2011 Hyundai Sonata Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Hyundai Sonata - Road Test Specs

2011 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

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


Model year2011
ModelSonata GLS
StyleFWD 4dr 5-passenger Sedan
Base MSRP$19,915
Options on test vehicleVenetian Red, Carpeted Floor Mats ($100), iPod Cable ($35)
As-tested MSRP$20,050
As-tested Edmunds National TMV$20,050
Assembly locationMontgomery, Alabama USA
North American parts content (%)41


ConfigurationTransverse, 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, indicated (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)198 @ 6,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)184 @ 4,250
Fuel type87-octane recommended
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission ratios (x:1)1st = 3.27; 2nd = 1.93; 3rd = 1.70; 4th = 1.28; 5th = 1.03; 6th = 0.83; R = 3.59
Final-drive ratio (x:1)FD = 4.33 (1, 2, R) / 3.25 (3, 4, 5, 6)


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 sizeP205/65R16 94H
Wheel size16-by-6.5
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

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.9
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
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.3
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.7
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.2
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)12.1
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)16.2 @ 90.1
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)131
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.5
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON61.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.79
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.76
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.8
@ Full throttle (dB)72.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.2
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,450

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

Test date3/2/2010
Test locationCal Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)59
Relative humidity (%)63.12
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.91
Wind (mph, direction)1.5, Headwind
Odometer (mi.)2,160
Fuel used for test87-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)33/33

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
Driving range (mi.)647
Edmunds estimated monthly fuel cost ($)$116

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionAM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 with six speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via proprietary cable
Satellite radioStandard XM
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard; Optional audio streaming
Navigation systemOptional with traffic 6.5-inch display screen (measured diagonally)
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Optional weather, stock ticker, sports
Smart entry/StartOptional ignition doors trunk/hatch
Parking aidsOptional back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayStandard (instantaneous/average fuel consumption)

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
Trunk volume (cu-ft)16.4
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (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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