The Hyundai Sonata is a mid-size sedan that started out at the back of the pack, but has transformed into a top contender. Once just a bland sedan that could get lost in any parking lot, the Sonata now has striking looks and exceptional performance.
The History of the Hyundai Sonata
The Sonata was first introduced to the U.S. market in 1989 as second generation model. It had been sold in other countries prior since 1985. Over the years, the Sonata sailed along unobtrusively under the radar. It wasn’t until the sixth generation that the Sonata became the sexy machine we know today.
Sixth Generation Sonata (2011-present)
Model year 2011 marked the introduction of the sixth generation Sonata. The new model is unlike anything that has come prior – it features a striking chiseled exterior, redesigned interior and exceptional drivetrain. Trim levels include the GLS, SE and Limited.
Engine options for the 2011 model include a 2.4L 4-cylider or 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder. Transmission choices are 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. In 2013, the automatic became standard fair throughout the lineup. Front-wheel drive is the only option for getting power to the ground. This was also the first year the hybrid model was offered.
One of the things that makes the Sonata stand out from the competition is its generous array of standard equipment. For the 2011 model year, every Sonata comes with , keyless entry, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, heated side view mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a trip computer, a 60/40-split rear seatback, a six-speaker stereo and Bluetooth.
The Sonata has now become one of the bestselling cars in the mid-size sedan segment. Its eye-catching appearance and stellar driving experience are sure to keep it there.