New Sheriff In Town? - 2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata: New Sheriff In Town?

May 03, 2011

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So the Sonata had another good month in April, with sales up 17 percent year-over-year. Still, that wasn't enough to make it Hyundai's biggest hit last month -- that honor went to the Elantra, which sold 22,100 units to the Sonata's 21,738. According to Hyundai, the Elantra "is outselling all other 40-mpg compacts by a margin of six to one."

April's sales performance represents a first for Hyundai: It stands as the first time the manufacturer has sold more than 20,000 units in the same month of two different models. Nice going.

Do you think the Sonata is destined for life as, uh, number two or is the Elantra's current dominance merely the result of short-lived panic regarding high fuel prices?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 16,251 miles

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