We hit the test track then dug through our archive of comparison tests to find out.
With a 0-60 time of 6.5 seconds and quarter mile of 15.0 seconds at 94.7 mph, the Sonata 2.0T is legitimately quick. But the big surprise is how it completely embarrasses the all-new 2011 Buick Regal CXL. That premium-priced, turbo 2.0-liter is a full second behind at 60 mph and needs 15.7 seconds and 92.8 mph to finish the quarter mile.
The Sonata turbo is also faster than the V-6 Ford Fusion Sport (6.8 sec/15.2 sec @ 94.0 mph) and splits times with the V-6 Honda Accord EX-L (6.5 sec/15.5 sec @ 95.5 mph), V-6 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ (6.5 sec/15.1 sec @ 93.7 mph) and Passat 2.0T (6.7 sec/15.0 sec @ 93.4 mph). Those times were pulled from comparison tests we did in the February 2008 and June 2008 issues.
The Sonata turbo does not fare quite so well against its other V-6 rivals, however. Though the Sonata recently passed the Altima for the number-three spot in segment sales, the Nissan isn't that easy to pass on the road. The V-6-powered Altima SE we tested back in 2008 needed only 6.3 seconds to hit 60 and 14.8 seconds and 96.1 mph for the quarter mile.
The Toyota Camry is faster still -- a 2007 SE model we tested laid down a 6.3-second blast to 60 and a 14.6-second quarter mile at 96.8 mph.
GM 3.6L :: HK 2.0T
0-60: 6.2 :: 6.2
0-100: 16.6 :: 15.1
Quarter Mile: 14.9 @ 95 : 14.7 @ 99
Looks as though the Hyundai-Kia 2.0Ts are quicker overall, but quite similar in what you might call a "stoplight" drag race.
The other issue is that the 2.0T pretty much destroys the MPG of the 3.6 V6.
22/33 vs 17/26
Last edited by Neanderthal; 03-13-2011 at 09:43 PM.
But I fully expect the 12 Malibu to do better, as the LaCrosse FWD/3.6L combo already is good for 17/27.
I read a Road and Track review of an LTZ road test...
Aura XR did it in 5.9 and the LTZ in 6.0 flat...
Bye bye Sonata!
My friends Aura XR regularly gets 36 on the freeway. It's the city that rapes him.
But the LaCrosse isn't really a ball of fire... (Like the Malibu is )
Saturn Aura 3.6 was a nice car. I like it better than the turbo sonata. I'm sort of disappointed that the 274hp vehicle is not faster.
Just an opinion but still a nice car.
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36 MPG out of the V6 Aura? Is he using imperial gallons or going 55 MPH?
Ball of fire? I don't follow.
On flat land going around 60-65, yes. Going 75+, no. The V6 Epsilons are only good on the interstate in the MPG department.
The Aura XR does 100 in 15.3 and the Sonata in 15.1. Not a huge difference, but that's where the 274 HP pays dividends. Oh, and the ball of fire was a joke, lol. Can the new Sonata eat an LX Hemi? The Malibu should however beat a Fusion Sport right?
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