My job is moving from Boston to Smithfield, RI in January, and my commute will be a hair under 90 miles round trip. With that in mind, I did a bunch of research on fuel efficient, safe and reliable sedans to replace my 1990 Volvo 240 wagon. I narrowed my choices down to the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata.
Originally I was looking at certified pre-owned models online (Cars.com mainly) and was not thrilled with the prices being asked for the Camrys and Accords that had 10,000 to 20,000 miles on them. When I realized I could get a Hyundai Sonata for the same price brand new, I started focusing my research on that brand. Edmunds, Consumer Reports and Cars.com all rated the Sonata higher (MPG, trim, power, value) than the Camry and Accord. And, along with the BMW 5 Series, the Sonata is the safest car on the road, as judged by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
With all that out of the way, I am happy to announce I bought a 2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited in radiant silver exterior and gray leather interior. I pick it up Saturday afternoon.
The combination of…
1.) It being the end of the month (monthly sales goals must be met!)
2.) Memorial Day specials still in effect
3.) Limited availability of 0% financing for 36 months
4.) 2013 models are in and dealers are being aggressive to clear out the 2012 models
…allowed me to get the car for $133 dollars over dealer invoice. And they even threw in more than $300 worth of items, like floor mats, a cargo mat, a cargo net, and mud flaps. (Update: a competing dealership called me this morning to try to beat my original deal by $1,300. I told the original dealership and they matched it!!!!) Yet another update -- after further competitive bids, my original dealer brought the price down another $1,000. So, $2,300 less than what I thought I was buying it for.
Hyundais come with a 5-year, 60,000 miles bumper to bumper warranty, and a 10-year 100,000 mile power train warranty.
You may be thinking this post sounds like I’m trying to justify why I’m in a Hyundai, and you’d be right. It’s as much an exercise for me to shake the silly stigma of driving a Hyundai as it is to inform you about my purchase.