Hyundai's Sonata is a big, comfortable midsize sedan that comes with a lot of standard equipment. It also costs thousands less than comparable name-brand models and offers a pleasant highway ride. The interior is nicely finished and driver controls are located conveniently.
The Sonata's four-cylinder engine has a coarse sound when idling, but it gets up to speed quickly and delivers satisfying acceleration. The V6-powered LX and GLS models provide a bit more responsive performance. Steering is accurate and well-weighted, though it doesn't feel as connected to the road as the steering in some other family sedans.
The cabin is quiet and well-insulated, but the front seats are slightly short on bolstering and side support. The back seat provides adequate room for two adults, and fold-flat seats create more than enough cargo space for longer trips. The trunk is spacious and easy to access, and a hidden underfloor storage area adds an extra 5.5 cubic feet of capacity.
Owners report a few minor problems with the 2004 hyundai sonata, but most of them are easy to fix. One of the most common issues is with the accelerator pedal position switch, which can cause the Check Engine Light to turn on. The problem can be fixed with a replacement switch from Hyundai.
A long warranty and modest sticker prices make the Sonata a compelling choice for families seeking a large, comfortable sedan on a tight budget. However, resale value lags behind the class leaders, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.