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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-26-2019, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks and good bye!

Hey guys,

Although my 2015 Sonata hasn't had any major issues in the last 4 years, I didn't want to constantly worry about whether it's going to blow up or catch fires.

I traded in my Sonata for a used 2013 Lexus ES350 as I got a good deal.

Thanks for the lively discussions and the memories, and I wish you all the best!
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Good luck - but I'm sure the board would appreciate a quick comparison of the your impression of driving a Lexus vs a Sonata. I nearly bought a used Lexus RX350 (wife thinks used is beneath her so that's why we ended up with a new SFS, her car) to me the Lexus has a very solid feel overall , smoother quieter and much better driving dynamics - as it should as they cost more but perhaps the biggest plus to long term ownership is the dependability/reliability you get from Lexus/Toyota ownership.

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Good luck with your new to you car! I understand your concerns with the engine possible catching fire.
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Good luck - but I'm sure the board would appreciate a quick comparison of the your impression of driving a Lexus vs a Sonata. I nearly bought a used Lexus RX350 (wife thinks used is beneath her so that's why we ended up with a new SFS, her car) to me the Lexus has a very solid feel overall , smoother quieter and much better driving dynamics - as it should as they cost more but perhaps the biggest plus to long term ownership is the dependability/reliability you get from Lexus/Toyota ownership.

it's definitely quieter, and has slightly less cabin vibrations than the Sonata, (2GR-FE V6 engine smoothness probably helps),

when going over the bumps, I didn't notice that much difference but that could be due to the higher sidewall tires on the Sonata, (I had 205/65/16 tires in the Sonata, and the ES has 215/55/17 tires)

I don't really care all that much about power, 0-60 times and handling prowess when driving.

are the differences significant enough to justify $20K (approx) differences in MSRP?

personally, no, as I think Hyundai products (despite some reliability concerns) still have great value,

but if one is comparing used vehicles, I think the differences may be worth the extra $5k (approx)

If I had more money to spend, I would have considered the 2015 Hyundai Genesis

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Good luck - but I'm sure the board would appreciate a quick comparison of the your impression of driving a Lexus vs a Sonata. I nearly bought a used Lexus RX350 (wife thinks used is beneath her so that's why we ended up with a new SFS, her car) to me the Lexus has a very solid feel overall , smoother quieter and much better driving dynamics - as it should as they cost more but perhaps the biggest plus to long term ownership is the dependability/reliability you get from Lexus/Toyota ownership.
I have both in my garage right now. 13' ES 350 (mid trim), and 15' Sonata Ultimate. Most of the ES 350s you buy for the model year have the premium sound system (not Mark Levison), BSM, GPS, parking sensors, HID and sunshade. The sonata has better tech in terms of Carplay, EPB and the sound system. The Lexus head unit is pretty bad in terms of UI and the sound is lacking. The fit and finish is night and day better on the Lexus, When you shut a door it just feels solid. The Lexus is also smoother with the exact same tires on the Hyundai (which is what you expect). The seats on the Lexus are very soft and comfortable as well. The HID's on the lexus are brighter and look better. I also agree with the fact that I am constantly worried about the Hyundai breaking, currently the dealers have destroyed my car trying to fix issues and many are still present.

Overall the Lexus is more refined and you appreciate that driving it daily. The engine is smooth and overtaking is almost effortless compared to the Hyundai's smaller engine. If I was given the choice between a Lexus (even if used) or a new Hyundai, I would choose the Lexus.
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it's definitely quieter, and has slightly less cabin vibrations than the Sonata, (2GR-FE V6 engine smoothness probably helps),

when going over the bumps, I didn't notice that much difference but that could be due to the higher sidewall tires on the Sonata, (I had 205/65/16 tires in the Sonata, and the ES has 215/55/17 tires)

I don't really care all that much about power, 0-60 times and handling prowess when driving.

are the differences significant enough to justify $20K (approx) differences in MSRP?

personally, no, as I think Hyundai products (despite some reliability concerns) still have great value,


If you trade in regularly i can see the hyundai losing value significantly faster than a Lexus. In that case spending extra would definitely be worth it. Buying a more expensive car can also pay off as you are in general happier with the purchase and stay in it longer. My wife miraculously stayed in her last car a decade because it was what she wanted. Some power, convertible etc. Im not as picky.



TLDR Life is short. Get what you want. Enjoy your Lexus.


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