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Car buyers looking for the "smart buy" in a midsize sedan can now look past the higher-priced sales leaders to find world class value, safety, performance and luxury in Hyundai's restyled and refined 2002 Sonata - and at a much lower price.
From its distinctive new look to its advanced safety features, state-of-the-art powertrains, double-wishbone front suspension and luxurious interior, the Hyundai Sonata is the smart choice for discerning buyers who seek a high-quality, long-lasting vehicle that offers driving enjoyment and pride of ownership without straining their pocketbooks.

"The 2002 Hyundai Sonata is a world-class midsize automobile with all the great features you would expect, but at thousands of dollars less than the competition. The Sonata leads its class in value," said Finbarr O'Neill, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. "The new Sonata is more luxurious, more refined and, of course it is protected by the Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty."

For the 2002 model year the Hyundai Sonata has been restyled and refined. The front and rear sheet metal is all new and features a more elegant, sophisticated look with a bold waterfall grille design and high-tech headlight treatment. GLS and LX models are fitted with handsome new 10-spoke, 16-inch alloy wheels and all-season radial tires. Inside, the 2002 Sonata features a new dashboard and instrument panel cluster design featuring a digital trip meter. The door panel design is also revised for 2002.

Refinements for 2002 make the new Sonata even quieter, more comfortable and more user friendly than ever. Refinements include the use of gas-charged struts for the hood and trunk lid and the trunk features a newly designed link-type hinge that allows the trunk to open over-center to provide an even larger trunk opening.

A new model for 2002 - the LX

Joining the Sonata and Sonata GLS lineup for 2002 is the Sonata LX. In addition to the extensive list of standard equipment found on the Sonata and Sonata GLS, the LX package includes a leather interior package, a power driver's seat and fully automatic temperature control.

Larger V6 Engine Available

Top-of-the-line Sonata GLS and LX models are fitted with Hyundai's sophisticated Delta V6 engine as standard equipment; it's optional on the base Sonata. For the 2002-model year displacement has been increased from 2.5-liters up to 2.7-liters.

This is the same powertrain used in the Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle, introduced last year. Exceptionally quiet, smooth and refined, the Delta engine is an all-aluminum 2.7-liter V6 DOHC powerplant that develops 181 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 177 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.

At its heart is an advanced engine management system, which integrates fuel and ignition controls, providing maximum performance and fuel economy while reducing emissions. The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) monitors major systems affecting performance, emissions and smoothness.

With its 10.0:1 compression ratio, the Delta V6 delivers excellent torque output over a wide rpm range. Acceleration is smooth and responsive in all types of driving conditions.

For 2002 the base Sonata is equipped with Hyundai's proven 2.4-liter, DOHC Sirius II four-cylinder engine. Delivering 149 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 156 lb-ft of torque at 3000 rpm, it's one of the largest, most powerful four-cylinder engines in the midsize class.

With an aluminum DOHC cylinder head and four valves per cylinder, the Sirius II engine offers strong performance and refined operating characteristics. Advanced features include dual balance shafts, hydraulic valve-lash adjusters, a toothed-belt camshaft drive, aluminum oil pan and a serpentine accessory belt.

Revised Rear Suspension

Sonata's sophisticated multi-link independent rear suspension has been revised for 2002 to provide improved ride and handling characteristics. These changes, which include revised lower suspension mounting points and new, lower shock absorber mounts have served to lower the roll center of the Sonata.

These changes also allowed engineers to increase the trunk volume by an additional cubic foot. The trunk now offers a 14.1 cubic foot capacity. Using new anti-roll bar mounts called for a reduction in the diameter of the rear anti-roll bar from 16mm down to 14mm. The size of the front anti-roll bar has been increased to 25.5 mm; up from 24.0mm in 2001.

Advanced Suspension Design

The 2002 Hyundai Sonata features a double-wishbone front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension, which together provide a balance between the smooth ride of a luxury car and the handling performance of a sport sedan.

The double-wishbone suspension consists of upper and lower A-arms. The upper A-arm is rotated to minimize camber changes, assuring that the front wheels remain upright and in full contact with the road surface.

The lower wishbone A-arm is anchored by a front subframe with a square-tube design. This design improves lateral rigidity and reduces the amount of vibration and road noise reaching the passenger compartment.

The five-link rear suspension features a trailing link, two longitudinal links and an upper A-arm. This suspension design permits the wheels to react independently when the car encounters a rough road surface. Anti-roll bars and gas-filled shock absorbers in both front and rear further enhance the Sonata handling characteristics without sacrificing ride quality.

The Quality is Designed-In

The new Sonata is the product of extensive research, during which Hyundai engineers benchmarked some of the world's finest automobiles, and then used state-of-the-art supercomputer analyses to design and manufacturer a top-quality vehicle. This quality begins with the Sonata's rigid unitbody structure, which was developed with the use of sophisticated supercomputer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) tools. All Sonatas are built at Hyundai's $1.25 billion Asan Plant, located 30 miles southwest of Seoul, South Korea.

Transmission Choices

Standard equipment is a smooth-shifting five-speed manual transmission. For 2002 the five-speed manual transaxle has been further refined with improved synchronizers (rings, sleeves and forks) for smoother shifting.

Hyundai also offers an optional electronically controlled, 4-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual control. The 4-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission represents yet another technological advancement for Hyundai. It's an electronically-controlled four-speed automatic transmission featuring a lock-up torque converter and overdrive. Shift quality is smooth, precise and unobtrusive and the transaxle is controlled by a computer chip that uses "fuzzy logic" technology. In addition, using the Shiftronic manual override feature, the driver can manually select the gear of choice.

In normal driving, the Sonata is smooth and refined. Yet it's highly competent when driven hard. Thanks to power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, the Sonata's steering is responsive and predictable, giving the driver a sense of confidence and control.

The 2002 Sonata also is exceptionally quiet. In designing the Sonata, Hyundai engineers used advanced supercomputer simulations to achieve impressive reductions in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

Base Sonata models are fitted with 15-inch all-season radial tires on 15 x 6-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers. Sonata GLS and LX models are equipped with all-season P205/60HR-16 high-performance steel-belted radial tires mounted on new 10-spoke alloy wheels

Base Sonatas are fitted with power-assisted front disc brakes/rear drum brakes. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on the Sonata GLS and LX models and optional on the base model. Optional on the Sonata GLS and LX is a sophisticated four-channel anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic traction control. ABS is available on the base Sonata.

World-Class Safety Features

The 2002 Hyundai Sonata offers such advanced safety features as seat-mounted side airbags, second-generation front supplemental airbags and automatic front safety belt pretensioners with load limiters. The Sonata's safety story begins with the vehicle's basic structure - a highly rigid unitbody structure designed as a steel safety cell that helps protect occupants from crash forces in front, rear and side impacts.

Key structural components are reinforced with high-strength steel. Crumple zones in the front and rear absorb impact and deform in a predetermined manner, dissipating crash energy while protecting the driver and passengers. Additional side-impact protection is afforded by high-strength steel beams in the doors.

The 2002 Sonata's front supplemental restraint system employs industry-leading technology. The Sonata is equipped with dual front supplemental airbags, as well as side airbags, which are mounted in the sides of the front seats. Satellite sensors for the side airbags are located just outboard of the front seats.

The Sonata also offers the high-tech Hyundai Passenger Presence Detection system, which prevents front passenger airbags from deploying if the seat is empty. The passenger presence system reduces crash damage costs by eliminating unnecessary passenger side airbag deployment.

Advanced technology also is incorporated in the 2002 Sonata's seat belts. The Sonata's seat belt pretensioners automatically remove slack from front safety belts at the onset of a collision. This limits the occupant's forward movement and it also helps position them optimally for airbag deployment.

A single, highly advanced sensor located under the center console controls the front airbags and the seat belt pretensioners. Other interior safety enhancements include Sonata's childproof rear door locks, adjustable rear seat headrest and a three-point safety restraint in the rear middle position. The child safety restraint system featuring LATCH (lower anchors and tether for children) is a new addition for 2002 models.

Loaded with Standard Features

The 2002 Sonata is loaded with standard features, making it the clear value leader of the midsize segment. Every Sonata is equipped with air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, power door locks, power outside mirrors, digital quartz clock, AM/FM/CD stereo, fog lamps, keyless entry and alarm system, center console with storage box and dual cupholders, map pockets in the doors, cargo area lamp, 12-volt DC auxiliary power outlet and new electronic remote releases for the trunk and fuel door.

All Sonatas are also fitted with a split 60/40 folding rear seat, deluxe cut-pile carpeting and illuminated ignition keyhole. Sonata GLS and LX models also feature center console with double storage boxes, cabin air filtration system, twin overhead map lamps and a folding rear center armrest with beverage holder and storage box. Options include ABS with traction control, a power moonroof, 120-watt stereo with CD and cassette player and an eight-way power driver's seat.

America's Best Warranty

Underscoring the Sonata's value leadership in the midsize segment is its industry-leading assurance package, the Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty. With this package, Hyundai is demonstrating its confidence in the quality of its products by providing warranty coverage exceeding that found on cars costing twice or even three times as much.

The Sonata, like all 2002 Hyundai models, is backed by limited bumper-to-bumper coverage for five years or 60,000 miles.

Hyundai also provides original Sonata owners with limited powertrain coverage for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Even if the car is sold, Hyundai still backs the Sonata's powertrain for five years or 60,000 miles.

Sonata buyers also receive 24-hour roadside assistance coverage at no extra charge for five full years (no mileage limit). The warranty includes emergency towing, lockout service and limited coverage for trip-interruption expenses.
In addition, Hyundai backs Sonata with corrosion coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai cars and sport utility vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are serviced through more than 500 dealerships nationwide.

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uh.. did anyone test drove it?


2001 VW Jetta Wolfsburg w/ 16" BBS wheels

Mods: Upsolute Chip, Weitec GT Cup Kit, Neuspeed 28mm Rear Sway Bar, 16" Dunlop Performance tires, DG Short Shifter, Black Leather

HP/TQ: 210/240
0-60: 6.5s
1/4 mile: 14.8s
Total Price Paid: $22,000
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