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Old 12-12-2010, 04:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Since car is new... I hesitate to take it out in the snow/salt...for those of you driving in this wintry weather...how does the 2011 Turbo Sonata Ltd handle in snow??
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great with winter tires on it... Otherwise don't even try.
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I live in the middle part of Wisconsin and we got absolutely blasted this weekend with snow. Let's just say, with stock tires (predictably poor in the snow, of course) I got showed up by a Geo Metro. If you have the traction control on, you literally will not go anywhere; the tires simply won't turn. Now, I will admit, we were hit with an abnormal amount of snow (snow which you would never drive in anyways) but I was disappointed. I'm hoping I can find some 16" rims that I can put my blizzaks on that I had on my civic.
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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meh, my se 2.0t did pretty good tonight in the snow..
wasnt a ton of snow, but didnt have any real issues..


does just as good as my civic si did
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I`ve finally got my 2011 Sonata Turbo Limited on Dec 3rd. I`ve negotiated winter tires and the dealer installed them at delivery. They are 215/60 R16. Since taking delivery it`s being snowing every day and I can say that it is as good if not better in snow/ice than my Honda Civic.
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QUOTE (smassie @ Dec 13 2010, 09:13 AM)
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I`ve finally got my 2011 Sonata Turbo Limited on Dec 3rd. I`ve negotiated winter tires and the dealer installed them at delivery. They are 215/60 R16. Since taking delivery it`s being snowing every day and I can say that it is as good if not better in snow/ice than my Honda Civic.
This is exactly why I wish Hyundai would've left the Limited 17"ers on the Limited Turbos, and not make the SE 18s standard.

I drove the 3.5V^ Altima for years with the same 215/55/17s, and never had an issue in the snow....driving carefully of course.
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This car should be FAR better than a civic in the snow because it weighs like 1000lbs more. I agree that the tire choice that Hyundai made is extremely poor for a majority of the country. If you live in an area with very little snow fall, they're just fine (a little loud, but that's a different issue).
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We had about 1-2" of snow here. The car did NOT inspire confidence. Tires spun at first stop sign. Spun more going down the street at 20mph feathering the gas.

Currently looking at winter wheel & tire options.
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I know the logic because of downsizing is to reduce the width of the tires typically but aren't both the stock 17" and 18" wheels both 7.5" wide so the difference would be negligible with equal snow tires put on both?

In my other car I've gone from a 16x7.5" tire to 13x6.5" tire in the winter and that makes a noticeable difference but I'm attributing that more to the width than the smaller diameter.

Does the pressure of the tire have any factor in the snow handling since lower profile tires typically need higher PSI?
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QUOTE (njohnson @ Dec 15 2010, 10:59 AM)
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I know the logic because of downsizing is to reduce the width of the tires typically but aren't both the stock 17" and 18" wheels both 7.5" wide so the difference would be negligible with equal snow tires put on both?

In my other car I've gone from a 16x7.5" tire to 13x6.5" tire in the winter and that makes a noticeable difference but I'm attributing that more to the width than the smaller diameter.

Does the pressure of the tire have any factor in the snow handling since lower profile tires typically need higher PSI?
The first number in the tire is the width in millimeters.
Turbos/Ses have 225/45/18, 2.4L Limiteds have 215/55/17, GLSs have 205/65/16
The other huge factor is the 225/45/18 are performance tires, built for aggressive cornering and speed rating first.
The other tires are more of an all season tire, and are widely available in Michelins(MXV4) and GoodYear (ComforTread). My old V6 Atima had 215/55/17s and I drove over a coating of snow without issues (until I was 40,000 miles into the treadlife). I don't drive on unplowed roads, I call it a snowday and work from home, and the wifey's Pathfinder goes out during those conditions.
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