The 2006 is my second Sonata GLS. The first was a 2002 model. As for
safety, Hyundai seems to be confident this car will score double 5
stars in the US crash tests. I suspect they are right. Word has it
that they crashed 300 new Sonatas to tweak the design, structure, and
technology. I find the ride to be very sporty with very little dive or
banking around turns. I am seeing about 21 mpg city and have yet to
take a road trip to check highway mileage. I read a report from one
owner reporting 31 mpg highway mileage. I find the ride to be less
smooth than my 2002, but still pleasant. I suspect the sportier
suspension is the reason.
The new 3.3 liter V6, 235 hp engine is very smooth and fast. Car and
Driver reports only a manual tranny 250 hp Altima can beat it to 60 or
in the 1/4 mile (Accord and Camry can not). Some buyers will qualify
for up to $2,000 in rebates on this car -- it's worth a test drive!
GeoUSA, moderator HyundaiExchange, http://www.HyundaiExchange.com