2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS

October 7, 2013

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The fifth generation Sonata was Hyundai’s first production car to be built in the United States.

It was redesigned and engineered to compete head to head with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

Though styling and performance wasn’t on par with its Japanese counterparts it was a drastic improvement from the previous generation Sonata.

Hyundai provided three trim levels for the Sonata: base GLS, the mid-level SE and the top of the line Limited Edition.

In 2009 the Sonata received a minor facelift with new headlights and taillights and a redesigned interior.

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This particular white 2009 GLS model comes with a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine producing 175 hp.

You won’t see any overwhelming performance numbers but it has enough power for day to day use.

The size of the vehicle is definitely larger than the previous generation. The cabin is bigger and there’s more legroom for the rear passengers.

I must say Hyundai did a great job with the interior design. It looks much better than the previous generation from every angle.

Though the suspension is a bit soft and bouncy, the ride is very quiet and comfortable. The seats on the other hand are flat and do not provide much support for the driver.

The steering is dull and doesn’t provide much feedback to the driver. If you come from a Honda background you may not like how this car drives.

A 2009 Sonata GLS 4-cylinder with 50K miles and in excellent condition averages anywhere from 9K to 11K at the dealer.

You’ll be able to get a much better deal if you buy from a private owner as these cars aren’t known to be in demand.

While the Hyundai Sonata may not exactly be a cheap car to buy it is still a bargain compared to other cars in its class of the same model year.

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