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Hyundai Sonata LX

Posted by Keith Elder | Posted in General | Posted on 30-07-2003

Yesterday we drove off the lot with a brand new Hyundai Sonata LX with 57 miles on it. It is always fun to get a new and this is our second new car (after my Jeep). My wife will be the primary driver of this one. Which means I will get my Jeep back! Yeah. I’ll walk you through the other cars we looked at and what features it has real quick. If you are not familar with the Hyundai Sonata it is a pretty nice car for the money. I looked at all types of sedans such as the Jetta, Accord, Malibu, and others. I came to the conclusion after a few hours of building some models out on the web that I was getting more car and warranty for the money with the Sonata. Of course, it didn’t hurt that my wife is a piansts and the name “Sonata” struck her as humorous.

Hyundai provides one of the best car warranties with a 10 year 100,000 mile warranty. For an additional fee you can get a 10 year 100,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. We didn’t take it but it would have added about $40.00 per month to get the extended warranty. Not bad really since it covers bumper-to-bumper. The color we got was Desert Sand (or gold to the rest of us). Here are some of the features:

  • Sun roof
  • Leather
  • Remote entry
  • 4 air bags
  • Shift tronic transmission (very cool)
  • V6

The other stuff like cruise, tilt, etc are all in there as well. Basically the car has everything except ABS brakes. Now about this shift tronic transmission I mentioned above. This is pretty cool. Basically it is an automatic which acts like a stick. Here is how it works. You know on most cars you have park, reverse, neutral, drive, 2, and 1 on the shifter. On ours, all we have is park, reverse, neutral and drive. When you are in drive though you can slide the shifter to the right where you have a “+” and a “-” option. When the shift is moved there, the dash light comes on and tells you which gear you are in (1-4) and if you press the lever up you shift up a gear, pull down and you down shift. So imagine you are on the interstate and you want to whip around someone real quick, you press on the gas, push the shift over and pull back to down shift and away you go. Fun huh? Don’t worry, you can’t mess it up. They’ve done all kinds of things to keep you from killing the engine. It really allows you to get some extra performance out of the engine as you could with a stick. Most of the new sports cars are coming with this feature as well.

The total price for the car was $18, 250.00 after rebate. Not bad considering the sticker for it was almost $21,000. If you are shopping for a car, do go to Cars Direct as they can give you a really good price to negotiate with before you go to the dealership.

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I loved this article – it was really useful, as I’d hired a Sonata (and, being from the UK, never driven an automatic before, or on the wrong side of the road!) when in Colorado, and had no clue what all the gearing meant! Shift-tronic transmission rocks! Still a bit fuel inefficient for my European tastes (23mpg is what I was getting, which is pretty obscene given my car at home does about 55) but… mmmm….. V6 power!

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