2000 Hyundai Sonata

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

185.4” x 55.5”


Front-wheel drive



2 trims

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2000 Hyundai Sonata review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Hyundai redesigned the Sonata for 1999, giving it more room, more noticeable styling and a pair of new engines. The results have been gratifying for South Korea’s largest auto company: Sonata sales nearly doubled in 1999.

Part of the appeal may be Hyundai’s industry-leading warranties, launched last year. Hyundai covers the whole car for five years/60,000 miles, major powertrain components for 10 years/100,000 miles and corrosion for five years/100,000 miles. The company also provides free roadside assistance the first five years.

The front-drive Sonata is the largest model in Hyundai’s U.S. lineup, though there is speculation a larger sedan is planned for 2001.

Hyundai gave the Sonata a lower, sleeker look last year, accenting the front end with prominent oval headlamps and the rear with an arched trunk lid and large taillights. At 185 inches, the Sonata is a few inches shorter than the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord.

Though the Sonata is shorter than either the Camry or Accord, it is wider than both at 71.6 inches. That gives rear seat passengers more room to spread out, and three can fit with some squeezing. Headroom and legroom are at least adequate for six footers. Trunk space looks larger than the 13.2 cubic feet quoted by Hyundai, and the split rear seatback folds for extra room.

Hyundai tries to compete with Toyota and Honda by offering more features at a lower price. Standard equipment on the base model includes air conditioning, a cassette player, and power windows, locks and mirrors.

Under the Hood
Base models come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 149 horsepower, but the majority of sales are GLS versions with a 170 horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6. Manual and automatic transmissions are available with both. Anti-lock brakes are optional on the GLS.

Sonata was one of the first cars under $20,000 to offer side-impact airbags, and this year they are standard on both the base and GLS. The front airbag for the passenger seat does not deploy if a weight sensor detects less than 66 pounds. If there is less than 33 pounds in the front passenger seat, the side airbag does not deploy either.

Poor quality on earlier models deterred many buyers from even considering a Hyundai. The quality is getting better, and the Sonata’s performance is competent enough to compare to the class-leading Camry and Accord. Resale value still doesn’t match Toyota’s or Honda’s, but Hyundai’s lower prices and longer warranties make the Sonata worth considering.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.6
  • Interior 3.7
  • Performance 3.7
  • Value 4.2
  • Exterior 3.4
  • Reliability 4.1

Most recent consumer reviews


Great First Car!

I am a college student who currently fully-owns and drives a 2000 Hyundai Sonata. Was bought with in 2000 with 27 miles on the odometer by my great-grandmother. Still runs and drives very good 23 years later with yearly maintenance and daily/monthly checks.


very decent vechile

car i borrowed from my friend shop while on repair is mine toyota and this one manual sonata has 449 000 on clock but car is very good looked after no single issue and good miage despite how heavy body is for 2000 model takes longer to change from 1 gear to go faster but is great used car im consider get it


Decent car

Good for what it is. Not gonna go super fast or anything like that but she has a little power. Also cheap parts for it.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Hyundai
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 80,000 miles; less than 7 years old (currently MY18- MY24)
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of the 5-Year/60,000-Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
10-Yr/100K-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
Dealer certification required
173-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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