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2011 Hyundai Sonata



  • May not be just a dream, sometimes car makers will offer very good
    incentives to repeat customers. Keep your fingers crossed, if anyone
    can do it Hyundai can.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    No, it's not a dream as Hyundai has historically had "loyalty rebates" on some models, and usually they appear on new designs before general rebates. And sometimes they have both. Kia does the same thing, but also has "competitive rebates" on some models, e.g. Optima, which I think is a good idea for grabbing buyers from other brands. Hyundai hasn't done that, to my knowledge.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Too bad you let that one bad dealer experience turn you off Hyundai. Usually Hyundai prices are quite reasonable, with rebates and discounts available. It's just that some dealers mark up new models at the start, due to demand being higher than supply. Which I have no problem with, it's a free market, and I can always wait or look elsewhere if dealers try that kind of thing.

    I think the 2011 Sonata will be Hyundai's hottest product in a long time, perhaps ever, so that's why I think we'll see the "ADM" stuff at the start. And we won't see $2500 rebates as there is now on the 2010 model for some time--if ever? Could be the car will be good enough to sell in big numbers even at higher prices than today--closer to Camcord levels. Will be interesting to see how that shakes out this year.
  • I haven't looked at a Hyundai since....


    Too bad you let that one bad dealer experience turn you off Hyundai.


    It did turn me off in 2007 and I bought a Buick Lucerne of all things. It's been a great car but I'm looking to downsize a bit this year. The Buick's paid off now (3 yr. loan) and I've got about $12K equity for my down payment on a newer model.

    I might be more interested in the next gen Elantra coming out this fall. The Sonata is very nice but is more car than I need and will likely be selling close to MSRP all through 2010.

    After working with a guy from Seoul last year, I'm ready to give Hyundai a shot.
  • dnbbdnbb Posts: 4
    The car is better in all aspects, it drives better, handles better and it is quicker. It's a beautiful car. Check for the spec's.
  • The 2011 Sonata is one nice looking car!! I think the new design really gives it a new edge. The Sonata is supposed to be around in the not to distant future!! Can't wait!! What do you think of the look?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    I like just about every angle except head-on. The combination of the elongated headlamps and huge grille disrupt the otherwise graceful lines of the car, for me anyway. Otherwise I think it's very sharp looking. Personally I prefer taller greenhouses for a more airy feel to the cabin (the current Sonata is very good there), but I haven't sat in the new Sonata yet to see if it feels claustrophobic. I love the new interior though--arguably the best design in its class.
  • craigmricraigmri Posts: 243

    I think(or should I say I hope) you will feel different about the front on angle appearance when you see one up close. I studied the car from every angle when I was at the factory during my tour and I cannot find an angle that I dislike. Of course this is subjective.

    Your right about the interior...its fantastic! I sat in one fresh off the line(LITERALLY) and the design, precision and ergonomics(at least from the drivers seat) was excellent. The 2011's coming off the line right now have the same GDI 4 cylinder. Some have a "Sport" package on top of the "Limited" package that have Dual exhaust outlets and paddle shifters on the steering wheel. So...You can get a Limited with or without this so-called "Sport Package". The Turbo will be available later in 2010. When the turbo is available we will trade our current Azera.

  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    i think the difference here is really what's more important to you either the resale value or long warranty.sonata has a much better warranty vs the camcords but then again chances are you won't be needing the extra warranty due to those cars reputations for reliability and dependability.however,it doesn't always work out that way.example.......i have a friend of mine who purchased a brand new 07 toyota camry a few years ago and recently at 38,000 miles the a/c in the camry stopped working.he took the car in and was told by the dealer service technician that the a/c compressor was defective and needed to be replaced at a cost of over $900.00 including the replacement of other parts that go along with it.since he was out of the basic 3/36 warranty the repairs were not covered under warranty.however,on the other hand if this was a hyundai sonata and this same thing happened it would have been covered under hyundai's 5/60,000 basic warranty.he fought with toyota to try and get them to cover the a/c repairs under warranty but to no was because of this experience that when the 2011 sonata comes out he will be tradeing the camry in repair bill including parts and labor for the replacement of the a/c compressor at the dealership was just under $1000.00....
  • Am I the only one who is wonderng why Edmunds is dragging their feet on the 2011 Hyundai Sonata review?? January 17th the last 2010 was assembled in Montgomery and the 2011 followed it down the assembly line. I have been anxiously awaiting Edmunds review.
    A friend who is a Car dealer had the pleasure of driving one in Fountain Valley Ca . Following is his email to me : [ 11/11/2009 ] Don - I just got back from southern California this afternoon. The vehicle looks great although the one they let us see and test drive was still not the 100% finished version. I did get to drive one but not on the freeway. It was very quiet and had great pick up and road feel. The car is very exciting and it looks much more expensive then its going to be.
    They have not disclosed the price yet, they are trying to bring it in as low as they can and I would guess that for an automatic nicely equiped the MSRP will probably be about $21,000- $21,500. They are going to come out with some incentives I think right from the begining and a super lease program.

    I do know that they probably are going to introduce it at the L.A Autoshow ahead of schedule. The L.A autoshow is December 3-4. originally they were going to introduce it at the Detroit Auto show in January. We will not have them on ground to sell yet but the vehicle will be 'officially unveiled". That means that the specs, real pictures (not spy shots) and pricing should be available at that time. I will be flying down for the show and will take pictures and send them back same day: .
  • craigmricraigmri Posts: 243

    Actually, The first day of full production of the 2011 was January 4th....How would I know this? I did the factory tour that day. I promise you the 2010 stopped production just before Christmas.

  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    as most everybody knows,the last few years sonata models have been plaqued by a "thunk" issue involving the sonata suspension.i hope for huyndai's sake that they have worked this problem out for the 2011 model sonata.
  • Your knowledge is more reliable than mine. I based mine on Dawn Kent at the Birmingham News. She wrote an article ,stating that the 2010's were done and the 2011's were being assembled but were at 40%. There were photos of people checking the quality of the 2011 autos as they came down the line. You can go to the Birmingham News site and type in "2011 Hyundai Sonata" and it gives a lot of info along with photos. My favorite reporter is Cosby Woodruff of the Montgomery Advertiser.My Ca contacts still haven't received an order window although they expected one last week. Anyone heard any thing concerning prices [ except under $2000 ]. I am like a kid the night before Christmas.
  • Here is the article by Dawn Kent. I went back to check if my memory was correct and it was : Casey
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,952
    You just read the date in the article wrong. It was dated Dec. 17th not Jan 17th.
  • No,actually the date of Dec 17,2009 is what I was basing my statement on. Dawn said the 2010 models ceased to be mfg on 12/17/09 and the assembly of the 2011 models was started. It really doesn't make any difference as to whet I said or meant. My question remains. What will the price be on the 2011 sonata. In my last statement, I wrote in the parenthetical citations , the price of the 2011 as under $2000 [a boo-boo] when I actually meant to write under $20,000

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Hold on another couple of weeks. Hyundai is making a big splash on the 2011 Sonata with the Super Bowl. At that point the cars should be trickling in to dealers. So I think we'll see pricing announced very soon. We'll also see the March car issues come out in the next couple of weeks, and I would be really shocked if we didn't see reviews of the car in some of those--again to coincide with rollout of the car in NA.
  • rdm925rdm925 Posts: 46
    Hello, I checked out a 2011 Sonata sedan at the Detroit auto show yesterday. It was a pre-production SE model. I sat in it and looked it over. I'm very impressed and will seriously consider it as my next car. I'm looking forward to read the future road tests and comparsions by the auto mags and blogs. I hope it is sporty and responsive. That's what I like about my current 2007 Mazda 6i 5-door. :shades:
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,952
    I don't believe the Sonata will nearly as sporty and responsive as your Mazda, even the Sonata SE model. It may be more responsive than the current version of the Sonata but I'm pretty positive it won't approach what you're used to with your 6. I'm hoping it steps up a notch from it's current handling but I'm not expecting a sports car feel by any means. They have different marketing goals.
  • splxsplx Posts: 8
    2011 Sonata with a base engine (200hp) may not be sporty and responsive as your Mazda 6, but i'm quite certain that a turbocharged 2011 Sonata (coming end of this year) which produces around 280hp will be very sporty and responsive.
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