2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited

Don Sherman Matt Tierney

As much as everyone else has been raving about the new Sonata's interior, I feel that the interior of the new Suzuki Kizashi far outshines the Hyundai's, and for less money. I especially don't care for the Sonata's blue dashboard lighting. I didn't like it in late-1990s Volkswagens, and I don't like it in the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, because I find it to be virtually illegible at night. Everything, even the controls on the wheel, a foot in front of my eyes, takes way too long for my eyes to focus on, if at all. I had to turn on the dome light to identify the cruise functions.

Visibility out the rear corners of the Sonata is not great, and the headlights on this car have a really abrupt cutoff and too short of a reach on low beam.

On the plus side, ride, steering, and handling were all very good. I also found the engine to be more than powerful enough. Acceleration to highway speed-while raucous-was perfectly fine, as was punch for passing. My hat is also off to Hyundai for taking a stand against an unnecessary V-6, although I suspect that the company will lose more than a few buyers over that. Plenty of American buyers simply expect a six-cylinder engine in the top-of-the-line version of a car like this, and the fact that the four-cylinder sounds like it's laboring too hard won't help. Perhaps dampening that with more sound deadening, as Don suggested, would help.

It's a good-looking car. Especially with silver paint like our test car had. I like the chrome trim trailing from the headlights, the lines on the body, and the profile of this car a lot. Still, the grille is a bit much, and the wheels could use a little more style.

Matt Tierney, Art Director

Unfortunately we had to run stock photos of this car and were unable to get a limited interior with nav photo.
Wait, the interior photos are not of the Limited edition, let alone one with Navigation
Early contender for Automobile of the Year?I hope so, especially once the turbo and the hybrid comes out!

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