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Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Sonata

We may have seen a rendering of this tuning project by Rides Magazine a month ago, but it was nothing compared to the beautifully sleek and gorgeous Hyundai Sonata Turbo we see before us. This vehicle has jumped our list of must-see SEMA-bound automobiles.

The best part of this project is that everything was done in a subtle way, but with amazing results. The exterior sees new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, a rear spoiler, and a roof spoiler hidden behind the matte pearl paint job from BASF. And to prove that black is indeed slimming, Rides has added a matte black debadged front grille, smoked taillights and painted headlights, and 20-inch Rennen Modular M9 concave wheels in a powder coated matte black and wrapped in Falken FK452 tires. These black accents draw your eye to the front and center of the vehicle, while still appreciating the fine lines that lead you there. Audi LED fog lights integrated into the new front bumper and a 3M vinyl carbon wrap on the roof also add to the sexiness of this ride.

For the interior, Rides is offering a combination of black leather and suede with red stitching, along with integrating carbon fiber trim throughout. The trunk gets two JBL 12-inch subwoofers paired with two JBL amplifiers. The whole package is finished by a custom quad tip exhaust and an S-Max front mount intercooler that replaces the factory unit up front.

Hyundai may be taking a couple of Genesis Coupes by Ark and Gogogear Racing as well as Rhys Millen Racing’s Equus and Hyundai’s Equus DUB Edition , but the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T by Rides Magazine definitely steals the show.

Press release after the jump.

Posted on by Bryan 9

In the United States, driving doesn’t seem to be a passion for most people. Just take a road trip and you will understand why we say that. You’ll see people driving along, talking on their phones, eating a burger, or doing their makeup, as they peddle along in their crossovers or large SUVs. But, let’s not just hate on those vehicles, because there are plenty of other dull vehicles that are topping the sales charts. The Toyota Camry, as good as it might be at hauling people, is about as exciting to drive and to look at as a horse and buggy. Honda has been getting this wrap lately as well with the new Accord and we can see why. It got fatter and worse in its current form. Well, if you feel the same way as us, Hyundai might have a solution.

The base Hyundai Sonata is a fine automobile and we find it to be one of the best midsize sedans on the market. It gets great mileage and looks sensational, but the lack of a V6 option makes performance hard to come by. Just take a look at the Nissan Altima . Put a V6 under the hood of that machine and it becomes a whole new animal.

That might not be the case anymore, as automakers are swapping out larger motors for turbocharged ones. The new 2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo is the perfect example of this new trend. So, is the new Sonata 2.0T a worthy replacement of the V6 midsize sedan, or does it fail to live up to expectations.

Hit the jump to find out.


For those of you interesting in buying a new 2011 Sonata 2.0T , Hyundai is now offering you the chance to configure your car online. We know what you’re thinking, shouldn’t configurators only come for models that are actaually worth spending hours playing around with online? That would be yes, but apparently Hyundai does not care.

The 2011 Sonata 2.0T is offered in two trim levels: Sonata SE 2.0T priced at $24,145 and Sonata Limited 2.0T priced at $27,045. Customers can also choose from a Navigation and sunroof package priced at $2,600 and a Navigation Package priced at $2,100. There is also a short list of accessories that includes ipod cables, wheels locks, cargo net, and more. The new sedan will be offered in a choice of eight exterior colors and only one interior choice: gray leather with cloth for the SE version and gray leather for the Limited version.

The 2011 Sonata 2.0T model is powered by a 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged gasoline direct-injection (GDI) engine rated at 274 hp at 6,000 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque from 1800-4500 rpm and mated to a a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual control.

Source: Hyundai

Starting today the 2011 Sonata will get a new version: 2.0T, a model powered by a 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged gasoline direct-injection (GDI) engine rated at 274 hp at 6,000 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque from 1800-4500 rpm and mated to a a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual control. The 2.0T engine will be available on the SE and Limited trim level.

The Sonata 2.0T will be distinguished from the regular version by a new panoramic sunroof, 18" hyper silver alloy wheels, dual exhaust system and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

This is the first Hyundai vehicle to have both GDI technology and a turbocharger. Sales will begin later this year.

Updated 10/04/2010: Hyundai today announced prices for the 2011 Sonata 2.0T. Prices start at at $24,145 MSRP for the Sonata SE 2.0T and $27,045 for the Sonata Limited 2.0T. The 2.0T engine will be available on the SE and Limited trim level, with the 2.0T SE adding an upgraded fully automatic temperature control system, and the Limited adding the SE’s 18-inch hyper silver alloy wheels, dual exhaust, and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

UPDATE 10/20/2010: Check out our review of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo by clicking here !

Press release after the jump.


A few days ago we reported about Hyundai ’s first announcement for the SEMA Show: a Hyundai Genesis Coupe by ARK . Today is time for the second one: a 2011 Sonata Turbo 2.0T tuned by Rides. Official debut will be made on November the 2nd.

The Rides Sonata 2.0T comes with 20-inch concave monobloc wheels, matte pearl white paint and a slew of carbon fiber components including the roof, grill, interior trim, side mirrors and rear diffuser. To complete the design, fabricators will incorporate custom LED fog lights into the bumper.

The interior will be inspired by the Ferrari F430 . There will be a strategically placed stitched leather throughout and carbon fiber trim accents. Those strapped into the leather driver’s seat will take pleasure in performance upgrades including turbo and intake enhancements, and a quad tip dual exhaust.

Stay tuned for the official details on the car!

Press release after the jump.


You can’t enjoy the sweet taste of success without figuring into some trouble along the way and that’s what Hyundai is finding out after it has announced that the Hyundai Sonata , the car that has helped the Korean-based manufacturer surge into third place in the midsize car segment, is now being recalled because of a potential steering problem.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, a recall of 139,500 units is being issued after it was discovered that “the steering column intermediate shaft universal joint connections may have been either improperly assembled or insufficiently tightened.” If not fixed, the problem could lead to a complete separation or compromised attachment of the connections where the driver could lose steering capability and thus increase the risk of a crash happening.

The NHTSA definitely said a lot to wrap our heads around, but it sure looks mighty serious, and if you happen to own a Hyundai Sonata built anytime between December 11, 2009 to September 10, 2010, then you are advised to call the Hyundai Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-633-5151.

Source: NHTSA
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We have had nothing but good things to say about the new Hyundai Sonata , expect of course for the recall issues. It won our midsize sedan test, beating out the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, and it has been praised by numerous other media outlets.

With all these awards and great comments, the Sonata began to sell very well. It began to move up the sales ladder and now, it has overtaken the Nissan Altima for third place in the midsize sedan segment, according to The Detroit News. Hyundai sold 21,399 models, just falling behind Honda’s 22,506 mark for the Accord and Toyota’s 30,000 sales for the Camry.

The Korean sedan has been kicking the tails of theFord Fusion and the Chevrolet Malibu for quite some time, but this is the first time that it has beaten a major Japanese machine. There are many reasons for this overtaking. Styling, performance, build quality, and the car’s incredible fuel economy have helped it climb easily up the ladder.

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Nobody will ever get excited over a washing machine. It does one job and if it does it well, that’s enough to make you smile for at least a few seconds, but you will never get tingly over it. The same can easily be said of midsize sedans. There will never be one parked outside of a very expensive Beverly Hills country club and no super spy will drive one. Yet, that won’t stop theHyundai Sonata from being a damn good car.

What makes this machine so amazing is the fact that Hyundai wrapped so much into a package that costs so little. You get a 2.4-liter direct-injection four cylinder with variable valve timing, six-speed automatic with manual shift, an Ipod/USB/AUX jacks with Bluetooth, ABS, stability control, power everything, and a warranty that will outlast some of the owners, 10 years/100,000 miles, all for $20,195. That cost saving bundle is more shocking than this year’s San Diego Padres.

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is the sixth version of the sedan in the Korean automaker’s history. The plan with this car is to offer families more for their money than they get with the Honda Accord , the Toyota Camry, the Chevrolet Malibu , and so on. On paper, this is the best car for the money.

Hit the jump to read on.

Posted on by Bryan 9

The people over at Consumer Reports have just finished up a series of tests on a few family sedans. The magazine lined up the Chevrolet Impala , Hyundai Sonata , Nissan Altima , and the Suzuki Kizashi, which we just tested. After the miles and miles of driving and investigating were finished, it was the Hyundai and the Nissan that came out on top.

The four-cylinder Altima and Sonata both got ‘Excellent’ ratings from Consumer Reports, but only the Altima managed to get the ‘Recommended’ badge. The reason that the Sonata failed to get that badge was because it was too new and the testers were unable to determine its reliability.

The Kizashi suffered the same fate. As it’s new as well, the Kizashi failed to get the ‘Recommended’ rating, though it did get an ’Excellent’ score. Sadly, the Impala didn’t do so hot.

The downright awful Chevrolet only managed a ‘Good’ rating, though it wasn’t ‘Recommended’ despite its age. The testers didn’t like its fuel economy, clumsy 19th century four-speed automatic, and the poor build quality. They also used the word "Dated".

Hit the jump to see the press release.

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So, we all know by now that the Hyundai Sonata is very good and better than most of the competition. It looks brilliant and can turn heads like a topless woman walking down the street. It has never lacked power, but Hyundai wanted to offer up something fun, for those of us who are speed freaks.

The Hyundai Sonata Turbo is coming and we simply can’t wait. Hyundai say that under the hood of the Turbo will be a 274-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged motor that will allow the car to hit 60 miles per hour in just 6.5 seconds. Nissan Altima 3.5 SR , watch your back.

The power is great, but so is fuel economy. And like the base Sonata, the new Turbo version doesn’t disappoint. The Sonata Turbo , with its turbocharged motor, will be able to get 22 miles per gallon city and 34 on the highway. Mind you, that is on regular-grade fuel, not the premium nonsense that some turbocharged cars have to use. That is mighty impressive if you ask us. Hyundai claims that the fuel economy figures are 16 percent better than the 3.5-liter V6.

Driving impressions should be coming soon and we can’t wait to take this new Hyundai out on the back roads.

Source: Hyundai

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