2011 Hyundai Sonata at 2009 L.A. Auto Show

By David Thomas  on December 1, 2009

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  • Competes with: Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion
  • Looks like: An evil-looking take on the family sedan
  • Drivetrain: 198-200 hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • Hits dealerships: January 2010
We already knew about Hyundai’s impressive four-cylinder engine going into the all-new Sonata, but today the company revealed the full details on the 2011 heading to U.S. dealers next month.

Mileage is impressive at 23/35 mpg city/highway, but what's more interesting is that this Hyundai sedan will turn heads. Yes, it shows glimpses of the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and VW CC, yet it's distinctive enough to stand out among its direct competitors like the Camry and Accord.

On top of mileage and looks, the Sonata packs a spacious interior with the most overall interior volume in its class. Like the Accord, it falls in the EPA’s large sedan classification -- not midsize -- because it is so roomy inside. The trunk is nearly class-leading at 16.4 cubic feet.

We don’t have a full model breakdown in hand yet. However, all Sonatas come standard with XM Satellite Radio, USB port and iPod integration, and Bluetooth connectivity.

A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a hybrid model will be unveiled later in 2010.

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