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1995 Hyundai Sonata Review
A decent low-cost alternative.
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The 1995 Hyundai Sonata is a midsize car that can be traced back to 1985. Its first generation; however, was only sold in the Korean domestic market, Canada, and other limited markets that did not include the United States. It only entered the U.S. in the beginning of its second generation in 1988. The 1995 model is part of the third generation, although it is only the second generation in the United States.
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Sonata GL, Hyundai Sonata GLS, Hyundai Sonata GL V6
The 1995 Hyundai Sonata was introduced in mid-1994 with numerous changes. Standard features no include dual airbags, air-conditioning, and a cassette stereo system, while two new engines were introduced to power it. Mitsubishi has designed both engines. Modifications were made ensure that it met all 1997 side-impact regulations.
The 1995 Hyundai Sonata has a wheelbase of 106.3 inches and a length of 185 inches. The height is around 55 inches, while its width is around 69.7 inches.
The first generation in the U.S. was spacious, but the 1995 Hyundai Sonata is noticeably roomier. The rear seats in particular are large because of the longer wheelbase, and it looks particular large as compared to the rear seats of rival sedans. Legroom, headroom, and elbowroom are aplenty up front and in the rear. Cargo space is also quite generous at the back. The dashboard design in front has been redesigned for greater convenience. The gauges are easy to read, and the glove compartment is considerably spacious. While the overall panel fit is not of the highest quality, the cabin still seems well built.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Hyundai Sonata is available with two Mitsubishi-designed engines. The first is a dual overhead cam 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 137 horsepower. The second and more powerful engine is a 3.0-liter V-6 that delivers 142 horsepower. The four-cylinder engines get a standard five-speed manual gearbox, but the V-6 engines have a four-speed automatic as standard. The V-6 engine predictably offers more power than the straight-four engine, but it also offers more than enough acceleration to get it going from standstill. The four-cylinder engine, on the other hand, is sluggish with the automatic transmission. Wind noise is quite prominent in the cabin at highway speeds, making long drives difficult to endure. The suspension is firm enough to keep the ride stable and comfortable and soft enough to absorb bumps when required. In fact, the ride quality is quite impressive. It is surprisingly easy to drive, but the handling is acceptable at best.
The 1995 Hyundai Sonata received three stars for driver safety and four stars for passenger safety during frontal impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Spacious cabin
- Powerful V-6
- Stable and impressive ride
You Won't Like
- Too much wind noise
A decent low-cost alternative.
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