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2011 Hyundai Sonata

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  • bobadbobad Posts: 1,587
    My black/black w/nav arrived at the dealer today. I saw it on the truck and compared VIN numbers with my paperwork.

    Congratulations! You've waited patiently, and I hope you enjoy the car!
  • Congrats!!! Enjoy.
  • chronochrono Posts: 149
    I missed this from review but m6user posted this in the 2.0 sedan thread which I thought was relevant here .. nice to know the Sonata is fast enough.

    Interesting that everyone was screaming about the 0-60 time when watching a video of the race between the '11 Sonata and the Camry. Here are some times that will probably put to rest any notions that the DI I4 is gutless.

    Edmunds '11 Sonata 7.7 secs
    Edmunds 09 Accord LX-P 9.1 secs
    Edmunds 10 Kizashi 9.1 secs
    Edmunds 10 Legacy 9.4 secs
    Edmunds Fusion SEL V6 7.3 secs
    CR 09 Camry LE 9.4 secs
    Edmunds 09 Sonata LTD I4 9.8

    I would say it gives a pretty respectable showing and certainly would beat a Camry I4 easily. Not that I personally care very much about 0-60 times(now 60-0 is a different story) but a lot of people were bashing the new Sonata because of those videos.
  • shabadoo25shabadoo25 Posts: 216
    Thanks! I hope I'm not disappointed.
  • dash5dash5 Posts: 417
    edited March 2010
    I like the fact that Edmunds gave a critical reviews on where the Sonata can improve. I'm thinking specifically of their review of the new fusion in which they said Ford addressed all the issues they had with that car. Hopefully Huyndai can do the same here if necessary. Or, buyers can simply move up to the SE or Limited and maybe those concerns are gone.

    Mike, you seem to be either the skeptic, overly cautious or the one to enjoy schadenfreude, not sure which. But you have what you seek, a critical review that points out that no the 2011 Sonata is not the perfect mid sized sedan. So maybe cross it off your list and move on to a car you feel you'd enjoy more if it exists.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Yes. It's really odd I think that the Edmunds review focused on the GLS, when they expressed a clear preference for the way the SE drives. They even made the strange remark that Hyundai should put $2000 more into the car. Yet they did that, with the SE version that Edmunds said handles fine. Kinda puzzling. If they wanted to compare like-priced cars, they could have compared the SE to the Accord LX-P and Mazda6i Touring and seen what the result was. Edmunds did that a few years ago with a like-priced 2006 Sonata, Accord, and Camry. But the Sonata was a V6 and the Accord and Camry I4s. The Sonata blew the other two away.
  • napsfannapsfan Posts: 23
    I personally don't get too hung up on any critical comments in the reviews. That's what they get paid to do. And frankly, any car first year out will have some things to continue working on.

    I've had my 2011 Sonata Limited for only a week and 300 miles driving so far, but I LOVE this car. The criticisms in the reviews don't bother me, as I don't really notice anything in my personal experience that bothers me. To me, this is A LOT of car for the money. If I wanted perfection, I'd go spend twice as much. In my book, this 2011 Sonata, as an affordable mid-sized family sedan, delivers VERY GOOD value for the money. And that's good enough for me. It's a great car in my book.
  • isn't the GLS the best selling model? Perhaps thats why they did a review on it. I'm eager to see some comparison tests done because like any new model, they all get great praise when they first come out, all of them are declared "standouts" or "game changers" until a comparison test is done. Same things were said about the Fusion in 05, Altima in 06, etc. etc.

    I'm not saying that the Sonata isn't a great car, and I'm not saying that it isn't the best in class, I just want to see comparisons. Love the fact that the Sonata is loaded with feature content (especially the LTD models) so its definitely on my short list of sedans for consideration.
  • Two things to consider about the Edmunds review.

    First, the reviewer drove the GLS with the manual transmission, which he didn't care for. He also said that the automatic transmission would give much better performance. I'll bet that 90% of the purchasers of the GLS will opt for the automatic transmission - I know I will.

    Second, did you see that another Edmunds person did a second opinion? And it was very, very positive.
  • swingmanswingman Posts: 54
    Not sure bashing was the right word for describing the earlier discussion on 0-60. Most people were just surprised by the slow 0-60 mark that one of the reviews turned in, given that the Sonata has a better power to weight ratio than any other I4 car in the segment.

    While 0-60 is not a main selling point for cars in this segment, it's still an indicator of performance. I'm glad to see it's getting better numbers in other tests.
  • My dealer found a black GLS with a gray interior and option 2 (power seat, auto headlights).

    So I'm going to head over there tomorrow and pick it up!

    While my first choice was harbor gray, black is pretty nice to my eyes.
  • napsfannapsfan Posts: 23
    edited March 2010
    This is just a small thing, but nicely done nonetheless. I notice that when I play my music over Bluetooth from my Blackberry Storm (which really works great, by the way), that I have to crank up the volume quite a bit higher than with the FM stations. But then it does indeed sound crisp and clear and great. But I was worried that I'd be blasted as I changed back to FM.

    Nope. The audio system remembers your "previous volume setteing" for the AUX and the RADIO settings SEPARATELY, so it automatically sets the volume back lower for FM. So it plays both the FM stations and the MP3 music at the right volumes, respectively, and it is "safe" to switch between modes.

    A detail, but a nice little piece of engineering common sense. I imagine other cars do the same thing these days, but none of the cars I had ever owned, that's for sure.
  • syitalian25syitalian25 Posts: 303
    From the Edmunds review :

    "But with the new six-speed automatic transmission (which has no such throttle-dampening), we're betting the Sonata would close in on the Volkswagen CC as well as the VW Passat, which are good for acceleration to 60 mph from a standstill in 7.3 seconds and a quarter-mile of 15.2 seconds at 92.0 mph."

    Also see my video in the SE - about 7.2 seconds - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR9C0RXF9dY

    "We had no such qualms about the 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE we've previously driven, so it may be that the higher-rate springs and extra rebound damping on that model offer a better overall compromise between ride and handling. The SE, you'll recall, also has a different wheel/tire package, with P225/45R18 tires on lightweight cast-aluminum wheels."
  • meikmeik Posts: 63
    I tested it between XM Radio an HD Radio... It didn't work in that way on mine. Maybe because both were "Radio" stations? I will test it between Radio and iPod tomorrow. Thanks for the info.
  • pochirajupochiraju Posts: 19
    hello all,

    i am planning to buy a new car and debating if i shud buy 2011 sonata. my main issue is the less resale value of the car. please can you advice more about the resale value of sonata.

    thank u
    sandy
  • please can you advice more about the resale value of sonata.

    I bet the 2011 Sonata will have a higher resale value than previous versions.
  • dodgeman07dodgeman07 Posts: 573
    Don't worry about mikemartin. He's a Hyundai hater that has been bad mouthing the 2011 Sonata all along.

    Edmunds reviews are typically a joke and this one is no exception. They test a car that's widely available for $19K and totally spanks the competition in every respect, they have to find something to complain about.

    Like has been mentioned a dozen times already, Edmunds should have tested an AT version with Option Group 2 (16" alloy wheels, power driver seat, driver's lumbar support, auto headlight control, chrome door handles and leatherette inserts) that STICKERS for $21.6K and can be had for $20K now!

    It's really no contest. The Sonata wins hands down.
  • mikemartinmikemartin Posts: 205
    edited March 2010
    Edmunds reviews are typically a joke and this one is no exception. They test a car that's widely available for $19K and totally spanks the competition in every respect, they have to find something to complain about.

    That's just hilarious. Edmunds was objective in its review and now "Edmunds reviews are typically a joke and this one is no exception."

    What other Edmunds reviews are "jokes" in your esteemed opinion?

    Edmunds reviews are actually pretty comprehensive and objective, in reality, and they found MANY "SOMETHINGS" to complain about with the 2011 Sonata (read the review).

    Don't be an Edmunds hater who badmouths Edmunds because you don't share their opinion.

    Thanks.

    Sandy - My best advice to you is that if you don't need a car immediately, wait for the inevitable rebates and incentives that will flow once the 2011 Sonata is in full production cycle, and DO NOT let many of the car salesmen who seem to hang out in these forums allow you to think that prices have anywhere to go but down.

    This is a new model, with a lot of buzz, and the hype never lasts in these situations. History has proven this in every such situation.

    1.5k off of MSRP is not that much relatively speaking, even at the 20k price level. Many cars sell for 2.5k to 4k off sticker in the 20k to 25k price range.

    No need to rush.
  • pochirajupochiraju Posts: 19
    hello all,

    i am planning to buy a new car and debating if i shud buy 2011 sonata. my main issue is the less resale value of the car. please can you advice more about the resale value of sonata.

    thank u
    sandy
  • redhat381redhat381 Posts: 24
    The best estimate for resale value is published by ALG (Auto Lease Guide, I think), and they estimate that the 2011 Sonata will have 54% residual value after 3 years. That's excellent. I think only the Accord's higher at 55 or 56% if I remember correctly. You might want to trace some of the discussions that took place earlier, starting from post #322.
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