Noise, vibration and harshness are quelled with the addition of insulation to the floor and cowl, and liquid-filled V6 engine mounts. ABS is available as a stand-alone option on the GLS, and Steel Gray joins the color chart. Upgraded seat fabric comes in the base and GL models, while all Sonatas get CFC-free A/C.
Sonata is Hyundai's midsize entry, and faces some very stiff competition in this category. Ford's new Contour/Mystique populates this class of automobiles, as does the new Cirrus/Stratus duo from Chrysler, and perennial favorites such as the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Mazda 626. Heady competition indeed.
Hyundai's forte to date has been budget prices and standard (or low priced) luxuries that couldn't be matched by competitors. It seems those days are over. The Sonata GLS we sampled ran nearly $21,500. True, it was well loaded with automatic, sunroof, leather and power everything, but a similarly equipped Contour SE or Chrysler Cirrus is priced less than the Sonata. Considering Hyundai's quality record, we don't find the GLS to be a viable option in this class, particularly since the Contour/Mystique twins are a real kick in the pants to drive.
That's not to say that the Sonata isn't a satisfying car. The doors thunk shut nicely, it is quiet and comfortable inside, and the leather makes it feel like a much more expensive sedan. Everything looks and functions as though quality has been built-in, but the radio and climate controls are a tad overdone. The back seat could benefit from better thigh and back support, but it isn't any more uncomfortable that the rear quarters of a Dodge Stratus. Overall, we are impressed with this roomy effort from Hyundai.
Unfortunately, the Sonata competes with many cars that feel as good and often cost less money. Factor in the depreciation that the Hyundai is sure to endure, as well as the questionable quality levels of past Sonatas, and this new one's shine begins to dull. At $18,500, the leather-lined Sonata GLS would begin to look like a bargain, but $21,500 is better spent on something else.
Read what other owners think about the Used 1996 Hyundai Sonata.
I bought the car as the cheapest car in
which I could comfortably seat 5
people. It has turned out to be a
longterm dependable car. At 100k it hos
only been in the shop a couple times
and still runs strong.
4.63 out of 5 stars
My neighbor just totaled my parked
Sonata. I will miss this car. I
bought it in spite of my kids scorn and
never regretted it. I had no repairs
other than maintenance in the 122,000
miles I drove it. I was expecting to
get another 50K miles of satisfied
driving out of it.
4.25 out of 5 stars
Great car, could do better on the road
Binnie The Gooh,09/07/2003
GLS 4dr Sedan
It´s a great car, but they could make
it better suitible for the raod like
when you are taking sharp turns it
slides to the sides alot but it can be
controlled, this is a sedan version, so
why not make it perfect!!
5 out of 5 stars
I like it alot
GL 4dr Sedan
When i got on this website i looked
through the cars i didnt find one my
style or in my price range.Im sixteen
years old and my parents are on a
tight budget and i need a cheap car
and this one looks real cheap and very
nice.But i know i could not and cant
really afford it so i guess im just
gonna rate it.
The Used 1996 Hyundai Sonata is offered in the following submodels: Sonata Sedan. Available styles include GLS 4dr Sedan, 4dr Sedan, GL 4dr Sedan, and GL V6 4dr Sedan.
Pre-owned Hyundai Sonata models are available with a 3.0 L-liter gas engine or a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 137 hp, depending on engine type.
The Used 1996 Hyundai Sonata comes with front wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic, 5-speed manual.
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