|THE ALL-NEW 2006 SONATA: A HYUNDAI LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE|
Award-Winning Sonata has Everything it Needs to Take On the Established Leaders in the Midsize Sedan Category.
Sep. 29, 2005 - The all-new 2006 Hyundai Sonata can be defined by two simple words: refined and confident. Designed and engineered over a four-year period in concert with voluminous customer feedback, the Sonata surpasses competitors like Honda Accord and Toyota Camry with class-leading standard safety technologies, generous interior room and standout value.
Available in three trim levels and with a choice of two engines and three transmissions, Sonata is fully equipped to satisfy the increasingly sophisticated demands of the midsize sedan buyer. The 2006 Hyundai Sonata recently beat Honda Accord and Toyota Camry to take first place in an Edmunds.com Inside Line comparison test. 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.”
Sonata’s infusion of striking style and extensive features—and the growing luster of Hyundai’s brand reputation—appeals to a broader range of customers than ever before. That’s entirely by design, as Hyundai began the project by surveying American consumers at clinics about their likes and dislikes, wants, needs and preferences for midsize sedans. 2006 Sonata buyers are younger than those of competitors. They’re open-minded, smart with money, practical, hard working and have a high degree of common sense.
ACTIVE AND PASSIVE SAFETY
In the event that a crash is unavoidable, the Sonata features six airbags—including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbags—along with active front-seat head restraints. Other passive safety features include shingle-style rear seat head restraints for improved visibility, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, front-seat seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters, and a rear-seat LATCH system for child seats. The 2006 Sonata has received the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) top five-star crash test rating for front and side impacts.
CONTEMPORARY EXTERIOR DESIGN
But it is the sophisticated design that really defines the ’06 Sonata. The unibody, made of high-tensile steel, features a bold, concave hood design, distinctive rear-door cut lines, strong Z-lined body-to-fascia interfaces, and four-barrel jeweled projector lens headlights. Furthering its look of solidity are standard 16-inch wheels (17-inch wheels are optional on the GLS V6 and standard on LX). The model range also offers a choice of ten solid, metallic and mica colors.
Sonata likewise delivers on Hyundai’s pledge to offer more sophistication and refinement. For instance, premium doorsill scuff plates greet GLS and LX passengers, who also enjoy either gray metalgrain or woodgrain interior trim accents (with gray or beige interiors, respectively).
Ease of entry and egress, seating comfort and overall ergonomics have also been improved for 2006, thanks to a one-inch increase in seating position height, increased distance between the driver and the A-pillar, and more room between the seat cushion and the headliner. Standard convenience features include tilt steering and an auto-up/down power-window function with pinch protection. The front center console offers dual-tier storage and two covered cupholders; two more cupholders are located in the rear center armrest.
The 2006 Sonata also delivers class-leading cabin quietness and reduced wind noise. Designers increased the strength and stiffness of the body structure to reduce engine and road noise.
CHOICE OF POWERTRAINS
Standard in the Sonata GLS V6 and Sonata LX models is an all-new 3.3-liter V6 that produces 235 horsepower and 226 lb-ft. of torque—an increase of 65 horsepower and 45 lb.-ft. of torque over the previous 2.7-liter V6 it replaces. As the first member of Hyundai's new “Lambda” engine family, this engine also has all-aluminum construction, dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, CVVT and hydraulic engine mounts. It also features a Variable Intake System (VIS) to further broaden its power curve, improving off-the-line acceleration and passing performance. The Sonata V6 offers 45 horsepower more than the Camry 3.0-liter V6 and 14 lb.-ft. more torque than the Accord V6. Mileage estimates are 20-mpg City/30 mpg Highway.
All V6 models have Hyundai's all-new five-speed SHIFTRONIC® automatic transmission, which features an overdrive lock-up torque converter for improved highway fuel economy. Neither the Accord nor Camry offer manual-mode operation.
In back, a sophisticated multi-link system provides excellent handling along with superb ride quality and noise isolation.
The 2006 Sonata achieves a 40% improvement in torsional rigidity over the prior model, with a 29% torsional stiffness advantage over Honda Accord. This rigid body allows Hyundai's chassis engineers to tune suspension settings to achieve a more comfortable, quieter ride than Accord, while still maintaining precise steering and handling.
THREE WELL-EQUIPPED MODELS
The Sonata GL’s standard exterior features include 16-inch wheels with Michelin tires, power windows, door locks and outside mirrors, and keyless entry with alarm. Inside are an AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system, air conditioning with a cabin air filtration, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a tilt-adjustable steering column. An impressive array of passive safety features includes six airbags and active front head restraints.
The 2006 GLS V6 comes alive with Hyundai's all-new, high-tech 3.3-liter V6 engine. It features chrome-tipped dual exhausts, five-speed SHIFTRONIC® automatic transmission, larger disc brakes and Solar Control glass. Options include a power/tilt sunroof, and a Premium-Sport Package including the sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, eight-way power driver's seat, and an electrochromic auto-dimming rear view mirror with HomeLink® and a compass.
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Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif. is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai cars and sport utility vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced by more than 670 Hyundai dealerships nationwide.