Review of the New 2011 Hyundai Sonata – Full New Car Details – Road & Track

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By John Lamm February 19, / Photos by John Lamm

to Toyota, Honda, Ford, Mazda and Nissan: Your lives just became difficult.

You already knew momentum. Its J.D. Power scores. The Genesis becoming the Korean car named North Car of the Year.

Then there’s the from a 3.0 percent market in 2008 to 4.2 in 2009, a dreadful when most automakers crying in their beer.

And now the Camry, Accord, Fusion, Mazda6 and Altima have to with the new .

Let’s be honest, a few exceptions#151;mainly the pair of models#151;Hyundais been a bit, well, Visually there was nothing to nothing to love.

This around the Koreans turned the design of the Sonata over to California studio and let them at it. The result easily raises the with a commanding grille, beltline, coupe-like greenhouse, tail and a 0.28 coefficient of

A bit of homage to and VW’s CC? Whatever, it

There was no backing off inside, attractive, quick-to-read fluorescent and controls that are as simple to as they are attractive. There’s enough room for four though the sloping backlight a bit of a head dip is needed to get in and out of the back It’s worth it to get that roofline.

Only a 4-cylinder is offered in the and that’s all the 4-door sedan ever have. Backing off the V-6 saved 130 lb. across the board on Get used to this fewer-cylinder as we ramp up on the 2016 fuel regulations.

It’s inevitable. does come back 198 bhp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque from 2.4 liters. It also boasts fuel economy.

The 5-speed version gets EPA fuel of 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway, the 6-speed matching the highway number but to 22 mpg city.

Be not discouraged. This autumn will be a 2.0-liter turbo with 250-plus and a gas-electric Sonata.

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Cars in this all tend to run roughly 8.0-second 0 to 60 and the Sonata’s engine is about a as all of them on the way up. Back off and it quickly to quiet down.

There’s a strut front suspension and a rear, with a Sport that ups spring and damper and includes a thicker anti-roll It’s no sports car, but the doesn’t mind being along and is well balanced, a comfortable ride.

There are three levels: SE (the sport version) and with prices starting at and topping out at $27,395. Sonatas, by the are built in Alabama, the U.S. roughly 50 percent and rising.

Mind you, it’s one for the Sonata to lead the field several competitive models are long in the tooth. And it’s yet to stay up front when et al are launched. Toyota, Honda, Chevy, Mazda and Nissan, need to pay heed: Your new had better be darn good.

been warned.

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