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Second Drive: 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T

Forced Induction Makes For More Family Fun Here in the U.S., the mid-size sedan market is thought to be all but impregnable to newcomers. Ruled for decades by models that have become icons of the industry, the segment has enjoyed a long and peaceful reign by the likes of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. But the funny thing about success is that if you're not very, very careful, it breeds complacency. While the titans of the four-door kingdom have been sleeping on beds of cash made on the innovations of two decades ago, Hyundai has been busily polishing its reputation and pouring over... Read More

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    New York: 2015 Hyundai Sonata plays a more mature tune
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    Hyundai's new North American CEO Dave Zuckowski pulled a silky sheet off of the redesigned 2015 Sonata here at the New York Auto Show, ushering in not only a new era of domestic stewardship for the company, but also a new, more mature design direction for its mass-market vehicles. Though we've already seen the striking sedan in a wealth of recent photos, ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #373
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    Episode #373 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth and Steven Ewing are joined by Rory Carroll of Autoweek to talk about the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Porsche working on a flat-four engine, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, and the Acura TLX debuting in New York. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for ...

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    Official: Hyundai reveals all-new Sonata in South Korea
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    We've seen the spy shots. We've seen the teasers. We've even seen the finished product uncovered in its home market. But now Hyundai has officially taken the wraps off its new Sonata, consistently one of its top sellers in North America that was surpassed only recently in the sales charts by the smaller, cheaper and slightly newer Elantra. It's Hyundai's ...

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    Hyundai admits 'error' in KDM Sonata fuel economy announcement
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    Stop us if you've heard this one before: Hyundai is going to have to reduce the officially announced miles-per-gallon number for its 2014 Sonata. While there's a lot of similarity between this new situation and events that transpired in 2012, there are some important differences. For one, the new mileage mistake, which Hyundai says was once again caused ...

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    Spy Shots: 2015 Hyundai Sonata found uncovered in Korea
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    Hyundai is locked and loaded to debut its redesigned, 2015 Sonata at the New York Auto Show next month. For one enterprising Korean photographer, however, the reveal just couldn't come soon enough. A South Korean website called Bobaedream.co.kr unceremoniously published some images of what would appear to be a completely undisguised example of the new ...

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    Teased: 2015 Hyundai Sonata gets a shadowy preview
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    It's only been on the market since 2010, but such is the hectic pace of the family sedan world that the Hyundai Sonata finds itself as the elder statesmen of the midsize segment. The current, sixth-generation sedan put the Korean automaker in the hunt with its audacious Fluidic Sculpture styling and bold powertrain choices (it was the first to eschew a ...

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    Report: Sonata, Elantra driving down Hyundai quality scores
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    Hyundai was the butt of many jokes in the auto industry when it first entered the US market, but since then, it has forged ahead and built cars that stand with the best in their respective segments. The 2011 Sonata and 2011 Elantra were seen as the apotheosis of the brand's forward progress when they were introduced, but falling J.D. Power and Associates ...

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    Confirmed: 2015 Hyundai Sonata confirmed for New York debut
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    Despite receiving a host of improvements for the 2014 model year, the next-generation Hyundai Sonata is right around the corner. During a technical briefing today, Hyundai's North American CEO, John Krafcik, confirmed to Autoblog that the 2015 Sonata will debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show in April. The Sonata will be one of Hyundai's three major ...

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    Hyundai twin-charged 1.8L GDCI gas engine expected to be more efficient than 2.0L diesel [UPDATE]
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    Despite the growing trend of automakers offering diesel-powered or electrified powertrains, there's still a whole lot that can be done with the good-old gasoline internal combustion engine. And at Hyundai, that's exactly what's being worked on – new gasoline engine technologies that improve both performance and efficiency. During an event at the ...

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    Official: 2014 Hyundai Sonata gets host of improvements, starts at $21,350* [UPDATE]
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    Hyundai has announced improvements for the 2014 Sonata, as well as a price increase of $155 for the base GLS model, which has a MSRP of $21,350. That doesn't include the *$795 destination fee. The most expensive Sonata, the Limited Turbo, starts at $28,650, also not including destination. The new features are numerous, but only a fraction of them come ...

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    Spy Shots: Next-gen Hyundai Sonata spotted testing near the 'Ring
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    The sixth-generation Hyundai Sonata helped usher in a stylish era for the previously boring midsize sedan segment. After four years on the market, though, some of the Sonata's rivals are newer and arguably more stylish, so it's not surprising that Hyundai appears to be in the early phases of a redesign for its popular sedan. From what we can see in these ...

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    Recalls: Hyundai, Kia recall 270,000 cold-weather state vehicles over rust
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    Hyundai has announced plans to recall 240,000 Sonata and Azera models registered in the northern United States over corrosion caused by the use of road salt. Exposure to the salt can cause rust to form (we know, basic chemistry here), and that the corrosion can change the alignment of the rear wheels, according to Reuters. Sonatas from the 2006 to 2010 ...

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    Report: Business booming for Hyundai in 'Bama, new production record set
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    Although it may be a distinction of mild importance on a global scale, Hyundai announced that last month it set an all-time sales record for the month of April. Digging a little deeper, Hyundai-Blog – an enthusiast site not affiliated with the South Korean automaker – is reporting that another record was set: to go along with 63,315 total ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #332
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    Jaguar F-Type Coupe, domestic automakers gaining market share, Volvo takes aim at the Volkswagen Golf Episode #332 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth and Zach Bowman talk about the Jaguar F-Type Coupe, the simultaneous market share gains by domestic automakers for the first quarter of 2013, and Volvo taking aim at the Volkswagen ...

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    Report: Altima, Fusion shaking up midsize sedan sales race
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    When we first saw and drove new midsize sedans like the 2013 Nissan Altima and 2013 Ford Fusion, we had a feeling the Toyota Camry would eventually see a challenge for the top sales spot, but we had no idea things would move this quickly. Automotive News is reporting that the quarter tallies still show the Camry holding a sizable lead over its ...

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    Report: Hyundai Sonata successor to seek evolution, not revolution
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    Hyundai hit a home run with its current-generation Sonata midsize sedan, so don't expect the Korean automaker to make revolutionary changes when its replacement comes out for the 2015 model year. The four-door sitting in showrooms today was launched in 2010 with radical new lines that marked a big departure from its rather bland predecessor. Even with ...

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    Recalls: Hyundai and Kia recalling 1.6M more models for faulty brake switch
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    In what is likely the largest recall campaign for Hyundai and Kia, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of more than 1.6 million models due to a faulty brake switch. This is in addition to almost 700,000 Hyundai and Kia models recalled for the same problem back in 2009. In more than 620,000 Kia models and 1 million ...

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    Recalls: NHTSA launching investigation into 2006-2008 Hyundai Sonata rust
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    The Detroit News reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating almost 400,000 Hyundai Sonata models over rust complaints. So far, NHTSA has received six complaints that Sonata models, built between 2006 and 2008, have allegedly suffered rear control arm failures due to subframe rust. Three of those occurred at highway speeds, ...

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    Official: 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid gets bigger, better battery pack, lower MSRP [UPDATE]
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    Just yesterday, we told you how Hyundai's 2013 Sonata Hybrid was late out of the gate (along with its mechanical twin, the Kia Optima Hybrid), with growing speculation suggesting that the company was revisiting its gas-electric sedan with an eye toward improving its efficiency. Well, today Hyundai has released official details, and that's exactly ...

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    Study: Consumer Reports criticizes small turbo engines for misleading performance, fuel economy claims [w/video]
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    Consumer Reports has taken aim at at small-displacement, forced-induction engines, saying the powerplants don't manage to deliver on automaker fuel economy claims. Manufacturers have long held that smaller, turbocharged engines pack all power of their larger displacement cousins with significantly better fuel economy, but the research organization says ...

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