Track Tested - 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS: Track Tested

August 02, 2010


Break-in complete, it was time to take our 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS to the test track for its introductory numbers.

We ran our new Sonata through all of our tests. How did the 198-horsepower I-4 motivate the 3,251 sedan and how did the P205/65R16 Kuhmo tires grip the pavement?

Follow the jump to find out.

Vehicle: 2011 Hyundai Sonata
Odometer: 1,113
Date: 6/29/10
Driver: Josh Jacquot
Base Price (with destination and tax): $20,915
Options: Venetian Red, Option Group 03 Popular Equipment Package Plus Navigation ($2,450 -- includes 16-inch alloy wheels; power driver seat; driver's lumbar support; automatic headlight control; chrome interior door handles; leatherette interior panel door inserts; navigation system with high-resolution touchscreen display; dimension AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with seven speakers and external amplifier (360 watts); 90-day complimentary subscription to XM NavTraffic, XM NavWeather; XM sports and XM stock), Carpeted Floor Mats ($100).
Price as tested: $23,465

Drive Type: Front-wheel drive
Transmission Type: Six-speed automatic
Engine Type: Inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 2,359cc (144 cu-in)
Redline (rpm): 6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 198 @ 6300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 184 @ 4250
Brake Type (front): 11.8-inch one-piece ventilated steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers.
Brake Type (rear): 11.2-inch one-piece ventilated steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers.
Steering System: Hydraulic-assist variable-ratio rack-and-pinion steering.
Suspension Type (front): Independent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar.
Suspension Type (rear): Independent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar.

Tire Size (front): P205/65R16 94H
Tire Size (rear): P205/65R16 94H
Tire Brand: Kumho
Tire Model: Solus KH25
Tire Type: All Season
Wheel Size: 16-by-6.5 inches front and rear
Wheel Material (front/rear): Cast aluminum
As Tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,251

Test Results:
0 - 30 (sec): 3.2
0 - 45 (sec): 5.4
0 - 60 (sec): 8.2
0 - 75 (sec): 12.0
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 16.1 @ 88.3
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 7.9

30 - 0 (ft): 31
60 - 0 (ft): 128

Slalom (mph): 64.5 stability off. 62.7 ESC on
Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.76 stability off, 0.76 trac on

Db @ Idle: 41.5
Db @ Full Throttle: 79.2
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 69.5
RPM @ 70 mph: 2,000

Acceleration Comments: Don't bother with manual shifting. best run in "D." Manual response is too slow and only results in mis-shifts.

Braking Comments: Solid, consistent high-effort pedal. No significant fade.

Handling Comments: Slalom: Significant yaw delay makes quick transitions a challenge. Small, smooth steering inputs are the key. A real ride with ESC off! Skidpad: Just stomp and steer with ESC on. System does a fine job of tracking throttle against steering inputs. Difficult to match this performance with ESC off.

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