GLS V6 4dr Sedan
2006 Hyundai Sonata

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Engine Engine 3.3LV-6
MPG MPG 20 City / 30 Hwy
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2006 Sonata Overview

After a full week of wringing out the Hyundai Sonata GLS V6 we've come to some conclusions. Before we get to that, however, let's talk about performance. P.S. There's a special surprise at the end of the review, at least it was for us. 2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS V6 450 AG The 3.3L V6 in the new Sonata is part of Hyundai's new Lambda series of engines, and for the 2006 model year it's the most powerful powerplant in the company's stable. The 3.5L V6 in the Santa Fe and XG350 have a slight displacement advantage, but fall short in both horsepower and torque to the 3.3L. This is an important engine for Hyundai, and one that seems more than capable of competing with the V6 powerplants of its peers. The 3.3L develops 235 hp and 226 lb-ft. of torque, and those numbers are all present and accounted for when you tromp the gas pedal. The five-speed automatic transmission is nearly transparent in operation as it quietly goes about choosing which gear will get the most out of the engine's powerband in any particular situation. While the engine doesn't have the grunt of the Accord's 244-hp 3.0L V6 or the Nissan's 250-hp 3.5L V6, it holds its own and comes out ahead against, say, the 210-hp 3.3L V6 in the Camry. It's the strong, silent type, which is right on target for this class of vehicles. 2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS V6 450 AGAs is the case with many family sedans sporting a large V6, the Sonata's handling doesn't really measure up to its powertrain. We had to remind ourselves repeatedly that this wasn't the LX with the 17" wheel package and that the GLS was designed more for suburban reconnaissance than backroad barnstorming. While anti-roll bars are present front and rear, their participation in turns seems absent. Perhaps it was the Sonata's generous weight of 3,458 lbs (heaviest among the Accord, Camry, Altima and recently added Fusion against which we've been comparing the car) that was overwhelming the suspension. Regardless, the GLS isn't the model that's meant to be pushed. It's meant to be comfortable, and to that end it succeeds. 2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS V6 450 AGThe Sonata's steering left us a little bewildered. At first the car was drifting to the right while cruising at 35-mph, which we initially attributed to a bad alignment caused by over 5,000 miles of abusive automotive journalists. During our time on the highway, however, the Sonata also happened to drift to the left on occasion. That it didn't seem to track straight was certainly an annoyance that detracted from the car's otherwise relaxing demeanor. The variable-assist power steering felt like it was still assisting too much at higher speeds where minor unintended inputs from the driver could easily cause the car to alter its …
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2006 Sonata Overview

After a full week of wringing out the Hyundai Sonata GLS V6 we've come to some conclusions. Before we get to that, however, let's talk about performance. P.S. There's a special surprise at the end of the review, at least it was for us. 2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS V6 450 AG The 3.3L V6 in the new Sonata is part of Hyundai's new Lambda series of engines, and for the 2006 model year it's the most powerful powerplant in the company's stable. The 3.5L V6 in the Santa Fe and XG350 have a slight displacement advantage, but fall short in both horsepower and torque to the 3.3L. This is an important engine for Hyundai, and one that seems more than capable of competing with the V6 powerplants of its peers. The 3.3L develops 235 hp and 226 lb-ft. of torque, and those numbers are all present and accounted for when you tromp the gas pedal. The five-speed automatic transmission is nearly transparent in operation as it quietly goes about choosing which gear will get the most out of the engine's powerband in any particular situation. While the engine doesn't have the grunt of the Accord's 244-hp 3.0L V6 or the Nissan's 250-hp 3.5L V6, it holds its own and comes out ahead against, say, the 210-hp 3.3L V6 in the Camry. It's the strong, silent type, which is right on target for this class of vehicles. 2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS V6 450 AGAs is the case with many family sedans sporting a large V6, the Sonata's handling doesn't really measure up to its powertrain. We had to remind ourselves repeatedly that this wasn't the LX with the 17" wheel package and that the GLS was designed more for suburban reconnaissance than backroad barnstorming. While anti-roll bars are present front and rear, their participation in turns seems absent. Perhaps it was the Sonata's generous weight of 3,458 lbs (heaviest among the Accord, Camry, Altima and recently added Fusion against which we've been comparing the car) that was overwhelming the suspension. Regardless, the GLS isn't the model that's meant to be pushed. It's meant to be comfortable, and to that end it succeeds. 2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS V6 450 AGThe Sonata's steering left us a little bewildered. At first the car was drifting to the right while cruising at 35-mph, which we initially attributed to a bad alignment caused by over 5,000 miles of abusive automotive journalists. During our time on the highway, however, the Sonata also happened to drift to the left on occasion. That it didn't seem to track straight was certainly an annoyance that detracted from the car's otherwise relaxing demeanor. The variable-assist power steering felt like it was still assisting too much at higher speeds where minor unintended inputs from the driver could easily cause the car to alter its …Hide Full Review