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2011 Hyundai Sonata



  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    Going to test drive the turbo sonata when we take our sonata for service in the next few weeks. We will then give our opinion on it.
  • jsmit86jsmit86 Posts: 116
    I suggest that the original poster read the whole review. est-and-video.html

    If you are looking for a true SPORT SEDAN ala BMW, etc... the Sonata is not your ticket. However.... if you are looking for a SPORTY and Economical alternative to a Camry, Altima Accord, etc.. then the Sonata is good to look at. If you want firmer handling check out the SE.

    I came from an Infiniti G35, and traded it on a 2011 Sonata Limited. Of course the Sonata won't out run or out corner the G, but it has very respectable road manners.

    I'd put the handling in the middle of some of my previous cars. Better than my 2009 300M, and a notch under my 2001 Infiniti I30t. I'd say equal to or better than the 2001 I30 without the touring package. (Drove those as loaners several times)

    Bottom line.... a very good car, but of course it's not a sports car. Some people hear TURBO, and assume that.
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    I also suggest they take one for a test drive. I have gone to movies that had terrible reviews and thought they were excellent.
  • jsmit86jsmit86 Posts: 116
    edited November 2010
    Test drive is a great idea..

    Also.... interesting to note.

    2011 Sonata
    Edmunds rating = 7.8
    User rating = 9.3

    2010 Maxima
    Edmunds rating = 7.8
    User rating = 9.1

    Sometimes people who are fans of a certain make, like to make negative posts regarding other cars that compete with their favorites.

    I find it interesting that the editors of Edmunds find both praise and criticism of both cars.. and amazingly the ratings of both are pretty similar. ;)
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    We have owned mercedes, volvo, mazda, mitsubishi, honda, acura, hyundai, bmw, nissan, chevy, ford and pontiac. When we decide to buy a new car we visit many different car dealers and then decide what we like. No longer can for the pontiac
  • I test drove one 2 weeks ago.

    The engine is smooth and it mates well to the transmission that's obviously geared towards fuel economy. Nevertheless it kicks down to a lower gear quickly when I stepped on it a little harder. The engines is darn quiet when driving around town, nearly silent, but it might be masked by the road noise caused by the terrible road conditions where I test drove the car.

    The acceleration impressed when I had to pass a minivan at about 30-35mph, I got up to 60mph with the pedal only down half way. I didn't really punch it hard since I was only driving around local streets. This isn't a sports car but it will definitely help me merge on the freeway with ease.

    I've only test driven two turbocharged cars before, the Volkswagen CC and Saab 9-3 Aero with the 2.8L V6. The turbo Sonata isn't as explosive as the CC, probably because of gearing but I think I can get more out of this setup on a day to day bases. The Saab had nothing on the Hyundai and VW, all lag no fun :(
  • I have a 2009 SE and i hear nothing from the fuel tank, not sure about the
    2011. Hope this helps!
  • Look elsewhere ... lousy powertrain, lousy chassis, lousy handling, and overpriced.
    Nuf said.

    So ... don't buy one.

    Thanks so much for playing.
    This is the main reason why I don't put any stock into what a automagazine journalist says about any car. His/her driving impression of that particular car may not sit well with them but could be just perfect for the person wanting to buy the car. Let's face it, this is a family car built for one purpose, to haul the family in comfort while providing the best possible features and fuel economy at a very respectable reasonable price. Period point blank. Just because it has a turbo engine doesn't mean it's built for speed and handling, it's an alternative to a V6 that most people, including myself, would want.
  • schdyschdy Posts: 233
    I had the 2006 Sonata 6 cyl. I can tell you the 2011 4cyl is a much hotter car. Sometimes I find it to quick from a dead stop. I also noticed after I reached 2k miles the performance increased noticably. See if you can find a friend or relative who has one and ask them for a test drive.
  • What car did you drive SE,GLS Limited or Turbo?never heard from anyone saying anything bad about bad chassis.They would never be able to sale the Sonata if this was true.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,024
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  • I wish to have sonata interior with Optima exterior combination.....
    One of the guys I work with has a GLS with the 2.4, and he let me drive for lunch one day. I didn't get on it like I did when I had test drove the 2.4 Limited. Got an appointment on Monday Nov. 22nd to test drive the turbo model. Can't wait.
  • jsmit86jsmit86 Posts: 116
    edited November 2010
    There have been some posts regarding the pickup of the 2.4 GDI and the Turbo. I posted the following in another forum....

    Only you can decide if you really need the turbo, but here is a little perspective.

    Here are the performance specs for my last few cars, and the new Turbo:

    1999 Chrysler 300M 0-60 mph: 7.9 seconds (253 HP)
    2001 Infiniti I30t 0-60 time: 8.5 sec. (227 HP)
    2003 Infiniti G35 0-60 time: 6.5 sec. (260 HP)
    2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4GDI 0-60 time 7.7 seconds (198 HP)
    2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo 0-60 time 6.5 seconds (274 HP)

    So... While I miss the G35 a little from time to time, (and amazingly, the new Sonata turbo is similar in acceleration specs).... the performance is more than adequate when merging onto freeways and other similar situations.

    Also the Sonata 2.4 is faster than the other cars I have recently owned , and the more I drive the 2.4 GDI, the more impressed I am with the performance.
    The fuel economy is a nice bonus too!
  • Fast is actually very subjective. My current ride is a 2003 Mazda6 with 4spd auto that runs from 0-60 in about 10 seconds, give or take half a second. A couple of month ago I had the chance to drive a friend's IS250 and I thought that was FAST, but it "only" runs from 0-60 in about 8.3secs. So yea, the 6.5 secs for the Turbo felt like a world of difference when I test drove the car.
  • Just got my 2011 Sonata Limited and love it, but can't seem to get Nav Traffic on the Xm navigation. XM says my radio isn't compatible. If that's so, why are the options there and the instructions for use I the manual? The dealer said I should be getting it on my 3 month trial. XM also says they're updating their system and I should be able to get it in24-48 hours. That was 3 days ago! Anyone else having this issue? The xm sales person who called to sign me up for after the free trial period assured me I would be able to get it.
  • Just curious. The standard 2.4L engine gets 35 mpg on the freeway, but the turbo motor gets 33 mpg. Common sense tells me the smaller displacement engine should equal or exceed the standard motors MPG on the freeway.
    What could explain the lower freeway mileage on the turbo motor
  • bamacarbamacar Posts: 749
    It is just the opposite. Highway mileage is all about low rpms and good aerodynamics. City mileage is mostly about displacement. This is why Corvettes, Camaros, and Mustangs get 30 mpg with massive V8s on the highway, but struggle to get 20 in the city.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    If the 2.0 were tuned for FE, it would probably get 35+ mpg. But it has 274 hp, for gosh sakes. How many other 274 hp cars (of the Sonata's size) do you know that get 33 mpg EPA highway?
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,174
    So you're saying since they have the same aerodynamics the only reason the turbo gets a little less hwy mpg is because the rpms on the turbo? And I guess the turbo's would have to be substantially higher since it does have less displacement. I think there is more to it than that.
  • Has anybody ever used CNA for extended warranty? - are they legit?

  • bamacarbamacar Posts: 749
    I did not mean those were the only 2 factors just the major ones.

    The point is displacement plays a much larger part of fuel economy with concern to city mileage than highway mileage especially in percentage terms.

    I would like to hear what the rpm level is at 70mph for each engine though. Also anyone who has driven both, any comment on engine noise under heavy acceleration or at highway speeds?
  • kagedudekagedude Posts: 407
    edited November 2010
    New Sonata GLS owners, what is your feedback so far on the standard 104 watt stereo? Does it sound weak? How is the clarity? Coming from a 200 watt sound system from the Honda Fit Sport where it sounds better than my home system, I'm curious how the Sonata's is. I've sat in one and tried to listen to it but always forgot to bring a cd. I'd like to go with the manual tranny but it doesn't really come with any options as far as a stereo upgrade. Thanks.
  • rysterryster Posts: 564
    The standard stereo has good overall sound quality. It is comparable to the Bose stereo in my previous vehicle. I have never listened to a CD. Most of the time I have the XM radio on and it is very clear with very good sound reproduction.

    The only negative is that the bass can cause the door panels to rattle if turned up too high. I initially had the bass set at "+2" when I first got my Sonata, but have since turned it down to "+1" as it was causing the door panels to rattle too frequently.

    For a standard stereo, I would rate it above average.
  • Engine noise is muted at 70MPH on Smooth pavement ,However, on rough road and rough patches the engine noise is very loud on the LTD turbo. I drove the base but not at highway speed but on local road with a speed limit of 30 and the car was quiet, however on rough patches on the local road you hear the engine noise in the cabin. I also drove the Buick Regal at both local road and at 70 MPH and there was very little engine noise protruding into the cabin on smooth pavement and rough patches on the Clearview Expwy here in Queens New York. I must admit that the Regal is a pretty impressive vehicle but costs a lot more than a Sonata. I'm waiting on the Turbo Regal then I will decide which car to purchase.
  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,601
    Do you mean "engine noise" or "tire noise" on rough roads?

    Intuitivly, tire noise seems more likely.
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    we own a '11 6MT sonata-the stereo is ok. Yes I wish the sonata with manual transmission would have more options (sunroof, power seats, nav, etc) but we are still very pleased with the car.
  • Tire noise. The engine is quiet
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