The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is redesigned, with freshened styling, new engines, new features, and the brand's first gas/electric hybrid. This midsize sedan is about 3 inches longer in wheelbase and 1 inch longer overall than the 2006-2010 model. The 2011 Sonata comes in four trim levels: base GLS, sporty SE, luxury-themed Limited, and eco-oriented Hybrid. All but Hybrid are powered by a new 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, which replaces 4-cylinder and V6 engines of 2.4 and 3.3 liters, respectively. GLS and Limited have 198 horsepower, and the SE has 200. Available on the SE and Limited is a 274-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Sonata models so equipped are called 2.0T. The Hybrid pairs a 2.4-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor for 206 horsepower total. It can run on one or both of its power sources to balance acceleration and fuel economy. No plug-in charging is required. Standard on the GLS is a 6-speed manual transmission. Optional on that model and standard on all other Sonatas, including the Hybrid, is a 6-speed automatic. SE versions have a sport suspension, 18-inch wheels, and specific trim. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, front-side airbags, and curtain-side airbags. A navigation system is optional on all models. Limiteds equipped with navigation include a rearview camera. Leather upholstery with heated front and rear seats are Limited-exclusive standard features.
Written By Nathen Bridgwater on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 | 9:48 AM