Hyundai is a company whose reputation undergone a considerable renaissance in the American marketplace. Once synonymous with cheap and unreliable transportation, the Hyundai brand has evolved to encompass reliability and style, while holding the line on the bargain prices for which it is well known.
Sonata is Hyundai’s mid-size offering in the United States and the nameplate has served the company here since 1989. While the first Sonata offered here was priced really well, its indifferent build quality did more harm to the nameplate than good. Over the years however, Hyundai has worked steadily to improve the quality of the Sonata.
Today, the model is one of the most competitive offerings in its segment.
There have been five generations of the Sonata offered in the U.S. since the introduction of that ill-fated 1989 model.