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Hyundai's all-new 2011 Sonata goes on sale at dealers all over North America in the next few weeks and now it has an official price tag. The "fluidic design" challenger stakes a claim in the biggest segment in the U.S., starting at $19,195 (plus $720 for destination and delivery) for the GLS sedan with a six-speed manual transmission. That's $500 more than the base 2010 model, but $200 less than the current class champion, the Toyota Camry.

At launch all Sonatas are powered by Hyundai's new direct injected 2.4-liter inline-four, paired with either manual or automatic six-speed gearbox. The GLS and Limited are rated at 198 horsepower while the dual exhaust on the SE rounds it up to a nice round 200 hp. A maxed-out Limited with navigation will set you back $28,115, including D&D.

The Sonata Limited is the first entrant into the mid-size segment to get leather covered heated seats front and rear, and the manual transmission GLS also tops the segment in fuel economy for non-hybrids with a rating of 24 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. We'll have our first opportunity to drive the new Sonata next week and we'll finally find out if the dynamics live up to its new styling. Make the jump for the full breakdown.

[Source: Hyundai]



Bold New Design, Large Car Interior, Best-in-Class Fuel Economy Starting at $19,195

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 1, 2010 – Hyundai Motor America has announced prices for the all-new 2011 Sonata. The completely redesigned 2011 Sonata delivers best-in-class fuel economy, an EPA-designated Large Car interior, 198 horsepower and a starting price of $19,195 for the well-equipped GLS model. The 200-horsepower SE model starts at $22,595 and the top-of-the-line Limited model is available for $25,295.

"With the 2011 Sonata, our focus was a no-compromise engineering approach that would allow Sonata owners to have their cake, and eat it too. That focus led to a set of attributes that have not been seen in the midsize car category – attributes such as 35 mpg and 200 horsepower, bold design and an EPA Large Car interior, world-class quality and a class-leading value position" said John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president and CEO. "At Hyundai, we're big fans of resetting conventional wisdom, and we think we may have done it here with the 2011 Sonata."

2011 Sonata Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Pricing






2.4-liter GDI I4

Six-Speed M/T



2.4-liter GDI I4

Six-Speed A/T


GLS with Pop. Equip. Pkg.

2.4-liter GDI I4

Six-Speed A/T


GLS with Pop. Equip. Pkg. + Navi.

2.4-liter GDI I4

Six-Speed A/T



2.4-liter GDI I4

Six-Speed A/T


SE with Navi. & Sunroof Package

2.4-liter GDI I4

Six-Speed A/T



2.4-liter GDI I4

Six-Speed A/T


Limited with Navi. Pkg.

2.4-liter GDI I4

Six-Speed A/T


Hyundai is the most fuel-efficient car maker in the U.S., and its commitment to continued fuel economy leadership is evident in the all-new Sonata. It has a best-in-class 35 mpg highway fuel economy rating thanks to a new 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) four-cylinder engine, new six-speed manual and automatic transmissions and highly refined aerodynamics. In addition to the advancements in fuel economy, the GDI engine produces a standard 198 horsepower, surpassing Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion. The Sonata GLS manual has best-in-class overall fuel economy with a 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway fuel economy rating, with all other Sonata models achieving 22 mpg city/35 mpg highway.

The all-new Sonata raises the bar when it comes to features and technology offered within the midsize car segment. In addition to standard XM Satellite® radio, the Sonata boasts segment-first standard Bluetooth® hands-free phone system, available HD Radio Technology™ with multicasting (allowing the broadcast of alternative side-band content on HD stations) and heated front and rear heated seats. The Sonata is the first vehicle in its segment with advanced touchscreen navigation available on all trim levels. At $22,645, the Sonata GLS with the Popular Equipment Package + Navigation is the lowest priced midsize sedan with navigation. All navigation systems also include a 90-day complimentary subscription to real-time XM NavTraffic®, XM NavWeather®, XM Sports Ticker and XM Stock Ticker.

The 2006 Sonata was the first popular midsize car to offer standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and six airbags. The 2011 Sonata builds on this leadership, with exceptional standard safety features including front driver and passenger airbags, front seat side impact and curtain airbags, ESC and Traction Control System (TCS), Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), front active head restraints, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), and a Bluetooth® hands-free phone system.

While Sonata will compete for customers against cars like Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima and Chevrolet Malibu, Sonata's performance capabilities, craftsmanship standards and luxury features were benchmarked against vehicles from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. In true Hyundai fashion, Sonata makes a premium driving experience accessible to a wide range of customers, delivering the kind of value equation American car buyers have come to expect from Hyundai.


All-new sixth generation Sonata midsize sedan

Bold Fluidic Sculpture design

All four-cylinder engine lineup meets smart customer demands

Launches with new Theta II 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine and in-house six-speed automatic transmission

Class-leading fuel economy of 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway

Class-leading 198 horsepower standard (200 horsepower on SE trim)

Built in America at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama

XM Satellite Radio™, real-time XM NavTraffic, XM Data Services, touchscreen navigation and iPod®/USB inputs

Segment first: HD Radio Technology™ with multicasting

Segment first: Standard Bluetooth®


Sonata GLS I4 M/T - $19,195

2.4L GDI four-cylinder producing 198 HP

Six-speed manual transmission

16-inch steel wheels with full covers


Front active head restraints

Front, front seat side and curtain airbags

Bodycolor front grille

Chrome window belt-line moldings

Tilt and telescopic steering wheel with cruise and audio controls

Metalgrain interior accents

AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 with iPod/USB and Aux input jacks

Remote keyless entry and alarm

Power windows, locks, heated mirrors

Air conditioning

Advanced trip computer with custom settings

Integrated Bluetooth with phonebook transfer

Eco indicator

Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

Sonata GLS I4 A/T – $20,195

(In addition to or in place of Sonata GLS I4 M/T equipment):

Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®

Popular Equipment Package - $750

16-inch alloy wheels

Power driver seat

Driver's lumbar support

Chrome interior door handles

Leatherette interior panel door inserts

Automatic light control

Popular Equipment Package plus Navigation - $1,700

Requires Popular Equipment Package

Navigation system with high-resolution touchscreen display

Dimension premium speakers, subwoofer/external amplifier


Sonata SE I4 A/T - $22,595

(In addition to or in place of Sonata GLS I4 A/T equipment):

2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 200 HP

Six-speed automatic with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters

18-inch Hyper Silver alloy wheels with performance tires

Dark chrome front grille

Chrome exterior door handles

Sport-tuned suspension and steering

Sport seats featuring leather bolsters with cloth inserts

Proximity entry with push button start

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

Front fog lights

Dual exhaust

Navigation and Sunroof Package - $2,600

Power sunroof with tilt and slide

Navigation system with high-resolution touchscreen display

Dimension premium speakers, subwoofer/external amplifier


Sonata Limited I4 A/T - $25,295

(In addition to or in place of Sonata SE I4 A/T equipment; excluding SE sport-tuned suspension):

2.4L GDI four-cylinder producing 198 HP

Leather seating surfaces with heated front and rear seats

Dual automatic temperature control

Auto-dimming mirror/HomeLink/compass

Premium door sill plates/"Limited" badge

In-dash six-disc CD-changer

HD Radio technology with multicasting

Dimension premium speakers, subwoofer/external amplifier

17-inch alloy wheels with standard tire

Side mirror turn signal indicators

Power tilt and slide sunroof

Unique interior accents (Piano Black or Woodgrain)

Floor console mounted rear vents

Navigation Package - $2,100

Navigation system with high-resolution touchscreen display (replaces six-disc CD changer)

Rear backup camera

Infinity premium speakers, subwoofer/external amplifier

Deletes HD Radio Technology with multicasting


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 790 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program which now includes the 5-year/60,000 mile fully transferable bumper-to-bumper warranty, Hyundai's 10- year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty and 5-year complimentary Roadside Assistance in addition to the highly acclaimed vehicle return policy introduced in early 2009. For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visit HYPERLINK "http://www.HyundaiAssurance.com" www.HyundaiAssurance.com.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Im saving for that 2012 Accent Hatch already, and you should too!!!

      Yes, its going to be that good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy crap.
      Hyundai is wiping their ass with the competition these days.
      This car gets better highway MPG than the Camry hybrid, and better MPG than any car it's size, in addition to having more power. Direct injection for the win!

      Interested in seeing how this car performs in real life. The front end is sort of disagreeable to me, but the interior looks awesome for a non-luxury car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Besides looking like one of those aliens from District 9 (not a good thing), it's a way too expensive. I'd much rather have the Regal... to think that people bitched about that car's price tag.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really want to like this design, but I think the grille is really throwing it off for me. Not that big of an issue, as I'm sure someone will come out with a better looking aftermarket piece, but honestly speaking, I need to see this car a) in motion and/or b) in person before making a final call on it. It's quite busy and I prefer the CC, but at under $20k, it's a helluva steal.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I may grow to like it but from the pictures, I do no like the exterior design. It is akin when Ford moved the conservative Taurus to the jellybean style. Maybe if the wheels were bigger here. I see shades of the Solara in the front, some Audi A6 in the fluidity and from the 3/4 views some Sebring sedan that was stepped on by a giant.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry but this thing is hideous. Not to my liking at all. But people buy xB's so I'm sure some will love them
      • 5 Years Ago
      ... and in other news, reports confirm that the Hyundai Sonata was beaten with the same ugly stick used to create the Pontiac Aztek.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But it was worn out from the legendary beating the pontiac received, , so it only was half effective.

        I think it looks good, with the exception of the front headlight placement. The interior and rear look real sharp however.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks this thing is a complete ripoff of the Passat CC? I mean seriously, just open up a pic of the CC and compare the lines. When is Hyundai going to stop stealing designs from other manufacturers?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh.. here we go again.

        Yes, Sonata is a total ripoff of Passat CC as in Passat CC is a complete ripoff of Ford Model-T or the first automobile by Karl Friedrich Benz because it uses same gasoline engine and 4 wheels as in Model-T.

        According to your logic, my friend, Mercedes Benz C-class is also a copy of Passat CC?? (cause they have exactly same character line on the side!) Bhetter yet, Passat CC is a copy of third generation L31 Nissan Altima??? (once again, exact same diving bone/character line on the side!!!!) Oh.. and Passat CC must be a complete ripoff of CLS cause they are both so-called '4-door' coupe????

        BTW, Passat CC was unveiled January 2008. For Hyundai designer's to 'ripoff' the passat, they started sketching that month and the whole production car was finished in lightening fast, record breaking 21 month! Wow.. that is very very impressive!!

        The development of YF Sonata, according to Ward's Auto, started around 2005-6.
        • 5 Years Ago
        no. this looks more like angrier Camry with bit of CLS. looks great in person.

        better than

        Camry - boring
        Accord - yuck
        Altima - boring
        mazda 6 - nice, but not a competitor.
        Fusion - hate the front (look like a truck)
        Malibu - nice, but boring

      • 5 Years Ago
      Is is just me or does the whole car look like an over stylized version of the previous generation Camry?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's beautiful in person. absolutely gorgeous. I actually love the front in person. not so much on pictures though. it doesn't have the exaggerated feel if you look at it in person. it does stare directly at you. it's looks mean. i loved it.

      and for interior, Tan is way to go. black didn't do anything for me. but Tan was a yummy combination.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Best mid size sedan: Subaru Legacy... I just think Subie needs to advertise it more... but for $27K fully-equipped that Hyundai looks very very good (wallet wise)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really want to see someone actually get 35mpg out of that thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uhm, the current version got 40 in CR's test, so 35 would be quite easy. I'm disappointed the city rating isn't better, though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why would you be surprised if someone got 35mpg in the new Sonata? The new EPA cycle is easy to beat, if you don't treat every stoplight like a track meet.

        I have a REALLY heavy foot, but I still beat the EPA combined numbers for all of my cars (except the GT-R).
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