2011 Hynudai Sonata
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  • Overall this is a good car and is definitely worthy of shaking off the old stereotypes and is most certainly a worthy adversary in this competitive car class

    • by enlightenedautoguy

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      The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is a great car and I stand by it 100%. That may not be exactly a profound statement but coming from an avid car lover who previously thought that Hyundai was for the uniformed car buyer, it means alot. To me, Hyundai was a default purchase for someone who did not want to spend a lot of money, didn’t care too much about style, and was more concerned with frugality rather than fun. However, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata is going after the big dogs now.

      This redesigned model is after Honda, Toyota, Chevy, Ford, and anyone else in their way. Let’s see what makes this newfound competitor such a powerhouse. First of all, you have to

      see this thing.

      Beautiful body lines that flow into a sculpted rear design make the new model almost the antithesis to the old model’s ambiguous nature. Opt for the bigger wheels on the Sport model and this car, a Hyundai, looks…dare we say…attractive? Yes indeed, and to add to that there is an all-new 2. 4 liter direct-injected four-cylinder that makes 200 horsepower in the Sport model (dual exhaust accounts for the 2 hp upgrade from the 198 hp in the base model).

      Acceleration is decent for a 4-cylinder car but doesn’t blow you away. Handling is overall controlled, but there is a certain amount of body roll but again, this is a mid-sized family car, not a sports car. Brakes stop the car well ...

      • and with all-season tires stopping in the wet was easily done with the standard ABS and ESC (Electronic Stability Control).

        Now for the best part, the interior. The beige and brown interior in the car I tested sounds drab but see it and person and you will notice the quality feel of everything. Buttons feel solid and are well laid-out.

        The dash and all the electronic gauges feel upscale and not at all cheap even with a $19,195 starting price. My 6′3″ frame fit well and I could easily find a comfortable driving position. The back seat was comfortable but head room was surprisingly absent.

        Look at the sweeping roofline of this car and then you can understand where that headroom should be. Still, I’ll

        take the handsome design over the headroom in the back where I don’t plan on being very much. So what don’t I like about this car? Well for one thing, this car could use a bit more power.

        I’d like to see a sport model, I mean a true sport model not one accented with the visual upgrades of a sport model. This means stiffer suspension (possibly lowered), a V6 or an even better turbo four (please not the anemic turbo four from the Genesis coupe), and some better seats to hold you in. Overall this is a good car and is definitely worthy of shaking off the old stereotypes and is most certainly a worthy adversary in this competitive car class.

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