2009 Hyundai Sonata

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Inside a lower-level room of Hyundai America's Technical Center, Honda and Toyota parts are scattered everywhere.
Headlight assemblies sit on tables to the right. Closer to the wall are car frames - each individual section painted a different color.
And waiting for us outside this room is the reason Hyundai completely dissected an '08 Accord and '07 Camry - the refreshed 2009 Hyundai Sonata.
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Benchmarking cars such as the Camry, Accord, and Nissan Altima, Hyundai inspected every inch of its mid-size competitors in an effort to give the Sonata some impressive mid-cycle enhancements. For 2009, the Sonata gets new headlights and taillights, a slightly revised fascia with a deeper grille, and several new color options.
Thanks to a more linear air intake path and standard five-speed automatic, the Sonata's fuel economy and power also receive a boost in both the 3.3-liter V-6 and 2.4-liter four-cylinder models (which now have 249 hp and 175 hp, respectively). However, its horsepower numbers still don't match the V-6 Accord or Camry, and the V-6 is only a bit more powerful than the one in the Ford Fusion (which has the least V-6 grunt in the mid-size class but partially makes amends by offering all-wheel-drive).
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Finding the revised Sonata gains power and sips less fuel is welcome news, but perhaps more important is that Hyundai completely redesigned the car's aging interior for 2009.
Taking styling cues from its Veracruz SUV (which we have described as having a Lexus-like cabin), Hyundai gave the Sonata a new center console, audio and HVAC instrument panel, new door trim, and blue ambient lighting. Other interior upgrades include a minor seat angle adjustment and a new touch-screen and voice-activated navigation system that allows drivers to input a destination without taking their eyes off the road or stopping their vehicle (and it's a bargain at only $1250). Though the Sonata is shorter than the Camry and Accord, it has more interior volume. And at $26,345, a fully loaded version costs a few thousand dollars less than comparably equipped models of either Japanese competitor.
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During test runs of two different V-6 Sonata models, we grew partial to the 3.3-liter Sonata SE (identified by a rear spoiler and five-spoke wheels), which feels less floaty than the Sonata Limited because of a recalibrated sport suspension. For longer trips, we'd probably take the Limited model with its intuitive navigation, iPod and USB connectivity, and more attractive interior (although some staffers prefer the SE's silver-accented dash).
However, if you do order the Sonata Limited, be prepared to sacrifice some of the SE's better steering feel for style.
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Of all the midsize sedans on the market today, none has the unremitting softness of the Hyundai Sonata. The seats are topped in squishy foam; the compliant suspension lets the car roll, squat, and dive; the steering wheel twirls with one-finger ease. It's a particularly Korean idea of luxury, and one wonders if the ideals took hold back in the days when American luxury cars still ruled, with softness and silence their great achievements.

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2009 Hyundai Sonata Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
32 MPG
Horsepower:
175 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
168 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
60,000 miles / 60 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 120 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 84 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT
Summary
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 Accent, model year 2007-2011 Azera, Sonata and Sante Fe,2006-2011 Tucson, 2009-2011 Elantra Touring, 2007-2010 Elantra, 2008-2011 Veracruz, 2009-2011 Genesis, 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, 2007-2008 Entourage, and 2006-2008 Tiburon vehicles. Originally, in April 2013, Hyundai recalled 1,059,824 model year 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson, model year 2007-2010 Elantra, model year 2007-2011 Santa Fe, model year 2008-2009 Veracruz, model year 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, and model year 2011 Sonata vehicles. In September 2013, Hyundai informed the agency that it was adding more vehicles to this campaign, representing an additional 652,512 units. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 1,712,336. In the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake transmission shift interlock feature, preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.
Consequences
Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of Park without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. The safety recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 110.
Potential Units Affected
1,712,336
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
Summary
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 Accent, model year 2007-2011 Azera, Sonata and Sante Fe,2006-2011 Tucson, 2009-2011 Elantra Touring, 2007-2010 Elantra, 2008-2011 Veracruz, 2009-2011 Genesis, 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, 2007-2008 Entourage, and 2006-2008 Tiburon vehicles. Originally, in April 2013, Hyundai recalled 1,059,824 model year 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson, model year 2007-2010 Elantra, model year 2007-2011 Santa Fe, model year 2008-2009 Veracruz, model year 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, and model year 2011 Sonata vehicles. In September 2013, Hyundai informed the agency that it was adding more vehicles to this campaign, representing an additional 652,512 units. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 1,712,336. In the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake transmission shift interlock feature, preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.
Consequences
Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of Park without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. The safety recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 110.
Potential Units Affected
1,712,336
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
SUSPENSION:REAR
Summary
Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2006-2010 Sonata vehicles manufactured March 1, 2005, through January 21, 2010; and model year 2006-2011 Azera vehicles manufactured September 27, 2005, through November 22, 2010 originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Road salt and water can enter portions of the rear crossmember, leading to corrosion of the crossmember steel. This may lead to detachment of one of the rear control arms.
Consequences
Control arm separation may suddenly change the rear wheel alignment, affecting the handling of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will repair or replace the crossmember assembly. The recall began on October 8, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai Customer Care Center at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall number is 113.
Potential Units Affected
364,502
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Acceptable
IIHS Rear Crash
Good

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