If you’re in the market for a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry but can’t stomach the cost, you should consider the 2009 Hyundai Sonata Limited. Included in the base price of the Sonata Limited edition are most of the goodies like dual zone climate control, heated seats, keyless entry, and iPod/USB integration that usually run up the final cost. Our tester came with the less powerful of the two engine options, the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that produces 172 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 168 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. The other option is the higher performing 249 horsepower, 3.3-liter V6 engine. The fuel economy on our tester was one of the few in the large car class that meets the EPA standards, getting 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
Once you factor in the safety ratings, all of the amenities offered in the base price, and the fuel economy, the 2009 Hyundai Sonata Limited can only be described as a value buy, costing a mere $24,955, as-tested.