No Need for the Turbo? - 2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata: No Need for the Turbo?

February 28, 2011


In general, I operate on the idea that too much power is just enough. Our Sonata might have me rethinking this, though.

Over the weekend, I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of L.A. traffic and had plenty of opportunities to open up the Sonata on the highways. Climbing the onramps proved easy, blasting past slower drivers without having to floor it. Highway passing was just as easy, too.

And that got me thinking, "is it really worth it to get the turbo version?"

On paper, the $1,500 premium you pay for the turbo will get you to 60 mp in 6.7 seconds while the normally aspirated engine takes 8.2 seconds. That's a significant difference, I know, but I felt that the turbo's lack of low-end power didn't present a big enough enticement. If anything, I thought the turbo Sonata just pulled harder higher in the revs.

Personally, I'd pass on the turbo. The regular Sonata is just fine for the vast majority of drivers.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor

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