2006 Hyundai Sonata vs Kia Optima

Discussion in 'Hyundai Sonata' started by MS, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. MS

    MS Guest

    So what are the real differences between the 2006 Hyundai Sonata and the 2006
    Kia Optima? (specifically a GLS vs a Optima EX 4-cylinder.) The Kia dealer
    didn't have a clue, the Hyundai dealer thought that the 2006 Kia body was based
    on the 2005 Sonata. The interiors seem identical.

    Thanks -

    MS, Aug 7, 2005
  2. Yes, I believe the Hyundai dealer is correct, that the Optima is based on
    the previous series Sonatat. The engines, etc. seem to back that up.

    But I also think that means that a re-design on the Optima is not far
    behind. And before that hits, some great deals on the way for the Optima,
    maybe next Summer.

    Green Valley Giant
    Rev. Tom Wenndt, Aug 8, 2005
  3. MS

    Robert Cohen Guest

    un-brilliant prediction & nostagia of cohenac:

    eventually, the hyundai & kia will be akin to olds & buick & pontiac &
    chevy & cadillac (yeah, i heard that olds is a bye, bye)

    in-that there's going to be more similarities & inter-changeables
    within the family/corporation

    as the production lines are up-graded & re-tooled

    i'm also thinking of how much the dodge, plymouth, and chrysler cars
    were alike (yeah, i heard plymouth is bye, bye too)

    helle, i recall the desoto, sponsor of groucho's YOU BET YOUR LIFE a

    "the car for you in '52 is the deliteful, deluvly, de-soto," as sung to
    the ole tune of

    "deliteful, de-luvly" or close enuff

    also there were

    studebaker (neighbor had it right after ww II)
    packard (looked-at in show room, maybe rode-in one a time or two)
    jeep (whatever happened? su..v ..vat-is-that?)
    amc gremlin (now sorta delivers mail)
    plymouth barracudda (now at seaworld as "drift-metal")
    crosley (cincinnati's amazin compact forebearer)
    hudson (next door neighbor's 1940s ugly car)
    fiat (for some obscure reason, there's still quite a few in italy)
    Robert Cohen, Aug 9, 2005
  4. MS

    GeoUSA Guest


    Details are just starting to come out on the next generation Optima.
    It is about a year behind the 2006 Sonata. Just saw my first
    uncamoflaged image of the next Optima today. You can see it here:

    My understanding is that the Optima may be about $1,000 less than the
    Sonata, slightly shorter, tuned to be sportier, and will offer manual
    shift with the V6. I wonder how much more hp they can ring out of the
    new 3.3 liter Lambda engine as the 235 in my 2006 Sonata GLS is very
    nice and even with ESP squeals the front tires on this fwd car easily.
    Otherwise it will offer similar standard features to the Sonata
    including head curtain airbags, ESP, active headrests, and ABS.

    GeoUSA, moderator HyundaiExchange/KiaExchange,
    GeoUSA, Aug 10, 2005
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    Tim Lapin Guest

    Tim Lapin, Aug 10, 2005
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    Celtfire Guest

    In the Wednesday, August 10 edition of the LA Times, Pulitzer Prize
    winning automotive writer, Dan Neil, reviewed the Hyundai Sonata as
    compared to the Honda Accord. Neil is an excellent, if smart-assed
    writer, and this particular column is quite enjoyable. Despite taking
    some shots from Neil, the Sonata comes out all right with more pros
    than cons.

    I love his line describing the plastic Burlwood trim on the dash...
    "....and faux wood culled from the Mattel forests"

    Here's the link to the article.
    Celtfire, Aug 12, 2005
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