Dinner Carpool - 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS: Dinner Carpool

March 31, 2011

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Last night, four of us piled into the Hyundai Sonata to meet an Audi executive for dinner. It was a five-mile drive which took 45 minutes in rush hour traffic. Between alternating groans and heavy sighs, editors Erin Riches and Michael Jordan made the following comments:

Riches, right rear seat: I've always thought the Sonata had a busy ride (where I would feel every little bump in the road), and with the car loaded up with 4 adults, it was pretty uncomfortable in the backseat. Also, the vents invariably blow right in my face, whether I'm driving the car or sitting in the backseat. Still, at least I had plenty of legroom.

Jordan, right front seat: This is such an American car. Big enough for all of us, and it's quiet at idle or while cruising (though not between, which means it still needs development). But it's also American because it seems like a rising tide of crumminess is threatening to engulf it. Now it seems more and more like the last Sonata long-term car we had, a great value but not a great car.

Meanwhile, on the left side of the car, I sat behind Scott Oldham, threatening the whole ride to flick him in the back of the head.

What can I say, we each do our job in different ways.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 15,489 miles


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