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  • Looks that they wanted to match the xd2(elantra) with the new sonata...

    I dont like that match :sick:
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    This is being discussed here:

    http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/WebX/.f108bb3/211

    Perhaps the two thread could be merged.

    I have been told the version for North America will be slightly different than the version from the home market. It will debut at the NAIAS in January along with the production Genesis/BH.

    The interior looks amazing, and while I am still warming up to the exterior front, it looks good at some angle. I am reserving full judgment until I see this in person. Fuel efficiency and power are both expected to be bumped which are great pluses.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    No you are wrong. It's debuting in Chicago.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    SE and limited get an all new wheel design. i4 and v6. Pricing was announced just recently. Limited gets a standard sunroof. Limited means loaded for this model. Navigation is the only option on the limited. USB/Aux input but no standard bluetooth. Probably another blueconnect system. Might have to wait until the next gen for factory installed bluetooth. Maybe it might get optional factory bluetooth. New wheels might be avaliable.
  • Any word on when Hyundai will make a diesel engine available for the Sonata or any other of its vehicles here in the U.S.? I can't wait to go biodiesel and tell OPEC to go drink its oil!
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Maybe not this generation. Maybe in Model Year 2011. Veracruz might get it 2010. Who knows. Hyundai is workig on getting the v6 diesel for the veracruz for the USA market. The veracruz diesel makes 237 Hp and over 300 lbs-ft of torque. i4 diesel might be in the works as well. Hope this helps.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,630
    Car & Driver compares the 2009 Sonata Limited to the Accord EX, Altima 2.5S, Malibu LT, Camry LE, Fusion SEL, and Avenger SXT (all I4s) in their March issue. Has good info and some photos, including a clear shot of the new (and very good looking IMO) interior and the new nose.

    P.S. In the comparo, the Sonata slotted in between the Malibu and the Camry in the order listed above--Accord first. But the review was overall very positive towards the Sonata, except for a desire for less body roll and a stiffer platform (ala Accord or Altima).
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Supposedly it's going to be released after the chicago auto show. Pricing has been announced. LG voice activated Navigation will be an option on the limited. Bluetooth won't be avaliable at launch. USB/Aux input will be avaliable. The limited model only has navigation as an option.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Is factory installed bluetooth coming at all and will the 4 cylinder get a 5-speed automatic or keep the 4-speed?
    I have seen conflicting claims about 5-speed and 4-speed automatic for the 4 cylinder models.
    Bluetooth is much less expensive than navigation, so I'm surprised they would delay bluetooth rather than delay the nav instead.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,630
    C/D confirmed in its 2009 Sonata Limited I4 road test (March issue) that the automatic is a 5-speed. No mention of Bluetooth in that review, and the test car didn't have nav but the article stated I think that nav was the only option (moonroof is standard on the Limited for 2009).
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Looks nice except for the new headlights.
    It has USB and nav, so I can't believe it still doesn't have factory installed bluetooth even on the top models. More people will use bluetooth than USB and most people will pass on nav if it's $2000.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Navi is less than that. Rumored to be in the 1,250 to 1,750 range with the latter being more likely. Supposedly they have made it 1,250. Thats cheap for navi. I still would like to see bluetooth. I'm sure they will offer a simple blueconnect system that doesn't integrate with the radio. I'm sure quickconnect will offer a harness for the parrot kit.
  • Does anyone know when will the 2009 Sonata be available in California??? The autoblog has the press release saying that "The 2009 Sonata will be available at Hyundai dealers later this month. " Is that possible??
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Yes they did say later this month. They are already in production. Pricing has already been announced. Late february does sound pretty ambitious but you may never know. I hear there are some in a NJ port. I believe they could already be in transport. One dealer employee found an invoice for 2.

    The March 08 Car and Driver has a comparo where the 09 Sonata was tested over it's rivals. Did 4th place behind the new 08 Malibu. That model was a limited 4 cylinder with out nav.
  • I don't know why professional auto reviewers look for sport ability when it comes to family sedans.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,630
    Why would Sonatas be at a NJ port? Wouldn't they be shipped by rail from Alabama? Do they actually ship these by sea around the U.S.?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,630
    Some mags are oriented to "enthusiasts" so sporty handling and acceleration are important to them. Other mags like CR put more emphasis on safe handling (e.g. emergency maneuvers) than "sporty" handling on family cars. To each his/her own. Just something to keep in mind when reading professional reviews/rankings.
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