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Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai has spent 30 years gaining market share for the Sonata as an affordable 4-door sedan that would give both American and Japanese automakers real competition. By standing behind the Sonata with a 10-Year/100,000 Mile Powertrain limited warranty long before other automakers followed suit, Hyundai gave families a smart choice and a safety net for their buying decision. Sonata has also kept up-to-date in styling, safety, technology, and fuel efficiency. CARFAX can help you find the right used Hyundai Sonata or similar vehicle by letting you filter your search on 1-owner and other CARFAX exclusives.

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Used Hyundai Sonata: In Depth

Model Overview

See Also: 2014 Hyundai Sonata Test Drive Review

The Hyundai brand came to the United States from Korea in 1986 and released the Sonata in 1988. Now in its fifth generation since the 2011 model year, the Sonata is also available as a hybrid. According to the EPA it has more interior volume than other midsized sedans, so you and your passengers will have leg room when driving to work, school, or holiday drives. Hyundai’s 10-Year/100,000 Mile Powertrain limited Warranty is still quite attractive and can remain in effect for certified pre-owned vehicles. Over the past few years, with standard and optional features like a panoramic sunroof, Blind Spot Detection (BDS), and Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM), the Hyundai Sonata proves that you can get more bang for the buck.

The current Hyundai Sonata's 4-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter is as zippy as some 6-cylinders, and offers good fuel economy. Design elements in the newer models, like the 16-inch alloy wheels, make the Hyundai sleeker, more stylish, and, with an MSRP starting at $21,450, more budget-friendly than alternatives. Start your search with 2007 or later to limit your exposure to potential problems and to take advantage of improvements in engines and more variety in trim options. In 2009 engine power increased to 175 hp for the inline 4-cylinder while the V6 bumped up to 249 hp. Interior refinements extended to higher quality look and feel of the interior doors and dashboard. Also added that year were a standard auxiliary audio jack and an optional touchscreen navigation system. Features you might value include illuminated entry, remote keyless entry, overhead console, and wireless Bluetooth phone connectivity. An AM/FM radio with SIRIUSXM and MP3 decoder ensure that your soundtrack for the day is within reach—just press play on any of your entertainment features and go.


One of Sonata’s prominent safety foundations is the car’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system. The VSM system aids you in avoiding collisions, helps you stay on course, and even helps you drive safely in inclement weather. With additional features like driver and side head airbags, 4-wheel disc brakes, daytime running lights, and integrated turn signal mirrors, the Hyundai Sonata offers great protection on the road. It earned “Good” ratings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength in addition to a 5 out of 5 star Overall rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Other safety features include the Hyundai Assurance Connected Care powered by Blue Link as well as the SOS Emergency Assistance system , which puts you in contact with an agent who can send assistance at the push of a button. Not only does the agent send help, but they stay with you until the help arrives—just another way Hyundai helps keep you safe on the drive home.


The Hyundai Sonata earned the J.D. Power and Associates “Most Dependable Midsize Car” (2013), was a finalist for MotorTrend Car of the Year in 2011, and was named International Car of the Year (2011).

Vehicle Overview

Number of Owners for Sonata

Carfax Facts

Of the Sonata's currently for sale more than 4 out of 5 have had two owners or less.  To be exact, 48.1 percent are 1-owner and 35.7 percent are 2-owner. 

Average Odometer Reading

Carfax Chart

If you are looking for a Hyundai Sonata with no more than 60,000 miles, start your search with the 2010 model year.

2014 Sonata Specifications

  • From $21,450
  • 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine; 2.0-liter 4-cyclinder

  • 24 city / 35 hwy mpg

  • Front wheel drive
  • 6-speed automatic  

  • 190 hp

  • 110 inches

We finally settled on a Hundai Sonata. The CARFAX showed that it had been wrecked twice and had been titled in several states without any increase in mileage. RED FLAG, we returned to take a better look armed with our information.

—Larry Sirk