2009 Hyundai Sonata Limited V6 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
Bought this car after considering the 08 for several months. Also considered Accord, Altima and Mazda6. With or without considering the bargain price, this was the car to beat. It's miles above the 08 Sonata. Everyone I've showed it to loves it, it's been mistaken for a Lexus more than once. The ride is absolutely smooth, and acceleration remarkably quick even though I haven't really stomped on the gas yet (not quite through break-in). Mileage is slightly better than the EPA estimates, I've been getting over 30 highway and near 20 city. Shifting was a bit rough at first but it seems to be getting better. Interior quality is outstanding and the controls are intuitive and well placed.
Best in class interior. Exterior is really growing on me. Infinity stereo is a blast. V6 power. Smooth, luxurious ride. Interior space and huge trunk room. Ipod integration. XM radio. Comfortable seats, soft steering wheel. Features like dual zone climate control, heated seats, moon roof, etc. Price
These are nit-picky: power passenger seat. Folding mirrors. Automatic up/down passenger side window. Sliding center armrest. Plastic on the door scuffs easily if you accidentally kick it when getting out. Car doesn't seem to drift well down hill, like the engine is holding it back