Have you ever bought a Hyundai Sonata? Ever taken a ride in one of these Koren manufactured, mid-range economy cars? Well, neither have I, and I never wanted to until I got a look at the completely re-crafted 2011 Hyundai Sonata. Past generations for the Hyundai Sonata were well received, had a decent price and scored well in terms of reliability. Therefore it is not surprising that the Sonata has evolved into a terrific vehicle. But, let?s not dwell on the past when the future looks so bright. The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is enticing , and I know you have seen many of these cars around town. Let me just cut to the chase and give you all the necessary numbers. The Sonata is the least expensive (or close to it) of all its rivals in the mid-range sedan segment. The Sonata pricing starts at around $23,000. One of the best warranties, 10 years/100,000 miles, accompanies the Sonata The Sonata also offers significant fuel economy with 22 city and 35 highway mpg.

Peace of Mind

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is one of the safest vehicles on the road. Front and side curtain airbags are standard. The car also has traction control and stability control which are necessary for any car to make the IIHS list of most safe vehicles. The Hyundai Sonata also received top ratings from the NTHSA for crash test safety.

Creature Comforts

The wheel base of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata has been extended several inches.. Cabin space increases and the car also leads the class in terms of interior room for its passengers. Bluetooth technology and touch screen navigation is on board as well, setting the 2011 Hyundai Sonata further apart from the crowd.

Suspension

The Sonata is the best car in its group with .82 Gs of lateral acceleration. This trumps the Toyota and the Nissan Altima which each pull .77 Gs and the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord which each pull .79 Gs. So as you can see, the Sonata is the most sports car like of the group. This is all done thanks to the strut and multi-link rear set up. Wide 45-series tires on 18 inch rims are standard for the new Hyundai Sonata to round out the package. The only apparant flaw on the Sonata’s new design is that handling could still be improved to match the superior ride quality. , but no car is perfect, and the Hyundai Sonata is perfectly acceptable.

Power

A re-crafted technology laden power train rocks the Hyundai Sonata. The DOHC, direct injection engine is a 2.4lt. 4-cylinder model. Power is put down through a 6-speed auto transmission. The sporty look is also enhanced by a dual exhaust system. Numbers come in at 200hp and 186 lb. ft. torque. While not the most powerful of the mid-sized sedan class, it is the most fuel efficient at 25/35. So, buyers looking for fuel economy should look no further then the Hyundai Sonata.

Value

The base model price for the Hyundai Sonata is $23,315. A fully loaded model will sell for around $26,000. With all these great features, and a 10 year 100k mile warranty, the Hyundai Sonata is a popular choice for many. Already more and more of these attractive new vehicles are gracing the roadways. However, there is more good news from Hyundai. A turbo version of the new Sonata is rumored to be in production. A turbo Sonata with extra horsepower would indeed be worth a second look. Also Hyundai is planning on releasing a hybrid version of the Sonata. With already impressive fuel efficiency it will be exciting to see how much more money Hyundai can save customers at the pump. With so many great features, a terrific sticker price and ever growing popularity it appears that the Sonata is going to be a big player in the sedan market. .

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