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You are in the Hyundai Sonata
What is this discussion about?
Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Sedan
#767 of 2824 I drive an Altima....
Nov 08, 2005 (3:15 pm)
And for the most part its been a good car, but I still prefer the Accord over everything else in this class, especially the 06 Accord models.
But you can't beat the Hyundai's value these days. The only glaring fault I have with Hyundai is the fact that you can't get a manual on anything but the GL models (that's not an issue for the MAJORITY of buyers in this class) and the interior is subpar in design IMO.
But other than that, I like the Sonata just fine...but the Accord has always been my pic.
I'm actually looking for an Accord now. I was in yet ANOTHER wreck (a girl hit me in my 1991 Honda Accord and its totaled) so I've gotta find a replacement for it.
I'm looking at 96-97 EX models now.
#768 of 2824 Re: Accord vs Sonata vs Fusion vs Camry [backy]
Nov 08, 2005 (4:21 pm)
As for panache, the Sonata has tons more panache in my view than the Accord. To each his own.
That must be some view. Can your Sonata travel forward in time to a year where it has more "panache" than the Accord ? (like 2012 maybe)
Anyway, the Sonata has come a long way and I'm looking forward to the next generation (as well as the 8th-gen Accord).Unlike some Sonata/Accord owners, I try to keep it real.
#769 of 2824 Re: Accord vs Sonata vs Fusion vs Camry [goodegg]
Nov 08, 2005 (4:44 pm)
Don't see many Sonatas here either. I think Hyundai's paid their dues tho and are starting to compete with the big boys by upping their engineering in their cars. But there's no denying the Accord's clout. And the 07 Camry will stir the punchbowl big time. Fusion? No clue yet.
#770 of 2824 Re: Accord vs Sonata vs Fusion vs Camry [dampfnudel]
Nov 08, 2005 (4:54 pm)
I don't have to travel forward in time to have an opinion that the Sonata has more panache than the Accord. I respect the opinions of those who prefer the Accord. It would be nice to get the same treatment on my views, but I guess that is too much to ask.
Why do I think the Sonata has more panache than the Accord? Classier exterior styling is the main reason, with a much bolder front end, an Audi-esque roofline, and little touches like the elliptical twin exhausts. I also prefer the lighter-colored dash of the Sonata to the black interior of the Accord. And I find panache in clever design details like the articulated trunk lid, Shiftronic automatics, and ESC on all models. Is that "real" enough for you? If not, too bad.
#771 of 2824 Sonata's major hurdle..
Nov 08, 2005 (5:45 pm)
We also have a Hyundai store in our group. Their marketing has found the following telling stats.
48% of prospective midsized buyers have heard positive things of the Sonata but won't come in to compare it;
12% will never consider it under any circumstance;
40% are open to trying it.
The stated goal is to be $4000 under Camry and offer nearly everything standard
#772 of 2824 Re: Sonata's major hurdle.. [kdhspyder]
Nov 08, 2005 (6:32 pm)
Well, that explains the rebates, doesn't it?
#773 of 2824 Re: Sonata's major hurdle.. [kdhspyder]
Nov 08, 2005 (7:04 pm)
..is they're not selling despite the rave reviews online such as those here at Edmunds. I've seen six on the road in the first two months after their introduction. I haven't seen anymore since. Paneche, whatever the word's dictionary definition, means squat if the cars aren't moving off dealer lots in a market such as southern California. So far, it appears to me that Hyundai layed an egg. Flame away, folks - it matters not one whit...
#774 of 2824 Re: Sonata's major hurdle.. [haefr]
Nov 08, 2005 (7:42 pm)
Sonata US sales
October 05 9,676
October 04 8,589
CY 05 95,296
CY 04 92,454
That looks like they are selling to me. Keep in mind, 9700 cars in one month spread over the lower 48 means there still aren't a lot of the new model compared to other popular vehicles and this version has only been on sale in the US since May. Give them a year or so to reach a higher penetration level and then tell us how many you see(or don't see) on the road.
Nov 08, 2005 (7:44 pm)
Been following the thread for a while, and man...! People think that politics can get heated and ugly! It seems to have turned into the "Backy and the Hyundai crew vs. the Honda guys w/ the Fusion and Camry people in (guys if you want to stop arguing my car is pretty good mode)" forum.
Everybody has the right to free speech but it discourages people from gleaning information from the forum because of the arguing....
just my .02 cents
#776 of 2824 Re: Holy Cow [killerpiece]
Nov 08, 2005 (7:57 pm)
which one do you like?