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2006 Hyundai Sonata

At a Glance

Pricing $17,895 - $20,895
Drive Types FWD
Engines 2.4l I4, 3.3l V6
Transmissions A4, A5, M5
Fuel Economy 20-24 (city), 30-34 (highway)

Overview Information

The Hyundai Sonata has become an increasingly viable alternative for many mid-sized sedan shoppers. In recent years, quality awards and healthy warranties have added to the already strong price value that Hyundai offered. The Sonata is Hyundai's mainstream sedan offering and it is now made in America. The FWD sedan is offered with either a 160hp four-cylinder engine, or a 220hp V6. The four cylinder engine is offered with a choice of 5-speed manual, or 4-speed automatic transmission. The V6 is only offered with a 5-speed automatic. Sonata has grown enough in size to be classified as a large car by the EPA. The increased room and standard safety features like stability control and side curtain airbags translate in to a solid offering.

What Changed:

All-new Sonata is longer and taller than the previous generation. It is now classified as a large car by the EPA. The FWD Sonata is offered with either a 160hp four-cylinder engine, or a 220hp V6. The four cylinder is offered with a choice of 5-speed manual, or 4-speed automatic. The V6 is only offered with a 5-speed automatic. The Sonata is produced in a new factory in Montgomery, Alabama.

Official Word:

"The new Hyundai Sonata is a milestone vehicle for Hyundai in the United States. It offers contemporary style, class-above roominess, segment-leading safety features, and outstanding value; it's been developed specifically with American consumers in mind, and it's the first Hyundai built in the U.S. at our new plant in Montgomery, Alabama. The new Sonata also features two all-new, powerful, fuel-efficient engines -- the 2.4-liter Theta inline four-cylinder and the exciting 3.3-liter Lambda V6." -- Bob Cosmai, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Sonata GL 2.4l I4 (162-bhp) M5 FWD 24/34/28 $17,895
Sonata GL 2.4l I4 (162-bhp) A4 FWD 24/33/28 $18,795
Sonata GLS 2.4l I4 (162-bhp) A4 FWD 24/33/28 $18,795
Sonata GLS 3.3l V6 (235-bhp) A5 FWD 20/30/24 $20,895
Sonata LX 3.3l V6 (235-bhp) A5 FWD 20/30/24 $20,895