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Pros: Leather Interior/Outside Styling/Comfort/Handling
Cons: The sound system needs improvement
Advice: Great Vehicle, Great ValueI had been shopping for an SUV and decided to check out the Hyundai Santa Fe, which I liked, however I noticed the 2002 Sonata LX on my dealer's lot and was very impressed. After checking out the price and driving it I was sold! The Hyundai Warranty is the best and I would recommend (and have recommended) this vehicle to anyone who is looking at the Camry, Altima or any other mid-sized vehicle. I have been stopped numerous times by people who are impressed by this vehicle.
Pros: THe exterior styling
Cons: The sound of the horn needs to be altered to a big car sound
Advice: Just drive and then you'll knowHave owned my 2002 Sonata approx. 5 months and am utterly overwhelmed and impressed with the quality, comfort, style, and affordability of this auto. I was struck the day these were delivered to the dealership and proceeded out the door with the first one a day and a half later. There is nothing unpleasant or displeasing about this automobile. Three cheers to it's concept and development and to those involved with it's creation. The warrantee is just the icing on the cake and I have to commend Bill Bryan Hyundai of Winter Park for their professionalism and fortitude to make this ownership possible. You've got a winner with this one and the new merchandising concept is a sure thing for you continued success.
Pros: Probably the looks ! It's beautiful, looks like a Mercedes or Jag.
Cons: Very few problems - in 20 degree winters the CD won't change until warmed up
Advice: Drive it only if you're prepared to be impressed and buy it !I looked at the larger XG300 (2001) and was VERY impressed with it. We could have afforded it (add'l $8500) but with a son in college, we decided to look at the less expensive Sonata, base model, with optional V6 and rear disc brakes. Wow ! That's what we bought - our local dealer took off several hundred, and it cost us $16,400. Three years ago we got a new Neon for $14,400 and it is 1/2 the car (not to mention having the head gasket go). Also had head gaskets go on another new Neon, also 1999, a 1992 Dodge Spirit, a Taurus and a Buick - in 8 years. So I was very attracted to the 10 year powertrain warrantee on the Sonata, since US carmakers obviously can't build cars any more.
Pros: ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes, ABS, traction control ,fullsize spare tire
Cons: oddly styled front end, Poor clock placement, unlit cruise control switches
Advice: Don't let the name or well meaning friends/family sway your opinion. Test drive it and make an informed decision. You won't be sorryAs an ASE certified Technician I am not easily impressed but, Every day I find another reason to love the Santa Fe. It rides smooth and comfortable with the independent suspension. It is a tad underpowered, but performs very well in city driving.
Pros: LUMBAR SUPPORT
Cons: NON ILLUMINATED CRUISE CONTROL BUTTONS
Advice: MAKE SURE YOU ASK THE STICKER PRICE IF THEY HAVE TO LOCATE YOU A VEHICLEQUIET INTERIOR(SOUND PROOFING FROM EXTERIOR ROAD NOISE)COMFORTABLE SEATS,LOTS OF LEG ROOM,GREAT BRAKING(TRUCK STOPS ON DIME)GOOD WORKMANSHIP AND MATERIALS TOP QUALITY.
Pros: The standard cd player!
Cons: Trying to figure out the windshield wipers.
Advice: Drive other more expensive cars...then try this one. Your pocket book will thank you.After being in an accident with my Nissan Altima, I was sure I'd purchase another. However, after doing some homework and test driving other vehicles, the Sonata was an obvious choice. It's great looking, great handling, and very affordable!
Pros: adjustable drivers seat
Cons: no rims
Advice: go see the competition firstVery good car the money. Test drive it and fall in love. Great for small families. Plus it looks great!