2003 Hyundai XG350

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Key Specs

of the 2003 Hyundai XG350. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    194-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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2003 Hyundai XG350 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
A larger V-6 engine went into Hyundai’s upscale sedan for 2002, changing the model designation from XG300 to XG350. For the 2003 model year, the XG350 is a carryover and modifications are minimal.

Launched in 2001 and aimed squarely at the U.S. market, the XG300/350 is based on the Korean-market XG Grandeur. Built on the same front-wheel-drive (FWD) platform as the midsize Sonata, the XG350 not only displays a more formal look but it also measures 4.6 inches longer in overall length. It is available in base and L trim levels.

Until the past couple of years, Hyundai — South Korea’s largest automaker — was known for small, inexpensive cars. The company had also started off on a dubious note by encountering quality problems that have since been addressed. Nowadays, Hyundai’s products have grown a lot more appealing as each model is redesigned. Launching the XG300 in 2001 moved the South Korean automaker into higher-priced territory.

Positioned as an upper midsize model, the FWD sedan competes against the Honda Accord, Nissan Maxima, Oldsmobile Intrigue, Toyota Camry and other midsize models that sell for more than $20,000.

Exterior
The XG350 presents a more elegant and formal appearance than the Sonata, which has been marketed in the United States much longer. It’s based on the same FWD platform as the Sonata, but the XG350 is larger in most dimensions. A Lincoln-style vertical-bar grille and taillamps help give the newest sedan a m...
Vehicle Overview
A larger V-6 engine went into Hyundai’s upscale sedan for 2002, changing the model designation from XG300 to XG350. For the 2003 model year, the XG350 is a carryover and modifications are minimal.

Launched in 2001 and aimed squarely at the U.S. market, the XG300/350 is based on the Korean-market XG Grandeur. Built on the same front-wheel-drive (FWD) platform as the midsize Sonata, the XG350 not only displays a more formal look but it also measures 4.6 inches longer in overall length. It is available in base and L trim levels.

Until the past couple of years, Hyundai — South Korea’s largest automaker — was known for small, inexpensive cars. The company had also started off on a dubious note by encountering quality problems that have since been addressed. Nowadays, Hyundai’s products have grown a lot more appealing as each model is redesigned. Launching the XG300 in 2001 moved the South Korean automaker into higher-priced territory.

Positioned as an upper midsize model, the FWD sedan competes against the Honda Accord, Nissan Maxima, Oldsmobile Intrigue, Toyota Camry and other midsize models that sell for more than $20,000.

Exterior
The XG350 presents a more elegant and formal appearance than the Sonata, which has been marketed in the United States much longer. It’s based on the same FWD platform as the Sonata, but the XG350 is larger in most dimensions. A Lincoln-style vertical-bar grille and taillamps help give the newest sedan a memorable appearance. Alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires.

Interior
The XG350’s five-passenger seating capacity consists of front bucket seats and a three-place rear bench. Leather upholstery is standard, which sets the tone for the amenities that a buyer can anticipate. Headroom is adequate and legroom is ample for taller passengers in the backseat. The split rear seatback folds down to yield additional cargo space. Standard equipment includes automatic-temperature air conditioning, power front seats, cruise control, a cassette/CD stereo and remote keyless entry with an alarm. The XG350 L adds a power sunroof and a seat/mirror memory system. Cargo space totals 14.5 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
Hyundai’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine develops 194 horsepower. A five-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission permits manual gear selection.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes, traction control and side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard.

Driving Impressions
Considering the original 3.0-liter V-6 engine in the XG300 produced rather vigorous performance, the extra displacement and improved torque output in the XG350 cannot help but make acceleration even more satisfying. The XG350 is easy to drive, and it also handles capably and rides comfortably; however, significant road imperfections may result in a bit of jarring to occupants. Those passengers can expect to savor a roomy, well-furnished interior and a pleasantly quiet engine.

More stylish than other Hyundai models, the XG350 promises a lot of automobile for a moderate midsize price. Shoppers at the higher end of the Honda Accord/Toyota Camry spectrum might find a test drive worthwhile.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2003 Buying Guide
Posted on 1/24/03

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What Drivers Are Saying

(1.0)

Not a reliable car !!

by Que94 on July 18, 2018

I purchased this car at only 103,000 miles. Around 140,000 miles I noticed every 3 to 4 months I had to change the starter. Then around 150,000 miles my accelerator went out. Turns out I needed a ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great Lux car from Hyundai!

by Haki Wonton Soup from Covington, KY on March 2, 2012

This is a great car! We got our 2003 Hyundai X350L in August 2011 and we love it. It has good handling and it rides well too, except over really rough surfaces. The interior is nice and upscale, but ... Read full review

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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 XG350 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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