The mid-size sedan class has been ruled by industry icons, such as the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry, for years. It's been so long since a newcomer has actually stood a chance that many people have thought the market to be completely impossible to break into. Now, Hyundai is about to introduce the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T. Hyundai has spent $550 million on new research and new developments to make this new turbo-charged Sonata not only burst into the mid-size sedan market, but to leave its competitors in the dust.
For years, mid-size sedans have had a V6 under the hood, but the new Sonata 2.0T seeks to change that. It will debut a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Forced induction blended with a direct-injection system gives the little 2.0 liter, four-cylinder engine 274 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. You don't even have to worry about turbo-lag: you have a low rpm of 1,750.
Sure, Ford and GM has tried the same thing, but Hyundai has gone beyond to make their new turbo-charged engine something totally new. Instead of a standard cast-iron piece, the engine is housed in a cast stainless-steel exhaust manifold. This allows it to handle pressures beyond what i was designed for in order to make sure it last much longer. In fact, Hyundai has put it to the test. 300 hours of grueling wide-open throttle testing that was then followed up with an extra 20 hours with engine speeds that were above the redline.
The engine's temperature is kept under control thanks to Hyundai's new aluminum thermal sprayed counter spiny liner. This is a new way of layering aluminum on the outside of the cylinder sleeve, increasing surface area and allowing for better cooling efficiency. This is the first time such a spray has been used in the auto industry. Leave it to Hyundai to come up with such an innovation.
There is also a unique air channeling system that is located on the vehicle's intercooler. This guide sends air to both the intake and outtake areas located on the intercooler, keeping the intake air up to fifty degrees cooler than it would be if there were no guide.
Amazingly, this small engine can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.8 seconds. You don't even need to use premium fuel - regular unleaded will work fine. You can expect to get 23 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway. To help even more with fuel economy, Hyundai has included the Active Eco button. This feature flattens out the throttle fluctuations and keeps fuel consumption as low as it can possibly go.
Other than the engine, there isn't much difference between the Sonata 2.0T and the regular Sonata. The badges are different, but it still has the fluid design on the outside and the design is in no way a copycat of others. Inside, the interior is the same as the base Sonata. You still have the easy-to-use dual climate controls and the touchscreen navigation system, as well as the clear dials and displays.
The turbo-charged Sonata comes in at about $3000 less than competitors. This version of Sonata comes in at $24,145 without destination fees. Not much more than the base Sonata, which comes in at $19,195.