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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Subaru Legacy, Saturn Aura, Sedan
#242 of 12297 Sonata has arrived!!!
Jul 21, 2005 (9:54 pm)
The Hyundai Sonata has a style all its own... and yes it does appeal to a wide variety of people. I could have bought any new car for the past few years! But #1 I don't like new car payments and #2 There has been NOTHING (that would be practical) that has thrilled me up until this year (the G35 the only possible exception)!
So what car did I want?? (my self imposed limit of up to $40K+ ) It has been 15 years since I bought MY last car (1989 Mustang LX 5.0). The last two were my wife's choices with my guidance (1995 Contour V6 her 1st new car then turned into my car and 1999 Windstar V6 her second new vehicle). So this was MY turn all bets were off!
My priorities.. fun to drive car,decent family room, safety, mileage,realiability, style, value and warranty. Needs to last ten years plus!
This ruled out most 2-doors, cars with lousy back seats, cars with lousy reliability and overpriced cars! So I searched...
I looked at "used" Lexus G430 (nice car,needs premium gas,4 years old,new too pricey)
I looked at Prius (nice MPG but no good deals, long term repair costs, low power/fun)
I considered the G35 new and used ( very nice cars think they need premium as well)
I looked at new Mustang GT (great design and power w/ decent mpg, lousy back seat)
I looked at new Pontiac G6 (nice backseat and panoramic sunroof , low on power)
I looked at Saab 9-3 (very nice car with innovative features, repair shop time a big factor)
Accord's or Camry's not even on my radar! (Too something I'm not)
I also looked at the 2006 Sonata LX... Even at MSRP (under 25K) this car is a great package! Built in America for America with a brand new 235 HP V6 engine expected to last 300K+. Lots of power (feels nearly as fast as my Mustang 5.0 to me), tons of safety features, MP3 stereo 6 disk changer that lets me have 72+hours of music and podcasts at my fingertips, nice handling, nice braking, beautiful paint job, 17" euroflange alloys, homelink mirror w/ auto dim, I could go on and on but I'll end with looks like a much more expensive car than it is especially in Ebony Black! My neighbor thought it was a $50,000+ Lexus at first.
I don't buy that the Sonata "looks" like an Accord or Camry when you take the entire package together they are all different. Accords are very nice cars.. my father in law has a new 2005 Accord Hybrid V6 (top of the line) which I drove ... I like my Sonata LX much better (also my car was over $5,000 less). Camrys are nice cars as well (Can't argue with Toyota/Lexus reliability) but a little on the sedate side of things for me. So for me the Sonata looks much better overall to either of those makes. In fact I think Lexus and Infinity will need to watch their back very soon... the Koreans are coming. I find it ironic that the new 2006 Lexus has the same back end as my Sonata! Hyundai is doing something very right here!
So really when you compare the feature sets, the overall price and the styles I think Hyundai has a lot going for it. Then when you can negotiate almost $2000 off an already decent price.... well that made a quick decision for me. I love this car!
Not to mention that it was nearly the least expensive of my choices. Love the feeling of that change jingling in my pockets.
#244 of 12297 how do they look remotely the same?
Jul 21, 2005 (10:24 pm)
#245 of 12297 Re: Ctalk [choe13]
Jul 21, 2005 (10:25 pm)
Wow why dont you say that to edmunds, cause they agree with what i'm saying.
Now your just changing the topic, like i said before if you find a reviewer that CLEARLY states "the Sonata does not look like an Accord" then post.
5 series? now just getting desperte and you know i am right.
#246 of 12297 Okay I'll admit it...
Jul 21, 2005 (10:29 pm)
when I'm driving the car I most mistake for a 2006 Sonata is the Accord! So Yes they do bear a resemblence....
However so do most wine bottles but as you examine then the differences are evident.
and when you compare the features well Hyundai has some that neither Toyota or Honda offer as standard or even at any price yet!
Before you mention GPS... I've already got one (Garmin).
Plus I like the looks of the twisted H better than Honda's "I have to go" H !!!
Have to admit Hyundai hit a solid one here.
#247 of 12297 accord is so original itself?
Jul 21, 2005 (10:31 pm)
2007 accord(copies galant and G35 back lights detail in Ctalks perspective)
ALSO the 2007 accord by Ctalks perspective copies the 2002-2005 Altima trunk shape back end
#248 of 12297 Re: Okay I'll admit it... [boltman]
Jul 21, 2005 (10:31 pm)
Finally someone who admits they do bear some resembelence. Wine bottles... no offence or anything but how do they relate to similar styling?
The Sonata is a great vehicle, very well priced (but i like the EX V6 better than the LX)
H and Hyundai's H I hope you didn't buy the car just for that reason..
#250 of 12297 Re: accord is so original itself? [choe13]
Jul 21, 2005 (10:35 pm)
Ctalks perspective? when did i ever say that...
Ok really I dont see how the Galant and the Accord look SO Similar. But i see how the Sonata and Accord look similar. OK odviously you did not read my lasts posts. You said the Accord and Sonata dont look similar if you can find a review that clearly states "Sonata does not look anything like the Accord" please post it.
#251 of 12297 Re: Okay I'll admit it... [ctalk]
Jul 21, 2005 (10:40 pm)
The answer is from afar they look the same but it you compare what is in the bottle there are vast differences... yes they can both get you drunk but there are so many nuiances in the bottle itself.
You even have to admit from the side by side photos (or up to down) there is little resemblence but on the road there is something very similar as I have not mistaken any other car for a 2006 Sonata but a late model Honda Accord. Don't quite know why that is. Must be something besides just the tailights.