Hyundai Sonata: Hyundai’s Attempt At Classical Music

Hyundai Sonata

Well, if you are into classical music, you’ll definitely have heard of a sonata here and there. A sonata is a musical composition that uses instruments with three to four movements that contrast. If you read that and it still doesn’t make sense I recommend you listen to Mozart’s “Piano sonata No. 11 in A Major.” Well, it seems that Hyundai Sonata is meant to be a classic, so let’s see if it hits the right notes with us, pun intended.

On the business side of things, currently Honda Motors is the fourth largest automotive group in the world. This is due in large to its 32.8 % ownership of its subsidiary Kia, which in part also has stakes in Honda’s other businesses.

The History

This Sonata didn’t come up us the mind of a medieval musical genius, but as the tinkering of an automotive group that was looking for a model to compete with Daewoo Royale series. Thus, the first generation Sonata was made in 1985, a time when both MJs (Michael Jordan & Michael Jackson) were excelling. It borrowed key components from the Stellar model. As for the Stellar a special edition was made in 1988, after which it was discontinued and the Hyundai Sonata took over.

The Current Model

The current Hyundai Sonata is the seventh generation in the model line, and was minted out in the 2014 New York International Auto Show in the US, however it had been unveiled in Korea earlier the same year. The previous Sonata had done well in the American market but had failed to register great numbers locally in South Korea. Thus, Hyundai made the design a little more conservative and European so as to appeal locally. For this particular Sonata it borrowed its interior and exterior designs from the Hyundai Genesis.

The Variants

Depending on your preferences and monetary inclination you can pick one of these:

  • SE
  • Sport
  • Eco
  • Limited
  • Sport 2.0T
  • Limited 2.0T

The Powertrain

The Honda uses a four cylinder engine that comes either as a 1.6 L, 2.0 L and 2.4 L, churning out 185 hp to 245 hp. Also there is the hybrid version which combines a motor and electric engine to give you 174 hp.

Hyundai Sonata

The Interior and Exterior

To be quite frank the Hyundai Sonata has got most if not all its designing cues from the Hyundai Genesis. It looks really easy on the eyes, splendid upholstery and finishes, while outside it has all the right curves in the right places.


The Hyundai Sonata has won a couple of awards and here is a shortlist of some of them:

  • com – Most Affordable Midsize Sedan 2015 Sonata
  • Kelley Blue Book – 15 Best Family Cars 2015
  • 2016 NHTSA 5-Star Overall Crash Safety Rating

Our Verdict

When it comes to cars from South Korea the Optima and the Sonata easily compete with any other car companies out there. The Sonata is a classic, while the Optima is a modern classic. However, with the number of awards this car has scooped up, it’s well worth its weight in gold. Affordable, efficient and powerful are all superlatives you will find fit well when describing the Hyundai Sonata.

This magnificent piece of “stellar” Oriental auto making starts at $ 21,750.

Do you believe the Sonata is a much better car than the Optima or are you inclined to the latter? Have your say, leave a comment.

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