Cons Missing a Few Features
Summary Do these CNET reviewers not proof read their reviews, or at least get someone to do it for them?
First the corrections. There IS a Bluetooth option for the 09 Sonata. It's a dealer installed option for $325. Second, the navigation is not made by Infinity, it's a proprietary system manufactured by Hyundai.
The review is a joke. This person spends more time worrying about how well the navigation system will understand spoken words than actually reviewing the car. What are the ambient noise levels like? How are the ergonomics? Are the seats comfortable? How did the brakes feel? How is the visibility? How big is the trunk and how accessible is it? What are the back seats like and how much room is back there? How do the controls operate, such as the power seats, window stalks, power windows, moonroof etc. Nothing. Instead we get someone overly obsessed with the voice operation of the navigation system and with the transmission/suspension.
For the record, I own a 2009 Limited V6 and the transmission is fine. There is no gear hunting. The suspension is perfect for a family sedan and it has never once bottomed out on me. I drive 20 miles each way to work and I'm averaging 26 mpg with the A/C blowing all the time. That commute is in stop and go traffic with a bit of freeway time. The only way to get 23 mpg out of the car would be mashing the accelerator constantly. Of course the reviewer never mentions their driving style, so I take the comment about poor mileage with a grain of salt. I have seen as high as 30 mpg doing 70 on the freeway. This is a fantastic V6 and very fuel efficient.
Not only is the review poor, but it sounds like the reviewer got a bum car. My Sonata has none of the problems mentioned. I love the suspension, it's perfect. It smooths over the bumps and it has a velvety highway ride. The brakes are powerful and I find the transmission to be very responsive. No problems whatsoever.
Hyundai has a home run with this car. The 09 refresh is going to steal lots of sales from Honda and Toyota, rightfully so. It's a fantastic car, don't let this poor review scare you away from test driving it yourself. At least you won't have to worry about the voice recognition of the nav system, as this reviewer pretty much covered that thoroughly.
"No Parts To Repair"on by drealt
Pros Quiet Engine
Cons Could not tell me features on limited broken
Summary I purchased a 2009 Sonata on May 10 - fully loaded. The car had about 200 miles on it but no one at the dealer could tell me the satellite system did not work. After four trips and calls to Hyundai Motor of America I was essentially told all I could do is wait. Oh by the way, they cracked the interior panel getting at the wires. It is now about July 1. It seems the satellite system is so intertwined with all the other electronics it takes a special part. A part that is nowhere to be found in the US. So before you go out and grab this car remember me sitting here waiting for a part for electronics, and an interior panel, for my brand new 2009 Hyundai Sonata.
Pros LOVE THE CAR; NOT HAPPY WITH THE COMPANY
Cons I chose the car w/navigation/ It is broken after 4 months. They are replacing but could take weeks. I said fine but I need to have a portable unit while I wait, The service dealer refused to help and Hyundai corporate said it is not their problem.
Summary I WOULD LIKE THEM TO MAKE THE SITUATION RIGHT. IF I WANTED A BASE MODEL WITHOUT NAVIGATION I WOULD HAVE BOUGHT ONE OF THOSE. BUT I SPENT MORE MONEY TO HAVE THE UNIT AND IF IT DOES NOT WORK THEY SHOULD BE JUMPING THROUGH HOOPS TO PROVIDE AT MINIMUM A PORTABLE NAVIGATION UNIT. IN THIS DAY AND AGE HOW CAN THERE BE A BACKORDER ON NAVIGATION UNITS FOR A CAR ANYWAY BUT EVEN IF THEIR IS I SHOULD NOT HAVE TO TOLERATE THE SITUATION WHEN I AM PAYING FOR A MORE EXPENSIVE VEHICLE THAT DOES NOT HAVE ALL OF ITS WORKING PARTS.Since my posting, Hyundai still has not fixed my car so i am still driving a base model car with a limited edition price tag. My 2000 Sonata was declared a lemon under the law so i should have take my own experience and not purchased another one 9 years later. They make any problems your problems. They will fix it eventually the problem but will not provide you anything for the inconvenience it may cause in your life especially when i planned a vacation and had to cancel because we do not have a navigation unit that we thought we would have working at least the 1st year of driving, but it is apparent they do not care about the consumer. Do not buy a Hyundai vehicle if you do not like to be inconvenienced!
Updated on Aug 16, 2009
Pros handles good
Cons Dash makes cracking sounds similar to ice cracking whenever heater or AC is turned on. This is due to temp change inside the car, however I have never experienced this with any other vehicle I've owned.
Summary McCarthy Hyundai's response- Not covered under warranty since it does not affect driving ability. They said they filed my complaint w/Hyundai but even after numourus attempts on my part, I havent heard a word. This is my 2nd Hyundai but I will NEVER buy another Hyundai product EVER.
Pros runs well enough, but nothing special
Cons So the $1,200 radio / Nav system fails after 40,000 miles, Ok it has a 5 yr 60K warranty, right, nope. The nav system and radio aren't covered. When the nav system goes you can't use the radio. They will find some reason not to cover whatever goes wron
Summary The car works fine, but telling me when I bought the car I had 5 year 60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty is a lie and the misleading 5yr 60k warranty means I'd never buy another Hyundai again.