A new generation of the Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan was launched for the 2006 model year, which means that the 2007 Hyundai Sonata remains relatively the same. While three trim levels for the 2007 Hyundai Sonata are available, the designations have been changed so that they are in line with the rest of the vehicles in the Hyundai line-up.
The 2007 Hyundai Sonata provides the best of both worlds, as its dimensions make it a midsize car, yet the interior space feels like it’s a full-size sedan. Both front and rear seat passengers have plenty of room, making this an excellent family car contender.
Body styles: midsize four-door sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Sonata GLS, Hyundai Sonata SE, Hyundai Sonata Limited
As well as adjusting the trim lines for the 2007 Hyundai Sonata, a few additions were made to improve on the fifth generation launched for the 2006 model year. The trim levels changed from the GL, GLS, and XL to the GLS, SE, and Limited editions for the 2007 model year. The GLS is the base version and is equipped with a four-cylinder engine, while the SE and Limited models have a V-6 engine.
Features that are now available as standard in all models include XM satellite radio, a tire pressure monitoring system. Steering wheel mounted controls for the audio system are standard in the SE and Limited models of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata.
The launch of the fifth generation of the Hyundai Sonata in 2005 saw the exterior of the sedan redesigned with a more contemporary feel. The domed hood leads the eye up the rooflines that flow back along the car. Projector-style jeweled headlights complete the modern style of the exterior of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata. Upgrading to the SE or Limited models means the addition of 17-inch alloy wheels instead of 16-inch steel wheels. The Limited edition also has a chrome grille.
As well as having one of the largest interiors amongst its competitors, the design and materials of the interior of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata has a modern and high quality feel. The roominess of the interior provides more than enough head and leg room for all passengers, with three passengers able to sit comfortably in the rear. The GLS and SE models come with cloth upholstery, while the Limited includes leather upholstery.
Instruments and gauges are clear and easy to read, and controls have a precise feel when used. Air conditioning, power mirrors and windows, and cruise control are standard across all models. Steering wheel mounted audio system controls and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel can be found on the SE and Limited models, while heated front seats and a power driver seat are included with the Limited models. A trip computer is available as an option.
Performance & Handling
The base GLS model of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata is equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 162 horsepower and 164 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a four-speed automatic is available. Both the SE and Limited editions feature a 3.3-liter V-6 and a five-speed automatic transmission that produces 234 horsepower and 226 lb-ft of torque. Both the four-speed and five-speed automatic transmissions are equipped with a manual shift gate, so drivers can shift manually as needed.
The additional power of the V-6 engine means faster acceleration from a stop and more power when passing and maneuvering on the highway. While the four-cylinder provides less power, the gains in gas mileage may appeal to some. Overall, the ride is quiet and smooth for both engines, but the handling of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata may leave something to be desired. Steering can feel slow and lack control during fast maneuvers.
All models of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata are equipped with anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, front seat active head restraints, front side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags as standard safety equipment. The 2007 Hyundai Sonata has excellent safety scores for both front and side impact crash testing.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Sonata GLS: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Sonata SE/Limited: 18/27 mpg city/highway
- Excellent safety scores
- Smooth and quiet ride
- Roomy interior for all passengers
- Upscale look and feel to interior and exterior
You Won't Like
- Steering and handling not precise
- Automatic transmission performance
A roomy interior and smooth, quiet ride make this an excellent midsize family sedan.
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