Used Hyundai Sonata

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  • Overview

    Silver 2013 Used Hyundai Sonata angled left

    The used car market is arguably better than it has ever been and consumers shopping for used vehicles might feel as though their purchasing options are limitless. And they’re right. Especially when it comes to celebrated brands like Hyundai, which has been earning awards for safety and affordability on a routine basis. One of the most sought after names in the Hyundai lineup is the mid-size Sonata, particularly the sixth generation, which enjoyed an award-winning reign from 2009-2013. Given that the final year of that generation launched barely three years ago, those looking for current convenience and connectivity features at a cost-efficient price, are looking at the right lineup.

    Between its initial, never-before-seen “Fluidic Sculpture” design, created by Andre Hudson in 2007, which also featured on the Tucson, the Sonata represented something different in a somewhat stale sedan segment. Consistently lauded by authorities in on-road safety, like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Sonata edged out the competition by offering significant style, without compromising the kind of safety and security expected of a sedan.

    Granted, each model year under the sixth generation umbrella improved upon its predecessor, offering unique details and enhancements worthy of individual exploration, making a used Hyundai Sonata a great buy for anyone.

    The 6th Generation Hyundai Sonata

    Beginning with its 2009 release at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Hyundai Sonata hit U.S. dealer showrooms as a 2010 model. As mentioned, the 2010 Sonata, as a mid-size car, shared the same “Fluidic Sculpture” design as Hyundai’s compact SUV, the Tucson. Available in six fuel-efficient trim levels: GLS Manual (21 city/32 hwy), GLS Automatic (22 city/32 hwy), SE (22 city/32 hwy), SE V6 (19 city/29 hwy), Limited (22 city/32 hwy), and Limited V6 (19 city/29 hwy), the 2010 Sonata was equipped a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine, generating 175 horsepower as standard fare, with a 3.3-liter V6, rated at 249 horsepower, as an available option. Praised for its remarkably refined interior, the 2010 Sonata also did exceptionally well with respect to safety, earning its spot as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. In fact, industry reviewers gave it high marks across the board with U.S. News awarding 9/10, Edmunds 4.6/5, and Kelley Blue Book 8.9/10. Originally sold at the starting MSRP of $18,700, and ranked #6 Most Affordable Midsize Car by U.S. News, there are plenty of used Sonata models from this year that can be found for even greater savings.

  • 2011

    Silver 2011 Used Hyundai Sonata from the front driving on country road

    For the 2011 model year, the Sonata enjoyed a boost in horsepower, ranging between 190 and 274, as afforded by the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 2.4-liter four-cylinder, respectively. Trim level options vary slightly from the 2010 crew, thanks to the introduction of the SE 2.0T, as well as a hybrid variant, named one of five finalists for Green Car Journal’s “Green Car of the Year.” This year also brought to light Hyundai’s outstanding warranty program, represented by its 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Edmunds awarded this year’s enhanced Sonata with 4.6/5, as matched by, with Kelley Blue Book giving the 2011 Sonata 8.1/10. In addition to the new SE 2.0T (22 city/33 hwy), the 2011 Sonata retained the GLS trim (24 city/35 hwy), along with the SE (22 city/35 hwy), Limited (22 city/35 hwy), as well as offering the Limited 2.0T (22 city/33 hwy). When first introduced to the market, the base GLS started at $20,000, with the Limited 2.0T topping out at $27,500. Fair to say, this jump in price reflects the added horsepower and accompanying increase in fuel efficiency over the 2010 models.

    Word to the wise…when shopping the used 2011 Hyundai Sonata options available to you, ask to test drive those manufactured after July 2010. The U.S. National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) changed its rules to represent stricter expectations. The amended rubrics by which the NHTSA judges vehicles include: Overall Frontal Rating, Front Rating (Driver), Frontal Rating (Passenger), Side Overall Rating (Front), Side Overall Rating (Rear), Side Barrier Rating (Front), Side Barrier Rating (Rear), Side Pole Rating (Driver), and Rollover. Sonatas manufactured prior to these changes earned four stars from the NHTSA. But the later models of the same model year were awarded five stars, making the Hyundai Sonata one of only six vehicles given top marks for these new rules.

    Sure, now that 2017 is well underway, a used model from the 2011 model year might feel more dated than you would like. However, these Sonatas offer the best in modern technology, where it really counts: ultimate safety features for you and your passengers. If that isn’t enough to convince you, consider that the 2011 Hyundai Sonata was a finalist for MotorTrend’s “Car of the Year, made Car and Driver’s 2011 Ten Best List, and was named a 2011 Consumer Guide Best Buy. All told, 2011 proved the winningest year of the sixth generation Hyundai Sonatas.

  • 2012

    Grey 2012 Used Hyundai Sonata parked infront of modern building in the evening

    The 2012 Sonata represented basically more of the same as its one-year older sibling, particularly with respect to the same powertrains and trim levels. However, improvements were made relative to standard equipment and the Sonata did enjoy a minimal facelift, featuring details like LED light enhancements to the front and rear, along with a new grille. This year, Hyundai’s own Blue Link telematics system came standard across the board, while a three-piece panoramic sunroof accompanied the Limited model and SE variants offered drivers an available rearview camera, complete with navigation systems broadcast on a 7-inch screen, larger by one half-inch over the prior year’s. This year witnessed a slight dip in industry favor, with Edmunds giving the 2012 Sonata a 4/5, bumping it up ever so slightly to 4.3/5, with Kelley Blue Book slouching its ranking to 7.8/10. Regardless, the 2012 Sonata is still a solid, safe choice for consumers looking for a reliable used car at a budget-friendly price, considering the original stickers ranged from $19,795 – 28,195.

  • 2013

    Silver 2013 Used Hyundai Sonata driving fast on a desert road

    Carrying over relatively unchanged, with starting MSRPs between $20,895 – 27,595, the 2013 Sonata shares the same power trains and trim levels as both its older siblings, but distinguishes itself when it comes to packages designed to promote comfort and convenience. Consumers could expect standard perks in the form of heated front seats on the SE, heated rear seats from the Limited, with the Popular Equipment package now boasting fog lights. Automotive authorities upped their scores on the 2013 Sonata, as compared to the 2012, with Edmunds returning 4.1/5, 4.3/5, and U.S. News an 8.6/10. Perhaps more relevant to used car shoppers is the 2013 Sonata Hybrid’s third place out of 20 Affordable Midsize Cars evaluated by U.S. News.

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