2011 Hyundai Sonata vs. Its Competition

2011 Hyundai Sonata 4-door Sedan I4 Auto Limited Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The new Sonata banks on swoopy lines and fuel economy to draw shoppers away from the class leaders.

Of all its competitors, it seems geared the most at the highly-rated Ford Fusion, which was refurbished for 2010 with a new interior, a bolder grille and neater dynamics.

The Nissan Altima’s also close kin, with big interior room and probably the best handling of all these four-doors, though its interior lacks the panache of the Sonata.

The large Honda Accord still has an elusive quality feel that few cars can match, though its styling has not aged as well as Honda may have hoped.

Finally, the Camry and Malibu are the conservative choices here, with an emphasis on quieter, more luxurious transportation.

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Quick Specs
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The 2011 Hyundai Sonata takes some smart styling and performance risks to raise its profile.
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The 2011 Ford Fusion comes in a few finely developed flavors; Sport, Hybrid and base are a few of the best tastes.
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The 2011 Toyota Camry isn’t at the leading edge in any way, but it remains one of the smartest mid-size sedan picks.
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The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu remains one of the strongest players in the mid-size sedan segments, though its rivals are certainly worth a look.
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Honda hasn’t changed much about the Accord, and that’s a good thing. In base four-cylinder form, the 2010 Honda Accord feels sophisticated beyond its price range, and even as a $30,000 coupe or sedan, the top V-6 models offer compelling refinement, performance, and luxury.
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The 2010 Nissan Altima remains one of the sportier choices among mid-size sedans, though if interior space matters, it might not feel as roomy as rivals.
MSRP From     
$19,395$19,850$20,195$21,825$21,055$19,900
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Large CarsMid-Size SedanMid-SizeMidsizeLargeMidsize
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualContinuously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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