Hyundai predominately makes inexpensive, compact vehicles such as the Accent and Elantra. The 1998 Hyundai Sonata serves as a roomy sedan that the automaker has turned into a mid-range entry in the market. The Sonata makes up for the extra cost with a more powerful engine, including a six-cylinder option, a larger cabin, and more available features. The Sonata holds its own against more powerful vehicles, which might come as a surprise to people only familiar with entry-level Hyundai models.
The Hyundai Sonata makes a good option for drivers looking to get a low-priced vehicle that comfortably carries passengers. The rear seat of the Sonata feels very spacious, allowing it to comfortably hold adult passengers. In more compact vehicles, the rear seats usually get cramped, making them uncomfortable on long rides. The slightly more expansive features list and six-cylinder engine option make the Sonata unique in the Hyundai lineup. Overall, it makes a solid choice for drivers willing to spend a little more than the cost of an entry-level car and want a spacious interior.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Sonata GL, Hyundai Sonata GL V6, Hyundai Sonata GLS
The 1998 Hyundai Sonata looks identical to last year’s model.
Measuring 185 inches long, the Hyundai Sonata stays at an average length for a sedan. It looks noticeably larger than most other Hyundai models though. The 1998 Hyundai Sonata shows off a modern, rounded exterior that doesn’t look too distinct or unique. Alloy wheels come standard, except on the base model. A rear spoiler remains available as an option.
The GLS includes standard power windows, power locks, and power mirrors, and it offers an optional anti-theft alarm system, keyless entry, and power moonroof.
The Hyundai Sonata comes better equipped than most other vehicles from this manufacturer. The base model offers air-conditioning, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player as standard equipment. While a little light for a mid-range vehicle, the addition of air-conditioning as a standard feature marks a nice jump from other Hyundai models. The 1998 Hyundai Sonata GLS provides the best-equipped model by adding cruise control to the list. Leather seating, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a CD player provide optional equipment on the Sonata GLS, as well.
Performance & Handling
The Hyundai Sonata offers good overall performance. The two-liter, four-cylinder engine delivers 137 horsepower, which gives the Sonata a good rate of acceleration. The optional three-liter, six-cylinder engine further improves on the acceleration by squeezing out a little more power. The 1998 Hyundai Sonata has good handling and cornering ability, although it offers nothing particularly exceptional in this regard. The Sonata handles itself very well in normal driving conditions.
Dual front airbags come standard on all 1998 Hyundai Sonata models. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes provide an optional feature on every Sonata, except for the base model.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Sonata two-liter four-cylinder: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Sonata three-liter six-cylinder: 15/22 mpg city/highway
- Good value
- Roomy interior
You Won't Like
- Mediocre fuel economy
- Lots of excellent competition
A full-size sedan with Hyundai value.
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