Sonata SXi


This ‘sport” version of the Sonata was presented recently in Sidney.
I am not sure if this is an actual production version, but there is no mention of a boost in power for the V6.

That could maybe just be some competition to the Camry SE…

Conversation 12 comments

  1. The 06-07’s I have test driven are nice, and this could be ok, maybe like the old “Maxima 4-door sports car” deal?
    I know they were talking about a sporty 2 door for 08-09?

    Who knows with Hyundai?

    I’d rather see them reach for Youth, using the new 3 door Accent, and offering that 200HP, turboed version they showed overseas last year (give or take).
    That would give Hyundai more street cred with the kids, and = more sales, than perhpas a hopped up Sonata?

  2. The 06-07’s I have test driven are nice, and this could be ok, maybe like the old “Maxima 4-door sports car” deal?
    I know they were talking about a sporty 2 door for 08-09?

    Who knows with Hyundai?

    I’d rather see them reach for Youth, using the new 3 door Accent, and offering that 200HP, turboed version they showed overseas last year (give or take).
    That would give Hyundai more street cred with the kids, and = more sales, than perhaps a hopped up Sonata?

  3. If you did even three seconds of research, even just scrolling up from where you found this picture, you would know it is spelt “Sydney”

    I hope it was a typo and not ignorance on your behalf.

  4. I have read the infamous story of the Sonata that hit 147MPH(overseas, I forget, but it was on detnews.com, autoblog, and I think even here, a few months ago)….for a speeding ticket.
    Also read that Hyundai intends on not putting any limiters on the 07’s(but ,of course, U.S. will have them, uinfortuantely).
    Also read that in S Korea, supposedly, Sonata’s can go well over 160MPH.
    So, maybe this is just a tweaked suspension, “exctra options std” deal?

  5. Wow, big deal… Aftermarket rims. Well its better looking than a Camry and its cheap, so now every shampoo girl will want one. But it’s still a Hyundai. I was fooled once. Never again.

  6. Anonymous said…
    Wow, big deal… Aftermarket rims. Well its better looking than a Camry and its cheap, so now every shampoo girl will want one. But it’s still a Hyundai. I was fooled once. Never again.

    9:18 PM
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    What happened with your Hyundai?
    I had a 1999 Sonata GLS-V6, spouse a 2001 Tiburon, base model,and currently the 2004 Sonata GLS-V6(with the cool shiftronic…love this feature).
    My 99 had nit picking issues that were irritating, many. After around 110,000, my water pump died, then at 116,000, the radiator developed a leak.
    Traded it right befroe 120,000 miles, 5 + years.
    The 01 tibby ran great until 99,000+ miles. The passenger side, wheel ebaring was going out, so they repalced both sides, which also involved taking the axles with it(…..!)….it was free, but even if I paid, it would have been around 900-1000 dollars.
    At 103,000+ miles, the tranny started to go(automatic)….so we had little choice but to get another Hyundai(would have liked a toyota Prius, instead, lol, especially since my 04 Sonata gets 23-24 mixed)the 04 Sonata.

    The 04 has been fine, and is 26 months old, But, it had to have 2 rear window motors/gaskets replaced already(under warranty), but this time, the dealership was kind of being nasty about it!!!
    They tried to get away with spending nothing at all to “fix” the windows in March..by “oiling the gasket”!!! That lasted 14 hours.
    Not cool….especially since I had driven 130 miles round trip to get this repaired.

    Not attacking Hyundai, since GM (Chevy) gave us the run around in the late 80’s, early 1990. had problems with their cars too.
    Same for Nissan(90 Sentra xe and 97 200sx)..car not running, both, due to timing chains “jumping”, needing a rebuild on the starter, etc…

    They ALL have issues. Every car that I have purchased in the past 19 years(new cars), all had to have something fixed under warranty(sometimes right after, like 1-2K miles after the warranties had expired).

    This car, who knows?
    Lot of makers do “gimmicks” like Sentra did in 1994..came out with a LE(?) Edition: had everything you’d want, but about 1,000+ less than if you got another model, and ordered the options separately…and called it a 1994.5 LE Special Edition(something like this) and it was a bit under 12K MSRP.

    Maybe this is akin to this?
    Add this and that option, as “std”,
    maybe different tire size, tweaked suspension some?

  7. Hello Hyundai owner. Just a thought, but if you’re tired of your Hyundais, Nissans, etc. giving you major trouble, why not save up for a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. Great reliability, better gas mileage than a Hyundai and their enginea are smooth. You want better handling than the Camry, go with the Accord. 2007 is the last year before they’re redesigned in ’08 so you could save thousands if you buy it next summer. Good luck.

  8. Gee whiz Anon 5:18…

    How enlightened and original that recommendation was! I’m sure noooo one would have thought about an accord or crapry as an alternative to a Sonata! Yawn.

  9. Does Hyundai have a moral adversion to tweaking with any existing powerplant? Seriously I can understand fears of shaking the reliability boat, but all sorts of other car companies seem to be able to pull it off without mass recalls.

  10. Does Hyundai have a moral adversion to tweaking with any existing powerplant? Seriously I can understand fears of shaking the reliability boat, but all sorts of other car companies seem to be able to pull it off without mass recalls.

  11. Hey, Vince, you have a nice site here, until the “kiddies” get on iot and flame and bash one another, then it gets to be akin to “Jerry Springer” show levels of mentality.
    Anyhow, yes, Honda and Toyota are better than Big 2.5 , many other tier 2 Japanese cars, and so forth.
    But, are they 8-10K better than say a Ford Fusion, or a Hyundai Sonata?
    It depends upon the buyer.
    I know many people who buy what they can afford, and that usually is in the 20,000 dollar range, or less, for new cars.
    I am sure that if they could afford 26-28K for a V6, top range model Camry or Accord, they would go for it, so don’t knock people because they do not buy what you like.
    In fact, Anyone here care to chip in the extra 6-8K, let me know, and I’ll buy what you drive, also!
    Until that happens, I will stick with what I can afford, as do millions of other people.

    As my dad had once told my neighbor ,” you don’t like what I drive? I’ll tell you what, YOU make the payments, and I’ll drive whatever you tell me to drive”.

    signed:
    Werdna

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