No Shade - 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS: No Shade

May 31, 2011

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One year in the hands of our thirty something editors doesn't give any car much shade from the hard light of reality. While it might not uncover failures that can only happen after seven to ten years, 20,000 miles in our hands is nothing to scoff at. This weekend, I reached the conclusion that the 2011 Hyundai Sonata is nothing to scoff at either.

It's a solid car, and a solid choice.

We dropped nearly 900 miles on its head over the past three days - on only two tanks of gas mind you - and I was surprised at this car's all around competency. The strength of the Sonata on this trip was the smoothness and isolation of the drivetrain. It made me forget, not only my elevated speed, but that the Sonata is powered by a four cylinder engine. This is the same engine got us from Mill Valley (north of San Francisco) back to the South Bay (south of Los Angeles) without stopping for fuel. It never lacked for power or composure.

Here's the fuel economy for the trip. Note that each tank had one leg of the highway trip plus a few miles driving around town. We made no attempt to hyper-mile nor did we shy away from mashing the accelerator to floor to merge, or pass, traffic.

Tank one - 422.8 miles on 14.777 gallons for 28.61 mpg

Tank two - 452.0 miles on 14.801 gallons for 30.54 mpg

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 19,021 miles


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