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#628 of 5331 Limited Impressions
Feb 20, 2010 (5:00 pm)
I drove a 2011 Limited today. It was my second test drive, the last one being a 2011 GLS. This is an impressive auto.
I currently own a 2003 Infiniti G35, and believe it or not, I am considering replacing it with a 2011 Sonata Limited. The car has ample pick up for a 4 cylinder. During my test drive, I had the opportunity to merge onto a highway ramp from a rolling right turn. The Sonata accelerated smoothly to about 65 MPH. While it's no match for my G35, the 4 cylinder will not stop me from buying. This was my biggest concern.
Before I purchase, I need to listen to the stereo in the Limited with Nav. There are some of them out there, but they are pretty scarce at the moment. The other thing I want to see is a camel interior in a Limited. The reason I haven't found one, is that the camel interior is not available yet. (Coming soon I am told). The manager at the Hyundai dealer says that the wood trim in the Limiteds with the camel interior will be a cherry tone. So far all of the internet pix show the same piano black that comes in the Gray and Black interiors. I think all of these photos are of Korean cars, or pre-production.
I'd appreciate if anyone can confirm the wood color.
#629 of 5331 Re: Just Purchased my Pacific Blue GLS last night [hicksticks]
Feb 20, 2010 (5:23 pm)
hicksticks, of #625 thread
how were u able 2 get such a low lease price? most here in florida are showing $199month. was it because of the large down payment?
#630 of 5331 Re: New Sonata Limited owner. [pegasus17]
Feb 20, 2010 (5:39 pm)
The SE has...
Hankook Performance tires . The Hankook Optimo H431 . The H431 is considered a Grand Touring All-Season tire that is M+S rated. It comes with a UTQG (Uniform Tire Quality Grade) of 480 (treadwear) / A (traction) / A (temperature). 225/45R18 with 18" silver alloy wheels
info is from...
Quality & Service Team
Hankook Tire America Corp.
1450 Valley Rd, Wayne,NJ 07470
Tel : 1-800-HANKOOK (426-5665) X 616
Fax : 973.633.0028
email : ntufohankooktireusa.com
#631 of 5331 Re: New Sonata Limited owner. [caseybru]
Feb 20, 2010 (5:54 pm)
Excellent post w/ detailed info. Tires are $187 each + shipping on tirerack.com and they are a new model (or perhaps a new OEM tire just for the SE). Specs are better than i expected.
#632 of 5331 Purchase price of Hyundai Sonata 2011 Limited
Feb 20, 2010 (6:46 pm)
Just took home a 2011 Sonata Limited for 1000 under invoice from Rosen Hyundai in suburban Chicago. Very easy to deal with. Fantastic car! You won't be disappointed!
#633 of 5331 Another new 2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner
Feb 20, 2010 (6:50 pm)
I picked up a 2011 Sonata Limited + Nav today at Ed Voyles in Atlanta.
Great deal on the lease, $50 over invoice including $500 loyalty cash (we leased a 2010 Genesis in November).
We did have to wait a week to get it shipped from something they referred to as 'port'. Don't know what that is because the origin on the sticker was clearly Alabama.
#634 of 5331 My 2011 Sonata Limited
Feb 20, 2010 (7:19 pm)
Today, I leased a 2011 Limited w/nav. It's black with grey interior. I really wanted Silver w/black interior but the nearest one was in Chicago and would cost some extra $$$ to get here in Ohio.
I'm not a fan of making a downpayment on a lease so I work on getting a good selling price. Here is my info:
Selling Price: $25,618
Ad & Acq fees: $837
Lease: 36mths/12k - $345/mth
#635 of 5331 Re: Just Purchased my Pacific Blue GLS last night [hicksticks]
Feb 20, 2010 (8:08 pm)
We are looking at the pacific blue pearl, iridescent silver blue metallic , and the harbor gray metallic. We live about 200 miles from the nearest dealer and doing all our shopping on the internet so never get an actual look at the colors. Could you post a photo of your GLS in the Pacific Blue, pretty please.
#636 of 5331 Drove a Limited, Purchased an SE today
Feb 20, 2010 (9:07 pm)
Bought a Silver SE today, will take delivery by Wednesday hopefully since my dealer is doing a trade. Looking forward to really getting behind the wheel. Will post updates in the coming weeks. Ended up purchasing rather than leasing since I traded in a junker lease and got a great interest rate along with free TT&L.
#637 of 5331 Re: New Sonata Limited owner. [herbie10]
Feb 20, 2010 (11:05 pm)
Okay, yesterday (Saturday) I had a chance to check out and drive a 2011 Sonata GLS with the PEP.
I will be brutally honest.
***Disclaimer - I do NOT know if Hyundai fixed the suspension Kthunk issue as the test drive near the dealer had all very smooth roads. I tried to find a bumpy or rough road but there simply were none.
The exterior design is the best feature of the new Sonata but, as most things in life, there is a trade-off for that: a smaller backseat than the 2010 model.
The interior looks very nice, but I found the door panel, door handle (interior) and some of the plastics and switchgear disappointing - but not necessarily in comparison to other cars in its price range; rather, in comparison to the 2010 model.
I find that in the effort to reduce weight and manufacturing costs, Hyundai and almost all other brands (Toyota and Chrysler especially) are really using light weight, flimsy and sometimes very tacky materials for things like door pulls and console trim (can we please stop getting faux aluminum that is really poorly painted and cheap feeling plastic?).
The 2011 Hyundai drove nicely, but not so much better than the 2010 version that it is noteworthy, IMO. The transmission had an annoying tendency to hang on too long before downshifting, and this is probably geared this way in the interest of fuel economy. Road noise was actually worse than the 2010 version, and the suspension was somewhat tauter with better damping.
I did very much like the instruments and background and ambient lighting. Kudos to Hyundai for hitting the mark on color choices in this area.
I found the main control for the heating/cooling gimicky.
As with the Volkswagen CC, rear headroom suffers in the 2011 model. That's the price to be paid for the swoopy roof.
The engine noise seemed well supressed and the engine note pleasant for a 4 banger.
In summary, I would not pay MSRP or even a slightly discounted amount for this Sonata as I feel that once the novelty wears off, Hyundai will need to resort to higher subsidies and incentives in this most competitive of all car segments, especially at a time when many new models are going to be rolling out from competitors.
This is only my opinion. The 2011 Hyundai is not a major, but rather an incremental, leap forward. The biggest pluses are the exterior design, the bump in horsepower using the 4 cylinder, the fuel economy (if EPA estimates turn out to be remotely close)
If one likes a soft, quiet ride, the last generation actually might be a better fit. If one likes a more tied down, firmly damped suspension, with a sleek exterior, the 2011 makes the 2010 version dowdy by comparison.
Finally, and this is not Hyundai specific, but I am very disappointed with the quality of interior bits, pieces, controls and switchgear in almost all newer cars, from Toyota to Mercedes. I find that mid-90's era Honda and Toyotas, mid-80's era Mercedes and BMWs, and early 2000 Lexus' and absolutely shame their more modern offspring in this regard.