Test drive the XG if you haven't already. Make it a significant one so you
can determine whether you like or dislike the vehicle's handling. The 5
speed auto in the '06 Sonata is almost the same as the one in the XG. And
the 4 Speed auto in the Sonata is similar.
I had a Sonata (2002 V6) and about a year ago traded it for a 2004 XG350.
I've never had any problems with either vehicle. I really liked the Sonata
(until a crazy on the NJ Turnpike rear-ended me). The XG350 has a lot more
features, and is a much heavier car than the old Sonata (not sure how it
compares to the new Sonata). Frankly, I enjoyed the handling of the Sonata
better than the XG350. Never had transmission problems with either. You
should be able to deal on the XG350 since this is the end of the line for
it - I would think you should be able to get one for $18k (mine was $18.2k
last summer). Bottom line - like the other poster said - thoroughly test
drive them both.
Thank you for the informative replies.
Took several test drives and purchased a 2005 XG350. Greatly impressed with
appointments, quality and ride. Hyundai making for tough times in Detroit
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