2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test


2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS: Visiting James Dean

May 20, 2011

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I wish I had some revelation for you. Some insight you haven’t heard before. But I don’t.

I drove our long-term 2011 Hyundai Sonata 820.6 miles in two days and all I have for you is more praise. It was the perfect car for the trip; quiet, extremely comfortable and very fuel efficient. It had plenty of power when I needed it and it covered 517.6 miles on the first of its two tanks of regular. Unlike the Volt, which I also drove to San Fran and back last month, the Sonata didn't need a gas stop until Salinas on the way back.

And its navigation system is fantastic. One of the easiest to use I've ever used. Sure the screen is a little small, but it’s accurate and extremely simple to program. I never had to RTFM. And not once did I get frustrated with its interface.

I drove Interstate 5 on the northbound leg, so I changed routes on the way home, taking 101 South to 46 East to 5 South.

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State Route 46 is the road James Dean was killed on back on September 30, 1955, at the intersection of Route 46 and 41 just east of Cholame. His “Little Bastard” Porsche 550 Spyder was hit by a black-and-white 1950 Ford Custom Tudor coupe, driven from the opposite direction by 23-year-old college student Donald Turnupseed.

Today a monument to Dean stands in Cholame and I couldn't resist stopping to take a few photos of our Sonata at the famous intersection and at the momorial. Next time maybe I'll drive our 911 up there. Seems more fitting.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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