2011 Hyundai Sonata Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata takes some smart styling and performance risks to raise its profile.

It’s true in cars as it’s true in politics—to rise above the clutter, you need to make a dramatic statement. While Hyundai won’t be telling anyone it can “see Russia from its house!” anytime soon, it’s given its mainstream, mid-size Sonata a refreshing new look and a new mission.

The goal: to dislodge some Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion buyers (along with shoppers considering the Camry, Malibu and Accord) and bring them into the Hyundai fold.

So, how’s the hopey-changey thing working out for the big Hyundai four-door? Very well, thanks. Sales are the best ever, and it’s largely a matter of the right look, matching up with the right features and the right fuel-economy number on the sticker. The Sonata’s ditched formality for fab new lines, inside and out. It’s skipping the V-6 route and instead fitting the car with a four-cylinder that rates up to 35 mpg—a little lower if it’s fitted with a turbocharger, considerably more if it’s teamed with Hyundai’s new hybrid technology. In any version it meets our performance expectations; both the Hybrid and 2.0T versions thrill us beyond the norms, for their own distinct reasons.

Inside, there’s more usable room than ever, and it’s finished in an agreeable way, though we’d love to see softer seats and a little less gloss black plastic. The steering could use some more refinement in feel, too. It works great in sweeping turns, but wanders a touch on some highway surfaces. While they’re at it, Hyundai needs to buckle down on interior noise. On asphalt roads, the Sonata’s low rolling resistance tires generate lots of noise, overpowering even the good mid-level speakers.

You’ll probably overlook those minor flaws given the Sonata’s extremely smart pricing. All this space, frugality and good looks can be had for less than $20,000—and comes with USB, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. The turbo version adds more than 80 horsepower, but only raises the price to about $25,000 base. The Hybrid will earn around 39-40 mpg in highway driving—with a base price of about $26,000, not much more than the much smaller Honda Civic Hybrid.

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August 30, 2016
2011 Hyundai Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS

Love my Hyundai!

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Great mpg, good power, excellent handling & ride, stylish inside & out, enjoyable to drive, nice base features..dependable..
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May 13, 2015
2011 Hyundai Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS

A real work horse

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I bought this car on lease @ THE $199 SPECIAL. When the lease was up I couldn't part with it! I bought it from the leasing company...I now have 100,000 trouble free miles on the car! I would get another if... + More »
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April 16, 2015
For 2011 Hyundai Sonata

Very good value for the money

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Great gas mileage, comfortable and many bells and whistles. Would buy again
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April 13, 2015
For 2011 Hyundai Sonata

Overall a very nice car with panache

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I purchased the new, redesigned 2011 Sonata back in mid-2010 when it had just been introduced, and at that time nothing else compared for the money. Attention grabbing style? Yes. Interior style? Yes... + More »
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April 18, 2017
2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T

Great Value in a very fine road car!

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With over 32 features the overall value of the Hyundai Sonata Limited leads the pack! Great Car at a Great Price! Highly Recommended!!!
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March 2, 2017
2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T

Can't find a better Awesome Car 4 the Money

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I had a 2013 Sonata that I loved ,but this car is soo refined & advanced compared to my 2013 that it's hard to find any other care that can compete in all of the area's above & more with extremely high scores... + More »
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December 12, 2016
For 2017 Hyundai Sonata

Leasing Problems and Shady Business Practices

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Consumers, I am reaching out to you pertaining to lease issues I am having with a 2015 Hyundai Sonata as it pertains to shady business practices by Hyundai. I wanted to bring various items to your attention in... + More »
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November 16, 2016
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Good Performer!!!

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Best car I've owned! Had a 2005 Sonata that I was sorry I traded it in for a 2013 Dodge Dart. Worst mistake I've ever made in purchasing a car.
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September 27, 2016
2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T

Cheap plastics worse mpgs than the old v6 smaller

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I've had an 07 and a 2015 turbo. I still like my old 07 better. Only thing it did t have That I missed was leather seats and nav. This one fully decked out, auto cruse jams brakes, speeds up uncontrollably... + More »
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October 17, 2016
2016 Hyundai Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Sport

GOOD RIDE !!!!!

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It is everything I want for daily transportation.Very reliable. Nice styling.
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