The new 2011 Sonata is the first Hyundai vehicle to have both Gasoline Direct Injection technology and a turbocharger. Turbocharging and GDI are part of “Hyundai Blue Drive,” the company’s environmental initiative to continue industry leadership in fuel efficiency and sustainability.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine in the 2011 Sonata produces 274 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque from 1,800-4,500 rpm with regular fuel.
Hyundai’s turbocharged engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger that when combined with the GDI system results in instantaneous power delivery. Twin-scroll turbochargers have traditionally been used on more expensive high performance engines, but as with GDI, Hyundai has chosen once again to apply this efficient technology in high volume to its most popular model.
The 2.0T engine is available on the SE and Limited trim level, with the 2.0T Limited getting additional upgrades, including: panoramic sunroof, 18-inch hyper silver alloy wheels, dual-exhaust system and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Hyundai’s commitment to making the Sonata 2.0T extremely fuel efficient continues with a six-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual control.
Hyundai’s all-new six-speed automatic A6LF2 transaxle is another way the company is meeting its goals of improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. Shifts are silky smooth with an option of manual control through the Shiftronic feature.
Base model estimated mpg: 22/34
Estimated starting price: $24,145
Compiled by Motor Matters

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