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2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
Day 1

2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Limited
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Back into a Hyundai for another week, after having tested the new 2011 Hyundai Elantra just two weeks ago. For this review, I should be able to offer insight into the differences between the Elantra and the Sonata, besides the obvious ones of pricing, size and power.

My tester this time is the most expensive Sonata you can get your hands on without resorting to alternative fuel sources (IE: the hybrid model). This week I am testing the 2.0T Limited edition with Navigation. 2.0T stands for a two-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, and as the Sonata is no longer offered with a V6 engine, this turbocharged motor is its replacement.

2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Limited
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Offered only with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, this vehicle’s turbo powerplant is not there to knock your socks off and prove to the world the Sonata is sporty. No, the turbocharger is there to offer the great fuel economy of a small four-cylinder engine but still offer the power that many customers like to have for passing.

Being fully loaded my tester has all the goodies, including power leather, heated front seats, heated leather seats both front and rear, navigation, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and paddle shifters, 18-inch alloy wheels, power sunroof, cruise control and backup camera.

My initial impressions were notable as I had just stepped out of the Infiniti G25 and just prior to that had the Elantra. The Sonata feels extremely large in comparison to those two vehicles, especially in the headroom department, and as for power, well, I will get to that after some more driving, but it certainly felt adequate. The steering feels different from the base Sonata I drove last fall as well, so more than just the engine has changed in the 2.0T version.

2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Limited
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $33,499

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