Long-Term Car Introduction: 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0T

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Our long-term 2011 Hyundai Sonata is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 274 hp.

By: Greg Migliore on 6/01/2011

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It arrived a few existence following the holidays, wrapped in slinky blue packaging and by means of a surprise lurking inside: a 274-hp turbo by means of abundance of drag and punch. And now as we shooed the final guests out the door, we eagerly welcomed the 2011 Hyundai Sonata to the AW long-term fleet.

What fake the day hold? We've resolved to create good use of the turbo power, construct is served up by means of no trouble and frequently as of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Our editors correct away noticed this, still throughout the break-in period. Passing on the expressways and knifing from side to side congested surface streets are just on-demand.

The Sonata turbo starts at $24,895, and we checked the boxes for navigation and sunroof, XM satellite radio and additional contemporary goodies, addition $2,600 to the price. With a pair of additional little items, our long-termer stickered for $27,630, construct we all decided was reasonable.

The preceding two generations of the Sonata now solid executions and formed a base for Hyundai's fast growth. Emboldened by success, Hyundai dramatically restyled petroleum sedan by means of swoopy lines and creases, highlighted by a prominent beltline and a classy chrome-colored grille. The attention contain drawn comparisons to luxury-level cars. One not practical succinctly summed up our close to the beginning observations: "I believe it's a terrific-looking car in,within and out."

Another staffer said, "The Sonata is an exceptionally nice small sedan."

But we've picked up on a number of annoyances, the majority gratingly the steering. The wheel large overly weighted at era and artificial, as if it's annoying to channel the gravitas of a BMW 3-series with no the good automatic rudiments to rear it up. The rack-and-pinion scheme directs the car adequately, though it lacks a number of refinement. The cabin is too a bit breezy, and street noise intrudes at times.

Those faults aside, we enjoyed the Sonata as we endured the Michigan weather close to One AutoWeek Tower. Our Hyundai is sure-footed in the snow, and the chassis is acquiescent in excess of potholes and additional street imperfections. The suspension is flat in corners, and in nicer weather, we stay for to shove the car harder. It instructions the level at 3,452 pounds, and by means of 269 lb-ft of twist obtainable recognized by 1,750 rpm and 4,500 rpm, we're bracing ourselves for a number of seat-pulling torque. It too runs on 87 octane, construct is nice for a turbo and still nicer for the wallets.

The Sonata's cabin is drawing raves. Our account is clad in a stately blue, approximately black fabric in excess of the dashboard, construct is pleasing to the eye and the touch. The black door panels and subtle trim enhance the layout. The rear seat rapidly polite space, and passengers contain not complained so far concerning existence form relegated to steerage.

Overall, close to the beginning indications are good. The turbo Sonata is one festival present we won't go back any occasion soon.

SPECS & DATA

2011 HYUNDAI SONATA SE 2.0T

PRICING & OPTIONS

Base cost (includes $750 delivery): $24,895

As-tested price: $27,630

Options: SE Navigation and Sunroof package, by means of authority sunroof, navigation by means of high-resolution touch-screen display, XM NavTraffic, XM NavWeather, XM sports education and stocks, Dimension premium audio scheme by means of subwoofer ($2,600); carpeted ground mats ($100); iPod cable ($35)

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase (in): 110

Track (in): 62.5 front, 62.5 rear

Length/width/height (in): 189.8/72.2/57.9

Curb weight/GVWR (lb): 3,452/4,497

ENGINE

Front-transverse 2.0-liter/122-cid DOHC turbocharged I4

Power: 274 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque: 269 lb-ft @ 1,750-4,500 rpm

Compression ratio: 9.5:1

Fuel requirement: 87 octane

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DRIVETRAIN

Front-wheel drive

Transmission: Six-speed automatic

Final drive ratio: 2.885:1

SUSPENSION

Front: MacPherson struts by means of coil springs, gas-charged upset absorbers, antiroll bar

Rear: Multilink by means of coil springs, gas-charged upset absorbers, antiroll bar

BRAKES/WHEELS/TIRES

Vented discs front and rear, ABS by means of EBD; aluminum 225/45R-18 Hankook Optimo H431

FUEL ECONOMY

EPA combined: 26 mpg

TRACK TEST DATA

STANDING-START ACCELERATION

0-60 mph: 6.2 sec

0-quarter-mile: 14.6 sec @ 97.4 mph

BRAKING

60-0 mph: 124.8 ft

HANDLING

490-ft slalom: 42.8 mph

Lateral armed up (200-ft skidpad): 0.79 g

INTERIOR NOISE (DBA)

Idle: 41.7

Full throttle: 73.6

Steady 60 mph: 68.6



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