2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Hyundai Sonata - Road Test Specs

2011 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

(2.4L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)


Model year2011
StyleFWD four-door, five-passenger sedan
Base MSRP$20,050
Options on test vehicleVenetian Red, Carpeted Floor Mats ($100), iPod Cable ($35)
As-tested MSRP$20,050


Drive typeTransverse, front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated direct-injected inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,359cc (144 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.3
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)198 @ 6,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)184 @ 4,250
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)1st = 3.27; 2nd = 1.93; 3rd = 1.70; 4th = 1.28; 5th = 1.03; 6th = 0.83; R = 3.59


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist speed-proportional rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.5
Tire brandKumho
Tire modelSolus KH25
Tire typeAll-season (33 psi cold front; 33 psi cold rear)
Tire size, frontP205/65R16 94H
Tire size, rearP205/65R16 94H
Wheel size16-by-6.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialStamped steel with hubcaps
Brakes, front11.8-inch one-piece ventilated steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11.2-inch one-piece solid steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.2
0-60 mph (sec.)7.7
0-75 mph (sec.)11.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.8 @ 90.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)131
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.79
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.8
@ Full throttle (dB)72.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.2

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsTraction control is fairly aggressive and the Sonata is obviously quicker with it off. Remarkable torque at low rpm, good midrange, but power wanes in upper revs. Infuriating throttle damping between upshifts kills pace, momentum and rhythm. Shifter is light and precise, but my guess is that the six-speed automatic would be quicker.
Braking commentsRating: Average -- Consistently average stops with minimal fade; good anti-dive damping and a trustworthy pedal; ABS is unobtrusive and fast-cycling.
Handling commentsRating: Average -- Slalom: Because the steering is so isolated from what's actually happening, the slalom becomes a "visual" exercise rather than one of feel. That said, yaw response is adequately quick, transitions are reasonably good and the rear follows the front. Skid pad: Aside from the isolated steering feel (more like winding a rubber spring than pushing hydraulic fluid) the Sonata is poised and mostly neutral, with minimal-to-moderate understeer.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)59
Wind (mph, direction)1.5, Headwind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)24 city/35 highway/28 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)22.4 worst/27.3 best/24.6 average over 902.8 miles
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,161
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,199
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60/40
Length (in.)189.8
Width (in.)72.2
Height (in.)57.9
Wheelbase (in.)110.0
Track, front (in.)62.9
Track, rear (in.)62.9
Turning circle (ft.)35.8
Legroom, front (in.)45.5
Legroom, rear (in.)34.6
Headroom, front (in.)40.0
Headroom, rear (in.)37.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.7
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16.4
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)60/40-split fold standard, no volume provided


Bumper-to-bumper5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain10 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion7 years/unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available

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