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A few years ago, Hyundais were not common on Los Angeles roads. Currently, they are a common site. In particular, the Hyundai Sonata has a strong presence. On May 8, Hyundai Motor America announced that the mid-sized sedan was gaining ground on its closest competitors, the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord; thus, making it the third best-selling mid-sized vehicle for 2011. In addition it had surpassed the Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, and Chevrolet Malibu. Hyundai Motors America attributes the Sonata’s success to its styling, included features, competitive pricing, and best-ever residual value for 2013.
Other factors prompting the Sonata’s popularity is recognition by J.D. Powers and ALG. According to the J.D. Power 2011 APEAL Study, Sonata owners in 2011 were more satisfied with their vehicle’s fuel economy, design, and value than owners of Camry, Accord, Altima, Fusion and Malibu. ALG, which calculates a vehicle’s residual value, has given the 2013 Sonata its highest-ever residual value (60%) for 2013 in recognition of the vehicle’s low incentive spending and low fleet mix.
The Sonata has a base MSRP of $20,895 for the GLS. For that you get a 198 HP 2.4 liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) four cylinder engine, an Active ECO System, and Hyundai Blue Link telematics system. I refer to the Sonata as the Swiss Army Knife of the Hyundai lineup because of the variety of power plants and features. For those that desire a bit more luxury, the SE model (base MSRP: $23,345) is available. For about $2,000 more, the Limited is available. Both the SE and limited models are available with a 274 HP 2.0 liter twin-scroll turbo power plant. For the eco-conscious, the Sonata Hybrid is available with a base MSRP of $25,850. Thus, Hyundai offers mid-sized car buyers an amazing number of choices. The current Sonatas all come with an impressive list of standard features. For example, heated seats are standard equipment for all models and packages except the base GLS model.
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