2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS: Last Commute (Video)
June 09, 2011
The Venetian Red 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS has left our offices, and on its last night in our fleet, I mounted a camera in the car, hit "record" and set out on Interstate 10. What follows after the jump is sure to be among the most riveting 9 minutes and 59 seconds of your life. At the 6:17 mark, I gently pass a Tacoma PreRunner.
Or not. Actually, if you get carsick easily, don't watch it. I mounted the Kodak ZX3 camera on the rear passenger-side window, bracing it against the B-pillar to minimize shake. And indeed shake is minimized, but instead of a head-on view out the windshield, you're kind of looking at the driver askance as if you were in the passenger seat... while enjoying a view of the LA skyline at dusk.
You'll get a taste of the engine noise during merging and passing from the first 60 seconds of the video. It's hard to get a feel for road noise from a lo-fi video, but my ears tell me it's moderate in the Sonata, and I think that's more or less appparent in the video -- you can follow the play-by-play for Tuesday's Angels/Rays game on the radio.
I've wasted no love on our Sonata GLS over the last year, and this last drive didn't change my opinion of the big sedan's underdone suspension calibration. However, I enjoyed the low-cowl feel of the Sonata's dash (it reminds me of the cab-forward Intrepid), its comfortable driver seat, and its bright, clear displays. And though I don't like the sound of the direct-injected 2.4-liter Theta engine, I always like the mid-range torque. Yep, I'll probably keep recommending this car, just won't buy one.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 19,655 miles