2001 Hyundai Sonata

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Key Specs

of the 2001 Hyundai Sonata. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    24-26 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    149-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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2001 Hyundai Sonata Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
A new top-of-the-line model with leather upholstery is the main addition to the Sonata lineup for 2001. The front-drive Sonata midsize sedan returns in base and GLS models and as the new GLS Leather, which also has a standard CD player and power driver’s seat.

The Sonata was redesigned for 1999, and until this year was Hyundai’s largest, most-expensive U.S. model. That honor now goes to the XG300, a new midsize sedan that joined the lineup this fall.

Hyundai, South Korea’s largest auto company, also owns Kia, which will sell a version of the Sonata as the Optima with different front and rear styling.



Exterior
At 185 inches, the Sonata is a few inches shorter than the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord and 7 inches shorter than the new XG300.



Interior
Though the Sonata is shorter than the Camry and Accord, it is wider than both at 71.6 inches. That gives backseat passengers more room to spread out, and three can fit with some squeezing. Headroom and legroom are sufficient for taller folks. Trunk space looks larger than the 13.2 cubic feet quoted by Hyundai, and the split rear seatback folds for extra cargo 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, cruise control, 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 ...
Vehicle Overview
A new top-of-the-line model with leather upholstery is the main addition to the Sonata lineup for 2001. The front-drive Sonata midsize sedan returns in base and GLS models and as the new GLS Leather, which also has a standard CD player and power driver’s seat.

The Sonata was redesigned for 1999, and until this year was Hyundai’s largest, most-expensive U.S. model. That honor now goes to the XG300, a new midsize sedan that joined the lineup this fall.

Hyundai, South Korea’s largest auto company, also owns Kia, which will sell a version of the Sonata as the Optima with different front and rear styling.



Exterior
At 185 inches, the Sonata is a few inches shorter than the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord and 7 inches shorter than the new XG300.



Interior
Though the Sonata is shorter than the Camry and Accord, it is wider than both at 71.6 inches. That gives backseat passengers more room to spread out, and three can fit with some squeezing. Headroom and legroom are sufficient for taller folks. Trunk space looks larger than the 13.2 cubic feet quoted by Hyundai, and the split rear seatback folds for extra cargo 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, cruise control, 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-hp 2.5-liter V-6. Both engines are available with five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions.



Safety
Side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard on all models — an unusual standard feature among midsize cars in the Sonata’s price range. The front airbag for the passenger seat does not deploy if a weight sensor detects less than 66 pounds on that seat. If there is less than 33 pounds on the front passenger seat, the side airbag does not deploy either.

Antilock brakes are optional on GLS models.



Driving Impressions
Poor quality on earlier models deterred many buyers from even considering a Hyundai, and a spotty dealer network turned off some of those who dared. The quality is better these days, and the Sonata’s performance is competent enough to compare with 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.

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 for the first five years.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(2.5)
Performance
(3.6)
Interior Design
(3.3)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(3.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Quirky but Dependable

by 2 Sonata Owner from Atlanta, GA on July 22, 2018

I bought this car out of a junkyard when it was already 15 years old in 2016. After having to get a major repair costing about as much as I bought the car for, I haven't ran into any big issues since ... Read full review

(5.0)

I love It!

by candyocandy from Ormond Beach, Florida on April 7, 2018

I love this 2001 Sonata...It's funny but I use to have a 2003 Sonata and sold it because of all its miles on it. Now I just got the 2001 Sonata used with 61,000 miles on it. I like the ride way better ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2001 Hyundai Sonata currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sonata received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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