Hyundai Sundai Fundai - 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS: Hyundai Sundai Fundai

January 04, 2011


So there's the latest addition to my driveway. Over the New Year's break, my girlfriend bought a Genesis Coupe to replace her Mini Cooper S. We trekked up to Glendale, CA in the driving rain to pick up this 2.0-liter turbo base model. I was half hoping that pulling up in our Sonata would help grease the wheels of commerce. Not so much.

There was an available $1,000 cash incentive for current Hyundai owners, but since the Sonata belongs to Edmunds and I wasn't listed as a co-buyer, we were stuck with my limited bargaining skills. In the end, we got the car for $24,600 out the door, which is about $600 under Edmunds TMV. Not bad, I think.

Funny side note: the sales manager was "Bobby Bluetooth" fromTop Gear USA episode 7. Not so funny note: we were there for about three hours.

There are a lot of similarities between the Sonata and Genesis Coupe. Both are comfortable, with well-placed controls and surprisingly good fit, finish and materials. The Genesis, though, is quite a bit louder than the Sonata. Not in terms of road or wind noise, but rather, engine noise. Which is fine, since this is supposed to be sportier than the Sonata. When it comes to styling, I think both are fairly attractive cars that share just enough Hyundai design DNA to know that they're related, but not so similar that you can't tell them apart (I'm looking at you, Audi).

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 11,990 miles

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