Well, it all started by having to replace my 03 Grand Am which met with an
unpleasant fate. I went looking at Sonatas since we've had excellent
service out of my wife's 04 Sonata. Not a single problem in over 70,000
I wanted a six cylinder because I'm just that kind of guy. I'd read Matt
and Bryan talking about how their 4 bangers had all the power they needed
and secretly, I just scoffed. Certainly, they must be old before their
So - tonight my wife and I went to the dealer and took a couple of 06
Sonatas out for drives. I never buy new cars and the 07's weren't
depreciated enough for my tastes, so I was specifically looking for 06's.
The first one we took out was a 4 cylinder. I was a bit peeved that the
salesman had lined this car up for us to drive because he knows us very well
and he knows how I feel about 4's. Needless to say, I was shocked. I've
driven a ton of Japanese and American 4 cylinders, enough European 4's and I
didn't need to drive a Korean 4 cylinder to know I would not like it.
But... that sucker is no Japanese or European or American 4 cylinder. One
might not even realize it was a 4. It was way more powerful than I expected
off the line, performed extremely well on the interstate (~2700 RPM @
75mph), and it just never did that typical 4 cylinder scream as I put it
through some paces. I mean, I was seriously impressed.
Then I took the 6 out. Clearly a better performer. 75mph on the interstate
was a mere ~2300 RPM. Certainly more power and quite snottier too. I
finally went with the 6, but that decision was in no small part due to the
timing belt in the 4 versus a chain in the 6. Of course there was that part
of me that really wanted a 6. But I'm just that kind of guy...
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