2011 Hyundai Sonata SE: Long-term car review

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Long-term examination  Hyundai Sonata update.
We are averaging 27 mpg in our long-term examination of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata.

By: Bob Gritzinger on 12/28/2011

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Nine months eager on our yearlong tour in the 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0T, our praise couldn't be higher. Every occasion one more staffer our long-termer for a drive, the similar notes of approval approach back. It's as although we're all singing as of the similar hymnal.

"Underrated" was the Hemingway-esque account as of one staffer.

And that's as our South Korean wunder-sedan rolled history 20,000 on foot on the clock (we stacked up one more 7,582 on foot in the come into view quarter), by means of all as of the ride to the powertrain seemingly civilizing by means of age and miles. Even our fuel-economy numbers are receiving better. We averaged additional supposed 29 mpg in the come into view quarter, up as of a mere 25.6 mpg close to the beginning on in the Sonata's stay. Overall, the car is posting 27 mpg in excess of demonstrate months, topping its EPA joint estimate of 26 mpg. That's significant, particularly considering so as to it's a turbocharged engine by means of a paddle-shifter tranny in the by means of no trouble of editors who aren't heralded for completely hypermiling skills.

Kudos stay rolling in for the power, responsiveness and astonishing refinement of the Sonata's 274-hp turbo four. Our SE's game suspension is one more physically powerful point, by means of the majority staffers preferring additional cornering hold and corpse manage in excess of a plusher ride. We stay unimpressed by the steering--the ,whole scheme earth too serious for petroleum midsize application. Weighty steering fake not a BMW 3-series make.

The center is investment up well, and we carry on to applaud the easy and functional middle stack and controls. Exterior styling too leftovers a winner by means of most, or at smallest amount it's an constituent so as to differentiates the Sonata as of the relax of the midsize field.

"The Sonata impresses me since Hyundai quick a mainstream manufactured goods and complete it place out in an ultracompetitive segment," one staffer said.

That said, our come into view quarter didn't go by with no problems, counting a unsuccessful turbocharger hotness sensor so as to complete for a number of uncertainty throughout one extended trip and then put our black beauty in the barn for inquisitiveness existence awaiting a substitute part. We too handled a few recall substance as,at the same time as the car was in the shop.

Speaking of service, name us Monk-ish, but we can't wrap our brains approximately the Sonata's 4,800-mile maintenance schedule. Would a nice, round 5,000 on foot be so firm to hit, now to create it simple to remember?

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That small nit aside, we do seem forward to our final inquisitiveness months by means of the Sonata and so as to looming 22,200-mile checkup.

Third-Quarter Update

2011 Hyundai Sonata SE

As-Tested Price: $27,630

Miles Driven (Quarter/To Date): 7,582.0/20,793.3

Fuel Economy (Quarter/To Date): 29.0/27.0 mpg

Fuel Cost (Quarter/To Date): $989.99/$2,839.61

Days Out of Service (Quarter/To Date): Three/three

Maintenance: 17,400-mile service, counting oil change, tire rotation, put back engine air filter, put back cabin air filter ($98.80); recall to update routine broadcast manage unit (warranty); recall to repair amalgamation petroleum door (warranty); put back turbocharger hotness sensor (warranty); recall to put back automatic-transmission shift knob (warranty)

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