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#640 of 5326 Re: New Sonata Limited owner. [mikemartin]
Feb 21, 2010 (6:45 am)
Well, in many ways the interior bits of my 2004 Elantra are superior to those in newer cars like the 2011 Sonata. Almost all the interior trim pieces of my Elantra are padded, for example. But that is the price we pay for paying about the same price today for a Sonata GLS than what we paid 20 years ago, adjusted for inflation, for a far better car--a few interior bits excepted.
I also find the color of the interior makes a difference. To me the all-black interior looks cheap on the Sonata, especially with the SE's black metal-grain trim and cloth inserts. But take the camel interior with (I think) nicer cloth, or leather, and woodgrain trim to dress things up a bit, and it's easier to forget that most of the plastic surfaces are hard to the touch. Besides, we almost never touch those hard plastic pieces except when we're test driving the car.
I was over at my local Hyundai dealer looking for a used car yesterday because our 2007 Sonata might be totaled by the insurance company (hit in the rear last week). A 60-ish woman was drooling over the pearl white SE on the showfloor. I told her, "You'd look good in that." She said, "I know!". Don't know if she bought it though. That is the only 2011 my local dealer has right now. They are not having any problems selling them despite a $599 window sticker for paint protection etc. (Ah, those memories of Honda and Toyota in the '80s and '90s.)
#641 of 5326 Re: Another new 2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner [wrelessb]
Feb 21, 2010 (7:04 am)
Argh. That's my dealer and they said they didn't take deliveries on weekends and I would have to wait until Monday. Your post means they have my car now.
#642 of 5326 Re: Purchase price of Hyundai Sonata 2011 Limited [tripig]
Feb 21, 2010 (8:02 am)
In reply to :
#632 of 641
Purchase price of Hyundai Sonata 2011 Limited by tripig
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!
Please post MSRP and Price paid before Tax lic title and doc.
#644 of 5326 Invoice
Feb 21, 2010 (10:41 am)
With the kind of deals customers are getting, one conclusion is that the invoice is padded quite a bit. Why would a dealer sell a new model that has a decent demand for a loss? Answer: They wouldn't.
Feb 21, 2010 (10:47 am)
I will test drive one in a couple of weeks but in reading through the brochure, it seems that on the GLS there's no option package that includes a sunroof. On the SE the sunroof is tied to the Nav. I don't want the manufacturer's Nav system (don't want to pay for it) but really do want a sunroof, as I enjoy it so much on my '06 GLS. I understand the difficulties for manufacturers to allow each item to be a separate option but these built in Nav systems really are just a huge profit center. I know few people who feel their built-in works better than a $200 Garmin.
When purchasing my current car, I almost didn't even try Hyundai. For this next purchase the 2011 Sonata would have been the only choice. However, with the few option packages offered, I guess I'll also look at Honda, Toyota, etc.
#646 of 5326 Re: Options [osaka75]
Feb 21, 2010 (11:07 am)
However, with the few option packages offered, I guess I'll also look at Honda, Toyota, etc.
So you think the Accord is better re availability of a moonroof, because you have to buy the highest level trim, EX, before you can even get a moonroof? At least a moonroof is available in the SE. And standard on the highest-level trim, the Limited--kinda like the standard moonroof on the Accord EX.
On the Camry, you can't get a moonroof on the base trim but can get one on the LE and higher trims. You can probably get a real good deal on a 2010 Camry right now.
#647 of 5326 Re: Invoice [gs42]
Feb 21, 2010 (11:19 am)
I live in OH and talked to a dealer in Indiana (125 miles away). I asked how he could advertise online at between 1500-2000 off MSRP on new 2011 Sonatas. We all know that is below invoice. He said there is dealer cash on the new models to sell ASAP and generate free buzz when the cars hit the streets. Seems to be working although some dealers are not willing to budge from MSRP (this week). I am waiting until mid-March for the new model furor to settle and for a few more "new car test drives" to post. Consumer Reports has a GLS review online already.
#648 of 5326 Re: Invoice [pegasus17]
Feb 21, 2010 (11:31 am)
I am waiting until mid-March for the new model furor to settle
I think waiting longer will be better. All the test drives/reviews from the press and auto writers should be out next week and they should generate some demand. Plus, you'll be heading into the spring selling season(traditionally best), plus the auto shows have created buzz as well. Just saying I don't think you'll see great deals till fall.
#649 of 5326 Re: New Sonata Limited owner. [backy]
Feb 21, 2010 (11:55 am)
I completely disagree about the interior, I had a 2004 Sonata GLS (mid trim) and I can tell you that this is far superior. While that was also a nice car, the leather on many parts of the 2011 SE is beautiful quality, especially on the bolstered parts of the sports seats (which so far have been extremely comfortable btw) and the center armrest. The dash is a soft padded black which is smooth and soft, I really cannot think of much of the interior that has a "cheap plastic" kind of feal.
The 2004 Sonata GLS was $18500 MSRP or so, the mid-level Sonata is now $23,450, so they definitely did some price adjustments.