The 2011 Hyundai Sonata: Familiar Styling, Korean Value

September 23, 2009
Pictures and specs of the newest Sonata from Korea have finally surfaced and it looks very familiar. In fact, everything besides its headlamps and front grill resemble the new Volkswagen CC and Subaru Legacy models (which is not a surprising move from Hyundai).

All styling thefts aside, the new Sonata will be featuring a slew of advancements and luxuries when it hits showrooms in the summer of 2010. It starts with a couple of brand new direct-injected engines for the Sonata. The U.S. versions will get a 2.4-liter four-banger (with about 200 horsepower) and a 3.5-liter V6 (with 250 horsepower). Both will me mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Expect each motor to deliver fuel economy in the mid to high 20 mpg range.

Hyundai will equip the 2011 Sonata with a few new gadgets and interior upgrades. On the gadget side, it will feature standard stability control, a brake-assist program, adjustable suspension (dampeners), and a hill-assist start. On the interior, the Sonata will feature a new three-piece panoramic moon roof, as well as front and rear heated seats.

Luckily, pricing for the new Sonata will not be the same as the two cars it resembles. When it hits U.S. showrooms, sticker prices should start around $17,500 for the base (four-cylinder) models. Expect a hybrid version of the Sonata sometime in 2011, which will use a brand new type of lithium-polymer battery to function.

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