Hyundai Sonata Named Best Budget Family Car by ConsumerSearch.com

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 7, 2009Hyundai Sonata beat out competitors Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima for the top spot of “Best Budget Family Car” by ConsumerSearch.com, a Web site that analyzes expert and user-generated consumer product reviews and recommends the best products to purchase based on their findings. Sonata received positive remarks from expert reviewers and users including:

* Reliable and well-made
* Roomy, high-quality interior
* Lots of standard features
* Good fuel economy (with base engine)
* Long warranty

The ConsumerSearch.com report sorts through various expert and user reviews, scientific testing by nonprofit and government agencies to identify the Top Four Best Reviewed cars. This year there were four categories: “Best Family Car Overall,” “Best Budget Family Car,” “Fun to Drive Family Sedan” and “Large Family Car.” A family car is defined as a midsize or large four-door sedan with a starting price of around $18,000 up to $30,000.

“If money matters most, experts like the budget-priced Hyundai Sonata better than more expensive big-name sedans, including the Toyota Camry,” said ConsumerSearch.com editors. “Critics have a hard time finding anything at all to dislike about the Sonata, especially considering the low price. It’s one of the most fuel-efficient, spacious and reliable midsize sedans you can buy, and Hyundai backs it with a longer warranty than its pricey competitors offer.”

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition as it really demonstrates Hyundai’s commitment to providing consumers with high-quality, dependable vehicles that won’t break the bank,” said Michael Deitz, product manager for Sonata. “The Sonata offers consumers industry leading safety features, superior fuel-efficiency and an award-winning interior packaged in a ‘class above’ its midsize sedan competitors.”

The fuel-efficient Sonata combines refined design, proven dependability, spirited performance and an extensive list of standard features that increase its appeal to a broader range of customers.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 790 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by The Hyundai Advantage, America’s Best Warranty. In addition, the Hyundai Assurance Program is now offered on all new vehicles leased or purchased from a certified Hyundai dealer. The program is available to any consumer, regardless of age, health, employment record or financed amount of the vehicle. The program is complimentary for the first 12 months.

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