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Not counting full-size trucks, the meat-and-potatoes of the American car market remains the mid-size family sedan. For the past two decades, the undisputed kings of this particular segment have been the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, especially since the Ford Taurus fell off its pedestal right around 1992. Many have tried to knock the two Japanese heavyweights (now figuratively and literally) off the hill – and almost as many have failed. And while those two titans have remained atop the sales charts, other family sedans have met with considerable success. Perhaps most notably, the Hyundai Sonata, an unassuming car that has found its way into 1.2 million homes.

With beaming grins and news of Hyundai being named the most fuel efficient brand in America, Hyundai's brass took the wraps off their new-for-2011 Sonota. What strikes you instantly is the Sonata's curvy, slightly-hefty, almost organic shape. Hyundai calls the design language "Fluidic Sculpture," and while not quite as in-your-face as Mazda's signature Nagare styling language, we have a feeling it might prove nearly as polarizing. That's not to say the new Sonata is bad looking or ugly. But it is highly-stylized in a mid-size market that tends to reward the bland and middle-of-the-road.

But Fluidic Sculpture is what we've got – and not just on the Sonata. Hyundai's North American President and CEO John Krafcik promises that this design language will define the brand moving forward. Not surprisingly, Fluidic Sculpture originated right here in Southern California in Hyundai's Irvine design center. We really appreciate some of the finely wrought detailing, such as the grille, door handles, headlights and taillights (though those taillights appear to be lifted directly from the BMW 3 Series). We're just a wee bit uncertain of how the new Sonata will play in Peoria.

As for the non-design aspects of the 2011 Sonata, the big news is under the hood. Gone is the 3.3-liter V6, or for that matter, any V6. Instead Hyundai is offering consumers a choice of three four-cylinder engines. The first is a 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct-Injection (GDI) motor called the Theta II good for 198 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. That much power from a 2.4-liter essentially puts the Sonata at the head of the four-cylinder class. But what about those pesky V6 cars? No problem, as Hyundai will launching a turbocharged version of the GDI Theta II. If direct-injection and turbocharging sounds a little EcoBoosty to you, well, it is. And that's a very, very good thing.

But what about hybrids? There will be a hybrid version of the Theta II. Hyundai's calling the technology Blue Drive,and it sounds pretty spiffy. Unlike other hybrids that use nickel hydride (or starting soon, lithium ion) batteries, the Hyundai system will use lithium polymer technology. According to Hyundai, lithium polymer leapfrogs lithium ion battery tech and within five years, the entire industry will switch to LP. Only Hyundai will be putting the tech on sale within the year. Big claims to be sure, but Hyundai's been defying conventions and expectations for quite a while now. Look for the Alabama-built Sonata to start at less than $20,000 and go on sale this January. Official press release after the jump, Jonny-on-the-spot photos below.

Live photos copyright ©2009 Jonny Lieberman / Weblogs, Inc.



Sonata Injects Emotion, Advanced Powertrains and Superior Quality into Bland Segment

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2, 2009 – Hyundai today introduced its all-new 2011 Sonata at the

Los Angeles Auto Show. This marks the North American debut of the latest version of the popular midsize sedan, introducing Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design language and an all four-cylinder engine lineup to the U.S. market.

Sonata is the second vehicle in Hyundai's 24/7 version 2.0 product initiative (seven new models in the next 24 months) following on the heels of the all-new Tucson. Production of Sonata will begin later this month at Hyundai's U.S. plant in Alabama with retail sales beginning in January.

The 2011 Sonata represents a modern approach to the traditional midsize sedan segment by using only advanced four-cylinder engines, emotional design and luxury features offered with Hyundai's strong value proposition. The 2011 Sonata poses some intriguing questions:

Why can't a smart, solid sedan also have modern, sleek, sophisticated style?

Why pay so much to get a taste of luxury?

Why can't an efficient four-cylinder engine give V6 power?


Beginning with the 2011 Sonata and 2010 Tucson projects, Hyundai designers set to work about three and half years ago on Fluidic Sculpture. Fluidic Sculpture is a consistent, cohesive design language that will ripple through the entire Hyundai showroom. In developing the initial Sonata sketches, Hyundai designers considered the interplay of natural, fluid elements with more rigid surfaces and structures to create the illusion of constant motion. Inspired by nature, Fluidic Sculpture injects sophistication and dynamic angles into the shape of a vehicle and now serves as the core of Hyundai's future design identity.

The exterior of the all-new Sonata is long, light and low. The high beltline allows for a long, sleek roofline accented by the third window. A monoform side profile includes flowing lines highlighted by a Hyundai signature chrome accent that spans the length of the car. Normally, this type of trim is only found around the windows. On the new Sonata, this trim extends out from the headlamps, juts up along the hood and through the beltline. The face is bold with a large powerful chrome grille and headlamps that integrate precise details. The stance is completed by 16-, 17- or 18-inch multi-spoke wheels.

The sophisticated look continues inside where Hyundai has created an upscale ambiance thanks to a flow-through center console and instrument panel. These flowing surfaces complement the exterior design and wrap around the driver and passengers.


The sleek design, combined with Hyundai's expertise in interior packaging, has produced an interior that delivers class-leading comfort, functionality and practicality. A sleek roofline typically compromises headroom and interior volume but, at 120.2 cubic feet, the Sonata has the most interior volume of its key competitors. It is so spacious, Sonata continues to be classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Large car, truly a "class above" Camry, Altima, Fusion and Malibu (all are categorized as Midsize cars). Even in trunk room, the Sonata shines. Sonata's 16.4 cu. ft. of trunk space gives it a 9.3 percent advantage over the Camry, and a 17.1 percent advantage over Accord.

2011 Sonata2010 Camry2010 Accord2010 Altima2010 Fusion2010 MalibuPassenger volume (cu. ft.)







Cargo volume

(cu. ft.)







Total interior volume (cu. ft.)







EPA size classification








The new Sonata will launch with Hyundai's new Theta II GDI 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a Gasoline Direct-Injection (GDI) fuel delivery system, which contributes to improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions. Sonata is the first midsize sedan to adopt GDI technology as standard equipment in a naturally aspirated powertain. This shorter, more direct path of fuel delivery, allows for greater control of the fuel mixture at the optimum moment, thus improving efficiency. The fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven, high pressure pump that operates at pressures up to 2,175 psi. Direct injection also utilizes a higher than normal 11.3:1 compression ratio for increased power. The pistons are "dished" to increase combustion efficiency in the cylinder. This powerplant will deliver best-in-class fuel economy, best-in-class four-cylinder horsepower and best-in-class torque.

Sonata delivers an impressive 23 mpg city/35 mpg highway estimated fuel economy rating* with the available six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®. (When equipped with the six-speed manual, the Sonata achieves an estimated 23 mpg city/34 mpg highway fuel economy rating). The preliminary horsepower and torque ratings for the Theta II GDI are 198 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. In the SE trim which includes a standard dual exhaust, the engine delivers 200 horsepower. This high-tech, all-aluminum, 16-valve engine features Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) on both camshafts and a Variable Induction System (VIS) for better engine breathing. A version of this engine also meets Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) standards.

2011 Sonata (est.)2010 Camry2010 Accord2010 Altima2010 Fusion2010 MalibuEngine

2.4L I4

2.5L I4

2.4L I4

2.5L I4

2.5L I4

2.4L I4


198 @ 6300

169 @ 6000

177 @ 6500

175 @ 5600

175 @ 6000

169 @ 6400

Specific output (HP/Liter)








184 @ 4250

167 @ 4100

161 @ 4300

180 @ 3900

172 @ 4500

160 @ 4500

Fuel economy (A/T)







Next year, Hyundai will add a 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine and a 2.4-liter Hybrid Blue Drive model featuring Hyundai's breakthrough lithium polymer battery pack. Details about these powertrains will be announced at the 2010 New York Auto Show. Sonata's innovative segment first powertrain lineup is a key driver of Hyundai's goal to be the most fuel-efficient automaker on the planet.


Hyundai's commitment to making the Sonata extremely fuel efficient continues with a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual control or a standard six-speed manual transaxle.

Hyundai's all-new six-speed automatic A6MF2 transaxle helps the company meet its goals of improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. Shifts are silky-smooth with an option of manual control through the SHIFTRONIC feature.

Drivers can access the SHIFTRONIC feature by moving the gear selector into a separate gate. Pushing the selector forward or pulling it rearward will shift the transmission up or down sequentially, adding to driver control. The SE trim will also feature steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. A clear LCD readout on the instrument panel shows the gear being used.

Designed for transverse engine applications in passenger cars and SUVs, the new compact transmission puts Hyundai into an elite class of auto manufacturers who have designed their own proprietary six-speed automatic transmissions. The strength of the design is its unique layout which makes it smaller, more compact and lighter than any other six-speed transmission on the market today.

For the customer, the new six-speed delivers a performance edge. In this application, it helps brings a nine percent gain in fuel economy (35 mpg* versus 32 mpg). The gearbox has no dipstick because it is filled with automatic transmission fluid that is good for the life of the vehicle under normal usage conditions, thereby reducing maintenance costs.

Developed over a four-year period, this new six-speed automatic is 26.4 pounds lighter than the five-speed it replaces. It also is 1.6 inches shorter and considerably simpler, having 62 fewer parts, which is a key to increased durability, lighter weight and lower cost.

When it comes to transmissions, more gears are definitely better. The addition of a sixth gear enables closer spacing between gear ratios providing a better balance of performance and fuel economy while the wide overall gear ratio helps deliver strong acceleration.

The gearbox has three planetary gearsets and a unique flat torque converter that shortens the unit's overall length by 0.47 inches. Four pinion differentials improve durability and further minimize size.

Another example of engineering ingenuity is found in the design of the hydraulic pressure control unit. Slight manufacturing deviations from one solenoid valve to the next often times cause fluctuation in the hydraulic pressure and affect shift precision and quality. The transmission featured in the Sonata cleverly integrates adjustment screws in the valves that enable each of the eight valves to be calibrated at the factory. This feature ensures stable hydraulic pressure at any shift point which facilitates a high degree of precision and control needed to deliver fast, smooth and precise shifts throughout the rpm range.


An advanced four-wheel independent suspension system combines a supple ride with precise handling and steering response for Sonata GLS and Limited models. Sonata uses MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension systems with increased travel for improved wheel control and a smoother ride. All four wheels are controlled by coil springs, fade-resistant gas-charged dampers and stabilizer bars. The suspension has been optimized to keep the vehicle flat during corning and provide quick turn-in response. The rear suspension uses aluminum components to reduce weight and improve suspension performance. The GLS and Limited models also use advanced low-rolling resistance tires to improve fuel economy while maintaining good ride and handling performance.

The Sonata SE is an even more exciting and willing partner for drivers who prefer sportier ride and handling dynamics. The sport-tuned suspension features stiffer springs and larger stabilizer bars, resulting in a 20 percent increase in roll stiffness. Unique SE dampers, including monotube shocks in the rear are used to control the more aggressive suspension. Low profile 18-inch tires round out the unique chassis components of the Sonata SE.

All Sonatas have column-mounted, motor-driven electric power steering that adjusts instantly to changing driving conditions while improving fuel economy over a conventional steering system. A quick-ratio steering rack is used for crisp feel on turn-in. Sonata's turning diameter of 35.8 feet is better than Camry, Accord, Altima, Fusion and Malibu.

2011 Sonata2010 Camry2010 Accord2010 Altima2010 Fusion2010 MalibuTurning diameter (feet)








One of the program targets for the 2011 Sonata engineering team was world-class power-to-weight ratio. Power-to-weight ratio pays dividends in both performance and fuel economy.

Vehicle2011 Sonata2010 Camry2010 Accord2010 Altima2010 Fusion2010 MalibuCurb weight (lbs.)319933073269318033423415Horsepower198169177175175169Power-to-weight ratio16.219.618.518.219.120.2Sonata is rich in ultra-high-strength steel, leading to world-class body rigidity. The 2011 Sonata is 25 percent stiffer in torsion and 19 percent stiffer in bending rigidity than its predecessor, yet it is lighter than many midsize sedans, also offering more interior room.

This focus on power-to-weight ratio pays dividends across the board. The Sonata owes its ability to deliver both strong performance and excellent fuel economy in great part to its impressive power-to-weight efficiency.


Sonata is built from the ground up with safety in mind, with a hot stamped ultra-high-strength steel body structure, advanced airbag technology and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), delivering on Hyundai's commitment to both active and passive safety technology leadership. The prior generation Sonata was the first midsize sedan with standard ESC when it launched in March of 2005. ESC was not standard equipment on Honda Accord until the 2008 model year and the 2010 model year for Toyota Camry. Once again every 2011 Sonata has lifesaving ESC as standard equipment. This is important because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that ESC results in 35 percent fewer single-vehicle crashes and 30 percent fewer single-vehicle fatalities in passenger cars.

The Sonata also features a state-of-the-art braking package. The package includes four-wheel disc brakes and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist, which provides maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles based on the vehicle loading conditions.

Sonata features six airbags-including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbags-along with active front-seat head restraints. The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is projected to earn the NHTSA's top rating of five-stars for front and side impacts. Other passive safety features include shingle-style rear-seat head restraints for improved visibility, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, front-seat seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters, and a rear-seat Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system for child seats.


An AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers comes standard in the Sonata GLS and SE.

AM/FM/XM/ CD/MP3 audio system with touch-screen navigation and Dimension® premium sound with subwoofer and external amplifier is optional on the GLS and SE models.

The Limited model comes standard with an AM/FM/XM/6-disc CD-changer/MP3 with HD Radio Technology and Dimension premium sound.

The optional AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with touch-screen navigation that includes a 400-watt external amplifier system on the Limited comes with Infinity audio.


Dimension is a new branded audio system created by Hyundai Mobis and features a Variable Equalizer with normal, dynamic and concert settings. The last generation equalizer provided only one fixed sound field. The new Variable Equalizer, tuned by renowned audiophile Ken Pholmann, is a function for controlling the sound qualities sensed by listeners. For example, Pohlmann added bass response to the concert mode typically not found in other systems.


Audio enthusiasts with even more demanding tastes will be impressed by the AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with touch-screen navigation that includes a 400-watt external amplifier, dedicated Dual Voice Coil (DVC) subwoofer, eight-channels and nine Infinity speakers available on the Limited. Infinity and Hyundai engineers worked together during the early stages of development to integrate the speakers into Sonata's interior. The team spent hundreds of hours fine-tuning the system for the cabin's unique acoustic attributes.


2011 Sonata comes standard with three months of XM Satellite Radio, real-time XM NavTraffic and XM Data Services

Sonata also will be the first popular midsize sedan to offer the clarity of digital HD Radio Technology from the factory

First vehicle in its class to offer a Bluetooth hands-free phone system standard

Standard auxiliary iPod/USB inputs allow drivers to fully control and charge iPods directly from the head unit

Touch-screen navigation is available on all trim levels and includes a high-resolution screen. This system provides new features including Bluetooth streaming audio capability. This easy-to-use unit can be controlled via 6.5-inch WVGA touchscreen or voice-activation by headliner-mounted microphone.

The system features 8GB of flash memory and comes matched with a sound system that plays compact discs, accesses digital music files via Bluetooth streaming audio or allows driver and passenger to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs. Bluetooth audio wirelessly streams music from select mobile phones to the head unit. Also, with a Bluetooth-enabled phone one can look up a local restaurant and call for reservations before plotting the route. The XM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the navigation unit and features channel logos, real-time NavTraffic and XM Data services such as WX Satellite Weather®, XM Stock Ticker and XM Sports Ticker. The system is also updateable via the USB.


Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 790 dealerships nationwide.

2011 Sonata



DOHC CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing) 4-cylinder


Aluminum block and heads

Bore & Stroke

88.0 mm x 97.0 mm


2.4 liters / 2,359 cc


GLS/Limited: 198 @ 6,300 rpm – ULEV

GLS/Limited: 190 @ 6,300 rpm – PZEV (est.)

SE: 200 @ 6,300 rpm – ULEV (est.)


GLS/Limited: 184 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm – ULEV

GLS/Limited: TBD lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm – PZEV

SE: 186 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm – ULEV (est.)

Valves per cylinder



6-speed manual

Gear ratios















Final drive

4.33:1 (1,2,R) / 3.25:1 (3-6)

6-speed electronic automatic with OD lock-up torque converter, shift lock and SHIFTRONIC™ manual shift mode

Gear ratios















Final drive




MacPherson strut with gas-charged hydraulic twin tube shock absorbers and stabilizer bar (24-mm for GLS/Limited/SE)


Independent multi-link design with coil springs, gas-charged hydraulic twin tube shock absorbers and stabilizer bar (15-mm for GLS/Limited)

Independent multi-link design with stiffer coil springs, gas-charged hydraulic monotube shock absorbers and larger stabilizer bar (17-mm for SE)



Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) column mounted, Rack-and-Pinion, Engine-RPM-Sensing

Overall Ratio


Turns, lock to lock


Turning circle, curb to curb

35.8 ft.



Power-assisted 11.8-in.ventilated disc


Power-assisted 11.2-in.disc


4-wheel, 4-channel and 4-sensor with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)


P205/65R16 (GLS)

P225/45R18 (SE)

P215/55R17 (Limited)

T125/80D16 (Compact temporary use spare tire)


16 x 6.5-in. steel wheel with full covers (GLS)

16 x 6.5-in. alloy wheel (GLS Optional)

18 x 7.5-in. hyper silver alloy (SE)

17 x 6.5-in. alloy (Limited)



110.0 in.

Overall length

189.8 in.

Overall width

72.2 in.

Overall height

57.9 in.

Tread width (front/back)

16-in. wheels

62.9 in. / 62.9 in.

17-in. wheels

62.6 in. / 62.6 in.

18-in. wheels

62.5 in. / 62.5 in.

Coefficient of drag (Cd)



Head room


40.0 in.


37.8 in.

Leg room


45.5 in.


34.6 in.

Shoulder room


57.9 in.


56.7 in.

Hip room


55.2 in.


54.9 in.

EPA passenger volume

103.8 cu. ft.

EPA cargo volume

16.4 cu. ft.

EPA total volume

120.2 cu. ft.



18.5 gallons


4.86 quarts


2.7 quarts


4-cyl. manual

3,161 lbs

4-cyl. automatic

3,199 – 3,316 lbs





4-cyl. manual

23 mpg (est.)

34 mpg (est.)


4-cyl. automatic

23 mpg (est.)

35 mpg (est.)



Maximum towing capacity, with trailer brakes


Maximum towing capacity, without trailer brakes


Maximum trailer tongue weight, with trailer brakes


Maximum trailer tongue weight, without trailer brakes


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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      "We saw this car for the first time about two months ago, and it's going on sale in JANUARY? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?!?!?" said GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If that's the design direction they are headed in, they should beat a hasty retreat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Holy crap, I can't believe I actually agree with a statement by Brian.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^^^Brian^^^ you took the words out of my mouth.

        IMO if Hyundai has sorted out their chassis properly(the current model drives like a Camry, blah) then Hyundai will have a resounding success(compared to their current generation sales).
        • 5 Years Ago
        People have been calling for a more bold design and condemning Hyundai for going with the mainstream and now that Hyundai has listened to its customer and developed a unique design language, people are going to condemn it for being ugly or too bold? haha.. Can Hyundai please anyone? At the end of the day, NO ONE is trying harder and listening more than Hyundai.

        Customers want:

        Unique style and design language? OK (Fluidic sculpture)
        Among the best in Quality? OK (10 year warranty)
        Safest vehicles? OK (First to make ESC standard across the line)
        Fuel Efficiency? OK (GDI, Turbo 4cyl, Hybrids, Lower weight)
        Customer concerns? OK (Hyundai assurance and gas freeze programs)
        Value? absolutely! (No one can touch Hyundai for what you get for your buck)

        No one can dispute that Hyundai delivers... so what do the haters say now?
        OH ITS TOO UGLY or it looks like the Solara.

        Watch for it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That no-doubt was for LS7's comment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unique is great until it's ugly. This has a huge fish mouth, it's reminiscent of the new Sebring too, and who had anything good to say about that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The toyota employee 'Luis' disrupting every single hyundai article.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Brian: deal with it. It's ugly. They've learned from their mistakes, generally, but they failed with this style.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Kia seems to do better with designs than Hyundai.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I personally like this new design movement. I feel that older Hyundais were too bland, and this is a nice change. The new Sonata absolutely destroys the last gen one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jimbo - Check the comment history. This is not the Brian you think it is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Luis is a dumbass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Sonata" not "Sonota." Sorry, I'm a musician and couldn't help myself.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow to Chevrolet by impressing them enough to "hack" there design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very bold design.

      Might this be a VW Passat CC-killer? It certainly has the present day panache that the MB CLS had when it first debuted. It great to see bolder designs on lower-cost vehicles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Btw, is this new Sonata a CC killer? Comparing the two cars earlier from a quality and refined standpoint, VWAG is still ahead of the game with the CC, esp the interior. It's still up there along with the German big leagues MBZ and BMW...though Hyundai seems to be catching up, from a notch or two below.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This looks overdone to me, too much surface tension. Like a next-generation Sebring, or a Mazda 6 on steroids. More is not always better, style-wise. Give me a Malibu LTZ...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've seen the new Sonata in person today..granted this Hyundai seems to have skipped a generation forward in advanced design from the previous series.

        However, I hope the displayed new Sonatas are pre-production. In checking the details, Hyundai seems to have overlooked the finish of the black window door frames, esp the rear door quarters. Paint finish of said window frames are sub par with noticeable wavy weld dents spots and paint bubbles. Also, some details in the interior door panel finish needs some refined trimming with excess plastic and vinyl at the edges...

        I was impressed with this Sonata...seems like years ahead from the competition. Albeit, I was turned off by the quality kinks above...Like I mentioned, I do hope these cars are pre-production.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The car looks good now, but my question is how well will it age, i.e. will it still look ok in five years time. Personally I'm not a fan of the front end as it reminds me too much of the Camry-Solary.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I totally agree. The new pictures shown here really show off how above market this design really is. It's much more exciting than the bland Accord, Camry, Altima crowd. I think it will show and sell well in Peoria. It will be the CLS for the Peoria pocket. I will be attending the LA Show next week and I can hardly wait to see it in the flesh. Then, look at the new Tucson. Also a stunner for it's class. Hyundai is really coming into there own.
        • 5 Years Ago
        my eyes as well. it's completely over designed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, my eyes too. The VW CC is classy, sexy. This is all over the place.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not sure about the CC, but it's definitely killing my eyes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        CC killer? I doubt it, this car is odd on the outside, the CC's odd but has a flow to it. Inside it's not to the CC's standard yet but it's already past toyota's front door. It'll do well, very well, but I'm not sure hyundai's going after the CC and not sure CC buyers are going to cross shop (vw shifts so few units at a price quite a bit higher than the starting price of this car).
      • 5 Years Ago
      "tail lights lifted directly from the bmw 3-series"

      I don't think so. Don't get me wrong, I think this is a beautiful car, but those tail lights don't exactly look the same as the one from the 3-series, imho. But then again, I'm not one of those annoying people that talks about how each new car looks like a rip off of another car either.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah I don't see the 3 series comparisons either.

        Personally I applaud Hyundai for the bold design language(not my cup of tea, but its refreshing and could potentially grow on me) and the fact that they reduced weight and offer a turbocharged four cylinder option.

        Good work Hyundai(but I like the Cadenza more).
      • 5 Years Ago
      All that plastic in the trunk looks tacky. If Chrysler can do it, Toyota has no excuse...
      • 5 Years Ago
      What engines will the KIA 'version' (used loosely) offer?
      See KIA K7 (Cadenza) entry

      200ps 2.7 V6 seem nice.
      The 3.5, obviously, won't show up until the turbo 2.0 arrives in the Sonata.
        • 5 Years Ago
        K7 is not the Kia version of the Sonata, as K7 replaces the Opirus (Amanti) which is based on the Hyundai Azera.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I did say loosely.
        Presumably if Hyundai is dropping the Azera, at least in the US market
        and the K7 takes over for the Amanti, with the 3.5 V6 to go toe-to-toe with the Toyota Avalon, would the new Optima use the 200hp V6?

        Would that eat into the Sonata sales? Would a 10% hit in highway mileage matter to the KIA customer. Would that preserve Hyundai's fuel economy leadership status.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't see why they won't unload a bunch of these. I see more market share with this "upgrade". It looks good and probably better in person.

      A cant see people shopping at this price point being turned off by this car for any big reason. Its a stylish cam/accord segment car. I'm betting it does very well.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm enjoying this fresh new change in Hyundai's line-up. Although I will admit the look may be very revolutionary and draw a lot of criticism, I think it will vastly improve Hyundai's image as a reputable and competitive car manufacturer. Unlike the previous generations of cars which were affordable but looked cheap and bland, this car strikes a new direction of exciting design. The front end does remind of the Solara (which I despise), but it works very well with the rear (which looks great!). The overall profile of the car is much sleeker and pleasing to the eye as well. Kudos to Hyundai!
      • 5 Years Ago
      powertrain, engine tech = 90/100
      (good, better than any japanese, but not top class as german audi level)

      interior design = 100/100

      exterior deisng = 80/100
      (overall great. however, front grill design is really uncomfortable)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like the exterior, except the chrome strip running from the headlights to the greenhouse make it look like there's a huge panel gap between the hood and the fender.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow...why buy anything else?

      This thing has it all over the competition in just about every category. Welcome to the best mid-sized sedan you can buy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Camry is a hideous piece of crap.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Femininity is a negative? Latent sexist much?
        • 5 Years Ago
        FAIL. This thing is not pretty. The big strike against it is it's femininity. Even the Camry is masculine compared to this feline.
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