Beats Walking - 2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata: Beats Walking

April 11, 2011


I just spent a few days in New York City, where no one but the taxi commission owns a car. I used to live there ages ago and thought nothing of walking and taking public transportation everywhere. But now that I'm a Californian I've gotten soft.

I remember when I first moved here, I used to walk about six blocks to a bus stop and then take the bus to the office. I was saving up for a car purchase but thought nothing of the commute. Everyone who I worked with thought I was nuts. Walk? Are you crazy? We don't even have sidewalks everywhere in L.A. This is true. On part of my walk I had to cross the street to be able to walk on a sidewalk and then back to the other side to continue on.

So, here I was in NYC, no car and plenty of places to go. Instead of buying a Metro card, I walked everywhere. My ankles still ache. But it was nice to get a feel for the city again. When I got back, the Hyundai Sonata was waiting for me at home. It felt strange to be behind the wheel of a car. But the Sonata is such an easy car to drive. It's comfortable, has an automatic transmission, and not too many gadgets that I have to RTM. No heated seats but it does get the Broadway channel.

The Sonata was a nice friend to come home to.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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