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2007 Hyundai Sonata

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$1,235 — $9,239 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
25-29 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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The Good

  • Epic standard-features list
  • V-6 acceleration
  • Handling
  • Interior quality
  • Warranty
  • Overall value

The Bad

  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope in base models
  • Just one setting on seat-heater option
  • High backseat floor hump
  • Awful new-car smell (cars.com evaluation vehicle)

What to Know

about the 2007 Hyundai Sonata
  • Standard stability system
  • Six airbags standard
  • Standard active head restraints
  • Standard antilock disc brakes
  • 3.3-liter V-6 option

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Our Take

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Vehicle Overview
The Hyundai Sonata shuffles trim levels for 2007. Last year's GL, GLS and top-of-the-line LX models become GLS, SE and Limited, respectively. Equipment is roughly equivalent to each trim's predecessor.

First seen at the 2004 Paris Motor Show, the redesigned Sonata sedan made its U.S. debut several months later at the 2005 Detroit auto show. The fourth-generation Sonata, Hyundai's first American-made product, is manufactured at a plant in Montgomery, Ala.

The Sonata is technically a full-size car, but its primary rivals include such midsize sedans as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Hyundai says the Sonata is quieter than either of those models.


Exterior
Larger than its predecessor, this redesigned Sonata was 2 inches longer and 2 inches taller. The car's wheelbase is an inch longer than before.

The Sonata's design cues include a concave hood dome, distinctive rear-door cut lines and strong Z-lined body-to-fascia interfaces. Jeweled projector headlights sit up front, and chrome-tipped dual exhausts are installed with the V-6 engine.

Built on a 107.4-inch wheelbase, the redesigned Sonata is 188.9 inches long overall, 72 inches wide and 58 inches tall. All spot-welds are done automatically, and the car is painted with 18 robotic sprayers. Standard wheels measure 16 inches in diameter, but Limited sedans roll on 17-inch tires.


Interior
The Sonata has recessed rear head restraints and can seat up to five occupants. A 60/40-split, folding rear s...
Vehicle Overview
The Hyundai Sonata shuffles trim levels for 2007. Last year's GL, GLS and top-of-the-line LX models become GLS, SE and Limited, respectively. Equipment is roughly equivalent to each trim's predecessor.

First seen at the 2004 Paris Motor Show, the redesigned Sonata sedan made its U.S. debut several months later at the 2005 Detroit auto show. The fourth-generation Sonata, Hyundai's first American-made product, is manufactured at a plant in Montgomery, Ala.

The Sonata is technically a full-size car, but its primary rivals include such midsize sedans as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Hyundai says the Sonata is quieter than either of those models.


Exterior
Larger than its predecessor, this redesigned Sonata was 2 inches longer and 2 inches taller. The car's wheelbase is an inch longer than before.

The Sonata's design cues include a concave hood dome, distinctive rear-door cut lines and strong Z-lined body-to-fascia interfaces. Jeweled projector headlights sit up front, and chrome-tipped dual exhausts are installed with the V-6 engine.

Built on a 107.4-inch wheelbase, the redesigned Sonata is 188.9 inches long overall, 72 inches wide and 58 inches tall. All spot-welds are done automatically, and the car is painted with 18 robotic sprayers. Standard wheels measure 16 inches in diameter, but Limited sedans roll on 17-inch tires.


Interior
The Sonata has recessed rear head restraints and can seat up to five occupants. A 60/40-split, folding rear seat is installed. Greater distance between the driver and windshield pillar enhances the sensation of roominess, and Hyundai says there's more space between the seat cushion and headliner for easier entry and exit.

Trunk volume has increased by 16 percent, and the trunk uses a four-bar link hinge mechanism with twin assist struts. Tilt steering is standard, and up-level models include a telescoping feature. All trims get a CD/MP3 audio system. Steering-wheel audio controls are included in SE and Limited models.

Standard equipment includes keyless entry with an alarm, power windows, heated mirrors, air conditioning and cruise control.

Top-end features in the Limited include leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, a power driver's seat, automatic temperature control, air filtration, an electrochromatic auto-dimming mirror, a sliding center armrest and a telescoping steering wheel. A power sunroof and premium stereo are optional. Trunk space totals 16.3 cubic feet.


Under the Hood
The Sonata's 2.4-liter four-cylinder produces 162 horsepower, versus 235 hp for the available 3.3-liter V-6. Standard in the Limited and optional in the SE the V-6 has variable valve timing. Both engines get an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle rating.

A five-speed manual gearbox is standard in four-cylinder GLS models, and a four-speed Shiftronic automatic with a manual-shift provision is optional. A new five-speed Shiftronic automatic couples with V-6 engines. Hyundai says a V-6-equipped Sonata can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 7.7 seconds.


Safety
Side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, traction control and Electronic Stability Control are standard. Antilock brakes incorporate electronic brake-force distribution. All seating positions have three-point seat belts.

Driving Impressions
The Sonata has long been a sensible family sedan, and it still is. The redesigned model, however, didn't make a dramatic leap forward.

The stylish Sonata is easy — even enjoyable — to drive. It is light on its feet and fairly maneuverable.

When equipped with the quiet-running V-6, the four-door performs with a fair degree of energy, and it does so in a rather refined way. Though smooth on good roads, the ride gets quite bumpy on rough pavement.

Visibility is great, courtesy of big mirrors and abundant glass. The gauges are ordinary but amply sized for legibility. Controls are logical and within easy reach. Front occupants enjoy good seat support. Cushioning may be a tad short for full comfort, but thigh support is excellent. There's ample headroom, legroom and elbowroom in front.

Entry and exit is especially easy. The center rear seat is passable, and the outer rear spots are quite roomy, but their cushions are slightly hard. The Sonata's trunk has a low liftover height and a large opening.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
83 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Excellent Car for best price!

by Vik from Greenbelt, Maryland on August 16, 2018

Very good car, best for the price. In excellent condition. No works needed, great to ride. Propely serviced and maintained. I do not wish to sell it, Moving out so that’s the reason. Read full review

(4.0)

One of the most reliable cars I've owned.

by Spiggity from Powell, OH on August 15, 2018

Very good car. Minor repairs over the years, really just brakes and tires. Drove it for over 60,000 miles and it is now over $150,000 and still going strong. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2007 Hyundai Sonata currently has 7 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2007 Hyundai Sonata GLS

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
poor
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
acceptable
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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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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