• Feb 22, 2010
2011 Hyundai Sonata SE – Click above for high-res image gallery

Imagine, for a moment, that you're forced to invent a new candy with the specific objective of taking a bite out of the market segment comfortably satisfied by M&M's, Skittles and Reese's Pieces. Sounds daunting, right? With that in mind, the all-new 2011 Hyundai Sonata is being placed right back into the middle of the hotly-contested family sedan segment, already occupied by such established players as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu, to name just a few.

Completely redesigned for 2011, the Sonata is freshly styled and more spacious than its predecessor. It brings a few innovations to the game, including a new direct-injected four-cylinder powerplant mated to a six-speed automatic – yet it has no V6 option. We put a couple hundred miles on the new Sonata in San Diego. The weather was nice, but how was the car? Does Hyundai's all-new family sedan have what it takes to be an outstanding sweet in the candy dish? Find out after the jump...



Photos by Michael Harley / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

Erase everything you know about yesterday's Sonata. Forget those memories, delete the images. Reformat the hard drive. About the only significant things the all-new 2011 model has in common with its predecessor is the name badge on the decklid (now moved to the other side of the trunk) and the fact that they both burn a liquefied petroleum product and roll to their destination on pneumatic tires.

Now in its sixth-generation, the newest Hyundai dumps its consistent ho-hum styling in favor of what the automaker calls a "fluidic sculpture design." Created by the Hyundai Design Center team in Irvine, California, the sleek new four-door is a fresh face in a segment full of cookie-cutter sedans. Interesting and stylish, the Sonata offers an engaging mix of traditional sedan and four-door coupe rolled into one. Take special note of the chrome strip running from the tail of the headlamps clear to the base of the C-pillar, and the door handles deliberately positioned at different heights to aesthetically complete the bold character lines. The exterior is unique, rather exhilarating, and it looks downright expensive. We like it.



While the styling visually suggests otherwise, the Sonata is among the shorter "mid-size" vehicles within its competitive segment. The 2011 Hyundai Sonata and the Honda Accord are the only two in this class with an EPA "large car" classification – the Camry, Altima, Fusion and Malibu are all considered "mid-size" cars by the agency. Interestingly enough, the Sonata has the most total interior volume in the segment.

The Sonata's cabin continues the same "sculpted" theme as the exterior. Understandably, it debuts as a much more modern (um, futuristic?) looking cockpit. There are plenty of bluish lights, digital displays, buttons and even a hat-tip to Volvo for the humanoid-look climate control display. With knobs and buttons abound, it takes a few minutes to get accustomed to the vehicle's operation. But, after a few hours behind the wheel, it comes naturally. In practice, the human interface works even better than it looks, which is what really counts.



Under the hood is Hyundai's new direct-injected DOHC 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder. The all-aluminum powerplant, fitted with continuously variable valve timing, is rated at 198 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 184 pound-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm (the SE model bumps those to 200 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque). The Korean automaker offers two different transmission choices. The first is a traditional six-speed manual (M6GF2), the same transmission offered on the Hyundai Tucson. (Hyundai says "only a few percent" of owners will opt for the manual gearbox, so don't expect to see many in showrooms). The other transmission is the automaker's all-new six-speed automatic (A6MF2), also shared with the Tucson. This is Hyundai's first proprietary six-speed automatic (the Genesis and Veracruz use an outsourced Aisin gearbox) that's 26.4 pounds lighter and has 62 fewer parts than its five-speed predecessor. Fitted with a SHIFTRONIC manual shift mode, the SE trim level adds steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for those Schumacher dreamers.

Unlike last year's model, the 2011 Sonata will not offer a six-cylinder option. Hyundai obviously realizes the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu – the Sonata's primary competitors – are all offered with four- and six-cylinder powerplants. However, the Korean automaker isn't flinching. When asked why the new Sonata doesn't offer a V6 option, John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, boldly predicts that "V6 engines are going the way of the dinosaur." (Krafcik even went so far as to predict that no midsize sedans will have a V6 option in 2016 – the year more stringent EPA fuel economy regulations are enacted).

Power-hungry mid-size family sedan buyers shouldn't worry, as Hyundai is expected to introduce a turbocharged variant of the 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder very soon. When talking about that engine, Krafcik smiles and says the yet-to-be-released turbocharged engine is "very delicious" (his exact words, not ours). It has an "endless reservoir of power... and we are shooting for the same EPA fuel economy as the normally-aspirated variant," he boldly adds.



Sure, a direct-injected four-cylinder is technically advanced and innovative, but it really isn't big news these days. What is big news is fuel economy and this is where the 2011 Hyundai Sonata climbs to the top of the podium. According to official EPA numbers, the Sonata earns 24 miles per gallon city and 35 mpg highway with the manual transmission and 22 mpg city and 35 mpg highway with the automatic. While those impressive efficiency numbers equal its four-cylinder challengers in the city cycle, all fall behind the Sonata in highway testing. When you consider even the strongest competition cannot muster more than 190 horsepower from their four-cylinder offerings, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata doesn't just beat its competition in the fuel economy battle, it frankly slaughters them. More on this later.

Posting big fuel economy numbers isn't easy. Hyundai not only focused its attention on the powertrain and fitted the Sonata with the aforementioned direct injection and efficient six-speed automatic transmission, but it has also added a "smart" alternator that pulls its power primarily when coasting. There is a low friction driveline with a unique bearing design, and low rolling resistance tires on all four corners. The body was sculpted with an aerodynamic design – an impressive drag coefficient of .28 – presenting a sleek profile to the wind. Lastly, the engineers optimized the body structure to save weight.

2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited

Tipping the scales at just 3,199 pounds, the 2011 Sonata is lighter than nearly all of its four-cylinder competition – 70 pounds lighter than the Accord and upwards of 108 pounds lighter than the Camry. It pays off in power-to-weight ratio, with the Sonata again leading the pack as it hauls around just 16.2 pounds-per-horsepower (for comparison, the Camry is 19.6, the Accord is at 18.5 and the Fusion is at 19.1). Don't think the lightened structure compromises safety either – the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2011 Hyundai Sonata one of its Top Safety Picks for this year.

The new chassis boasts improved body rigidity over the outgoing model, creating a more capable platform for the suspension. Speaking of underpinnings, the 2011 Sonata wears independent MacPherson struts up front and an independent multi-link design in the back. There are stabilizer bars front and rear and the SE trim level gets sport suspension tuning. Disc brakes are fitted on all four corners and tucked inside standard 16-inch wheels (the Limited models wear 17-inch alloys, while the sporty SE models have 18-inch wheels). An electrically-assisted steering rack alters boost based on engine speed (the SE trim level features a "sport" feel) and the Sonata also offers a class-leading turning diameter of just 35.8 feet (the Accord and Fusion add a couple of feet to that – kissing curbs).



Hyundai is offering three trim levels (GLS, SE and Limited) for the 2011 Sonata and several equipment packages. By the time you mix and match the trim levels, transmission and option packages, there are eight different models altogether.

Base price for the standard GLS model starts at just $19,195 (add $720 destination to all pricing), the sporty SE from $22,595, and the top-of-the-line Limited begins at $25,295. All models share the same engine, transmission choices, and full complement of safety equipment. To briefly summarize: The GLS starts with a manual transmission, cloth upholstery, manual seat controls, steel wheels, remote entry and a long list of power convenience equipment. An available "Popular Equipment Package" adds a power driver seat, 16-inch alloy wheels and interior trim upgrades among other things. The SE model starts with the automatic transmission, cloth upholstery, sport suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels and differentiating trim. The Limited models are fitted with leather upholstery, dual-temp climate control, a power-operated sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels. Navigation with a high-res touch screen is also optional on all trim levels. Hyundai predicts about 60 percent of buyers will opt for the base GLS model, 10 percent will choose the SE, and the remaining 30 percent will step up to the Limited.

Consumers will be happy to hear that every 2011 Hyundai Sonata comes with iPod/USB connections, XM Satellite radio and Bluetooth phone connectivity as standard equipment – items are still optional on some cars costing three times as much. The base audio package feeds 104 watts through a six-speaker system (with AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3). A 360-watt system, adding a subwoofer and a six-disc CD changer, is optional on the GLS and SE and standard on the Limited. Audiophiles who buy the Limited may also upgrade to an even more powerful 400-watt system by Infinity.



We took first pick from more than a dozen brand-new Sonatas lined up outside our hotel, each with a set of keys ready to go. Attempting to satisfy the enthusiast within us, we jumped into a "Venetian Red" SE model first. Your writer's six-foot two-inch frame slid into the driver's seat with plenty of room. In fact, the seat had to be moved forward a bit for comfort (later that afternoon, we jumped into the rear seat behind "ourselves" and discovered that space and legroom was more than adequate). Outward visibility is good, and we didn't find any large blind spots on either side that wasn't solved with a simple mirror adjustment. We did find ourselves wanting some back-up sensors – no camera, just the simple beepers – to let us know where the rear bumper was during backing maneuvers.

Foot brake released and transmission in gear, we pulled out of the hotel. First impressions – the important ones – are that the new four-cylinder powertrain is just fine. Sure, it's no dragster, but it will chirp its front tires pulling away from a corner (would that be the litmus test?). We merged with traffic smoothly and settled down to a sedate cruise as we looked for the road out of town. The in-house six-speed transmission shifted nearly imperceptibly as it conducted the engine delicately through its paces. Power delivery of the 200-hp four is smooth, but the engine sang in a typical four-pot key (read: not so pleasant). The low rolling resistance tires did make a bit of a racket, but it was only evident because wind noise and is surprisingly low, even on the highway.



Hyundai will never claim the Sonata is a four-door sports car. Nevertheless, our burgundy SE sedan held more than its own when pressed into the corners. The steering was nicely weighed, and the vehicle's overall balance was surprisingly good. Nobody at Hyundai could tell us the weight distribution from memory, but the vehicle's overall low mass and suspension tuning made it enjoyable to drive at spirited speeds. We likely pushed the Sonata harder than most owners will during an unexpected emergency maneuver – and lived to talk about it.

Later in the afternoon, we took a higher-end Limited model for a 75-mile spin. Though the steering was slightly less responsive than the SE and the ride was marginally softer, it never put us off – although we admit preference for the sportier model. Funny thing, our wives, girlfriends, in-laws, neighbors and friends would rationally prefer the standard softer suspension for their Sonata family sedan. Not us, we like the SE.

We'd be remiss to not discuss fuel economy, as the Sonata's left a huge impression on us. As mentioned, the EPA rates the automatic models we were driving at 22 mpg city and 35 highway. In usual fashion, we typically take those EPA number and subtract a couple points to get "real world MPG," right? Well, it seems the 2011 Hyundai Sonata is also out to dispel that age-old calculation. In our "real world" driving up and down the hills surrounding San Diego, the on-board computer calculated 37.8 MPG during the morning trip... and we could have easily pushed 40 MPG had we attempted some hypermiling tricks.



Demonstrating the impressive mileage from the new direct-injected four, the Hyundai team hosted a fuel economy contest. Most drivers arrived back at the hotel with fuel economies in the high-30s and more than a handful dropped into the mid-40s. The day before our arrival, two teams topped an amazing 47 mpg and won a nice dinner for their efforts. Even if we assume the on-board computer was a few miles-per-gallon optimistic, the Sonata was still delivering efficiency more commonly associated with hybrids.

Fuel economy will undoubtedly draw consumers to the new Sonata. Others will be "emotionally connected" and impressed by the upscale styling and the spacious, modern interior. Some will take comfort in the automaker's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and the five-year unlimited-mile roadside assistance program. Many will be drawn by a window sticker that represents value. Regardless of the motivation, Hyundai has been very successful getting people to buy its products lately. Recent sales figures show its new introductions, both car and SUV, have all been very well received by consumers. The 2011 Sonata is yet another sweet addition to that proven lineup, and it's got a pretty hard candy shell to boot.



Photos by Michael Harley / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I love when people compare owning this car to an Audi. Or anything German that....requires premium fuel, $100 oil changes, and $800 run flat tires (for two).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jesus!

        Blame my middle class roots. But even after I graduate and start my estimated $120,000/yr job working to pay off $180,000 in loans, I'm never going to buy a car whose oil changes cost more than $25 including inspections every $3,000-$4,000. Don't get me wrong. I've ridden in Lexuses and Cadillacs so I know the difference between comfortable rides and the usual blandness offered by my mom's 08 Camry. I just couldn't justify paying more than $30,000 with the tuned suspension and extra bells and whistles. This car hits the spot!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, I'd hold off on the fuel economy kudos until someone actually drains the tank and refills it, to see how optimistic the computer is. But still, if the thing was pulling low-30's, that's darn impressive for a mid-size car.

      There weren't any comments on the transmission, so I'm assuming the gearing and programming was non-offensive? For example, there have been lots of complains about the Equinox, which was obviously tuned to produce a good EPA score. Any similar complaints about the new Sonata?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I may sound like a broken record, (but a good one), when I say that what's funny about this whole fuel economy story and move to 4 cylinder engines is that it has been done. My (former), but still in the family, 2004 Saab 9-3 Linear with the 2.0 light pressure turbo at 175 hp, regularly gets 35-36 mpg on the highway using regular fuel, a 5 spd-automatic, and without direct injection, ultra-lugging shift strategies, trick alternators, or low friction tires that probably don't brake well. Add to that top pick saftey, nice handling, great low end torque for driveability, and this car was/is way ahead of its time, but back then, everybody wanted a V6.

      Back to the story though, the new Sonata does look sharp and formidable. I'm considering a Buick Regal for my next car though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "what's funny about this whole fuel economy story and move to 4 cylinder engines is that it has been done. "

        So you're comparing the mileage figures of an EPA classified "Compact" car, with smaller engine, has turbo, fewer horsepower, takes premium fuel, and gets
        • 4 Years Ago
        (Hmm...Autoblog doesn't seem to like the "less than" symbol. It cut off my previous post. I'll try again....)

        "what's funny about this whole fuel economy story and move to 4 cylinder engines is that it has been done. "

        So you're comparing the mileage figures of an EPA classified "Compact" car, with smaller engine, has turbo, fewer horsepower, takes premium fuel, and gets less than 30mpg (2008 SAE standards) to this "Large" class car, with bigger engine, non turbo, 25 more horsepower, regular takes fuel, and still gets 35 mpg hwy?

        No sir, it hasn't been done before. Not to this extent...
        • 4 Years Ago
        True that the Sonata is bigger, but the curb weights are around the same and the EPA ratings can be gamed quite easily with shift strategies that hurt driveability. (I used to do powertrain simulation and powertrain development so I have some knowledge in this area.) I am talking about real world fuel economy, not EPA ratings, and again, this is technology from 8 years earlier than the Sonata. The 9-3 light pressure turbo does not require premium fuel by the way and it rated 20/30 with the older EPA rating method. If it had a 6-spd automatic, lower friction tires, trick alternator, much higher fuel economy in the real world.

        As for how the ratings don't mean much and why some cars rate worse than others even when real world fuel economy is similar, I wrote a post about his on an automotive blog I used to write...

        http://uh2l.blogs.com/realitydriven/2007/03/new_epa_fuel_ec.html

        • 4 Years Ago
        Sonata vs Regal

        http://blogs.insideline.com/straightline/2009/12/2011-buick-regal-vs-2011-hyundai-sonata-we-compare-the-specs.html


        on paper, Regal has nothing on Sonata. I'm sure it will handle better than Sonata, but it sill doesn't justify 7-8k premium price IMO.


        Sonata is

        bigger
        better MPG
        much cheaper
        better warranty
        more HP
        more torque



        i thought about buying Regal for my next car, but i just felt like it's bit too much for what it is. I love the design though. it's very sexy save for the bland base front treatment.

        you probably can buy Sonata Turbo cheaper than base Regal. and most likely sonata Turbo will have at least 80 more horses and will get better MPG and it will probably start at 25k and maxed out at 30k. sounds too good to be true, but looks like hyundai will hit another home again.



        • 4 Years Ago
        YMMV, but your Saab 2.0L turbo (175hp) is rated at 19/27 mpg with the automatic. Hyundai's 22/35 is meaningfully better, and provides 198 hp. Imagine how great your highway mileage would be with the Sonata...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I might have to create a Facebook group called "When I was your age, Hyundai made bad cars".
        • 4 Years Ago
        just when i thought there's a Fb group for just about everything
        • 4 Years Ago
        Let us know if you really do. I'll join.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw one this weekend and it was amazing how much it reminded me of the MB CLS. It's stunning in person.

      BTW, can you imagine the turbo version? Probably boosts power to 245-255HP, in line with the other's V6's, torque in the 250 - 260 range, but turning in 5 to 8MPG better than those. Wow!
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 I agree! I saw a used MB CLS being sold next to a Hyundai dealer and I'm starting to think the designers stole the shape and lines from the CLS :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      So you can't get a manual transmission with the "sporty" SE package... what's wrong with this picture??
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still looks like an over stylized version of the last gen Toyota Camry. Look at it in silhouette and focus on the shape of the headlights. Its just something I see no matter how I try to get away from it. Still a step up from the Camry though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        isn't that what people want from a midsize sedan?

        but comparing this to camry is a blasphemy. sonata looks great in person.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i never thought hyundai would become an industry leader. I can't find any fault on this car. i even like the design. i think it's far better than camry and accord. this is a groundbreaking achievement.

      • 4 Years Ago
      can't wait to see this in person if it looks this good in pictures must be stunning in real life. soon I guess you'd be stupid not to buy a hyundai lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just as I stated after sitting in it in Detroit. A great looking car with aggressive pricing and now well reviewed. It is going to be a tough one to beat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great review - love the car and the pictures.
      I just have one minor squabble that I didn't realize before: only the drivers window has auto-up and auto-down.

      Honestly, would it *really* cost that much more or add that much more weight to have the driver and passenger windows both be auto up/down?

      It wouldn't stop me from buying a turbo'd Sonata when they come out, but come on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So I guess we're only talking about potential sales and not about driving enjoyment, right?

      That's the only explanation for the Mazda6 being neglected in this segment.

      Of the auto bloggers, I expected Autoblog to have at least mentioned the Mazda6 for its outright fun-to-drive spirit in this class.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's a great reply. I agree. Thanks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        anyway, Mazda6's biggest problem is the MPG IMO. mazda6 v6 only gets 17/25. that's really bad for a FWD. even Genesis v8 gets 17/25! it's much bigger, heavier car and it has 113hp more. my friend has rx8 and he couldn't even break 15mpg on a good day.

        if mazda can improve on mpg like hyundai, future will be very bright. but please lose the smiley face on 3. it's atrocious.



        • 4 Years Ago
        Problem is Americans don't care about 'sporty' midsize sedan. Numbers don't lie. if camry or accord became too sporty, it won't sell. Americans love a midsize that isn't sports tuned.

        Midsize Criteria

        1. Brand image
        2. reliability
        3. size
        4. MPG rating
        5. ride quality
        6. styling
        7. price
        8. handling


        handling is probably the last thing Americans look at when buying a midsize sedan. woman don't care about handling.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I didn't mention the Mazda6 because Hyundai didn't list it as a competitor of concern (my words, not theirs). Hyundai went out of their way to list the Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Chevrolet and Ford. They obviously left out Mazda, Volkswagen, Subaru, etc... in fact, there are quite a few other automakers who make vehicles within those price points that will likely be cross-shopped against the Sonata.

        Cars are not only an objective purchase, but they are emotional (how do they make you feel when you drive?). There is no perfect car—but there are some damn fine choices out there.

        - Mike
        • 4 Years Ago
        this is a sonata article. go spread your love for mazda6 in mazda6 article. and don't tell me to grow up. i'm 30.

        and my book is the most important book for me. if mazda6 is better in your book, good for you. go read your book then. i'm not telling you what to buy or what to like. i'm just expressing my OPINION IN SONATA COMMENT AREA.

        Sonata is better than Mazda6 IMO because

        Reliability ranking of Hyundai(i take this seriously)
        hyundai assurance
        better pricing
        better incentives and discounts
        MPG
        size
        more HP
        more Torque
        upscale interior
        better exterior
        roomier
        better sitting position(i'm 6ft 2, 220lb, and i have a bad lower back)
        bigger trunk
        10/100k warranty
        lighter
        better build quality (subjective, but i thought sonata was built better than my accord)
        better fit and finish (couldn't find any fault on the car. mazda's fit and finish is not bad)
        better paint job(saw orange peel on mazdas alot)


        and i don't own sonata yet. I'm waiting for Turbo. although i loved GLS and limited that i test drove, i missed the power. i'm coming from 3 series, accordv6, acura cls, santa fe 3.3L and MDX, so 200hp won't cut it for me. If i wanted to carve a mountain then WRX, ralliart, and used 3 series would be my choice.

        again, THIS IS MY OPINION WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Joseph,

        I never called you a loser.

        And I never said that you were "mindlessly" posting on Autoblog about the Sonata, although I did say that you have posted on here a million times. Which, by the way, is a hyperbole. Also it is an accurate assessment of how many times you've gushed about the Sonata.

        However, if you do want to count the number of times you posted vs. the number of times I have posted, be my guest.

        Almost anyone can determine who is the rational one and who is the irrational one.

        And please, do not tell me to "chillax," especially when its clear that you are unnecessarily defensive to my forthright response.

        - Jonathan
        • 4 Years Ago
        "sonata is clearly superior than mazda6 in my book. mazda6 might have a zoom-zoom factor on sonata, but sonata is better than mazda6 in everything else. numbers don't lie."

        Emphasis: YOUR BOOK. But your book is not the same as everyone else's book. Did you even read any of the other posts? Every car resonate with each person differently. It is fine if the Sonata resonates with you, but don't come here bashing every other car and everyone else. It is annoying. Anyone can see that.

        And numbers do not mean anything if a car doesn't connect with you.

        Finally: grow up. Just because you own the Sonata doesn't mean it is the best car.

        Just so everyone here knows; I do not own a Mazda6. But I have driven one and it drives great. I have not driven the Sonata so I cannot comment about it.

        Any rational person can see that Joseph is unreasonably fanatical about the Sonata.
        • 4 Years Ago
        nah, i like being a Kid.

        you sir sounds like my dad.
        • 4 Years Ago
        who cares how many times i posted in here? i don't even come to autoblog often. if you have a problem with some one posting alot in this website then you should just find something better to do.

        i'm only posting here because i'm just excited about my new car.

        and i stand by my comments. sonata is clearly superior than mazda6 in my book. mazda6 might have a zoom-zoom factor on sonata, but sonata is better than mazda6 in everything else. numbers don't lie.

        but i have a sense that accord will still come on top in C/D comparison tests. they are obsessed with accord. it would take an herculean effort to beat an accord.



        • 4 Years Ago
        Grow up.

        You may be 30 but you're acting like a little kid.
        • 4 Years Ago
        First off Joseph, this post wasn't directed at you, it was directed at Autoblog for not including a Mazda6 notation in this review while including the Accord, Camry, Altima, Fusion, and Malibu.

        Second, who are you to speak for what Americans do and do not want? Do you speak for all Americans? You know exactly what all Americans want?

        You can legitimately say something like, 'Americans prefer the Accord and Camry in the midsize segment due to sales figures.' But you can't come on this board and campaign staunchly for the Hyundai while refuting everyone else's skepticism about this "awesome" new car.

        All I'm seeing if you posting on here a million times about how great the Sonata is. Don't you have anything better to do than vigorously lobby for this car that practically no one has driven yet except for you?

        You go on to state, "Americans love a midsize that isn't sports tuned." So you're telling me a turbocharged four cylinder car with 250hp isn't sport tuned??? According to who? You? Please. So you're saying that "sports tuned" refers only to a great handling car??? That is ridiculous.

        Finally, please read my post again. I agree, yes, the Accord is the sales leader over the Mazda6. But that wasn't my point. My point is that some people care about driving dynamics and driving enjoyment; while some cars like the Accord and Camry strive to be all cars for all people. That is why they sell the most.

        Just because C/D ranked the Accord higher in their comparo, it doesn't mean that its the better car for all people. Some people value handling, some people value power, some people value resale price.

        Stop coming her and professing your love for the Sonata. It is clear that you do not understand why some people love certain cars over others and you refuse to stop campaigning for the Sonata.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mazda 6 lost to the Accord in the last C/D comparo. It lost due to harsh ride, not as good brake feel and overall refinement.

        again, Mazda6 would score high points in a 'sports sedan' comparison test. but it won't win any Midsize sedan test.

        but many are saying Kizashi is better than mazda6.
        • 4 Years Ago
        chillax Jonathan,

        are you telling me that i'm a loser who posts on autoblog mindlessly? :D well, you can criticize my love for sonata all you want, but that won't stop me from posting. did i tell you to buy a sonata? did i force anyone to buy a sonata? ???

        i'm getting very excited about driving 250+hp which will gives me 35mpg. i could careless about if it is v6 or turbo. i just want power and good mpg. and not sure what to expect from turbo, but i'm sure it's a more powerful version of SE.

        Sonata is aiming to achieve sportyness as well as comfort. that's why i think it's much superior than Mazda6. hyundai said 60% of buyers will choose GLS. basically hyundai's main target is a typical CAMRY BUYING AMERICANS. SE for sporty ride, and turbo for those who want sporty and power. but make no doubt sonata is an all arounder. Mazda6 isn't. if mazda6 is your thing, good for you. but again, a typical american would be more attracted to sonata's package over mazda6. that's just my opinion.

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