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Old 08-26-2004, 01:24 AM
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When I look real fast that Hyundai insignia (steering wheel, top of engine) it sometime seems to morph into the Toyota logo. Upon closer inspection it's a bit more obvious what it is.
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The car reminds me of the previous-generation Audi A6 with a little more rounding at the corners ... By prev-gen I mean the ones prior to '98
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Old 08-26-2004, 07:47 AM
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Looks better than the Accord to me.
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Old 08-26-2004, 09:22 AM
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Wonder how pricing will be set...
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Old 08-26-2004, 10:40 AM
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front looks like a TSX or 9-3 and the rear looks like a accord...Step down since the last Sonata was a copy of a Jag....
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Old 08-26-2004, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Zoot
front looks like a TSX or 9-3 and the rear looks like a accord...Step down since the last Sonata was a copy of a Jag....
They're doing just what Lexus did when they first entered the market; copy what's successfull, though on a cheaper level. They copied the Jag because it was hot, and as a result I saw more Sonatas on the street. Now they're coping cars again, and they're even getting better at it. The rear on the Sonata looks like they fixed where Honda went wrong, IMO. I'm not saying it's right, because I don't like that's it's not original, but because of it's looks and size, you'll see alot of these on the street.
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Old 08-26-2004, 11:18 AM
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Does that thing have AWD? It's really tall. Headlights look kinda Saab-ish.
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Old 08-26-2004, 12:10 PM
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Hyundai is on a roll. Another slam dunk when compared to their own past. Way to go for more competition in an already crowded segment.
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Old 08-26-2004, 06:13 PM
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At this rate they will have a very strong lineup within 5 years. Hopefully their ratings continue to increase also.
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Old 08-26-2004, 07:34 PM
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Whats the projected hp of the V6?
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Old 08-26-2004, 10:54 PM
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Originally Posted by jtkz13
Whats the projected hp of the V6?

I am sure it will be competitive with what Honda and Toyota offer.
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Old 08-27-2004, 08:34 AM
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i love that black interior. i bet fully loaded with navi would cost 22k. that's a bargain.
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Old 08-27-2004, 08:40 AM
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or maybe it's time for them to price it up.
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Old 08-27-2004, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by chungkopi
or maybe it's time for them to price it up.
Now's an good time for them to up the price if the want, but only by a bit. They still need to undercut toyotal/honda, but with they're warranty reputation and that JD Power award shining in they're lobby, this is the best time to justify an incremental price hike; not to mention this is a all new vehicle.
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Old 08-29-2004, 05:44 PM
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What do you guys think??
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Old 08-29-2004, 05:57 PM
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taillights look like honda designed them and i like the headlights. its there first decent looking car in my opinion and i wouldnt be surprised if you may see more than just a few of them.
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Old 08-29-2004, 06:43 PM
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not bad.. but if buying it for replacing TSX, definitely downgrading yourselves.
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Old 08-29-2004, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by JeffTSX

What do you guys think??

This is a repost Jeff. I'm merging the two threads.
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Old 08-29-2004, 07:04 PM
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The front looks like 3rd gen Maximas.
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Old 09-09-2004, 02:20 PM
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Hyundai's redesigned Sonata gets bigger V6; Accord, Camry targeted - - PETER CHANG | Automotive News - - Source: Autoweek


The engine will displace 3.3 liters vs. 2.7 liters in the current model.

The base inline-four engine, a new powerplant developed by Hyundai Motor Co., Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and DaimlerChrysler AG, will stay at 2.4 liters.


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Old 09-09-2004, 03:51 PM
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Hmmm... I wonder if they'll get 210-225 hp out of the new 3.3L V6. I hope so. Interesting that they're using 3.3L, like Toyota's done.
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Old 09-11-2004, 12:35 PM
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im seeing is300/tsx/accord throughout the car. looks nice and its good to see hyundai with their shit together, this is a good step for them.
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Old 09-11-2004, 02:25 PM
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funny how they put the radio at the top of the dash. interesting placement.
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Old 09-11-2004, 02:31 PM
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That car + 100,000 mile 10 year warranty? Fully loaded not exceeding $25K? ... good shit.
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Old 10-01-2004, 12:39 PM
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Old 10-05-2004, 04:27 PM
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lol the ass looks 90% identical to current Accord sedan and the headlight looks like A8... Good shit... they better squeeze some 220+ HP out of that 3.3L V6... otherwise it s just the lamest 3.3L ever...
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Old 10-05-2004, 04:59 PM
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I just hope they can produce torque numbers that are consistent with engines of this size (around 240 lb-ft).
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Old 12-14-2004, 10:15 AM
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Old 12-15-2004, 11:07 AM
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230HP out of a 3.3L V6? Good Shit, Hyundai... keep it up.
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Old 12-15-2004, 01:39 PM
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And 31 Kgm. That's about as much torque as our CLS makes.
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Old 02-25-2005, 10:06 PM
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Exclamation

Look at the interior...I think they just leap frogged the US Makers.






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Old 02-25-2005, 10:46 PM
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if they can sell this car for under 20k
all i can saw is wow
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Old 02-25-2005, 10:53 PM
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I'm speachless at the final product. Excellent progress being made over there.
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Old 02-25-2005, 11:14 PM
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The interior is not bad, but not great either.
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Old 02-25-2005, 11:19 PM
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I saw the 05 Sonata at Toronto autoshow last week. It looks awful.
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Old 02-26-2005, 12:19 AM
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I don't think the interior is that great. The gauges, especially the needles, look corny. Should've just kept it simple.

I don't like the carbon fiber accents either. And to the GM-esque one-piece interior door panels. Doesn't look good in a Saturn, not going to look good in a Hyundai either.
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Old 02-26-2005, 06:39 PM
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This car is an absolute, metaphysical improvement over the outgoing car; inside and out.
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Old 02-27-2005, 02:50 AM
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where are the radio's controls? I am a fan of simplification and like how the driver is in control, but the passenger has no controls from what I see.
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where are the radio's controls? I am a fan of simplification and like how the driver is in control, but the passenger has no controls from what I see.
the radio is controlled through the navi screen
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Old 02-27-2005, 03:15 AM
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the radio is controlled through the navi screen
hmm, makes little ergonomic sense from the pics. w/e, i'm sure they know what they're doing.
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