• Jun 23, 2010
2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo – Click above for high-res image gallery

According to Hyundai, its new 274-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine for the 2011 Sonata sedan is going to be a real gem. To wit, the Korean automaker says the boosted-four will propel its midsize sedan to 60 miles per hour in just 6.5 seconds. That's serious speed for the segment and it means the Sonata will at least have the accelerative chops to stick with the rest of the sport sedan competition.

Of course, these days frugality is just as important as horsepower, and Hyundai assures us that its 2.0T-powered Sonata will be able to return the promised 22 miles per gallon in the city and 34 on the highway – all on regular-grade fuel. For those who like to keep track of such things, Hyundai claims those figures are 16 better respectively than the outgoing 3.5-liter V6.

Want more? Well, that's all we can share for now... but our initial driving impressions will be on their way just as soon as Hyundai gives the word. Stay tuned.



[Source: Hyundai]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I still remember my buddy's '86 Excel literally coming apart--what a POS.

      And now we've got this car. Unbelievable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is really depressing.

      First I realize many of the Hyundai fan are paid to post on Autoblog, but really? Are their this many people excited over a boring Hyundai economy family car?

      Depressing to think people are excited about this vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Right, all of us are getting paid by Hyundai to praise something noteworthy. Please point out another family sedan with this amount of HP and has this level of MPG.

        It is depressing that you are such a fool. Stop being a troll, no one likes you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Mike

        The 2.7 V6 isn't used in any new, current US Hyundai models. You might want to double check your facts.

        Also, what was so terrible about your Tiburon? I drove one about six years ago and I thought it was pretty decent for the price paid. It handled well and sounded mean with an exhaust and intake. For $20,000 you got a car with leather, a six speed and a V6. It is hard to go wrong.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If I am being paid by Hyundai to praise them, I am getting screwed then, because I have not seen a check, AND I had to pay for my Hyundai.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Without "smaller" companies pushing the envelope, the bigger companies become complacent and don't give you anything "revolutionary", just "evolutionary".

        I'm a former 2003 Tiburon owner and btw - Hyundai used to say "We've changed, we are a NEW company".

        That was BS then. The car was HORRIBLE and that engine is still in use on some new Hyundai Models as we speak. (2.7 v6).

        They have def come a long way and with cars like this.. it is definately pushing the envelope.

        This may cause Toyota to make a Turbo 4cyl which will find use in the Corolla and Matrix. See how this can help??

        Also, I will probably at least test drive this car and see if it's worth the hype. I won't however, just be writing it off because its a Hyundai. Stop being a badge fanboi!

        I own 2 Toyotas and a Nissan. Even with my bad experience with Hyundai I am now possibly willing to give them another shot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What was that about checking facts.
        Go to the KIA website. Hyundai is still building that engine and selling the 2.7.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Congrats Hyundai, you've made a better Accord/Camry, but its no German sports sedan. Keep the good karma rolling ... how about a 4-seat soft-top convertible?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Impressive!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, Hyundai, when can we expect to see this engine in the Genesis Coupe?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is pretty awesome. No it will not threaten the premium sports sedans like BMWs or Lexi (it is WWD, after all), but it sure as heck is a nice addition in the relatively boring mainstream family sedan segment. 270hp, 0-60 in 6.5 sec, great gas mileage on REGULAR GAS? Even VW's 2.0T gassers can't do that.

      The front grill seems atrocious in pictures but in person the car looks very nice now that I've seen a few.

      I applaud Hyundai for introducing such a car. This is exactly the kind of car we need on a family sedan segment to spice things up. Toyota/Honda/GM/Nissan/VW please take note. Somebody just raised the bar on the fun-economy mix.
      • 4 Years Ago
      is it just me or does the last photo look suspiously like a logitudinal enginge trans combo(note what looks like a U joint bracket on the end of the trans and extra long tailhousing not normally associated with a transverse front engine ) ....hyundai thinking of putting this in something rear drive, a la genesis coupe? they should but might want to offer a manual

      speaking of which offer a manual in the sonota 2.0T
      • 4 Years Ago
      I will take a Kia Optima Turbo when it comes. I have seen several Sonatas in person and I still can't get over the design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That should be a great bang for the buck!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Hyundai Sonata and Mazda 6 are both exciting rides and bring some fun to a normally boring segment. Why does the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have to be so boring?

      On a side note I wish Mazda would give the 6 a real name.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. A proper name for the 6 would rule. Bring back a name like Cosmo or Luce for it. Those were sweet names.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually the 'Miata' name is no more. IIRC it is know known as the MX-5 here in the states (as what it is called every where else for years).

        I will still call it the Miata though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Get a Mazdaspeed6. It is a name that matches the car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Sea Urchin

        Your point? 6 conveys no emotion. Just sounds lazy. They named Miata. Why can't they name they're awesome midsize car?
        • 4 Years Ago
        But plain 6 is so much simpler.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Quote: ""Why does the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have to be so boring?""


        Good question.

        Hyundai is way ahead of Honda and Toyota on engine tech now, as well as build quality, the "fun factor", and interior quality.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am officially a Hyundai fan. Never thought I'd say those words 10 years ago.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Me neither. 10 years ago I was a huge Mazda fan. If you were to tell me back then I would have a turbo RWD Hyundai coupe in my driveway today, I would have laughed at you.

        It's truly amazing how far Hyundai has come in a decade and they don't show any signs of slowing or stopping!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay Hyundai now has two cars that 'interest' me, this turbo sonata and the genesis coupe. Since I have only ridden in a Hyundai once in my life I'll withhold judgment of quality etc.
      ...but their logo still sucks. That needs a redesign like all their cars.
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