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2002 Hyundai Sonata Review
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The 2002 Hyundai Sonata gains a few additional reasons to consider purchasing the well-designed sedan. It has been a viable, low-priced alternative for years, competing with the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. A few of the upgrades include newly-refined suspension, new body appearance, and an automanual transmission. The Shiftronic feature allows manual shifting on an automatic gearbox, giving it an automanual function. Three trim levels are available: the base model, LX, and GLS.
One feature that Sonata owners love is the excellent warranty package available with the purchase. It covers the sedan’s powertrain for up to 10 years or 100,000 miles. That means Hyundai is very confident in its product. Making the purchase is easy knowing the car comes with such a good warranty package.
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder; 2.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Sonata GLS, Hyundai Sonata LX
The 2002 Hyundai Sonata receives refined suspension, automanual transmission, and a new appearance, while the LX and GLS models get keyless entry. Hyundai misstated horsepower ratings so to compensate owners, three packages offer extended powertrain coverage, extended warranty coverage, and 10 years roadside assistance.
The 2002 Hyundai Sonata refreshes the design; it adds lighting, rear sheet metal, front bumper appearance, and a larger trunk. Fog lights enhance every model, coming standard for 2002, and a digital trip odometer also graces the new dashboard in this year’s model.
The 2002 Hyundai Sonata rides a 106.3-inch wheelbase. The sedan length is 186.9 inches, which is shorter than the Camry and Accord; it's also wider, measuring 71.7 inches wide. Other exterior features include a rear defogger, variable intermittent wipers, and a temporary spare tire. The base model wears 15-inch steel wheels, and the others have alloy 16-inch wheels. Additional features include full wheel covers, all-season tires, a steel spare wheel, and a power sunroof. Many exterior colors are available for customizing the sedan’s appearance to suit any taste.
The 2002 Hyundai Sonata’s backseat is roomier, and three occupants can sit comfortably in the rear seat, which splits to fold down allowing more cargo room. Overall legroom and headroom is sufficient, even for taller folks. Standard interior features include a CD player, front reading lights, trunk light, passenger vanity mirror, keyless entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, alarm system, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, and power steering. The LX adds leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and a power-operated driver’s seat. Inside the upper-level LX and GLS cabins is a penholder, leather shift knob, and well-placed radio system. The trunk provides adequate cargo space, but inside are several storage conveniences such as two cup holders and storage pockets.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Hyundai Sonata uses the new 2.7-liter V-6 that generates 181 horsepower or 2.4-liter four-cylinder making 149 hp. The transmission choices are between an automatic four-speed and manual five-speed for both engines. A Shiftronic feature comes on the automatic gearbox that allows manual shifting. The steering feedback is decent, and body roll is minimal. Braking is confident as well, while the double-wishbone front suspension makes the handling and ride stable, responsive, and smooth. Overall driving experience is excellent with muffled wind and road noise. Resale value might not be a prime reason for consideration, but the long warranty should be. An excellent warranty comes with the purchase. The automaker provides coverage for five years or 60,000 miles concerning the whole car. Major powertrain components have 10 years or 100,000 miles coverage. A corrosion protection lasts five years or 100,000 miles, and free coverage for roadside assistance lasts the beginning five years of owning the vehicle.
The 2002 Hyundai Sonata comes with standard side airbags. Competitors offer them optionally or not at all. Other safety features include child seat anchors, anti-theft remote alarm system, driving lights, fog lights, and front pretensioners on front seat belts. Traction control and anti-lock brakes are optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Sonata GLS: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Sonata LX: 18/25 mpg city/highway
- Extreme value
- Stylish sheet metal
- Excellent warranty
You Won't Like
- Four-cylinder is noisy
- Interior materials cheap
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