2011 Hyundai Sonata: Sad Trombone
January 10, 2011
So the 2011 Hyundai Sonata was beat by the Chevrolet Volt for 2011 North American Car of the Year. The Volt won with 233 points, the Hyundai Sonata had 163 and the Nissan Leaf electric 94. Surprised?
Apparently the Volt won because it "seamlessly bridges the gulf between today's liquid fueling infrastructure and the plugged-in electric future," according to juror Lindsay Brooke of Automotive Engineering International.
Last month, when I asked you guys to place your bets on who would win COTY there wasn't one clear-cut favorite but a lot of argument over the niche cars versus vanilla family sedans. But commenters greenpony and dg0472 called it by saying the Volt would win this. Everyone buy them a round of drinks.
"Considering how hard it is to make any headway in such a crowded segment, the Sonata is a clear cut favorite to win the award." -- tjpark01
"Personally, I think the Leaf should win. It's been overshadowed by the Volt so much that a lot less people know about it." -- adavis2493
"Considering how plebian the previous winners are, the Sonata has a great shot." -- emajor
"This award does not seem to be given to the best car, but simply to the car that has the most buzz." -- ed124c
"What's so special about the Sonata that it deserves such an honor? The award has to go to the Volt or the Leaf; the Sonata deserves no consideration." -- greenpony
"My vote would probably be the leaf.... partially because my best friend has an '11 Sonata and would shove it in my face." -- isend2c
"who cares about double priced electric cars with uncertain life expectancies." -- billt9
"I'd vote for the Volt and think it will win, too." -- dg0472
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor