The Value Of The Dollar - 2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata: The Value Of The Dollar

April 19, 2011

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You could get a brain aneurysm trying to pick a car in the midsize-sedan segment. There's just so much talent there. The Fusion really engages on the road but I like the Kizashi's refinement. And you can't ignore the lively Mazda 6.

I was thinking about this as I was driving the Sonata home last night. The sedan delivers in most of the areas that people in this segment care about -- decent ride quality, nice-looking (and durable) interior, great fuel economy. But it's swimming with some pretty ruthless piranha.

Then I remembered: Oh yeah, there's its price. And all the standard features that come with that price. The Sonata (along with the Optima, another strong candidate) is thousands cheaper than a comparably equipped Kizashi, the car that's my fave in this segment. Would that sway me? It might.

How much of a factor is price when you're making car-buying decisions? And how much of a price advantage would it take to steer you toward a particular car? Couple hundred bucks? Couple thousand?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 15,956 miles

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