2000 Hyundai Sonata

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$14,999

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2000 Hyundai Sonata

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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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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.

Safety
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.

Performance
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 design 3.7
  • Performance 3.6
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 3.4
  • Reliability 4.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

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

3.3

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.

4.7

Most Reliable Car Ive Owned

I bought this car used in 2008 and this is the most reliable car I've owned. No mechanical trouble, except machines going out for the automatic windows, and the brakes maintenance now and then. The car was dependable performance in all weather. Mine has a sunroof, which I love to cruis and listen to music with the sunroof open. Very god gas mileage. I rarely have to refill motor oil, which is a shocker. Excellent value!

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