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    The Hyundai Sonata thread



    Anything in particular I should look to find out while I have this car for a week? More photos/info at link:
    http://www.examiner.com/x-1017-Autos...1-introduction

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    Re: The Hyundai Sonata thread

    It could prove interesting if you could borrow a previous-gen model for a little back-to-back comparison.
    Our local dealer still has five or six 2009 & 2010 3.3 V6s left on the lot.
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    Re: The Hyundai Sonata thread

    The mags have written quite a bit about this car, and seem impressed. I have seen a few while I'm driving around in the Dayton OH area. I visit the Baltimore area a couple of times each year, and majority of what I see on the roads there are honda & toyota. Since you are in Maryland, I would be interested in how people around you react to the Sonata. Are they curious about the car or do they not notice? If people on the East coast perceive this car to be a desirable alternative to the runaway Camry and bland Accord, then where does that leave the Malibu? I believe that GM needs to make significant gains in marketability/market share on both coasts in the long term. The current Malibu is important, but the next gen is at least 1.5 years away.

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    Re: The Hyundai Sonata thread

    Can you find how the ride compares to the prior model?

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    Re: The Hyundai Sonata thread

    How's the back seat and trunk space?

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    Re: The Hyundai Sonata thread

    I don't think the previous model is the one to make comparisons with - it sure is better in many regards. I would try to compare it against the class bigwigs - Accord, Camry, Fusion and Malibu - and in particular see how the 2.4 would stack against V6s from other makes.

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    Re: The Hyundai Sonata thread

    I thought the sonata rode well. The interior was very nice. The exterior sharp. Acceleration was not what I EXPECTED with a 200hp motor and a claim to fame that it was lighter than the previous generations..

    It was ok but I thought it was a little lacking for any driver fun. I look forward to the turbo 4 that is supposed to msrp at 25 g's....

    That might be a more fun way to go? Both screaming values either way...

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    Re: The Hyundai Sonata thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Neanderthal View Post
    It could prove interesting if you could borrow a previous-gen model for a little back-to-back comparison.
    Our local dealer still has five or six 2009 & 2010 3.3 V6s left on the lot.
    I did a back-to-back comparison when the 11s were just showing up on the lots: http://www.examiner.com/x-1017-Autos...Hyundai-Sonata


    As I'd said, the new one isn't "better," it's doing a different thing well. If your focus is a roomy interior and smooth, quiet ride -- not an unreasonable desire in a family sedan, as Camry sales seem to indicate -- the old one is better.

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    Re: The Hyundai Sonata thread

    Park these things carefully! Or, in my case, luckily -- with the bumper just fractions of an inch above a curb:



    http://www.examiner.com/x-1017-Autos...y-3-low-bumper

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    Re: The Hyundai Sonata thread

    Took a quick look at the dealer...looks a bit better in person. Not exactly a muscular look though. Interior was very nice.

    Back seat head room sucks! I am only 5"10 and I can't sit with my head upright.

    Guess I would stay in the front.

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    Re: The Hyundai Sonata thread

    What a gorgeous car!
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    Re: The Hyundai Sonata thread

    Quote Originally Posted by avro206 View Post
    Took a quick look at the dealer...looks a bit better in person. Not exactly a muscular look though. Interior was very nice.

    Back seat head room sucks! I am only 5"10 and I can't sit with my head upright.

    Guess I would stay in the front.

    Hopefully the Turbo comes in at under 30K CDN
    I'm around 5'11/6', and my head is brushing the roofliner in the back of the Sonata -- which is still more than I can say about an Altima or Malibu.

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    Re: The Hyundai Sonata thread

    I have an 07 model with 36k on it and have enjoyed it. The only issue I've had is a rear caliper locking up and had to be replaced. Otherwise, a very good car. It's my commuter car and is paired with my Silverado HD.
    I am close to retirement and was hoping my Sonata would take me to the finish line.
    Now the 2011 Sonata shows up and has got my head turning. I have never really been enamored with a car, well not since I was 20 yrs old. I really like the new Sonata and it really takes willpower to stay out of the dealer. I guess one of the interests I have is that since I've been so happy with my current model I know of the quality of the build.

    Well, for those who get it, good luck.

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    Re: The Hyundai Sonata thread

    Quote Originally Posted by johnstarnes View Post
    What a gorgeous car!
    I almost think you stalk these threads to say how good the new Sonata looks. ;3

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    Re: The Hyundai Sonata thread

    Quote Originally Posted by bradyholt View Post
    Park these things carefully! Or, in my case, luckily -- with the bumper just fractions of an inch above a curb:



    http://www.examiner.com/x-1017-Autos...y-3-low-bumper
    This is a problem on many of these low lung new cars including my 2008 Impala. I always have to be careful not to park up close to the curb as the front bumper will scrap most everytime. Why curbs have to be so high is another mystery I do not understand.

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