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The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Offers Two Primary Models (Hybrid & Gas) But Do They Stack Up?

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On: Sat, May 8, 2010 at 8:49AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Offers Two Primary Models (Hybrid & Gas) But Do They Stack Up?

While there are literally thousands of Hyundai Sonatas on the road—ever since the South Korean conglomerate first started production on them in the late 90s, early 2000s, when the first bulky and curvy models were introduced to the US market—there are some newer features and lines that have been designed with both fuel economy and the driver in mind, or so they claim. However, there have also been some staunch reviews of this middle-of-the-class sedan. Ironically, the critics laud many facets of these newer models, of which there are two main models: A hybrid and a gas-powered one (as well as a gas-powered one that can you add a turbo option to).

The car company has made many strides that have caused some stirrings ever since opening its first US plant in Alabama in late 2006. The opening of this new US-based plant topped news headlines for many reasons when the announcement was made. First, it meant that the car company was spending more than a billion US dollars to build the plant, pumping money into a declining Southern economy. And second, it meant that more than 6,000 high-paying jobs would be created in 13 different counties in the state (AL). But it also meant one more thing: That cars made by this company were now being manufactured in the US—offering them some serious leverage over both their domestic and foreign rivals.

Ever since the plant first opened in 2006, there were some noticeable offers being made on new car purchases to entice consumers at dealerships nationwide. This was due to the lowered cost of production. By not having to ship millions of parts—or cars—from overseas, the company was able to place itself upon a competitive pedestal, able to produce high-quality, US-made cars that were branded by an overseas company, and to provide the company with the means to truly compete with rival auto company, Kia.

The Hyundai Sonata is one of the most popular models in the always expanding fleet, and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata has much to offer to the consumer. There have been a few minor setbacks with the release of the newer model, like a recall of malfunctioning door locks. But overall, the 2011 line offers a more refined exterior that is less curvy than the 2010 offered, and has become more fuel efficient.

There are two distinct choices when purchasing a 2011 Hyundai Sonata: A hybrid model (which offers around 35-40 MPG on the highway), and—for those seeking a quick sedan—the turbo model, which offers an impressive turbo-charged engine that boasts 274 horsepower. Of course, there are several options for you to choose from, including models without the costly turbo add-on, and, as always, the wide array of amenities that you can easily stack onto any vehicle you choose to purchase.

The critics, however, are seemingly at odds as to how they feel about the 2011 model, and what is has to offer (including the 5-star safety feature, the side impact airbags, and the electronic stability control in the steering). Autoweek.com is quoted as summing up the 2011 Hyundai Sonata model as, “Most fuel-efficient four-cylinder in its class, but an unrefined ride keeps it from being a top choice.”


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