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2011 Hyundai Sonata



  • ral2167ral2167 ohioPosts: 723
    Am curious about smart key... specifically is it possible to accidently lock the key in the car?

    I assume how it works is you keep the key in your pocket or and you start the car by a push button. Then when you leave the car you just take the key with you.

    I also assume you still lock and unlock the car by pushing a button on the key.

    Finally, is it useful/worthwhile ? Thanks.
  • midas69midas69 Posts: 118
    I also assume you still lock and unlock the car by pushing a button on the key.

    While you can use the button on the key if you want, it's much easier to use the push button on the door handles to lock and unlock the doors. That way the key never has to leave our pocket.

    And no, the outside door locks will not work if the key is left in the car. So you can't lock the key in the car.

    And yes, the smart key is very useful and worthwhile. The lack of that as an option on the Fusion was one of the determining factors in my choice of the Sonata. After having it on my last car I didn't want to revert back.
  • pianotupianotu Posts: 10
    It's one of the best features! Unfortunately, I always have to use a club steering wheel lock parking on the street, so I still have to take the key chain out of my pocket; otherwise, you can simply leave your keys on you and just use the buttons on the two front doors to lock/unlock the car. It works for the trunk as well.
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    always have to use a club steering wheel lock parking on the street

    Why? Doesn't this vehicle have an anti-theft system?
  • I use a Club too, on all my cars. Including the 2011 Sonata. They are a proven deterrent. Thieves don't like extra hassles. Ask your insurance provider... Stock alarm systems lack many features, like motion detectors and glass breakage detectors. They are also defeatable by the more experienced car thief. They hate the Club, and I want to give them a reason to walk right by my car.
  • I want to add factory fog lights to my 2011 GLS. Has anybody done this yet? I've been talking to Hyundai, and they will not be offering a "kit" for this upgrade. You can order replacement parts from the dealer for the SE or Limited models. This is pretty expensive, having to buy lots of individual parts. Any suggestions?
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    If you want to go simple, just add the lights and wire them through a headlamp relay to the low beams. That way, they come on when you turn on the head lights, but go off when you switch to the high beams, just like the factory units. This way you don't have to buy and install the stalk with the fog light switch.

    I did this for a buddies Mazda crossover. It has worked great for two years now.
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 13,421
    My insurance company doesn't offer any discounts for using the club. An experienced car thief can get on off in 15 seconds.

    2008 Sebring Ragtop, 2011 Hyundai Sonata.

  • mazda6dudemazda6dude Posts: 283
    I am probably not the first one to have this dilemma, but I cannot decide between getting the SE or the GLS w/PEP. I would appreciate on some feedback on what you all think. I know the price difference is approximately $1500 or so.

    I really like the SE, but know the GLS w/PEP is cheaper. Also, the SE has 18 inch tires compared to the GLS's 16 in tires. Is there a big difference in ride quality? I know it will be a lot cheaper replacing 16's then 18's and 16's will last longer. I do prefer a softer ride compared to a hard ride and want less road noise. At the moment I have a 2008 Honda Accord LX automatic.

    Look forward to opinions/feedback. Thanks.
  • ral2167ral2167 ohioPosts: 723
    Does the dual temp in the limited have a digital readout of interior temp? When i test drove the car, i didn't see any display of the temp.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    edited July 2010
    If you prefer the smoother ride over the sharper handling, definitely go with the GLS. Because, and this isn't just a Sonata statement, the short sidewall, high performance tires will always ride stiffer, and are prone to more road noise due to their more agressive tread patterns.

    The same discussion has come up over on the Elantra Touring board. The GLS has a really nice ride, and good handling. The SE rides stiffer, but corners like a go-kart!.

    I always liked go-karts. :)
  • petdogdfwpetdogdfw Posts: 26
    I just extended mine. They gave it to me for half price for 12 months.
    6.42 a month plus tax.
  • petdogdfwpetdogdfw Posts: 26
    I am also in the Dallas area and my car is out in the sun all day. While it is very hot in the car (Harbor grey paint), the a/c starts blowing cool air within about 45 seconds. It takes several minutes to rid the car of the hot air, but the a/c seems to work very well.
  • Go test drive a 2011 Buick Regal, and your dilemma will be solved!
  • johnwhojohnwho Posts: 19
    No, ral2167, it does not.

    There are two separate dials with 65, 75, and 85 degrees shown on them.

    Works OK, though, as far as I can tell - one side will blow out colder air than the other according to the settings (when on AC, obviously).
  • I have a GLS with the optional 17 tire & wheel package. I can tell you that the ride can be a bit loud, and somewhat jarring on rough roads. It is also very quiet on smooth roads. The low rolling resistance tires seem to be the cause. I like the look and are willing to live with them. I will replace them with "Michelin Harmony" when these wear out. The 18's should handle better, and ride a little worse, also wear out a little faster. I was just at my local dealership today; no Sonatas on the lot. They have been sold out for a week. I wish you good luck finding the car you have your heart set on.
  • Thanks for the idea. I had the car at the dealership today for it's 1st check-up. The mechanic did me a favor and looked to see if the harness (wires) existed for the fog lights... no such luck. He was able to provide me with the schematic for the the fog light circuit on the SE model. I just might go with your idea, it's simple and least expensive. FYI: Just the lights and brackets run about $260.
  • just paid $20 for 5 months basic , then weather/traffic extra $21 for 3 months. I use it so thought it was well worth it.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    I know my buddy is pleased with the install I did on his Mazda. He wanted the fog lights to always be on with the headlights, so that's what I did for him.

    By connecting the coil of the added fog lamp relay to the low beam hot wire, I drew very little current from the lighting circuit. Then I wired one side of the relay contact to the battery, and the other side to the fog lamps. That way the fog lamps come on with the low beams, but when you switch to high beams, the fog lamps turn off (as do the low beams). I haven't looked at the Sonata specifically, but if the low beams go off when the high beams go on, it will work the same as it did on the Mazda.

    If you decide to do this, be sure to put a fuse in the line from the battery to the relay, about 15A. Would be a good idea to also put a fuse in the line to the relay coil rated for about 20% greater than the nominal coil current drain. That way if the relay shorts out, you don't blow the fuse for the low beams, you blow the fuse to the relay. Same for the 15A in series to the battery. You don't want a direct connection from the battery to the relay input without the fuse. Get a short in one of your fog lamps and you will get a lot of smoke and burned wiring! :surprise:
  • denp3denp3 Posts: 99
    As was said, it does not. The settings can be set anywhere between 65 and 75 at 2 degree increments.
  • johnwhojohnwho Posts: 19
    Make that "between 65 and 85 at 2 degree increments", ral2167.

    See page 4-91 of the Owner's Manual.
  • denp3denp3 Posts: 99
    My error, I was going by memory (which at my age is not always correct)
  • johnwhojohnwho Posts: 19
    Exactly why I consulted the manual, denp3.

    Don't know what we'll do when the manual gets old.

  • rexgrexg Posts: 27
    Go test drive a 2011 Buick Regal, and your dilemma will be solved!

    Indeed I was very keen on the new Buick Regal/Opel Insignia, and I had been reading for months everything I could find on this new GM car. I had pretty much planned to buy one this summer, but then the new Sonata caught my eye. In the final analysis I went with a new Sonata SE. Less weight, more power, better fuel economy outweighed what I perceived to be the advantages of the Regal -- more exclusivity, better ride, better handing and >12 months of production (as the Opel Insignia) completed. And of course the Sonata is $3000.00 cheaper that the base Regal CXL which is reported to be underpowered. Most publications recommend waiting for the Regal Turbo, but it is pretty pricey (30K). I still like the Regal and I wish GM well, but the Sonata just makes more sense to me.
  • schdyschdy Posts: 233
    And you got the 10 yr warranty with Hyundai! Good luck with your new car.
  • dash5dash5 Posts: 421
    My manager took his wife's white Sonata SE to work today and let me have a look since he knows I'm car shopping and the Sonata is on my short list. Beautiful car inside and out. I was very impressed by it.

    Havent driven one yet but I've heard good things about it repeatedly.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Well, my car is back to the dealer for the ac. It went out again yesterday. Once I get the case nbr I am going to call Hyundai Corp. Thus is geating out of hand. Never will I buy another Hyundai.
  • ral2167ral2167 ohioPosts: 723
    Smart man-- stick with camry/accord-- heck even a malibu which is much quieter.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Would never buy a camry. Accord maybe. If they can't fix the ac issue after this attempt I will seek to get out of the car the problem is the dealer has no clue as to what's wrong with the car. They are just checking connections etc per hyundais request. They say it's such a new model that they don't know what's wrong and don't have any tsb's out.
  • keyman2keyman2 Posts: 78
    This is for Hyundai so get off the forum,I don't want to read negative BS.everycar has problems USA,AND INTERNATIONAL---GET REAL
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