consistently below average, so if Mom can wring out such good mileage from a GM product, she could do it with almost anything (my personal best is 227K).
#2118 of 2955 Gotta check it out first
Nov 18, 2002 (2:24 pm)
Just wanted to ring in concerning a couple of subjects I have seen on this board. Those would be the engine horsepower ratings and headroom/moonroof issues.
Please don't take this as being arrogant, but didn't you test-drive the car before buying it? To me it doesn't matter what the factory says the HP's are, if the car accelerates adequately when it is driven, then the numbers are just numbers.
And at 6'2", I recognized within five minutes of my test-drive that I was not buying a model with the moonroof, no matter how much my wife wanted me to! If it made me uncomfortable in the test-drive, I could only imagine what it would do to me over the next 10 years.
BTW, I've had my 2002 base 4-cyl automatic for 3 weeks now, and I am very satisfied. Looks great, feels good driving it, plenty of room for the family, and no problems as of yet.
Nov 18, 2002 (2:51 pm)
yes, Mom has been really lucky about the Grand Am high mileage. so if the old engine was 2.5 at 170hp, and the 2.7 is bigger? what is the point of the new engine?
Nov 18, 2002 (2:54 pm)
I am now at 1800 miles and I achieved an all time low of 16.5 mpg. How can it be getting worse. I was averaging aroung 18mpg. I went to Koeppel Hyundai in LI city for an oil-x and there scanners detected nothing wrong. The service manager said that he used to take a demo 2003 Sonata (V6) to upstate Ny and got very poor mileage (whether it was as bad as mine I don't know), and he had to switch to an Elantra for the MPG. My question is are there any Sonata users getting this bad mileage or is my car just a gas hog? My driving habits are moderately (not extremely) heavy and about 60/40 city/hwy.
Nov 18, 2002 (5:11 pm)
Hyundai made a boo-boo in hp ratings. The 2.5 liter really only made 163 horses. So, the 2.7 does make more power, with the most noticeable gain being more torque.
#2123 of 2955 Quick Maintenance question
Nov 18, 2002 (7:37 pm)
I might buy a Sonata from a dealer that's too far away to take my car for regular maintenance.
Can I get ALL the maintenance and repairs done at non-Hyundai dealers? What happens is there's a major problem? Does the original dealer have a say or is it just between the repair shop and Hyundai?
Relatedly, there a Kia dealer near me. Would that be a good choice for repairs and maintenanceon the Sonata?
p.s. I would have posted this on the Maintenance and Repairs board but there are only 2 postings there.
Nov 19, 2002 (8:12 am)
Warranty repairs would have to be done by a Hyundai dealer. Non-warranty repairs and regular maintenance can be done anywhere.
Nov 22, 2002 (12:00 pm)
I would imagine the Kia dealer would be just fine for maintenance for your Sonata since it is the mechanical twin of thier Optima.