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2009-2010 Hyundai Sonata



  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    I hear NJ is for Canada and east coast shipments from Korea. Supposedly hyundai has a nice operation over there. It's probably on the railways already. When it gets to the railport then they truck them to dealers.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,911
    So you are saying some Sonatas sold in the U.S. (east) and also in Canada are sourced from Korea? I didn't know that. I thought the Sonatas from the ROK stopped coming over here a couple of years ago. And I heard also the Alabama plant wasn't running at full capacity, so I am surprised to hear that Hyundai would ship Sonatas from overseas.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    Umm I think it's for the USA plant as well. I haven't seen any KDM built sonatas but I do think they use it for some models.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Does anyone know if they will be under the center armrest or behind those cubby doors in the lower dash?


    If they in the dash cubby, that would be a pretty good place to mount a portable gps with bluetooth. All you would need to do is shut the cubby doors when you park to hide it from view. No need to move or unplug anything.
    It would be better if it was up higher so you don't have to look down when you want glance at the map, but it would be usable and you would be able to get both navi and bluetooth for much less than the factory nav unit that doesn't include bluetooth.

    You could get a Garmin 880 if you want voice control and can spend $999.

    Costco has the Garmin 360 with bluetooth on sale for $249 online now.

    If the ports are in the armrest, it could still work but it would be more awkward. You could mount the gps in the cupholders, but it would be more difficult to see and you would have to put it back under the armrest every time you parked so it wouldn't get stolen.
  • aneeshaneesh Posts: 43
    I have a 06 Sonata GLS. It is a great car, the only thing I am not fond of is the green lights and the grey plastic...but the 09 Sonata's interior is really good looking better than the Camry and Altima.
    But i don't understand why did Hyundai dismiss the GLS V6 after introducing it for 2008?
  • I have been looked around and cannot find any released date on 2009 sonata, anybody know??????
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Hyundai is saying later this month.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,911
    Hyundai has offered the Sonata GLS with a V6 for many years, even before the current generation debuted in 2005. Why do you think that the 2009 GLS will not be offered with a V6 option?
  • aneeshaneesh Posts: 43
    link title

    I correct myself the 09 Sonata will have a GLS V6 and PZEV models.
  • stephen987stephen987 Posts: 1,994
    My local dealership still has a dozen unsold new '07 models, and a handful of '08s. If they get the '09s this spring, they could have brand new models from three different model years on display at the same time.
  • choe13choe13 Posts: 348
    I just read the car and driver march mid size sedan comparison and i just laughed because of dumb criterias like "got to have it" factors the sonata was placed 4th. It scored the highest along with the accord on factors that really matter in a midsize car such as driving manners, value, interior, trunk space etc totals at 81 points, in the powertrain department only 2 pts off the accord and altima at 41 compared to 43 and had alot of 7's in the handling department compared to the accord and altimas 8's. But if you take out the dumb criterias such as gotto have it factors the sonata actually tied for third with the the malibu with just altima and accord just merely ahead

    Car and driver imo is too biased on performance critereas which these cars shouldn't pretend they are; sports sedans. Does it matter greatly a family midsize can nail a pilon test or go 0-60 in 6 seconds?? Who drives like that in these cars must get real and buy a real sports car.

    Simple truth is that if meaninful critereas of what a family car should embody such as quiet ride, decent performance, safety, space, trunk space, back space, value are placed higher than pure performances critereas without the ridiculous got to have it factor also the sonata would have won or been top two.

    I've seen the altima crumble under crash test(who wants to drive this car??), feel hondas ride is too stiff and interior way too crazy, the malibu not ready in the quality department to place the

    Sonata first
    Accord second
    Malibu Third
    Camry Fourth
    Altima fifth
    Fusion 6th
    Avenger 7th
  • Anybody see the GLS interior before? all the picture i seen are Limited Ed. with Navigation.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Some dealerships have them already:

    The details are outstanding!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,911
    I actually like the exterior of the GLS better than that of the Limited--less chrome. Looks like the wheel covers are carry-over from '08. Even the base dash looks sharp!
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    I see it's under the armrest.

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,911 has the pricing up for the 2009 Sonata, and it shows Bluetooth as being a $325 option.

    There are price increases for 2009, so that for example the base GLS with AT starts at $19,995 including destination. Still less than Accord or Camry, or a comparably-equipped Malibu, but getting closer to those cars in price. Interesting strategy on Hyundai's part. I guess we'll soon see how far the brand has come.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    I hope it's not a mistake since there is no reference to bluetooth on any of Hyundai's official info and I hope it isn't a Hyundai dealer installed option that isn't fully integrated (like the Honda accessory bluetooth available for Accords without nav).
    It would be great if factory bluetooth is really available for the 2009 Sonata because it would be the closest to the ideally equipped car for me for the money.

    I bet it's a dealer accessory add-on though.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,911
    Edmunds is usually pretty accurate on their pricing data. I guess we'll have to wait and see what hits the dealers.

    I noticed that Fitzmall is pricing their first few incoming 2009 Sonatas at MSRP, at least for their "delivered value price", and just a small discount for their "internet price". Can't recall the last time I saw them do that on a Hyundai. In contrast, they are already pricing their incoming 2009 Corollas at invoice. Whoda thunk... bigger discounts on the all-new Corolla vs. a refreshed Hyundai. But we'll see how long that kind of pricing holds up. Not long, I'll bet. Tough market out there.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    I'm pretty sure it will be a dealer accessory because it looks like the option codes for factory options are number codes and the option codes for dealer accessories like floor mats, wind deflectors and the bluetooth are letter codes.
  • juxtojuxto Posts: 16
    There are price increases for 2009, so that for example the base GLS with AT starts at $19,995 including destination. Still less than Accord or Camry, or a comparably-equipped Malibu, but getting closer to those cars in price. Interesting strategy on Hyundai's part. I guess we'll soon see how far the brand has come.

    I was actually considering a hyundai - for the first time ever. When I saw the prices I came to the obvious conclusion that it would not be a good idea. In a few years down the road I am sure that it would be a horrible financial mistake. I wish hyundai well, but think they may be more impressed with their product than the market.
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