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Sonata best by ‘a landslide’

26 July 2005

Sonata best by ‘a landslide’

Hyundai’s stunning new Sonata sedan has immediately swamped competitors Camry and Accord in a prestigious American ranking.

The exciting South Korean model was given an undisputed first place in an Edmunds.com Inside Line comparison test this week. Edmunds.com reported, “In the end, it wasn’t even close . . . in the areas of performance and features, the Hyundai won in a landslide . . . Bottom Line: With the 2006 Sonata, Hyundai convincingly beats the long-standing class leaders in nearly every important category,” Edmunds.com reported.

“We were looking for the family sedan priced under $22,000 (US) with the best combination of passenger accommodations, safety and luxury features, performance, overall quality and value,” said John DiPietro, Road Test Editor at Edmunds.com Inside Line. “Taking all of these factors into account, the Hyundai Sonata came out on top.”

Edmunds.com praised the all-new Sonata for its roomy interior (classified by the US government as a “large car,” a full class above Camry and Accord), smooth V6 engine, segment-leading standard safety technology, and strong value.

“In the real world, the Sonata shines. The well-tuned suspension smothers the bumps and keeps its composure in turns without drama, and its tuning falls between the firm Accord and cushy Camry. There’s plenty of power for effortless merging and passing, and the brakes are a strong ally in the daily grind. And let’s not forget the standard electronic stability control, unusual in the segment.”

Edmunds.com concluded, “With the Sonata handily dethroning the twin kings of the family sedan segment, Hyundai has shown that, beyond a doubt, it’s ready to take a starring role on the automotive stage. Nice job, Hyundai.”

Edmunds.com is a leading automotive Web site providing consumers with valuable information on the industry’s top vehicles. To read the full review, go to

http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/Comparos/articleId=106434.

ENDS


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