2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0T Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Hyundai Sonata - Road Test Specs

2011 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2011 Hyundai Sonata SE (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 5-passenger Sedan
Base MSRP$24,865
Options on test vehicleIndigo Blue Pearl, Carpeted Floor Mats ($100), iPod cable ($35)
As-tested MSRP$25,000
Assembly locationMontgomery, Alabama, U.S.A.
North American parts content (%)39


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged direct-injected inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,998cc (122 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.5
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)N/A
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)274 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)269 @ 1,750
Fuel type87-octane acceptable + 91-octane for best performance
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles
Transmission ratios (x:1)1st = 4.651; 2nd = 2.831; 3rd = 1.842; 4th = 1.386; 5th = 1.000; 6th = 0.772
Final-drive ratio (x:1)2.885


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, monotube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.5
Tire make and modelHankook Optimo H431
Tire typeAll-season, touring (35 psi cold front; 35 psi cold rear)
Tire sizeP225/45R18
Wheel size18-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front11.8-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11.2-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.8
0-45 mph (sec.)4.4
0-60 mph (sec.)6.6
0-75 mph (sec.)9.3
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.6 @ 97.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.2
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.8
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.5
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.7
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)9.4
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)14.7 @ 97.4
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)120
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.0
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON59.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.84
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.80
Sound level @ idle (dB)38.0
@ Full throttle (dB)66.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)62.0
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,050

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWith traction control on, the Sonata 2.0T was a little slow off the line, not allowing wheelspin, but the time was still pretty quick. Running with the stability control system off enabled a bit of wheelspin about a second or so after launch as the turbo came on boost, but ultimately wasn't that much quicker. The car does not allow pedal overlap for power braking, nor does the transmission hold gears in manual mode -- it automatically shifts at about 6,000 rpm. Heat soak was fairly significant.
Braking commentsThe first stop was the best, with only a moderate amount of fade on the following runs. A significant amount of dive causes the rear to get light, resulting in a bit of squirm. The pedal is initially firm, with some sponginess through the pedal travel.
Handling commentsSkid pad: The steering has less than favorable feedback, with an artificial-feeling boost. Understeer on the limit gets progressively worse if you try to over-drive it. ESP breathed off throttle to bring the car back in line. Slalom: With ESP off, the slalom was an exercise in front-wheel-drive oversteer. Slow in, fast out kept the rear in line, and steering smoothness was key. It's easy to get behind in your turns due to a slight yaw delay, compounded by the loose tail. ESP was fairly intrusive when pushing the Sonata hard -- but we found out why!

Testing Conditions

Test date10/12/2010
Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)71.9
Relative humidity (%)55
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)29.6
Wind (mph, direction)2.9, tailwind
Odometer (mi.)3,016
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)35/35

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)22 city/33 highway/27 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)25.2 worst/32.6 best/26.7 avg (over 1,030 miles)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5
Driving range (mi.)610.5

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionAM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityOptional iPod via propietary cable USB stick
Satellite radioStandard XM with 90-day free trial period
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard with optional music streaming
Navigation systemOptional DVD
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Optional XM Data with weather, stocks and sports
Smart entry/StartStandard ignition doors trunk/hatch
Parking aidsNot available
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayNot available

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,338
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,388
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61/49
Length (in.)189.8
Width (in.)72.2
Height (in.)57.9
Wheelbase (in.)110.0
Track, front (in.)62.5
Track, rear (in.)62.5
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)Standard 60/40 split/fold, no volume given


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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