Review: 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS

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Review: 2011 Hyundai GLS

The Best Mid-Size Base Money Can Buy

If you’ve been up with Autoblog lately, had a lot to say about the 2011 Hyundai . We’ve tested the top-rung SE and trims out in California. We’ve had the chance to sample the upcoming Hybrid and Turbo versions in the homeland.

But when you get down to tacks, the majority of dealership will be made up of the volume GLS Sure, a loaded-up $28,000 figures in US) Sonata Limited is one of a nice car, but since 50 per of all 2011 models sold to have been fitted to GLS it’s important for us to see if Hyundai’s new sedan is worthy of such praise even without the gee-whiz goodies.

With in mind, we recently invited an Silver Blue Pearl a mouthful) Sonata GLS into the Garage to find out what of goodness lies within the bin. Hyundai has always itself on being able to outstanding overall value in all of its but when it comes to the new Sonata, its extends far beyond the price

By now, you’ve already countless lines of digital ink how attractive the 2011 Sonata is to Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture language. We’ve grown fond of the rakish roofline and beltline, and we love how the profile’s carry over to form the around the taillamps. What us, though, is how the $19,190 base GLS looks upscale the body-colored and empty foglamp housings simply look like here.

If we’re honest, metallic isn’t the Sonata’s best but the fact that this car looks outstanding while a less-than-flattering color is a testament to the styling. Imagine if this GLS painted Phantom Black or Red. Sharp, no?

However, Hyundai has done is mask a large car into a sleek and package. At 189.8 inches the Sonata is lengthier than a Legacy or Toyota Camry, the … eye wouldn’t initially peg it as The most prominent reminder of the size is really only on GLS models, though.

Those wheels look downright especially in profile view. Our car included the $750 popular package, which swaps out the 16-inch steelies for a set of alloys, but greatly appreciate some socks and larger shoes, of like the 17- or 18-inch sets on higher trim levels.

One think that the shapely, roofline (yes, we said it) take its toll on interior but it’s quite the contrary in the Hyundai’s clever packaging has for a car that has more interior than most of its competitors, good amounts of headroom for both fore and aft. legroom is a bit of a sore spot, at only 34.6 inches, a Volkswagen Golf offers comfortable accommodations.

Once settled in, the first thing notice about the Sonata’s is how the exterior design carries onto certain parts of the namely the front doors, wheel and dashboard. The Hyundai has the most stylish interior all mid-size sedan offerings, all interior functions are still intuitive.

The Volvo-esque airflow monitor, instrument cluster gauges and soft blue lighting make the Sonata’s interior more upscale than its tag would suggest. As you would many of the touchable surfaces the GLS aren’t as soft or smooth as you get in SE or Limited trims, but they aren’t lacking in quality. The package is more attractive what you’ll find a Ford Fusion while less cluttered than a Accord.

By comparison, the Chevrolet feels downright third-world.

people shopping the mid-size segment value style, and levels of standard equipment than power or driving but Hyundai still delivers in regard. Gone for 2011 is any of V6 offering, and while hybrid and powertrains are on the way, the vast of Sonatas will be equipped the automaker’s all-new direct-injected inline four-cylinder engine.

engine makes its debut in the and with an EPA-estimated 7 litres per 100 on the highway (11 in the city), Hyundai has the Ford Fusion for the title of fuel-efficient non-hybrid mid-size That’s a great line for a release, yes, but it’s a huge selling point for who demand frugality in new car purchases. aren’t fluffed-up numbers, as we easily managed an average of 7 km during our week-long test metro Detroit.

Rated at 198 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of the GDI 2.4 never feels underpowered, and many older four-cylinder you don’t have to rev the bajeezus out of it to quickly. A relatively linear coupled with a smooth-shifting automatic make for pleasant

Pleasantly quiet, too Hyundai’s use of sound-deadening materials make for an quiet ride, with little in the way of engine or wind making its way inside the cabin. isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because while the 2.4 litre is a of an engine, it’s certainly not an treat. Not that you’ll notice.

Those of you clamoring for a transmission will be happy to that Hyundai does, in offer one on the GLS, but as of this only one solitary per cent of sold have been this way. Such is

Out on the road, the base Sonata’s suspension makes for a comfortable, ride, though it never disconnected or floaty. The majority of will prefer this but those with an enthusiast will still prefer the firmer, more involving in the sportier SE.

Hyundai has fitted the with its new electronic power first seen on the Tucson and while this system feels touchy and overboosted at turn-in, the helm is nicely once you get past the first 10 per of the overall turning radius. We necessarily refer to the Sonata’s as sporty or enthusiastic, but its perfectly for a car that has to appeal to a very range of potential customers. In words, it isn’t a total

Weighing in at 3,199 pounds, the GLS light and balanced when about, and the throttle and brake are easily modulated. Sure, the SE is our Sonata of choice, but the overall of the GLS are quite good for a car in this From behind the wheel, you feel more in tune the Sonata’s mechanics than you in, say, a Camry, but it’s a challenge to drive in any scenario.

we said before this is cruising.

The fact that our GLS stickered at $21,665 (including the destination charge) only the Sonata’s selling power. Not is it arguably the most stylish car in its with the best-looking interior, decent to drive and plenty to boot. All Sonatas come with a raft of goodies Bluetooth connectivity, satellite auxiliary and MP3 inputs, steering audio controls and heated not to mention the automaker’s ten-year/160,934-kilometer

The 2011 Sonata proves not only is Hyundai still of beating the competition in terms of value and bang for your but that this Korean is now creating vehicles that are before pricing is even

Hyundai Sonata

Second Opinion: 2011 Sonata SE

by Sam Abuelsamid

While our colleague Mr. Ewing was rolling in the base GLS version of the 2011 Sonata, this reviewer was the sportier mid-level SE version. the outside, the SE is distinguished from the GLS by the chrome grille and door found on the Limited model.

However, only the SE gets the out 18-inch wheel-and-tire package the dual exhaust. Ewing’s The uprated hoops are a necessity to the arches.

The Sonata wins in the for the most visually attractive although we still rank the Fusion ahead of it in terms of execution. For example, the steering features leather covering the top and sections while the mid section we typically hold is mostly The SE is the only Sonata trim (until the turbo arrives) to get wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the automatic and we found them to be useful.

The combination of cloth and coverings on the seats of the SE are far more and supportive than the chairs in the old and offer adequate thigh a first for the Sonata.

Our SE tester came with Hyundai’s touch screen navigation that first appeared fall in the Genesis Coupe. is some degree of voice available in the Sonata for both the and the audio system, and we found it reliably. Unfortunately, compared to Sync system, the voice is far more limited and doesn’t for entry of items like of interest by voice while

Hyundai claims the SE’s exhaust tip adds an extra two and two pound-feet of torque bringing the 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine to a nice round 200 horsepower and 186 of torque, but obviously the difference is The compact six-speed automatic generally seamless shifts, kick-downs while merging highways or making passes a bit sluggish.

We’re guessing this has to do with the programming required to hit 7 per 100 kilometers on the EPA highway rating. the SE’s shift paddles us some measure of control, and the shifts weren’t instantaneous, came much sooner when the computer was left to its own

While the extra power may not be under foot, the changes to the suspension tuning definitely The stiffer springs and tighter are a welcome upgrade even on Michigan roads. The Sonata felt floaty, and while we aware of the action going on it was not uncomfortable or obtrusive.

Hyundai’s of the electric power steering is also one of the better implementations sampled. We didn’t notice any spots on-center, and while we mind a bit more effort, we can with what’s available in family sedan.

The $1,400 for the SE over an automatic-equipped GLS is a worthwhile for both the visual and chassis Our tester with the navigation and sunroof package came out to a reasonable $26,015, including and delivery charges, and averaged 8 per 100 kilometers. With its more ride and excellent equipment the SE ranks at or near the top of the mid-size heap.

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