When the redesigned 2011 Sonata goes on sale later this month, it will be one of the most affordable midsize sedans on the market, but not by much. Base GLS models with a six-speed manual are $19,195 before destination charges of $720. The competition is close with manual-equipped versions of the Ford Fusion ($19,695), Toyota Camry ($19,395), Mazda6 ($18,450), Nissan Altima ($19,900 with continuously variable automatic transmission), Honda Accord ($21,055), Subaru Legacy ($19,995) and the slightly smaller Suzuki Kizashi ($18,999). The outgoing Sonata started at $18,700.
We covered the 2011 Hyundai Sonata and its 198- or 200-horsepower four-cylinder and 35 mpg highway rating at last year’s L.A. Auto Show. You can read more
Hyundai points out that the 2011 Sonata is well equipped in base form, with the GLS coming standard with USB inputs, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, trip computer, keyless entry, heated mirrors, Bluetooth and steering-wheel audio controls. Adding an automatic transmission brings the GLS price to $20,195.
The Sonata’s top trim level of Limited continues to be much less than the competition’s comparable entries and starts at $25,295. Navigation is an option on all trim levels.
A full price, option package and trim level breakdown from the automaker is below.
Sonata GLS manual transmission - $19,195
Six-speed manual transmission
16-inch steel wheels with full covers
Electronic stability control/traction control/antilock brake/tire pressure monitoring systems
Front active head restraints
Front, front seat side and curtain airbags
Body color front grille
Tilt and telescoping steering wheel with cruise and audio controls
AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 with iPod/USB and aux input jacks
Remote keyless entry and alarm
Power windows, locks, heated mirrors
Advanced trip computer with custom settings
Integrated Bluetooth with phonebook transfer
Daytime running lights
Sonata GLS Automatic Transmission – $20,195 (In addition to or in place of Sonata GLS manual transmission equipment):
Six-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic
Popular Equipment Package - $750
16-inch alloy wheels
Power driver’s seat
Driver’s lumbar support
Chrome interior door handles
Leatherette interior panel door inserts
Automatic light control
Popular Equipment Package plus navigation - $1,700
Requires Popular Equipment Package
Navigation system with high-resolution touch-screen display