1999 Hyundai Sonata

  • 1999 Hyundai Sonata Base Sedan

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      2.4L I4
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  • 1999 Hyundai Sonata GLS Sedan

    GLS Sedan

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      2.5L V6
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1999 Hyundai Sonata Review

Entry-level price, sports car fun.

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The 1999 Hyundai Sonata is a midsize family sedan with significant changes that improve the design and functionality. Buyers on the market for a midsize family vehicle with power, durability, and better performance, should definitely consider it.

The 1999 Hyundai Sonata is available with two trims. The base trim comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, four-wheel drive, and side/curtain airbags. The GLS is the high-end trim with a 2.5-liter V-6 engine, side/curtain airbags, and traction control. Furthermore, it can be ordered with either manual or automatic transmissions.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.5-liter V-6, 2.4-liter inline-four
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Sonata GLS

What's New

The 1999 Hyundai Sonata makes significant stylistic and performance changes. The automaker breathes some new life into it with new powertrains, more safety features, and an always-excellent warranty program.


The 1999 Hyundai Sonata has a very attractive exterior for a vehicle that is part of a typically conservative marketplace. The brand new sheet metal gives it a standout look among competitors. A European flare adds to the car’s front fascia thanks to one-piece headlights with integrated turn signals.

The 1999 Hyundai Sonata wheelbase is 106.3-inches, measuring 55.5 inches tall, 71.6 inches wide, and 185.4 inches long. The base model comes standard with 14-inch wheels, while the GLS comes standard with 15-inch wheels.


The 1999 Hyundai Sonata showcases an attractive and practical dashboard with sensibly laid-out controls. The dash looks sharp with thick padding and a funky faux wood trim that accentuates the air-conditioning and radio controls in the center. The same trim is used on the door panels; meanwhile, the plush seats are comfortable and offer plenty of headroom with rear legroom of 36.2 inches. Both trims come standard with cloth seating, air-conditioning, power windows, door locks, and mirrors, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, power steering, and remote trunk release. The GLS trim includes standard power heated mirrors and a CD player.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Hyundai Sonata handles and performs well. It easily cruises highways with capable low-speed acceleration. While the shifting is smooth, it has acceptable passing power. However, it may take a bit to kick into the right gear when it starts to accelerate for a quick pass. There can also be a noticeable engine growl when the accelerator hits the floor.


The 1999 Hyundai Sonata have no NHTSA crash-test data is available, but IIHS crash-tests concluded that it offers good to acceptable crash protection. Side-impact bags come standard, and the passenger-side airbag is deactivated if the seat is empty or a child weighing less than 66 pounds is seated there.

EPA Fuel Economy

Hyundai Sonata: 20/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Attractive look in conservative marketplace
  • New powertrains
  • Great price

You Won't Like

  • Four-cylinder engine is noisy
  • Breathless V-6 engine

Sum Up

Entry-level price, sports car fun.

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