2007 Hyundai Sonata consumer reviews

$17,195–$18,545 MSRP range
side view of 2007 Sonata Hyundai
92% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior 4.1
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.3
  • Reliability 4.6
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all 4 of them

We currently have 4 Hyundais in the driveway. 2 Sonatas, 1 Elantra, 1 Santa Fe. Ergonomically excellent. Can go from 1 to the other and KNOW where the controls are. EXCELLENT fit & finish. Interior well thought out. Customer-centric. Cannot say 1 thing bad about any of the years and any of the models.


Best overall car I have ever owned& The sportiest

This is my wifes car and she loves it except for two things.She has a bad back and it is a sporty low ground hugging type vehicle.So it is hard for her to get in and out.The only other thing is that even though the seat is lumbar adjustable it just gets to be painful after about twenty minutes driving to work.The gas mileage is great for a six cylinder.The car is peppy to drive,in that it accelerates quickly and has a smooth ride.It has an excellent sound system,and handles like a dream in good or inclement weather.If not for her back,we would probably have purchased another Sonata.Never had any mechanical problems in 55,000 miles.



About all you can credit hyundai for here is keeping up with the times. Each new generation it seems yields huge strides in showroom appeal and minor improvements in actual quality. Lets start with the positive. If your used to driving 4 cylinder full sized sedan, you should be happy with the power. There is more than the 0-60 time would suggest, since its impossible to launch this thing without spinning the front tires. The transmission is a textbook slushbox, winding up over 2000rpms before settling in. Even in top gear (4th) on the highway, there is almost 1000 rpms of slush. The engine sounds like its about to grenade anytime north of 4500 rpms, but it does pull smoothly, and the powerband is very good from idle to redline (assuming the transmission would learn to do its job). But lets keep going with positives. The design is pretty good inside and out, there is tons of space, the stereo has decent sound quality, and the lights are bright. OK, thats about it. One single solitary cigarette was smoked in this car over a year ago, and it still reeks any time its parked all day in the sun. The smell seems to be coming from the headliner. The warranty is a total joke. First off, radio knob failed at 10k. Not covered. Steering wheel is stuck to the right since new, not a safety issue. Car thunks on any down-then-up bump, dealer doesn't care. i think its the strut mount, sounds like its coming from right under the hood. The rear creaks on the bottom of my driveway, or any steep overhang, whatever says Mr. Hyundai. After witnessing how the warranty basically only covers life-threatening defects that speak for themselves, I'd never ever buy a hyundai or kia product again. By the way, this review is being written about a car that only has 13,000 miles on it! The whole body sounds like a marble in a can if you thwack your thumb against it. The paint looks great, but scratches more easily than any of my german cars. The center armrest is made of a ghastly material that would be better suited to the floor of the back row of a police car. The car beeps 12 times every time i start it, and beeps at you mercilessly any time you take off your seatbelt (even in park) or open the door. Its loud, irritating, and unnecessary. I asked the dealer to disable it, but they refused. The steering feels like moving a tiller on a boat thats floating in molasses. I say this with no exaggeration: its the worst steering i've ever felt in any vehicle i've ever driven, including farm tractors and 18 wheelers. Directional stability is horrible. I consider myself to be a very good driver. When I was a teenager, I came in 2nd behind the state champion in mountain biking, not a sport for people who can't steer cars around bends. I've almost lost it and wrecked hitting big bumps at 60 miles per hour on the highway. The 4 corners of the car are constantly conspiring against each other, it feels worse than a cab that has a shot rear end and floats left to right. At least the cab keeps going straight. Handling is actually pretty good once you load one side, but only on a surface as smooth as glass. Bump steer is laughably bad. Seriously, it'll give you the giggles. You barely ever get 30mpg on the highway, even with the tires pumped up to 38 and the cruise control set to 65 I get only get 29. The car this replaced, a 1998 camry, was much slower, granted, but only weighed a couple hundred pounds less, scored 28 on the epa test, and regularly got 34 no problem. And it didn't have high-mileage tires. It feels like every plastic cover for a screw has fallen off at least once. The window switch feels like you've broken it every single time you initiate the one-touch-down feature. In conclusion, i think of my underwear as a piece of fabric between myself and my zipper. If you think of a car as a set of tires between you and the road, you'll be happy with this car. If you have any eye for quality whatsoever, skip it. Compared to my 2001 passat, this car is larger. And that's about it. The passat is quieter, gets better mileage, has a vastly better interior, has a dealer that stands behind the product, has a smooth engine that feels like it will last forever, has a better sound system, far superior transmission, infinitely superior directional stability and handling, solid body panels, quiet and smooth trunk operation, doors that have solid perforations for staying open in the wind, on an incline, etc, a non-labrynth transmission gate... the list goes on and on.


Commuter Car

I searched for about two months before buying a 2007 Hyundai Sonata GLS with 62k miles. The car has a reasonably comfortable ride & gets 8-10 mpg better than my truck. I bought the car as a commuter and those were two major factors right there. I'm getting almost 23mpg now, but I only commute about 15 miles one way. I think I'd see better mileage with a longer trip. The standard safety features were another major influence on buying this car. So many competitors had these options only in their upper trim levels. So far, I'm happy with the Sonata.


One the best cars i've ever owned

I put close to 180,000 miles on her before I traded her in for a 2011 model. would have kept her but needed her for help in down payment. 6 cyl Engine & Trans were sound. No problems!


decent car for the money

just picked up this 2007 sonata,low milage.looks like a lease. past owners took care of it as it rides like new,great on gas but lacks power.can't expect too much for a four cylinder in a mid size car.interior is bland but does everything its supposed to.


A Very Nice, All-Around Car

The 2007 Hyundai Sonata is a very nice family vehicle. As though owner of this model, (the GLS V6) I was impressed with its power, its comfort, its smooth driving and its cool styling. The Pros The GLS V6's 234hp, 3.3L V6 engine provides a large amount of power and you have absolutely no trouble getting to high speeds from a dead stop. The power sometimes is so high that the tires tend to slip a little on acceleration, but that's only when you start very, very aggressively. The engine is rather reliable as well, since I have had no troubles with it ever since I acquired it five years ago. The car is very comfortable. The automatic climate control (sadly only for the GLS V6 premium), was efficient, and the leather seats were easy to relax on. The material is all very supple and feels luxurious, especially the knobs and buttons on the console that sometimes feel cheap on inferior vehicles. The smooth ride is one of the Sonata's highlights. Its soft, responsive suspension help to reduce the street bumps to a minimum, and the ride is quiet. If you really floored it, and I mean "floored" it, the engine starts to growl loudly, but even while merging into a highway, the car is relatively quiet, thanks to the powerful V6. I found that there is very little body roll. On sharp turns, the car really feels balanced and in control. As a passenger, one feels quite stable on turns as well. I like the styling on the Sonata. It's quite simple, but the design shows a confident, charismatic look. The tapered headlights and taillights show the refined, aggressive aspects of the styling, while the sharp frontal grilles and dual, chrome-plated exhausts provide the "performance first" type of feeling. The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control (TC) help to give the car stability in bad conditions. I live in Toronto, therefore I endure the snow and ice of winters. The car proved quite stable, considering it is not an all-wheel drive. It can be, however, difficult to extract the car when engulfed in snow. The Cons There are bits and bites that tend to annoy you with this car. Though there aren't any major mishaps regarding the long-term quality (at least not yet), I found that small things such as a warning light malfunction or one of the four handles on the ceiling of the car breaking off can be a pain to deal with. In order to keep the general price low, I feel Hyundai has compromised some long-term quality of the little gadgets, but if you're careful, you can make them last for a long time. All in all, the 2007 Sonata is a very nice car, combining value with a surprising amount of quality and luxury. If you're looking into purchasing a used family sedan or even a performance sedan, the Sonata GLS V6 is a good choice.


Fantastic Running Car

I purchase a 4 cylinder 2.4 liter 2007 Hyundai Sonata, which I purchase brand new, it now has been 4 years since I've had this vehicle and during that time I have not had one single mechanical problem with this vehicle, I get about 37 miles to the gallon on the highway and city I only get about 21. It does great during the winter months and during the rainy seasons. The car now has 143000 miles on it and it is still running strong. My only complaint about the vehicle is that it is a bit under power, and the paint is beginning to flake and I am beginning to see some rust.


All Around Solid Sedan

I bought this car to replace a 96 Mazda 626. I really liked the overall quality and the roominess of the cabin and the trunk. I have owned the car for about 3 years and it has lived up to my expectations. I especially like the quiet comfortable ride and the stereo system is awesome. My only knock against the car has been the gas mileage. I am only averaging about 23 mpg in mix driving, but did get 28 on the highway a couple of weekends ago.


My Great Car

I was forced to buy another car, and this was the first car I test drove. Under pressure, I test drove 6 other cars, nonw of which I could afford. I got an excellent price, my car maneuvers like a small car and has fantastic pickup. I have owned a Hyundai before, so I trust the brand, and it was built in Alabama. Great, great, great car. Dependable so far, have only had it a short time. Not an imitation of anything, an original great in its own right. Love my car!!!!