Hyundai continues to prove its ability to create affordable, upscale and attractive vehicles with the introduction of the all-new 2011 Hyundai Sonata. Completely redesigned, the 2011 model takes everything that was great about the previous model - fuel efficiency, extended warranty and long list of standard features - and adds a bold exterior styling that shakes up the traditional blandness of the large car vehicle class.
One glance at the 2011 Sonata, and you'll realize Hyundai is intent on distinguishing itself from the pack. The swept-back, rounded exterior styling delivers a true sport sedan appearance that adds personality and plenty of curb appeal. Inside, the Sonata grows in proportions a bit to become one of the roomiest family sedans on the market. Rear seat comfort is ample, and cargo volume is well above average with 16.4 cubic feet of trunk space.
Car shoppers will also likely find the contemporary interior to be a pleasant and relaxing place to spend their daily commutes. Modern blue lights, clean digital displays and a functional layout all combine to provide a clean-looking and attractive interior.
Adding to the value of the Sonata, is an impressive set of standard features. Default convenience features include cruise control, heated side mirrors, 60/40 split rear seat, satellite radio, steering-wheel controls, auxiliary jacks and Bluetooth connectivity. Compare this starting package to the $19,195 base price tag, and it's clear the new Hyundai Sonata is one of the best values in its class.
For all the eco-conscious drivers out there, the Hyundai Sonata is also one of the most-fuel efficient family cars on the road. Last year, the Sonata topped the EPA's full-size vehicle category with an estimated 25 mpg combined. Hyundai improves on these figures with a new, more efficient four-cylinder base engine. Preliminary estimates from the EPA suggest an impressive 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
Despite all those mpgs, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata still manages to offer the most powerful four-cylinder engine in its class, with a total of 198 horsepower. Because of this, drivers likely won't mind the lack of a V-6 engine option for the new Hyundai. However, for those who want a little extra oomph, a turbocharged four-cylinder will be available later in the year (estimated at 250 horsepower). And for those not satisfied with the best-in-class fuel-efficiency, a hybrid model is also expected.
Available safety features only serve to further boost the appeal of this new Hyundai car. Six airbags, antilock brakes, electronic brake distribution, stability control and traction control all come standard. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the 2011 Sonata a best-possible rating of "Good."
While remarkably impressive, the new 2011 Hyundai Sonata isn't for everyone. The lack of a V-6 engine may have some shoppers looking at the Mazda MAZDA6 or Honda Accord. Vehicles such as the Ford Fusion are a little more expensive than the Sonata, but offer more luxury than can be had on the Hyundai Sonata. Other models worth comparing against the Sonata include the Suzuki Kizashi and Chevrolet Malibu.