With 2011 Sonata, Hyundai in Fort Wayne proves it's worth another look - Detroit News - Glenbrook Hyundai

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The Detroit News says the 2011 Sonata makes Hyundai in Fort Wayne worth another look. Competing with Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the fuel economy of the Sonata makes it a more fuel efficient car …

The Detroit News says the 2011 Sonata makes Hyundai in Fort Wayne worth another look. Competing with Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the fuel economy of the Sonata makes it a more fuel efficient car achieving better gas mileage. In addition, the warranty well surpasses that of Honda & Toyota. Shop at Glenbrook Hyundai, your Happy Car Store, in Fort Wayne and get that warranty doubled to 20 Years / 200,000 Miles!

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  • 1. 2011 Hyundai SonataHyundaiThe 2011 Sonata tops midsize models from Toyota and Honda with its stylish exterior, superior gasmileage and greater horsepower.Scott Burgess: Auto ReviewWith 2011 Sonata, Hyundai provesits worth another look(Click here for prices and specifications on this car.)March 11, 2010By Scott Burgess / The Detroit News Ive gotten tired of writing about the next good Hyundai. And according to the late night profanity-laced messages left on my voice mail, so haveDetroit readers.So lets just stop acting surprised every time Hyundai rolls out animpressive car or crossover. This is a quality operation and itslineup is going to continue to improve. (For those keeping score,
  • 2. I also say the same thing about Ford Motor Co. and GeneralMotors Co.) The new six-speed automaticThe next piece of evidence: the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. transmission (a manual six-speed is In the past, Hyundai was seen as the lower-priced also offered though maybe one in 10 alternative. Many consumers never considered it buyers will select it) is extremely because they would drone methodically, "must buyanother Camry" with the same appreciation for their car as their smooth.washing machine. (The top-selling Camry proves how little 2011 Hyundai Sonata400,000 people annually appreciate dramatic styling, well- Type: Five- passenger, front-wheel driveappointed interiors and taut performance -- as it has none, none sedanand none.) Price: $19,195But heres the scoop: The new Sonata blows the doors off of the Engine: 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinderToyota and Honda midsize entries with a more stylish exterior, Transmission: Six-speed manual orbetter gas mileage, comfortable interior and more four-cylinder automatic transmissionpower than just about any midsize sedan around. Power: 198 horsepower; 184 pound-feetThe 198 horsepower 2.4-liter with gas-direct injection engine torque EPA gas mileage:outmuscles all of the mainstream four-cylinders available Manual: 23 mpg city / 34 mpg highwayincluding the Accord (161 horses); Nissan Altima (180 horses); Auto: 23 mpg city / 35 mpg highwayCamry (169 horses); Ford Fusion (175 horses) and Chevrolet Report Card Overall: ****Malibu (169 horsepower).Add to that best-in-class fuel economy at 35 miles per gallon on Exterior: Excellent. Strong linesthe highway and youve got a serious contender that customersshould not overlook. If youre looking for a family sedan that will to give it a well-planted look.serve all of the roles of daily life, pass over the Sonata at your Demonstrated attention toown peril. This car just looks sharp. details, which stand out.By the end of this year, Hyundai plans to add a 2-liter turbo Interior: Excellent. Spacious andmodel that could improve the gas mileage and a gas-electric quiet with lots of features tohybrid to soothe those eco-minded customers. Hyundai calls theexterior design "fluidic" and you can almost see the ripples of please driver and passengers.water flowing it. If you look at this sedans front end, you can see Performance: Good. Lots ofthe waves of water moving out from the neatly creased hood and power and transmission isgrille. extremely smooth. Can handleTheres a motion to this car, even when its standing still, that tight and twisty roads easily.makes you want to look a little closer. Along the side, theres a Pros: Light weight and pricedpiece of chrome trim that moves through the bejeweled headlightall the way past the second door. The cutting line along the right. Excellent value.doors may be a little over the top, providing more lines on the Cons: Some road noise; no V-6front fender than a cats cradle, but it still looks good option available.Lightweight and quick Grading ScaleThe ride on the Sonata is excellent. In the past, midsized sedans **** Excellent *** Good ** Fair *with small engines seemed to want for power, so much so that Pooryou almost had to buy the V-6 model just to feel like you couldmerge with highway traffic.
  • 3. But this is changing for every midsize. Hyundai doesnt evenoffer a V-6 version of the new Sonata (instead it will continue tooffer a V-6 version of the Azera sedan for people suffering fromcylinder envy). But by keeping the V-6 out of the Sonata family,Hyundai has managed to keep the weight off of the Sonata. Itweighs in at just 3,200 pounds -- only the Nissan Altima islighter. But the Sonata launches quickly and offers plenty ofpower.The new six-speed automatic transmission (a manual six-speedis also offered though maybe one in 10 buyers will select it) is For its competitive price, the 2011extremely smooth. It also does an excellent job of staying in theright gear when you need it. Hyundai Sonata is comfortable and roomy, and has all the gadgetsIts a confidence-instilling tranny that makes driving that muchmore enjoyable. The ride is also extremely quiet. Even when customers expect, from Bluetooth toyoure hitting 80 mph on the highway, the Sonata slices through touch-screen navigation.the wind. There is some noticeable road noise but, still, it wasnever overwhelming.Like some other automakers, Hyundai uses electric powersteering to help achieve the best gas mileage. But the steeringfeel is solid and nicely balanced. The car leans into tight cornersand pulls out of them with aplomb. Its nearly fun to drive -- whichis high praise for any midsize sedan.Lots of room, safety insideInside, the Sonata is just as enjoyable.The interior is well laid out and full of high tech surprises. By the end of the year, Hyundai plansNowadays customers expect satellite radio, Bluetooth to beef up the Sonatas available four-connectivity for hands-free phone operation and touch-screen cylinder with a 2-liter turbo and gas-navigation screens -- and Hyundai delivers all of that. electric hybrid options.On a side note, Bluetooth connectivity is something that hasbecome more important because more states are passing lawsbanning drivers from talking directly into their phones -- instead requiring drivers to jam a silly ear piece intotheir head that leaves your ear sore. The Bluetooth system also controls a cars stereo, turning it downwhen the phone rings; it simply works better than any hands-free device people stick in their ear. Trust me,if you had a Bluetooth connection in your car, you wouldnt look so stupid walking down the street talking toyour self.The optional 400-watt stereo system (which comes with the navigation system) blasts music and can makeeven the worst traffic fade away to the soothing rhythms of Steely Dan. Theres a slew of standard safetyfeatures as well, starting with electronic stability control and six airbags, including front, front seat-mountedside-impact and front and rear side curtain airbags. Safety should never be an option and any carmakerwho charges more for some safety features is just wrong.Theres also lots of room inside the Sonata, a key feature for a midsize sedan.The wheelbase stretches 110 inches and lets Hyundai create a lot of livable space in the cabin. Theresmore than 45 inches of legroom in the front and 34.6 inches of legroom in the second row.
  • 4. With 103.8 cubic feet of passenger space inside the cabin, the Sonata is technically a large sedan, just likethe Honda Accord; but both compete in the midsize segment. Even the trunk is spacious and deep,providing more than 16 cubic feet of space.Surprise wearing offBut the real value of the Sonata begins with its price.The base GLS model starts at $19,195 and a fully loaded Limited model hits $27,395. This is a lot of car toget for under $28,000, especially considering the number of features and the cars performance. It will makebuyers feel like theyve pulled one over on the dealer when they drive away from the lot -- and who doesntlike that?So get used to hearing good things about Hyundai in 2010.The company has taken nearly two decades to transform itself and all of that work has paid off forconsumers.Walter Becker and Donald Fagen couldnt have said it better: With the Sonata, youre feeling the change ofthe guard.And next time Hyundai rolls out a sharp, hot car, no one should act so surprised.sburgess@detnews.com (313) 223-3217