The Hyundai Sonata is a midsize car manufactured by the South Korean brand Hyundai that has been on the market for over 30 years. Originally mostly sold domestically, the Sonata has become one of Hyundai’s most popular models with over 7 million produced. A Hyundai Sonata repair manual allows Hyundai enthusiasts to perform any necessary changes to these vehicles.
In 1985 the first generation Sonata was introduced to the Korean market and was largely unchanged from Hyundai’s other sedan at the time the Stellar. Three years later saw the release of the second generation Sonata. Sales for this generation were expanded globally to include the North American, European, and Australian markets.
The third generation Sonata is also known as the Y3 and it was introduced in 1993. Manufactured until 1998, the Y3 would be produced with a total of three different engine configurations including; 2.0L four-cylinder engine, 3.0L V6, and a 1.8L four-cylinder offered as an update. Between the years of 1995 and 1998, the Y3 was sold as the Hyundai Marcia in South Korea with minor exterior changes separating it from the Sonata.
Introduced in 1998, the fourth generation Hyundai Sonata was sold until 2005. Engine configurations included; 2.0L four-cylinder, 2.4L four-cylinder, and a 2.5L V6. The choice of either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission was available for all engine layouts. In 2002, Hyundai gave the Sonata a mild facelift with changes to the exterior styling and engine upgrades.
The fifth generation Sonata was unveiled in 2005 and was sold until 2010. An all aluminum engine was a first for Hyundai and this generation Sonata was sold with an inline four-cylinder version. A 3.3L V6 engine and a 2.0L four-cylinder diesel engine were also offered. A total of 4 different transmissions were available including a combination of both manual and automatic.
The sixth generation Sonata was introduced at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show with sales starting in 2010 globally and 2011 in North America. The exterior was completely redesigned from its predecessor with the adoption of Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture concept. The interior was also updated with the options of a navigation system, backup camera, heated seats, and Hyundai’s new Blue Link system. With a wide range of impressive upgrades, Hyundai enthusiasts admired the brand’s step towards competing within the automotive world.
The seventh generation Sonata was unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Styling did not change much from the previous generations, however, convenience options increased with the addition of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless phone charging which was a step in the right direction for Hyundai.
Over the years, Hyundai made significant changes to the Sonata and today, it is still one of the most appreciated vehicles. With the help of a Hyundai Sonata service manual, owners, technicians, and enthusiasts are able to keep their vehicles in the best shape possible.