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I'm thinking of getting the 2011 Sonata Limited and I travel a lot on the highway (I'm in sales). A lot of it will be in the West Virginia mountains with lots of steep grades. I'm a little concerned about the Sonata having enough power to handle them (I've always owned cars with V6 engines). My current SUV (Kia Sorento) does ok and it's rated at 192 HP so I'm thinking the Sonata will be ok too, but I don't want to be constantly in the high RPM range with a 4 cyl engine.

Does anyone else do any hilly highway driving that can confirm that there's plenty of power to spare for the mountains?

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Mike
 

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I feel like I have spent half of my driving life going over those mountains. The car has very tall 5th and 6th gears. If you lock it into either on steep hills it will have a hard time maintaining speed, especially if you have extra people, luggage and A/C on. If you just leave it in D and let it select the proper gear it seems to do just fine.
 

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Drove through the Smokies at the end of June in our '11 SE: 2 people, luggage, ac. Couldn't agree more with jdubs' assessment; in my experience, exactly right! :thumbsup:
 

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If power is that important why not get the turbo?
 

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QUOTE (mmartin @ Jul 30 2010, 08:06 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=346253
but I don't want to be constantly in the high RPM range with a 4 cyl engine.
You'll have to be doing that on ANY 4-cyl car man. But that doesn't mean the car doesn't have enough power. I'm sure it does, but it certainly doesn't have power to spare, so engine has to spin higher in the rpm band to produce enough of it. All normally-aspirated DOHC engines are going to be like that to a point, with more powerful engines needing less revs to achieve the same level of power to climb a mountain at certain speed. And obviously a more powerful engine will have more reserve power for passing and getting up to speed. More than high rpm, I would pay attention to noise levels rather than high rpm, since DOHC engines are designed to be operated at high rpm. The bad news is I4 engines are the noisiest, but it's a small price to pay when you only need high rpm operation every once in a while, while enjoying much better fuel economy than a larger/more expensive engine.

Turbo engines make much more torque at low rpm than a normally aspirated engine, plus they're inherently more efficient at high altitudes too, so that might be what you're looking for. I don't like any force-induction engine, but that's just me. Plus going to a larger/force-induction engine just because you want to climb a mountain at lower rpm seems like a waste to me. If you want more power all the time, then it's a different issue. Just find a way to drive the car (rent one, or a friend/forum member) there so you make the right decision. Good luck.
 

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QUOTE (mmartin @ Jul 30 2010, 06:06 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=346253
I'm thinking of getting the 2011 Sonata Limited and I travel a lot on the highway (I'm in sales). A lot of it will be in the West Virginia mountains with lots of steep grades. I'm a little concerned about the Sonata having enough power to handle them (I've always owned cars with V6 engines). My current SUV (Kia Sorento) does ok and it's rated at 192 HP so I'm thinking the Sonata will be ok too, but I don't want to be constantly in the high RPM range with a 4 cyl engine.

Does anyone else do any hilly highway driving that can confirm that there's plenty of power to spare for the mountains?

Thanks.

Mike
It doesn't quite have enough power to up steep hills unless you're 3500+ rpm I would say, but if you think the Sorento is fine, the Sonata can't be any worse considering it's got more power (barely) and lighter (I am assuming).
 
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