2011 Hyundai Sonata Car Review

2011 Hyundai Sonata GLSIf you are looking for a car review from a mechanic or an auto expert, this is probably not the auto review for you. If you are looking for a 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS review from a guy that can’t change his oil, but gets up at the early hour to drive 60 miles a day back and forth to work, this is the article for you.

I recently purchased a 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS from Fred Beans Hyundai of Doylestown, PA. The mid-sized sedan was screaming my name the second I stepped on the lot. The only thing I knew about the Sonata before my purchase was that it offered a great warranty. A 10 year 100,000 power train Hyundai warranty is impossible to beat. A test drive later I was hooked and a few hours later I took that bad boy home and made him a part of my family.

Now the salesman did try and talk me into the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited. The limited edition can cost up to $10,000 more depending upon the extras you get in the car. The limited I was shown was only a $4,000 difference than the Sonata GLS I test drove. Some of the extras include push-button ignition, front seat warmers, as well as different sized wheels. As appealing as it was with such a minimal price difference, I didn’t find it worthwhile. Do I really need to pay an extra $4,000 not to turn my ignition key? Heck, some days that’s the most exercise I get.

For starters, the 2011 Sonata has been completely redesigned. Older Sonata models were very dry and fairly boring in design. The new Sonata is designed to look like a sleek, classy, and stylish luxury sedan. At a quick glance, the new Sonata design could be mistaken with a Lexus. The newly designed Sonata looks a lot more expensive than you probably think it would be. It is a beauty!

The interior of the car is just simply gorgeous. The dashboard almost looks like something out of a spaceship. There are a ton of options that come with the Sonata. My favorite is being able to display how many miles I can get left out of the gas tank. I am always paranoid when I see my gas tank on the last quarter about the car running out of gas. The new Sonata tells you exactly how many miles are left in the tank, allowing you to relax even if you think are running low. Speaking of the interior, it is incredibly roomy and it is one of the first cars I have owned where I didn’t feel cramped in the driver’s seat.

One option I don’t understand is this “Eco” option that is available on the dashboard. I have researched boards and blogs and nobody really understands this. Even the salesman had to admit that he really didn’t get it as well. Something else a bit confusing is the MPG reading on the car. The car is advertised to give you 35 MPG. Yet the displayed MPG is usually between 26-28 MPG. I wonder how many cars are delivering less than advertised, and I also wonder why this is advertised at 35 when I have never even hit 30.

The car also offers wireless Bluetooth connections. This is incredibly quirky. Sometimes I get in my car and it works, sometimes it takes forever to completely connect, and sometimes it doesn’t work at all. It is truly a roll of the dice. Usually I’ll test it out by calling my voice mail, but it can be very frustrating at times. There are also occasions where the car asks to pair the phone from scratch, even though my phone will display that the car is already connected to the phone. It is very quirky to say the least.

My Sonata is a 6 speed automatic with an engine that boasts a horsepower of 198hp @ 6,300RPM. It is really a powerful car. The car accelerates like a V6 automobile and is one of the fastest non-V6 cars I have ever driven. The Sonata also takes corners like champ. I test drove a Camry and an Altima before buying my Sonata and quite honestly, the Sonata was the quietest and smoothest of the luxury sedans.

The bottom line here is that the car drives like a dream. If you are into looks, you cannot beat the wow-factor of the Sonata’s exterior for the price. In my opinion, it blows away outdated designs of comparable sedans like the Nissan Altima and the Toyota Camry. The exterior is beautiful and roomy, but the electronic options could use some refining. At the end of the day, between the warranty and the positives you won’t find a better sedan for the money. The 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS is without question the best vehicle I have ever owned.

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