2011 Hyundai Sonata Overview
It seems that no matter where you turn these days, there is either a re-styled or brand-new Hyundai making its presence known. The refreshed midsize 2011 Hyundai Sonata sedan is sleek, efficient and a remarkable value.
The Hyundai Sonata has been competing with the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord for years and finally looks to join their ranks as the top midsize sedan on the market. The 2011 Hyundai Sonata receives better fuel economy at 22-24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway and boasts a lower price tag than both the Camry and Accord.
Compared to last year’s model, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata will turn heads. A wide chrome grille and chrome trim along the side windows are nice touches, while the tapered roof resembles the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. The 2011 Hyundai is available in three trim levels: GLS, SE and Limited. The GLS sits atop 16-inch steel wheels, while the Limited has 17-inch alloy wheels and the SE boasts 18-inch alloy wheels.
For now, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata is powered by a 2.4-liter, 198-horsepower four-cylinder engine that is mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 has been jettisoned in favor of the direct injection four-cylinder, which allows for more power and lower emissions. Expect a turbocharged four-cylinder and hybrid versions to arrive later in 2010.
Once inside the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, you’ll find significant upgrades all over. The cabin design is new, but some of the materials remain the same. Power heated adjustable leather seats, power sunroof, touch-screen navigation system, premium sound system, paddle shifters, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and rearview camera are available features, while push-button start, XM Satellite Radio, iPod jack and Bluetooth capability are standard features.
When it comes to safety, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata has you covered. The Sonata is an Insurance Institute for Highway safety Top Safety Pick and features six airbags, an electronic stability system with traction control, antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist as standard equipment.
Not only does the 2011 Hyundai Sonata look amazing, but it offers tremendous value with superior fuel economy and a host of luxurious options at a non-luxurious price.