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2011 Hyundai Sonata



  • Hey.... where's my email?? I'm sure they would like a current 2007 Sonata owner to trade up to the 2011 Sonata by shooting an email my way!! :P
  • Not sure about horsepower to weight difference, but it is all relative. I too am in sales (32,000/miles a year) and drive a '07 Accord EX-L with the 166 horsepower 4 cyl. motor. Plenty of horsepower 90% OF THE TIME.Yes, there is a few, very few times where I could have used more power.

    I wouldn't discount any car based on horsepower. You need a "seat of the pants" test drive to fully make an aware decision.
  • billwardbillward Posts: 154
    I didn't get one either, and I have both a 2003 Sonata and a 2009 Sonata.
  • The new Sonatas arrived!
    I'm buying a black metallic GLS today with the popular package. Each dealership got only 3 sonatas, one car for each trim. That is in Virginia.
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    Not sure about horsepower to weight difference, but it is all relative. I too am in sales (32,000/miles a year) and drive a '07 Accord EX-L with the 166 horsepower 4 cyl. motor. Plenty of horsepower 90% OF THE TIME.Yes, there is a few, very few times where I could have used more power.

    Not to diminish your experience or comments in any way, but I think part of the issue is what you're coming from. I currently drive a Maxima with 265 hp and between my driving style and the West PA hills, just couldn't see myself dropping off that far. I agree that a test drive is requisite, but you can't drive every car out there so you need to establish some minimum criteria.
  • 2011 Sonatas are in Houston. I'm going by tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 6) to see/drive one. Sterling-McCall Hyundai on 59 at the tollway in Stafford.
  • chronochrono Posts: 149
    Please give us some detailed driving impressions asap!
  • I purchased a 2011 Sonata Limited from Crenshaw Hyundai in Burlington, NC yesterday. It is silver with black leather and a very sharp car. I wasn't planning on buying this car yesterday but I passed the dealership and there they were, 4 2011, white, blue, silver with gray and black interiors.

    I haven't been this excited about a new car in a long time. (I am a long time Toyota owner.) The interior quality is near luxury, fit and finish is superb. It drives like a German sport sedan, having had VWs, an Audi, and a BMW in the past. I would compare it to the VW CC but it is much more practical. Seating for 3 in the back, easy entry and exit. I am 6 feet and can sit comfortably in the back. Anyone any taller would not have sufficient headroom.

    The dealer did give some discount. His first one sold.

    A gorgeous car!!!
    I've gotten one and so has my wife. If you go to and sign up, you will get all the email offers they have. Plus other news about their vehicles.
  • chronochrono Posts: 149
    My thoughts exactly about the interior. Very lux compared to cars in its class. You sports sedan comment is good news. Sounds like it is somewhat athletic. Even more excited now. Hoping for more positive impressions as next week the press will be testing it out. Enjoy the new ride!
  • Can you give us the breakdown, MSRP and the final OTD price.
  • The MSRP was $26,150. The only options were floor mats and an iPod cable.

    The dealer discounted the MSRP approximately $500.

    Taxes/license/etc are state dependent, as you know.

    I am not a previous Hyundai owner so I was not eligible for the current loyalty incentive.
  • I've read quite a few comments about the front looking "melted" Does anyone know what that means exactly?

    From the pictures, it looks fine to me but I haven't seen one in person yet to closely inspect so maybe I'm missing something.

    I'm surprised by the lack of reviews. Also, dealers around me haven't gotten around to adding the 2011s in their website inventory, although I know at least 2 of them have it in stock.

    Would love to hear more impressions from people that own the car. I'm going to be looking around June (hopefully more deals pop up by then on the 2011 sonata).
  • There aren't any 2011s in North Ca. yet. I am waiting on an SE to come to a dealer near me and the closest one is Chico Ca , 110 miles away and the next is Roseville,Ca and it is over 230 miles. I drive a Ford Taurus and I wish Hyundai would offer Ford owners the same deal they are offering Toyota owners. $1000 dollar incentive plus the value of the Toyota trade in. The Limited without nav is $25295 and with nav package is $27395. I was really looking forward to getting into the SE and now after reading these comments I wish they would hurry up and get the new Sonatas into our dealers. You guys have really stimulated mu anxiety. The prices I mentioned do not include the $720 D&D or Ca tax, license and registration. It will be hard to get dealers to go below MSRP the first few months but if we can hold off ,with the economy like it is, they will make deals in order to make sales.
  • MSRP, GLS automatic transmission, popular package= 21,800
    Price with taxes fees etc. 22,820
    Military discount minus 500

    FINAL PRICE 22,320.

    I have to note: the MSRP on the hyundai website was 21,665 for my model with the package, thats 135 less than the price i was given at the dealership. However, i did got a discount.
  • There aren't any reviews yet because the First Drives haven't taken place. They're actually scheduled for some time around the 14th. Of course the Sonata will officially debut to American audiences this Sunday at the Superbowl, that's why Hyundai finally updated their website.
  • Interesting as I too am intewrested in purchasing the LTD model. The reservation is my concerne about the 200HP 4. Did u find it that the power is enough? I am presently the owner on a 2002 GLE Maxima and it has been an excellent auto with little or zero problems. Was the Sonata 'quiet" ?

  • I find the power to be more than adequate and its delivery to be very smooth. The 6 speed auto is silky smooth, and the manual shifting is very precise and rapid. I really can't compare it to a 6 cylinder Maxima as I have never driven one. I find the car quiet under most conditions. There is, obviously, more engine noise under heavy acceleration but it is not an unpleasant 4 cylinder sound. It cruises effortlessly and quietly. I am very impressed with the interior fit and finish.
  • I certainly don't know what "melted" means with respect to the front end. It's not a word I would use to describe it. I think it's possible to say the grille is waterfall-like given the 'waves' in the design. But styling is so personal. I have always found it is difficult to judge a car's looks from pictures. In person, I find the Sonata to be a handsome and stylish car. I bought silver because I thought it looked best in that color out of my choices. It seems to emphasize the side body sculpting. The dark blue is also a very nice color.

    I put on a fair amount of miles today, in city, country, and highway settings...for me it excelled in all and brought back some pleasure to driving. (I had been driving a Camry, and have owned Hondas, Audis, VWs, Acuras, and a BMW.)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    And for the Sonata, that's NOW! I am glad to see the 2011 Sonata has (finally) folding side mirrors for NA. :D Might be reason enough to trade my 2007 for a new one.

    Or probably not. :sick:

    Would have been nice though if Hyundai had put the turn signals on the mirrors of ALL trims, not just the Limited. I mean, how much can that safety feature cost, since the mirrors are electrically wired anyway?
  • turn signals on mirrors is a safety feature? I thought it was one of those things they did because it was cool looking. I would think most people in front of you could just as easily see the turn signal in front of the car as see the side mirrors. So to me, seems like more of a cool thing to have than a must have.

    I do agree it would be nice to have on all trims.

    One thing I'd like is to be able to add the sunroof to the SE trim without having to add the navigation system or be able to choose body colored grille on the SE.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    Since I can't see the turn signals on the mirrors when I'm driving, I consider it a safety feature (for other drivers to see me better) vs. something that is "cool looking." A must have? I've only owned one car with that feature (a Rabbit), so it's obviously not a "must have". But I think an odd thing to put only on the Limited trim, given the feature is becoming more common and this is a 2011 model.

    I've not seen any photos yet of the body-colored grill on the GLS. Or the GLS with plastic wheel covers. I doubt Hyundai will be publishing many photos of the base trim. Even in the big e-brochure, I think there was just one GLS photo, a side/rear view. Guess I'll have to wait and see it in person.
  • I don't think you have to be able to see it while driving to think it's cool looking. I can't see the front of my car while driving but I think it's cool looking lol. I wonder if they've done any studies on how helpful it is from a safety perspective. You're probably right though on the reasoning for adding it to cars.

    You can see the GLS on the main sonata site when selecting that trim. In the build mode, you can see the GLS in any color. I might change my mind on which grille I like better once I see it in person.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    Yes, but it's the GLS with the optional alloys--even if you don't add them. And I don't recall the grille being visible.
  • The grille is visible but it's not quite as noticeable with the gray/silver car on the main page. However, you can tell when you switch back and forth. It's definitely noticeable in the other colors when in the build process.
  • So I went to Tuttle Click Hyundai here in Orange County Southern California and they told me they might get a demo car at the end of this month and it's a model they cannot sell. The sales guy Ali told me they wouldn't have any cars to sell until the middle of the year. That made no sense to me. Good thing I read the forums here and how rich already has the car :)
  • The dealer nearest me said they already had 1 in stock. They didn't say what trim but since they quoted $21,800, I assume it was a GLS even though I had inquired about a SE. Another dealer near me had a SE in stock.

    It appears at least in Central Indiana that they're trickling in but not many in stock yet.
  • wayne21wayne21 Posts: 257
    Are you suggesting a car salesman lied?? Say it isn't so!! Say it isn't so!!
  • Just took delivery of a 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE tonight from Keith Hawthorne Hyundai in Charlotte NC. Only SE in stock-Pearl White. Sticker-$23,650-Options-Pearl White Paint-$200, Floor Mats $100, IPod Cable-$35. Paid less than $22,000 including Hyundai Owner Rebate of $500. Also got 2.9 Financing. Great Dealership-No Ad On's, in and out of the dealer ship in less than 2 hours!
    Looked at Accord EX and Camry SE. Car is far superior to both, larger, better equiped, XM Radio Standard. Offered a unbelievable deal on the Camry SE, but the new Sonata is a much nicer and better equiped car.
  • ksr2ksr2 Posts: 1
    Not too many test drive review of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata anywhere online yet so I'll just post my first impressions after taking one for a 15-minute test drive yesterday. It's only my opinion so others may or may not agree. Here's one of the first review that's not out of Korea.

    Model Tested: 2011 Sonata Limited without nav

    Exterior: Purely personal. I for one really like the exterior styling though the raked rear quarter does impinge on rear seat head room.

    Interior: Again very per customer preference but I think it's one of the best interior in the midsize category, better than the CamCord and definitely better than the Fusion. The fit/finish is superb though there are multiple areas of rather hard plastic including the top of the dash above the speedometer/tachometer dials and on the side panels next to the shifters. Can't quite make out whether the dash is electroluminescent or not since the needles do light light up when you start the engine and there's an electroluminescent-like circular display in front of the speedometer and tachometer. There's also an green led "eco" display that comes on when you're miserly on the gas. The front leather seats (heated option) are very firm and comfortable with excellent back support, at least to my body type. The rear seats are also quite comfy and are heated as well but if you're over 5' 11" your head will scrape the roof. Good thigh support for both front and rear seats. The seats are much better than the previous Sonatas, which gave me a huge backache after an hour or so (of course I only spent 15 minutes in the new one so take this with a grain of salt but my back feels much better in the new Sonata for sure)

    Performance: Plenty of power for my taste but like most 4 cyclinder, you'll need to rev it to get the horses running. Engine noise is not bothersome and doesn't sound coarse to my rather deaf ears. You'll have to wait for other reviews to see real world mpg. Road noise was more than I expected but definitely a lot quieter than an Accord and probably about the same or just a littel more than a Camry. Again an actual sound meter may help here but there's always a subjective component to noise besides the decibel reading. However, I did notice an annoying rattle emanating from the dashboard through the drive, probably a first-batch issue which will be corrected with time I hope. You'll definitely hear the ruts in the roads though. Steering is very light and it doesn't seem to tighten up much as speed increases. The ride was very comfortable to me. Can't comment on the handling since it was just highway and city streets but let's face it, no one buys family sedans to take to the Indy 500. Well, hope this helps. Just my two cents, probably more like a penny's worth of review but that's my opinion of the 2011 Sonata.
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