The Hyundai Sonata is a mid-size car produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai since 1985. The first generation Sonata was introduced in 1985, which was a facelifted Stellar with an engine upgrade, and was withdrawn from the market in two years due to poor customer reactions. The second generation is often considered as the original Sonata, which was designed to meet the increasing demand of automobiles in the United States. From the sixth generation onwards, it is known as the i45 in the Australian, Singaporean, New Zealand, and Colombian markets.
The Sonata has won numerous awards including MotorWeek’s “Driver’s Choice Award” for Best Family Sedan – 2006 Sonata, Consumer Guide Recommended Buy for 2008, 2011 Hyundai Sonata awarded Five Star by NHTSA the 2010 new test rules, and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2012 Top Safety Pick, among many others.