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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#14253 of 20192 Re: 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS [tenpin288]
Mar 09, 2010 (12:11 pm)
I can just hear the editor's conference at Edmunds now: "Folks, it appears the media is having a love-fest with the new Sonata, so we need to come out with a contrarian view to draw some readership. Let's focus our review on the low-end GLS, which we know doesn't handle like the SE, then talk about how it needs some improvements in handling--even though we like how the SE drives. Then let's say something about how maybe Hyundai should have spent $2000 more on the car to get it the way we want it--even though in fact they already did that in the SE trim. Yes, that ought to do it!"
#14254 of 20192 Re: New vs Used [jeffyscott]
Mar 09, 2010 (2:12 pm)
I would have a huge problem with putting 300,000 miles on a car...which is that it would take me about 37 years!
Yeah, I unfortunately go thorough tires about every two years it seems. Commuting here in Los Angeles, home to the never ending freeway jungle, will do that for you. A manual transmission alone is most of the savings and issues with reliability. The rest of the car won't possibly literally fall apart in the first 10-12 years. So I tend to buy 8-12K used cars and drive them for several years. The truck I got with about 300K on it, but it's really my fun off-road truck. I kind of need a better commuting machine. MPG and power is kind of so-so.
Though, it DOES make yuppies get out of my way, which is actually making driving easier I guess.
#14255 of 20192 Re: 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS [backy]
Mar 09, 2010 (5:05 pm)
backy .. nice!
#14256 of 20192 What Mid-Size Sedan has the Quietest/Refined 4cyl Engine???
Mar 09, 2010 (5:19 pm)
what one or two of the mainstream mid size sedans do you think has the quietest most refined sounding 4cyl engine???
I haven't heard the new Sonata's yet but so far it seems that the Camry's and Sonata's, based on what I've read is suppose to be the most quiet of the mid-size sedans!
what do you all think?
#14257 of 20192 Re: What Mid-Size Sedan has the Quietest/Refined 4cyl Engine??? [smarty666]
Mar 09, 2010 (5:42 pm)
Accord has a pretty quiet and refined engine also. Also I've heard good things about the 2010 Fulan I4 being much quieter than before. Based on all I've read on the Sonata, I don't know if I would put it in the upper tier for quietness if only because of the DI adding some noise. But reports indicate it's very quiet at cruise, no doubt helped by the 6-speed trannies.
#14258 of 20192 Re: What Mid-Size Sedan has the Quietest/Refined 4cyl Engine??? [smarty666]
Mar 09, 2010 (11:25 pm)
Both the Honda and believe it or not the Mazda 4's are pretty darn smooth and quiet. Of course those makes have louder rides, but that is due to the tire noise instead.
#14259 of 20192 Re: 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS [mz6greyghost]
Mar 10, 2010 (5:21 am)
It looks like Hyundai did okay with the new Sonata, but it also looks like the GLS is FAR from a game-changer in the midsize segment.
I strongly disagree.
If you read the review, the reviewer's main problem was with the manual transmission they tested. The reviewer noted that the auto transmission would give much better results:
But with the new six-speed automatic transmission (which has no such throttle-dampening), we're betting the Sonata would close in on the Volkswagen CC as well as the VW Passat, which are good for acceleration to 60 mph from a standstill in 7.3 seconds and a quarter-mile of 15.2 seconds at 92.0 mph.
But only about 5% (or fewer) GLS's are sold with the manual transmission - so why didn't the reviewer test the car with the automatic transmission? Strange, don't you think?
Also the review contains a link to a second opinion by the Lead Senior Editor Ed Hellwig which is 100% positive.
My advice to anyone shopping for a midsize car - test drive a bunch of them, as I did (Camry, Accord (two test drives), Malibu (two test drives), Fusion, Altima, 2010 Sonata). You'll find that the 2011 Sonata is by far the best car.
#14260 of 20192 Re: 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS [andyfromva]
Mar 10, 2010 (6:36 am)
And I'm buying a 2011 Sonata today.
#14261 of 20192 Re: 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS [andyfromva]
Mar 10, 2010 (7:48 am)
Congratulations Andy From Va
#14262 of 20192 Re: 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS [andyfromva]
Mar 10, 2010 (8:52 am)
If you read the review, the reviewer's main problem was with the manual transmission they tested.
I did read the review, and I'm questioning which review you read, since he mentioned the manual transmission once, yet mentioned the chassis feel at least a few times, as well as mentioning it in the Bottom Line.
And congrats on your purchase. It's not on my list due to a few details (lack of V6, lack of manual with SE, bundling moonroof with Nav), but it's still a huge step forward over it's predecessor.