• (4.4) 73 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,170$10,470
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 24-27
  • Engine: 168-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2009 Hyundai Sonata

Our Take on the 2009 Hyundai Sonata

Our Take

Hyundai's mainstream family sedan, the Sonata, has been redesigned for the 2009 model year. Changes include revised exterior styling, a new interior and available four-cylinder and V-6 engines that both gain more power and are also more fuel-efficient. Competitors include popular models like... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Loud suspension
  • Minimal steering feel
  • Optional heated seats only have two settings
  • Bland looks

Notable Features

  • Mildly restyled for 2009
  • Redesigned interior
  • Six airbags
  • Standard stability system
  • Standard USB and auxiliary input jacks
  • Newly optional navigation system

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Sometimes a car doesn't require a complete overhaul to bring it where it needs to be in the market, and that was the case with Hyundai's Sonata. Already competitively equipped in terms of safety and convenience features, the 2008 Sonata's main shortcoming was its interior styling, which was behind the times. With the Sonata's redesign for 2009, Hyundai solidly addresses this... Read full review for the 2009 Hyundai Sonata

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Consumer Reviews

4.4

Average based on 73 reviews

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TOPS THE COMPETITION HANDS-DOWN!

by PKJ1 from Arizona on June 21, 2010

I used to drive Hondas, until I bought my first Sonata in 2004. The quaklity and value can't be beat. I bougt a 2006 GLS, and now own a 2009. Hyundai builds a phenomanal product. My 2009 has 175 HP, y... Read Full Review

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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Hyundai Sonata GLS

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
A

IIHS Ratings

Based on Hyundai Sonata GLS

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
A

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
P
Driver Torso
A
Overall Side
A
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
M
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 GLS

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Hyundai Sonata GLS

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
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.

Recalls

There are currently 3 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

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

60mo/60,000mi

Powertrain

120mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/unlimited

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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