Last post on Dec 11, 2010 at 9:11 PM
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Hyundai Sonata, Sedan
#9 of 18 Re: driving a 2009 sonata limited in snow [jayess]
Jan 18, 2010 (9:17 am)
The tires are as important as the drivers ability. Traction is the key to driving in the snow. I do not care if you are the best driver you are not going to get up a long hill if the traction is not available.
I have never met anyone how believes they are a bad driver it is always the other guy.
#10 of 18 driving a 2009 sonata limited in snow
Feb 08, 2010 (7:59 pm)
I just got a 2009 limited and this thing is terrible in the snow. I definitely see new all season tires if not actual snow tires before next winter. the Hankook tires, blah.
I came from a 2000 sonata that was a lot better in the snow.
#11 of 18 Re: driving a 2009 sonata limited in snow [grimmster]
Feb 09, 2010 (9:20 am)
I found the 2009 Sonata GLS we own to have performed well in very bad conditions a week ago, when we were in Baltimore. I was especially impressed by how well the ESC system worked on the car to insure I had traction and control; vehicles around me were sliding all over the place, but while the car wasn't as firm as on dry pavement, the Sonata stayed straight, true, and had traction.
#12 of 18 Re: driving a 2009 sonata limited in snow [billward]
Feb 09, 2010 (1:09 pm)
I have a 2008 limited V6. No problems to speak off in the snow and ice. I did put new tires on it a couple of weeks ago, but that was because the Hankooks were about wore out. You do need to know how to drive in the slippery stuff. Keep your foot out of the carburetor (oops, no carb in this vehicle, but you get the point). Give yourself plenty of stopping distance. My recommendation is to take it out on an empty snowy parking lot and play around until you know how the vehicle handles. That is true for any vehicle. Do a few donuts. Learn how the vehicle handles in snow and ice.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
#13 of 18 Re: driving a 2009 sonata limited in snow [grimmster]
Feb 09, 2010 (3:06 pm)
I bet you have wide high performance tires not the "run of the mill" all season tires that the GLS comes with
#14 of 18 Re: driving a 2009 sonata limited in snow
Dec 10, 2010 (10:58 pm)
Thank you jayess. I agree. I just bought a 2011 SE and I love this car. But driving on snow is a new experience. Living in Ohio, Ive been driving in snow for over 35 years. I know when a car has good traction and this is questionable. Im looking into different tires. But I hate to replace tires on a brand new car!!!! Ideas anybody?
#15 of 18 2007 Sonata in a blizzard
Dec 11, 2010 (11:11 am)
We have a blizzard today in the Twin Cities--about a foot of snow already on the ground, more coming down, strong winds. But my 2007 Sonata GLS I4 4AT handled it just fine. I am sure one thing that helped is that the Kumho M+S tires have only 8k on them. Also, I noticed that I could avoid spinning the wheels (or even engaging the traction control) with a light foot when starting up. Maybe that's one benefit of having "only" 162 hp on tap vs. 198 as on the new Sonata, or having a more powerful V6.
BTW, these Kumho Solus tires are not high-enders. I'm sure they were one of the cheapest around, which is why the dealer I bought the car from a year ago put them on. But they've done a great job for me so far.
#16 of 18 Re: 2007 Sonata in a blizzard [backy]
Dec 11, 2010 (1:41 pm)
You may already know, but you can also start up in 2nd gear (by using shiftronic). Normally, the car won't let the driver up-shift until a certain speed is reached, but it does allow to up-shift from "1" to "2" while stopped--at least it does in my '05.
#17 of 18 Re: 2007 Sonata in a blizzard [bhmr59]
Dec 11, 2010 (3:40 pm)
Yep... didn't need it though. But I could have used that feature a little while ago when I was helping a woman in a Focus get unstuck (people, don't drive on unplowed streets in the middle of a blizzard, unless your car is equipped for that kind of thing--and if you do, don't stop in an unplowed intersection or the end of an unplowed driveway!). Several of us were trying to push her out and she didn't have the rocking technique down. Finally she said, "Would you like to do it?" So I hopped in, and finally got out of it. Worst storm here since the infamous Halloween Blizzard of 1991.
#18 of 18 Re: 2007 Sonata in a blizzard [backy]
Dec 11, 2010 (9:11 pm)
must be bad storm. NFL postponing 12/12/10 game. sorry for off topic.