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2011 Hyundai Sonata

Day 1

2011 Hyundai Sonata GL
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Hey, I’m not driving a sports car this week! That’s okay, though, because most of us (Canadians) do not buy sports cars — we buy practical vehicles that carry our kids, our cargo and get us to work and back in comfort, while being economically prudent.

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata tries to be that vehicle: a mid-sized sedan with plenty of space and some style, now that Hyundai has finally designed a Sonata that doesn’t try to be something it is not (IE: a Mercedes or Jaguar look-alike).

2011 Hyundai Sonata GL
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For 2011, prices have increased; Hyundai currently lists the 2010 base model Sonata with a manual transmission at $17,999. Add an automatic and the price jumps to $20,499. But the 2011 version starts much higher, with the most popular seller, and the vehicle I am driving this week, the Sonata GL Automatic, starting at $24,249 — nearly $4,000 more than the 2010 model.

But what do you get for the extra money? Besides the new looks (that make the Sonata, in my opinion, the best-looking mid-sizer available today) you get a class-leading 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine that uses direct fuel injection.

You also get a six-speed automatic instead of a five-speed and electronic stability control, traction control and other desirable features such as Bluetooth, heated seats and an iPod/USB connection.

2011 Hyundai Sonata GL
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $24,249

For more information on Hyundai and the Sonata visit Hyundai Canada

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