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2011 Hyundai Sonata



  • syitalian25syitalian25 Posts: 303
    Very nice pics. I have the SE w/gray interior and the leather seems a few shades darker on my car than on the Limited. Just a thought if anyone is thinking of getting the SE. I am happy with the color, although I would also strongly consider black.
  • akumaakuma Posts: 70
    does anyone know why the new 2011 Kia Optima (in SX trim) will be so much better optioned than the Sonata? it will have things like power passenger seat, heated and cooled front seats, memory driver seat, heated steering wheel, HIDs with auto leveling, auto up and down windows for both driver and passenger, air-conditioned and lighted glove box, illuminated door scuff plates (like the Genesis), sun visor extensions, panoramic sunroof, and Microsoft UVO. and it's expected to still be around $1,000 less than a comparable Sonata. and it looks better too IMO.
  • capplacappla Posts: 29
    Anyone have any pictures of the SE w/ black interior they can share?
  • jparks8jparks8 Posts: 19
    To my surprise, when I stopped for coffee at Tim Horton's at 09h00, two couples ad one single male circled my new Sonata 2011 for a better look. One couple came to my table to ask me questions. And, I bought a Harbour Grey car so it wouldn't be noticed in hopes that the thieves would steal someone's red sports car rather than my car.
  • shabadoo25shabadoo25 Posts: 216
    If you like that option package and the looks better, buy one.

    It does not look better than the Sonata IMO.
  • syitalian25syitalian25 Posts: 303
    edited April 2010
    Where are you getting the info about the Optima's features? I saw one at the NY Auto Show and I can tell you it had nearly none of those features except maybe one-touch down windows and some basic stuff like that. Definitely no cooled seats or heated steering wheel on any models I've seen. Hyundai/Kia is generous, but I doubt they are offering all those features for $25K with the same engine from the Sonata. And it also definitely does not look better IMO, although not a bad looking car either the Sonata is gorgeous. It seems that the Optima basically has most of the features as the Sonata, for about the same price.
    The 2011 Optima continues Kia's recent trend of offering a lot of standard features, such as power windows, dual exhaust, 16-inch steel wheels, air-conditioned glove box, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, USB, Bluetooth and steering-wheel controls. If you get an LX with automatic transmission, cruise control and an eco-driving reminder are added as standard.

    The EX trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, heated side mirrors, chrome and body-colored door handles, UVO entertainment system, rearview camera, push-button ignition, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, auto-dimming rearview mirror and auto up/down front windows.

    SX adds auto-leveling high-intensity-discharge headlights, LED rear taillights, rear spoiler, side sills, 18-inch black alloy wheels, leather seats, upgraded LCD gauge cluster, steering-wheel paddle shifters, and metal pedals and door scuff plates.
  • lightfootfllightfootfl Posts: 442
    You are right about that, I should have gone to that site, dunno why I didn't think about it. Guess frustration and old ? age had something to do with it. Sorry,
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    And, I bought a Harbour Grey car so it wouldn't be noticed in hopes that the thieves would steal someone's red sports car rather than my car.

    Wow, selecting color based on likelihood of theft? Time to either move or invest in a Lo-Jack!
  • garcia81garcia81 Posts: 2
    I have the same car white and black i am loving everyday more verynice and good looking car!!!
  • lightfootfllightfootfl Posts: 442
    edited April 2010
    gary, darkhelmet, m6user, and ?? others

    Thanks to everybody for all the replies. I truly appreciate it. I just haven't had anything like this happen in years, and I guess it just really rattled me. I will certainly check out each of these sites that were offered, especially that Walmart one, mostly because of the $$$$ Also appreciate the comments re the AutoZone & warranty, and the credit card thing too, I hadn't even thought about that. That is one of the problems of being on a fixed, albeit low retirement income, and being semi-handicapped too.
  • caseybrucaseybru Posts: 47
    I received a call yesterday from my dealer [ Sac. Ca. ] that the cargo net and wheel locks had came in for my 2011 GLS. He shipped them yesterday by UPS and said I should receive them today. They were part of the options [ carpeted floor mats, iPod cable ] my dealer threw in. Anyone know how to increase sound to door chimes?? I am hard of hearing and can barely hear them even with hearing aids on. That and the b horn not sounding are my only problem.
  • akumaakuma Posts: 70
    edited March 2010
    Midsize Sedan Offers a New Level of Style and Performance Features from Kia
    Three all-new powertrains, including turbo and Kia's first-ever hybrid offer class- leading power and fuel economy
    Segment-leading premium amenities and technology features

    NEW YORK, April 1, 2010 – Kia Motors America (KMA) today globally unveiled the all-new 2011 Optima midsize sedan at the New York International Auto Show. Arriving in showrooms in early fall, the next generation Optima continues Kia's design-led transformation while revealing a completely new and stunning design language for Kia, highlighted by a dynamic and streamlined profile that conveys elegance and athletic confidence from every angle. Optima's groundbreaking spirit continues under the hood and inside the cabin with the introduction of three new powertrains – including the brand's first-ever hybrid in the U.S. (available in 2011) – which deliver class-leading power1 and fuel economy while the latest technology features and luxury amenities are available at the touch of a button or a simple voice command...

    ...Available in three trims, LX, EX and SX, the 2011 Optima offers numerous standard features. The LX includes dual exhaust with chrome tips, solar glass, outside mirror turn signal indicators and 16-inch steel wheels fitted with 205/65R16 tires. Upgrading to the EX offers standard fog lights, heated outside mirrors, exterior chrome/body-color door handles along with 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/55/R17 tires. Moving up to the athletic SX adds HID headlights with auto leveling, LED rear combination lights, unique front grille design, rear lip spoiler, sculpted side sills, aero wiper blades, red brake calipers and 18-inch black machined finish alloy wheels furnished with P225/45R18 tires, achieving a true performance look.

    Luxuriously Equipped Interior

    From the moment the door opens, Optima presents an immediate sense of a driver's car. The instrument panel is contoured toward the driver to suggest a cockpit feel with precise gauges and controls for an overall sport performance experience without sacrificing comfort or roominess. Paddle shifters behind the steering wheel convey that Optima is built for people who are passionate about cars. A high console with a short shifter adds to the cockpit perception while an available panoramic sunroof provides an open-air feeling. Offering occupants both space and comfort with a number of standard convenience features, the sedan's chic cabin unifies with the exterior design by welcoming its passengers with lean and ergonomic seat design and effective storage throughout. Modern standard features such as six-way adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support, illuminated vanity mirrors and a trip computer further expand the cabin's luxurious qualities.

    In addition to offering a comfortable cabin, impressive technology features also come standard throughout, including an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system with SIRIUS® Satellite Radio capabilities with three months complimentary service. Also standard on all trims are auxiliary and USB audio input jacks for connecting with MP3 players and Bluetooth® wireless technology connectivity with steering wheel-mounted voice activation controls to enable hands-free operation for compatible mobile phones.

    Additional standard interior features include a tilt/telescopic steering column, power door locks, power windows, sun visor extension and an air-conditioned glove box. Stylishly appointed cloth seats provide comfortable seating while a 60/40 split-folding rear seat offers multiple seating and cargo arrangements depending on driver and passenger needs. Optima LX with automatic transmission features cruise control and an active EcoMinder® indicator for optimal fuel efficient driving.

    Optima EX comes well-equipped and offers premium standard features, including the UVO powered by Microsoft® infotainment system with rear-view camera, push button-start ignition with smart key, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with rear vents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, auto-dimming rear view mirror with Homelink® and compass, auto light control, driver and front passenger automatic window up/down and eight-way power driver's seat, lighted glovebox, rear reading lamps, floor mats and chrome door handles.

    For consumers looking for even more sporty appeal, the Optima SX adds unique black leather woven seat trim, black interior trim with carbon insert film and metal accent, Supervision™ meter cluster with LCD display, center fascia and meter housing, soft trim with French seams, steering wheel paddle shifters, metal pedals and lighted metal door scuff plates.

    Available upgrades for the Optima EX and SX trims include a power panoramic sunroof, leather seat trim, memory driver's seat, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel for additional interior refinement. Luxuriously appointed features, including an Infinity® 5.1 surround sound audio system with HD Radio®, and eight speakers delivering in excess of 500-watts of system power and voice-activated navigation system with a seven-inch screen enhance the cabin for audiophiles or those who seek the latest superior quality technology for a modern driving experience...

    full press release :
    you might have to click on the button that says show press release
  • denp3denp3 Posts: 99
    Picking up my Harbor Gray Limited tonight.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,897
    Nice, and a lot off those items are first for the category. Didn't see anything about price for the SX though with all those amenities. You mentioned $1000 below the Sonata, did you see prices listed somewhere or are you kind of going on past pricing practises?
  • tuckerdogtuckerdog Posts: 29
    I'm new to these & the push button start/stop. So what happens should the battery in the proximity device go dead? I understand there is a hidden key. I guess that will get you in the door. But how do you get the car started? I asked that of two different salespeople & both told me the battery won't go dead????? That sure sounds like BS. Or has some miracle battery been discovered?

  • akumaakuma Posts: 70
    edited April 2010
    yes :P

    historically, Kia models are noticeably cheaper than their Hyundai counterparts. for instance the Sorento is basically the Kia version of the Santa Fe but priced almost the same as the Tucson, which makes me wonder how cheap the Sportage is going to be. the Optima was usually priced between the Elantra and the Sonata, and was sized and equipped somewhere in between those two as well. the outgoing Optima starts out under $18,000 and edmunds actually even has a price of $18,195 out for the 2011 LX, although i don't know where they got that figure from or how accurate it is.

    i think there's just a little bit too much price overlap between Kia models (Rio/Forte/Optima/Amanti and Soul/Sportage/Sorrento).
  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,598
    RE 2173

    But in the past, Hyundai has offered better rebates that KIA, often making the "comparable" Hyundai less expensive.
  • syitalian25syitalian25 Posts: 303
    On the new Sonata, the smart key has a portion that comes out and is a physical key (there is a physical key hole on the driver's door and the trunk) so you can get in the cabin. Then, if you put the smartkey in a little slot in the center console it will allow the car to start even if the smartkey is dead (I think it reads the key the same way as automated toll tags such as EZPass or Sunpass with RFID). If the car is dead, it will need to be jumped or charged, which is the same as with a standard key (we have all heard that dreaded "click click click click" noise).
  • dahm21dahm21 Posts: 3
    Just picked up my pacific blue/gray leather limited for $23740- love it but noticed today (have 900 miles on it now) that around 60 mph+ I hear a rattle/squeak in the middle console and not sure what it is. Its almost as if someone thru some rocks in there and I can hear them move around. Has anyone else experienced this? I will bring it by tommorrow to the dealership to check it out.

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