The Everyman Car - 2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata: The Everyman Car

October 25, 2010


This weekend I was glad that I had our 2011 Hyundai Sonata as my companion as I had to go ALL over L.A. -- Koreatown for the opening of an Oaxacan restaurant, Malibu for a schmancy food festival, Venice for yet another food festival and Hollywood to catch the latest horror flick. It had to lug everything from passengers to huge hampers of dirty laundry, negotiate congested city streets and tight parking situations and rainy canyon roads. It adapted pretty well to most all of my needs, even dancing around slow, distracted drivers -- the scourge of L.A. streets.

Suffice it to say, the Sonata is utilitarian around the city but still does all right when driving leisurely on curvy roads. Not to say this is the car for enthusiasts but definitely for those who enjoy mountain roads for the view, not the curves. It's got a little more spice than that vanilla Camry.

What my passengers this weekend had to say about the car, after the jump...

My brother (34-year-old film editor), who's actually in the market for a new car: "This is a Hyundai? That backseat is huuuge. How much is this? $40K?"

John (40-something broker), who says he's an enthusiast but drives an F-350: "I wouldn't take this on Latigo Canyon [uber-curvy canyon road in Malibu] but it seems to drive pretty well and sound good for a four-cylinder."

Lindsay (30-something food writer/photographer), my friend who parked too far away from the Malibu event and was lugging bags while wearing uncomfortable shoes: "Thanks so much for picking me up! Ooh, it's nice back here."

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 8,506 miles

PS: Yes, that's llama dung next to the front driver wheel. What happens when you park at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu.

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