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I have a 2007 Hyundai Sonata SE and was wondering if the car would properly tow something like a small boat (17ft) or a Waverunner or in fact a set of 2 waverunners?

would towing really beat the crap out of the car, suspension and transmission?

I would imagine the V6 has enough HP and torque to pull...
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I'm looking at buying a hitch for my '06 GLS V-6, but I'm trying to figure out which would be the "least aesthetically detracting": the Reese, Draw-Tite, or Hidden Hitch.

Squale, have you already got your hitch?

Anyone else out there put a hitch on an '06 LX or V-6? I'm curious about aesthetic opinions. I'm coming to the Sonata from an '05 GMC Envoy XL, so I no longer have the hauling capacity that I used to. I'll basically be pulling a 5x8 utility trailer when I need to haul stuff too large (or too messy) for the Sonata's trunk. I just hate to ruin the overall appearance of the rear-end of the Sonata, so I want whatever hitch I can get to be as inconspicuous as possible.

Thanks! I look forward to hearing how many of you actually have installed hitches... (in response to squale's post).

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The Sonata should tow about 2000 lb with no issues. I am going to buy 2 wave runners and trailer next summer. The Sonata will hardly even notice the light weight of two wave runners and trailer.

Obviously you don't want to hammer the throttle all the time - a nice gradual acceleration won't affect the tranny at all.

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Our dealer installed the Draw-tite hitch. If you leave the ball and mount off, and add the little cap, it is hardly noticable. It is a little low though, and we've scrapped it a couple of times.
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Dunno if the Sonata is afflicted by the "Hot Tranny" problem like the Mazda 6 is. If you're going to tow anything on a regular basis it's a good idea to have a tranny cooler installed. At the very least, have a tranny fluid temp gauge installed.

An auto tranny does its work by generating heat. The stock tranny cooler can usually dissapate enough heat to operate the car with a moderate load in moderate terrain. Stress it by driving it up a lot of steep hills with bags of cement in the trunk whilst towing a mobile home and the cooler might not cope.

The designers of the aforementioned Mazda cheaped-out by adding a lot of horsepower and weight to the 6 then installing a tranny that's just not designed for it. Savvy 6 owners install a cooler first thing, tow or no. The good thing is a cooler doesn't hurt anything.

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is the 2006 Mazda 6 V6 faster than the Sonata V6?

how about the Mazda 6 4-cylinder, is that even comparable to the Sonata V6..

my uncle just got a new Mazda 6 4-cylinder and says it feels much quicker than the 4-cylinder Sonata felt to him when he test drove it..
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i think the sonata is faster than both the V6 and I4 mazda6, although i could be wrong.

i believe the tow rating on the sonata is 2000 lbs, although i cant recommend a hitch as i havent gotten one yet.
i too am looking at towing a seadoo/waverunner, and i feel the sonata should have no problem. i am considering an uprated tranny cooler though, better safe than sorry.

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I ordered a Hidden Hitch for my sonata last monday. As soon as I get it and install it... I'll take some pictures for you.

I'm almost done converting a jetski trailer into a double sea kayak trailer. Can't wait to have everything done so me and my gf can get our boats on the water.
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I would like to tow a utility trailer with my 04 sonata. I can find the hitch, but the wire harness is bothering me.

Has anyone found a ready made T connector for the sonata?

There is one made for the santa fe, will that work with our cars?

The ready made T connector allows you to hook the lights up without splicing into the brake lights, just unplugging the connectors, then plugging the T connector in. Easy.




Any one know if this web site is a good place to buy from?
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Thanks for the opinion motd... Glad to hear the Draw-Tite isn't too obtrusive looking. I'm guessing the times when the hitch has contacted the ground has been when, say, making a turn from a parking lot onto a main road where the parking lot exit slopes downward toward the road? Our local Wendy's restaurant has this configuration, and I've seen lots of people drag "low parts" when leaving the parking lot...

And CyberDaveA, please *do* post pics of the Hidden Hitch once you get it installed. I'm sort of bouncing back and forth between the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch. From the pics, the Hidden Hitch seems like it may keep more of the cross-bar portion of the hitch hidden up high, and *appears* to simply drops the center receiver portion of the hitch down for access, keeping the majority of the hitch up high and out of sight.

Thanks!
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