2006 Hyundai Sonata

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72 reviews
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Available Price Range $2,201-$8,857 Trims4 Combined MPG 25-29 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2006 Hyundai Sonata

Our Take

What We Don't Like

  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope
  • Seat-heater option has one setting
  • High backseat floor hump
  • Base-model price increase
  • Awful new-car smell (cars.com evaluation vehicle)

Notable Features

  • Standard stability system
  • Six airbags standard
  • Active head restraints standard
  • Standard antilock disc brakes
  • Five-speed automatic option
  • 3.3-liter V-6 option


Our Expert Reviews

I'm on a budget these days, which means that, product-by-product, I have to sacrifice style and luxury for cheap and "this will make do for now." From clothing to household products, I abandon my desire to be fashionable for practical resources. It's not bad being on a budget; it just makes it difficult to go on shopping sprees. It means fewer visits to the spa and additions to my sho... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.4 out of 5

Based on 72 reviews

Great Value Family Car

by Owned many cars from Brooklyn, NY on March 1, 2011

Had my '06 with 70K miles about 6 months and it has been great. Best value in the used car market since the reputation for the '06 redesign has not caught up to the reality. The safety features, relia... Read Full Review

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Hyundai Sonata GL

Head Restraints and Seats

IIHS Ratings

Based on Hyundai Sonata GL

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Hyundai Sonata GL

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Hyundai Sonata GL

Overall Rollover Rating
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 10 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

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