Hyundai Sonata Awarded a ‘Top Safety Pick’ by the IIHS.
Thanks to numerous airbags, 4-wheel ABS brakes, front and rear crumple zones, and a whole host of modern safety technologies, the Sonata received a 2011 ‘Top Pick’ award from the IIHS. And with a name like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, you can bet they take their testing very seriously. The sonata features electronic stability control, traction control and anti- lock braking system, brake assist, and electronic brake force distribution. These components make it one of the safest rides on the market.
Sonata engineers decided that instead of creating a 4-cylinder and a 6-cylinder option like the competition, they would simply get more power out of a better, fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine. The result is two of the most revolutionary engines available.
The Sonata’s 2.4L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine is the most powerful naturally aspirated 4-cylinder in its class, delivering up to 200 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque. It meets Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) standards, and in some states, a version even qualifies for Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) status.
The Sonata 2.0T is a game-changer. This 4-cylinder twin-scroll turbo pumps out 274 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque—more than the V6 Camry, Accord and Altima. Why spring for an expensive, less-economical V6 when you can get more power and go further with the 2.0T?
Endless tweaking transformed the Sonata into the sport-tuned SE. Modified suspension and steering deliver a sportier ride and increased steering response. Larger stabilizer bars reduce body roll and improve handling on curves. A stylish dual exhaust makes the most of either the 2.4L or the 2.0T, while paddle shifters mounted on the leather-wrapped steering wheel put it all at the driver’s fingertips.
Front fog lights, leather-bolstered and cloth insert sport seats, and 18-inch Hyper Silver alloy wheels with performance tires complete the transformation, and Proximity Key entry with push button start mean you can go from admiring it to flooring it in seconds.
Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) allows each engine intake and exhaust valve to be controlled independently, minimizing emissions and offering substantial gains in power. Paired with the Sonata Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), they optimize the air intake and boost torque, allowing the engine to be miserly with fuel, but not with performance.
The manifold and turbine housing of the Sonata 2.0T twin-scroll turbo is one cast stainless steel piece. This highly advanced design helps minimize lag and is lighter than a conventional turbo engine. Specifically engineered to recover even more energy from the exhaust than a single-scroll turbocharger, the Sonata’s turbo improves combustion efficiency, and provides low-engine-speed efficiency.