We bought this car 3 years ago for our daughter. It was a one owner, well cared for car with 90K miles. It now has 105K miles and has been good to us. I had the usual 90K mile service done when we first got the car (change fluids, belts, hoses) and all has been well. While the engine may be slightly less refined than my wife's camry, the build quality and fit and finish is better. I am a car guy a really like this car. The mass air flow recently failed but this is relatively minor and the car sits outside at college day after day and this may have had something to do with it. Mileage is good and would buy the car again.
Nice functional interior.
The previous owner fitted our GLS with leather.
Body style is nice and attractive in aquamarine with the upgraded alloy wheels.
More front seat travel.
I am 6'2" and it is tight when I am driving.
An aux port for ipods would have been nice.
We have had a couple of minor issues with the rear door lock failing and a sticky driver's outside door handle but that's it.
My clutch failed at only 85,000 miles (and half of those highway miles), and to my dismay I found that this car has a "dual mass flywheel" that can not be resurfaced and is ONLY AVAILABLE through Hyundai. To fix the clutch AND replace the flywheel costs almost $4,000!!
Update: At 105,000 miles the car threw a rod and the engine was toast. It would have been another $4,000 to replace it so I gladly parted ways with this car - and with Hyundai FOREVER.
I'll sound like a shill for saying it, but my mechanic literally told me that I should have bought a Honda. I bought an Accord new in '94 and sold it (still running fine) after 12 years and 175,000 miles. Since I drive 25,000 miles a year I need a good commuter car, so after the Sonata died I bought a '14 Civic new and am really happy with it.
Our 2006 Hyundai Sonata LX has 68,000 miles. My wife used it for daily commuting for 5 years with an occasional road trip. We are both retired now and it is mostly used for road trips around Minnesota and one or two long trips to Arizona and other vacation spots. It is by far the best family car I have owned. I have it regularly serviced at our local Hyundai dealer and I have experienced only one minor issue with rear brakes. Otherwise...zero problems. It is a joy to drive on the highway or twisty back roads. I am on my second set of tires and brakes. This week I will replace the original battery. We fully intend to keep this car forever, God willing.
V6 is powerful and quiet.
Sound system is pretty good for 2006.
Most reliable vehicle I have owned in 50 years.
Very cool oil filter location.
Excellent highway handling, very maneuverable.
All-around good performance.
Good fuel mileage.
Driver's seat lacks side support and is too soft.
Seat belt warning chime is too loud.
The stock sound system lacks flexibility.
Heater takes a long time to put out heat in Minnesota winters.
Overall, I am VERY pleased with my 2006 Sonata LX. I purchased it new in 2006 and have had two minor warranty repairs, a power window malfunction and an ignition key issue. I change the oil and rotate the tires every 4M miles. I have about 55M miles on the car.
The V6 engine REALLY is powerful.
Even if you are travelling 70 mph and hit the accelerator, your head will snap back - it's that good.
At 55M miles - no problems.
A good performance record.
My number one biggest complaint about my Sonata is the ROAD NOISE!
Really, really noisy car on the highway.
The tires sound like they are in the cabin with you.
My second biggest complaint is the poor quality AM radio they install in their cars.
I get static on the 50M watt stations in town.
I dislike the seat belt alarm.
It is incessant.
You can't sit in your car with the engine running with transmission in "Park".
2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS V6 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
We bought our Sonata new in Pittsburgh. It's been a really fantastic vehicle. In 2006 they changed the body style, and it still looks fresh. We got the V6, and this car will really move. Mechanically we've had no issues, but we haven't hit the 60K mile mark yet. If you need a good second car, or a first car for a new driver, you won't regret buying one of these. Been fantastic. (I only hope it can go as long as my 2001 Jeep Cherokee - truly an awesome SUV if ever there were one).
Style, Reliability, Speed, Comfort.
Well, it's a V6 and I've never achieved the stated MPG ratings on the highway, but still it's decent and no complaints.