As an owner of a 2.0T SE, I have to tell you it is the best car for the money on the market today. I'm a writer and researcher by trade, and also happen to be a car enthusiast - a ticket collecting en...
As an owner of a 2.0T SE, I have to tell you it is the best car for the money on the market today. I'm a writer and researcher by trade, and also happen to be a car enthusiast - a ticket collecting enthusiast if I must be honest. People often come to me for car purchasing advice, in both determining what the best vehicle for that individual is, as well as negotiating the best price.
First of all, I always tell my friends when you buy a car, buy the engine first and foremost. The engine is the heart of the car, and you simply cannot find a better 4 cylinder engine, in terms of quality, design, components, power, and efficiency, than Hyundai's Theta II. Anyone who knows a thing about cars just needs to hear this one fact: 274 hp, 269 torque, and a combined 26 MPG (22/33). The power to MPG ratio is UNREAL, and the fact that this thing runs on REGULAR gas in just icing on the cake. The first thing I expected with this car was serious torque steer, as the Sonata Turbo has a tremendous amount of horsepower going to those two front tires. The electronics do a fine job of negating any torque steer, but as a result the steering is on the firm side. The handling is by no means sluggish (actually its great), but due to the power behind the wheel there is a degree of driver involvement.
The torque in this car comes on so quickly, there is hardly any turbo lag at all - and seems almost like a great diesel engine in that regard. If there is one knock on the engine, it can sound a bit harsh sometimes, but that's a small negative considering this is a pretty big car, that gets great MPG, and has power on tap.
The interior is very nice (and I've had Audi's, VW's, and an Infiniti G37) - and competes with all of these in terms of build quality. The trunk is big enough for all of your friends golf clubs and could probably even serve as decent living quarters if this economy continues to tank.
All in all, you can't find a bigger, better, more powerful, more fuel efficient car for $25,000. This car is easily the best value on the market. I'll just say this - if BMW bought Hyundai tonight, they would replace the badge on this car and nothing else, and sell it for $45,000. But it wouldn't have a ten year bumper to bumper warranty like my Hyundai does!