Sunday, May 2, 2010

2011 Hyundai Sonata - Camry Owners will not likee

Do you have or want a Toyota Camry? If yes, then you should skip the new Hyundai Sonata for 2011. The swoopy styling alone will probably give Camry owners nighmares -the lack of cheap plastics on the dash will also have them scratching their heads. The Sonata's price is right too - about $19,000 to start and $25,000 for a top of the line Limited with sweet looking red leather seats, iPod connection and an Infinity sound system. Even The Truth About Cars says Hyundai is "on a roll" with the new Sonata.

The 2011 Sonata offers a remarkably roomy back seat, firm but comfortable front seats and fuel sipping four cylinder engine. The 2.4L engine delivers 35 mpg on the highway and an estimated 26 mpg combined average. If you like your midsize family sedans with an extra helping of V6 then you're out of luck - the Sonata no longer offers a V6. Buick is doing same thing with the new Regal.

On the road, the Sonata has a smooth ride a but a few passengers complained that it was too firm, handling is much sharper than both the Accord and Camry. Road trips are no sweat thanks to an iPod connection, XM radio and an Infinity sound system.

Based on style, price, fuel economy and interior room, I'm going to give the 2011 Hyundai Sonata a big Yes Please when it comes to midsize family sedans.

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