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I saw a 2011 Sonata up close today.

It looks very stylish - also big - looks bigger than my 2008 Taurus.

But, I like V6's

Question? Does the four have adequate power? In the WashDC area, it is suicidal to drive an underpowered car.
 

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im comin from a 240hp supercharged v6 in the form of a series 1 3.8L buick riviera 3,800lb car. this is a 200hp(SE) on a 3,200lb car. i was a little skeptical as u were. the ONLY difference i see between the 2 so far is when going up a steep hill it kicks down in gear and will rev higher. still does the same job though. i recommend taking it for a test drive. you will be very surprised. i would def want to drive this car on the beltway!
 

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Very good power. I hit 90+ more than once on my test drive before I knew it. Good thing nobody (with a badge) was watching!
 

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QUOTE (kn5owa @ Sep 16 2010, 09:23 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=356756
I saw a 2011 Sonata up close today.

It looks very stylish - also big - looks bigger than my 2008 Taurus.

But, I like V6's

Question? Does the four have adequate power? In the WashDC area, it is suicidal to drive an underpowered car.
I would say it has more than enough power (GLS, 198hp), but if your worried about it and love the style of the car I would recommend that you wait a few more weeks and also test drive the Turbo (2.0 274hp).
 

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Your 2006 V6 Sonata is a full second quicker to 60 mph than the 2011 2.4-liter Sonata. That is a big difference. In addition, your V6's fatter, low- end torque curve will make it feel more punchy around town too. Coming out of your car, you may feel it is not enough power. The fact that you asked the question indicates that you value strong acceleration. Nothing wrong with that. If you like your power, you may want to wait for the turbo. To the best of my knowledge, the turbo should be faster than your V6 (and still get good mileage).
 

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That depends what you want the car for. Generally, this car has 'enough' power for most situations, and this comes from somebody used to fast cars. If you insist on V6 power, the turbo-4 is comparable, but I'd recommend driving the NA first. I personally HATE FI engines, so if I wanted V6 power, I'd find a V6 car, like the Accord or Camry. Probably Camry, as I don't like the complexity of 'cylinder deactivation' on the Accord. Good luck.
 

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funny u say that, the 2008 taurus is 200 inches long! almost a whole feet longer than the yf sonata.



QUOTE (kn5owa @ Sep 16 2010, 08:23 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=356756
I saw a 2011 Sonata up close today.

It looks very stylish - also big - looks bigger than my 2008 Taurus.

But, I like V6's

Question? Does the four have adequate power? In the WashDC area, it is suicidal to drive an underpowered car.
 

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The power of the 2.4 GDI is very good, and it improves upon break in.

I came from a 2003 Infiniti G35 with 265 HP. While the Sonata is no match for that, it compares well to my 2001 I30 (227HP), '99 300M (253HP) and '96 Chrysler Concorde(214HP). I am very pleased with the engine, although I gotta admit that it would be hard to resist the Turbo! :3gears:
 

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Thanks for all the input -- never had a turbo.

Will have to drive one.

Hope turbo doesn't lead to problems. My V6 is absolutely trouble free and burns no noticeable oil.
 

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I live in Leesburg. I've had my GLS up to a 'faster than posted' speed limit on 495 and up the 270 spur on many occasions, as well as the occasional jaunt over the Wilson Bridge to my folks' place in Ft. Washington.

The 198 HP 4-cyl. will do a good job of getting the car out of harm's way. Don't expect to be pushed back into your seat, but when you step on the gas you will go and go fast!
 

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Love the style of the Hyundai but just could not pull the trigger. To your question directly I found it very good power once you where rolling but to be a total dog off the line. Test drive and pay close attention to this. If you do test drive report back and let us know what you think.

Caution if you buy a PZEV (ultra low emission equipped/programed) model you will sacrifice 8hp over the non PZEV model (PZEV indicated on top of price sticker). Wonder how many bought the PZEV model and dont even know they took a HP hit up front during their purchase. Dont know if the PZEV model was made for states with higher emissions standards but the dealer dont care and are also taking delivery in other states just to stay on top of demand currently.

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I just checked the window sticker on my Limited , build date Jun 25 2010 and shipped to Ill. , and it appears to be a non PZEV model.
In reality I can't see what all the fuss is about.
8 hp out of 198 is so small , I don't think that the average consumer could tell the difference.
 

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QUOTE (Fallguy @ Sep 18 2010, 01:40 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=357005
Love the style of the Hyundai but just could not pull the trigger. To your question directly I found it very good power once you where rolling but to be a total dog off the line. Test drive and pay close attention to this. If you do test drive report back and let us know what you think.



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Glad to see a critical review, In general, people don't do them.

I find it maddening to punch the gas pedal in a car, hear a lot of noise, and not go anywhere. As I said in my orig. post, the WashDC area is populated with "me first" kind of people, and if you can't accelerate well, you can find yourself in bad situations. E.g., merging onto freeways, or trying to get away from aggressive drivers going at with each other (the "road games around here are something else).

Your "dog off the line but ok when rolling" perfectly describes my "other car" - a ford taurus. But, it is a big car designed and geared for good mileage on the open highway - and that's what I bought that car for - long interstate trips.

Footnote to elp - I thought "cylinder deactivation" was a relic associated with the old Cadillac Northstar V8's. Will have to watch out for that one.
 

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Prior to my Sonata, I had a 2007 Passat with the 2.0T engine. The Passat was quicker in all respects and more fun to drive, but the engine in my Sonata seems to be loosening up after putting some miles on it. I currently have around 2700 miles and it may be imagination, but she seems to be getting a little more lively.
 

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QUOTE (Fish8 @ Sep 18 2010, 07:50 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=357037
Prior to my Sonata, I had a 2007 Passat with the 2.0T engine. The Passat was quicker in all respects and more fun to drive, but the engine in my Sonata seems to be loosening up after putting some miles on it. I currently have around 2700 miles and it may be imagination, but she seems to be getting a little more lively.
I have noticed the same thing. My SE now has 4000 mi and seems to have noticably more power lately. It may also be that I am not running the A/C as much lately. Anyway, my V6 Mazda with MT may be a little faster off the line but around 55 the sonata will have its way with it. Plus uses 1/3 less gas and runs or regular.
 
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