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2011 Hyundai Sonata

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  • Jason5, Thanks. We have decided to go with the 2011 Sonata SE, Pacific Blue Pearl plus the small options such as iPod cable, carpeted floor mats, wheel locks, cargo net,and window tint. That and Ca DMV and state taxes [ $2,300 ] will be $24,200 OTD.
    There is a website with a Pacific Blue GLS .Has abour 24 pics and about 6 or 7 are of the exterior.

    http://www.ralphsellershyundai.com/VehicleDetails/617216543
  • There is slightly more road noise with the SE because of the firmer spring/suspension settings, more so at low speeds than on the highway. It is still a quiet ride even with either model, although maybe a bit less than the big boats like the Malibu (but with a much sportier ride, it is worth it).

    As far as the snow, the tires are all season and so far it has been doing fine in the snow. While it's not a Ford Expedition, the ESC/Traction do most of the work for you without being too annoying. I drove over a large mountain yesterday in about 4 inches and was passing everyone in the un-plowed lane with no slipping involved - I was impressed.
  • I had a 2006 Accent that I drove for over 80k miles (mainly highway) and changed the oil faithfully every 7500 miles, as per the manual. No problems with that car. I currently drive a 2006 Sonata GLS 4 cyl. and have over 42k miles on it so far and change the oil every 7500 miles, too, as per the manual. Again, no problems here. The book should say which interval you should follow, based on your driving conditions. Since I drive over 90% highway or so, I follow the long interval.
  • awahooawahoo Posts: 15
    I was waiting for a 2011 GLS. Ordered it with automatic and popular eqip. pckg #2. MSRP is $21,800, I'm getting it for $19,688, and it is expected in next week. Today, I went by the dealer, and he had a silver Limited. MSRP is $26,155 and I can get it for $23,000 even. This sounds like a great deal to me. Only thing is, I'm not too hot on the leather seats. I sat in it, and they seemed very hard, no cushion. Does the Limited have a softer ride than the SE? Would the Limited ride compare more with the GLS? I need to know if all the bells and whistles on the Limited are worth the extra $3,312? I'm in my seventies and plan to keep this care for a long time. What do you think? GLS or Limited.
  • I definitely think it is worth it to go with the Limited, that is a great price! The leather seats are very comfortable - more so than the cloth - and the quality of the leather is really above anything found in other midsized cars. The seats are 8-way power adjustable so you probably just needed to change the settings a bit to get comfortable.

    But yeah, for an extra $3312 you are getting a ton of upgrades. The longer you plan to keep the car, the more you are going to appreciate spending that extra 3K when you hop into a top-of-the-line car.

    For just that $3300 you get:

    - Chrome exterior door handles
    - Proximity entry with push button start
    - Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
    - Front fog lights
    - Leather seating surfaces with heated front and rear seats
    - Dual automatic temperature control
    - Auto-dimming mirror/HomeLink/compass
    - Premium door sill plates/"Limited" badge
    - In-dash six-disc CD-changer
    - HD Radio technology with multicasting
    - Dimension premium speakers, subwoofer/external amplifier
    - 17-inch alloy wheels with standard tire
    - Side mirror turn signal indicators
    - Power tilt and slide sunroof
    - Unique interior accents (Piano Black or Woodgrain)
    - Floor console mounted rear vents
  • Just got my 2011 SE this past Sunday from King Hyundai in Deerfield Beach, FL. Trade in my 2007 SE V6 for this car and decided to lease this time around. I have to say that I am very impressed with this car. Definately leap year difference compared to my previous Sonata. The materials used in this car are much better then before. You can feel it right from the grasp of the steering wheel to the turn signal and wiper switches, that they have done thier homework at Hyundai engineering dept.

    As far as the ride quality is concerned, the SE model is a bit stiff on the suspension. Sorta reminded me when I used to own a 2003 Tiburon with similar ride stiffness. This is not a concern for me but like others have said, if this is not your taste you might want to look at the GLS or the Limited model. And since were on the topic of suspension, I like to discuss about the noise problem I used to encounter on my 2007 Sonata in comparison this new car. So far my daily drive to Dunkin Donuts requires me to pass thru the warehouse district, which gives me a good indication of any suspension noises I would experience on my new car. The suspension sounded very supplanted. I am very happy to report that AGAIN the Hyundai Engineers have corrected the problem with the suspension noises.

    This is currently my 6th Hyundai vehicle I have owned. My first was a 1993 Hyundai Elantra GL. Not that I am bias to only owning a Hyundai vehicle.. ( My wife drives a 08 Pathfinder) but I feel like a proud daddy to see it all grown up and caught up to everyone else. :)
  • Yeah, wow, that's a great price for a Limited Edition. That's actually -below- invoice price! I think I finally agreed to pay $24,500 for mine, so I guess I got shafted.

    Cheers,
    Trevor
  • Here's a video in which I find out that the passenger seat doesn't have power (towards the end):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BNZYymZ5Og

    Cheers,
    Trevor
  • thanks for the videos pcgeek.

    How tall are you and how close is your head to hitting the roof? Probably just the angle of the camera but looks close.

    Didn't see the passenger seat test in that video??

    How is the HD radio compared to regular radio from older cars?
  • mikemartinmikemartin Posts: 205
    edited February 2010
    I get supplier pricing (about $700 under invoice), and I plan on testing a Sonata to see if Hyundai quashed the suspension noise gremlins, and also to gauge ride quality (I like supple rides more so than firm suspensions, especially given the terrible state of many U.S. roads).

    The choice I'm making now is between the 2010 Legacy or the 2011 Sonata.

    I already drove the Legacy and the car was very solid with a nice ride quality, but it lacked many, many of the features the 2011 makes standard (unless you opt for the Legacy Limited + additional options).

    Does anyone know if the 2011 Sonata has rear vents for the heat and AC? I've looked and looked but can't seem to find the answer.

    Thanks.
  • the limited has rear vents for heat and ac. se and gls don't
  • the limited has rear vents for heat and ac. se and gls don't

    Thank you very much. That's a bummer as we have a baby now who will be riding in a rear facing car seat in the back seat.

    I really don't want to spend $3,500 to $5000 more for a limited.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    I carried 3 kids in rear-facing car seats over the years, and all survived w/o vents in the center console. :) In fact, I think the only reason they are offered is that they give fidgety teenagers and adults something else to play with besides their iPhones/BlackBerries/Nintendos etc.

    Maybe those rear vents would even be a little drafty for the little guy/gal?
  • Hey, no problem with the videos! I love sharing :)

    I'm 5 foot 9 inches tall, and I don't have any height issues. Remember that the seat is height-adjustable too, though I do tend to keep mine lower.

    One of the videos, towards the end, I try to look for passenger seat controls, and realize that it's not electronic :( Maybe it's not that video, sorry. I can't remember which content is in which video, since I've made a few of them now :)

    The HD radio is -amazing- compared to standard radio! It does seem to cut in and out depending on where you are though. Lower elevations, and other obstruction, seem to inhibit the usability of HD radio. It sounds so much better when it's tuned into an HD station though, and it's quite easy to tell whether you've got an HD station or not, on the screen. I live in the Chicagoland area, so I'm not sure how widespread HD radio is.

    Cheers!
    Trevor
  • ramkatramkat Posts: 23
    Some curious questions.
    Are the sill plates backlit on the Limited?
    Are the sidemirrors foldable on the Limited
    Is the side mirror fold action motorized? (popular feature in Europe where the side mirrors will fold out of harms way when the car is locked)

    Last question. Has anyone seen a picture of an interior with wood grain?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    edited February 2010
    Side mirrors fold on all trims, but manually (in the US spec models anyway).

    I saw a photo with woodgrain the other day but now I can't remember where... it was probably in one of those reviews posted here.
  • Hey great prices!

    Can you tell what dealer is that and where (address, phone #, or some way to contact them)? Thanks.
  • Hey Backy, I hear 'ya.

    We were originally going to get a CUV, because of the rear privacy glass, but as we've decided on a sedan now, I'm just worried that w/out the rear vents, cabin temps will be uneven on very hot or very cold days.

    Maybe tinting would help resolve the cooling issue.
  • ramkat,

    One other thing to note is that only the Limited has the turn signals on the front of the mirrors. Kinda a nice-to-have, but still cool :)

    Cheers,
    Trevor
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    I didn't check under the 2011 Sonata's front seats, but earlier models had under-seat ventilation ducts that help even out air distribution along with the upper vents. I would be surprised if the 2011 Sonata didn't have under-seat air ducts.

    We are talking about a sedan here, not a minivan or CUV. :)
  • What does SOLAR GLASS exactly do for the driver?
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Modern service intervals comfortably go 5-7.5K. I have a 2007 and I use full synthetic oil and change it on that interval. I have yet to add a quart during those intervals.
  • awahooawahoo Posts: 15
    The dealer is Gateway Hyundai in Colonial Heights, VA.( about 20 miles south of Richmond). The number is 804-414-2001 and ask for the internet manager. These people are great to deal with! Good Luck.
  • Tint the glass and that will help. I have a little one on the way and I had planned on tinting because it made the car look better plus it will help keep the backseat cooler. I'm not at all worried about not having rear vents. Like was said above, its a car, not an SUV/CUV.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,632
    basically like tinted glass without heavy tint. It will block some of the sun glare.

    oh, and it sounds good in the brochure.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • One of the reasons I wanted nav is that I find the only thing about the new Sonata that looks "low rent" and not up to the high quality of the other apportionments is the stereo screen.

    The full color nav screen just fits in better with how deluxe the rest of the car comes off.
  • Solar Glass helps in blocking the UV rays form entering the cabin. It prevents the interiors from fading. More importantly, it prevents the UV rays from harming your skin.

    I don't like to put sunfilm on my cars as they hinder visibility at night. My Azera has Solar Control Glass & hence I can drive without sunfilm & not be harmed by UV rays as much. Also, my interiors are as nice as they were when new & have kept their shape well in 3 years.
  • Although I love my Limited Edition, I wish I had the SE model for the dual-exhaust. It's shocking that it's not offered on the Limited. How does it sound? The exhaust on my Limited sounds dinky ... just like a little 4-cyl. It just sounds weak, you know what I mean?

    Cheers,
    Trevor
  • Trevor,

    It sounds a little better than the Limited in my opinion. Has a decent small rumble at idle. However I did notice I am getting a black buildup on the tips already, and its only got 200 miles on it! Looks like it'll be a chore to keep them clean.
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