TIMING CHAIN EDIT: H dealer was incorrect. Both the 2.4 and 2.0t use chains.
First, to deal with the timing chain/belt issue.
According to the local Hyundai service department, the 2.4 runs a timing chain and the 2.0t a belt. They said "they're in the process of changing (chainging?) over to a chain" and expect the 2012 2.0t to have timing chains. The only other Hyundai product running a chain at present is the new Elantra 1.8. According to the dealer.
Not to infringe on bballr, who also wrote up a 2.0T, but I thought I'd write this up separately since I got to drive a pair.
The first one was a silver SE 2.4. It stickered at $26,530 and had gadgets like sunroof but no dual zone. Weird.
It's raining and about 40 degrees, but that presented no driving problems, only visibility problems.
The car is quiet, the steering light. The seat is invisible, i.e. no noticeable lumps or pains so I give it a good-to-go. The brake is a bit touchy, not sure if that's the brakes or the wet but after a couple of blocks it feels OK.
Both SEs had 18" rubber. The SE 2.4 rides firmly, like the Optima I drove. I don't think the 18s in the Hyundai are any firmer than the 17s in the Kia.
Funny dash, in that the two-pod has two tiny inner pods (maybe 1 1/2" diameter) inside the tach and speedo, housing the temp and fuel gauges. Not sure I like this, I prefer larger not-so-cute gauges.
Acceleration is stong and linear. There's no dead zone at the bottom and no drop-off at 6000~. Smooth motor, smooth trannie. It kicks down with no protests, it just does its job.
At 60 MPH on the busy interstate we're showing around 1900 RPM. The wipers work well, the car shows no squirrely behavior, it's firm and controllable.
Very little lean, and as with the KIA the ride is firm, firmer than the GXP I brought along as a comparo. Well, that and I didn't feel like walking 10 miles to the dealership.
Very fine car, it should make a fine daily driver for someone who like to go around corners fast.
The 2.0t has the same dash, but it had dual zone. I like dual zone, every car should have it. This silver car stickers at $27,790.
Steering feels a little heavier here, perhaps some artificial weight. Can't tell much difference in the mill. Maybe what sounds like a little induction roar.
Merging onto the interstate, we get stuck in a truck pod and have to go a few miles, exit, and turn around to clear traffic.
We stop at the long uphill entrance ramp and let the slugs clear out in front. I nail it from a standing start and the revs climb swiftly to 6000+ and shifts clip off at about 40 and 65, don't recall exactly. The car is smooth and quick, but not overpowering and torquey like the GP GXP. We're up to 75 in no time. A bit of intake roar but no whine or other indicators to me that this motor is anything out of the ordinary.
RPM at 60 are about 1750. Will have to check, not sure if these cars are geared differently or if one of the tachs is off.
To accelerate, even slightly, the car kicks down a gear or kicks out of lockup. Not sure which, my guess is kickdown.
This turbo has an instant MPG gauge. These are of limited use outside of the World of MPG Geeks, IMO. Whatever.
So...a bit heavier steering, some features differences, but essentially flat-cornering, smooth-running, reasonably quick or pretty quick cars with all the modern amenities.
I could live with either. More interior space than the GP, a sounder structure, suspensions feel a little firmer, and the cars feel quite a bit more agile/less ponderous than the 3600 lb. Grand Prix.
The salesman even gave me a special 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T brochure.
No, there was nothing that could make me buy today.