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You're probably asking yourself, what does Hyundai--much less the Sonata--have to do with anything performance or luxury oriented? And that's a fair question. Aside from the Genesis Coupe (sporty) and Sedan (lux) there's not much among Hyundai's current range to sate the go-fast, style-hungry enthusiast. Until the 2011 Sonata, that is.

That's not to say this is a rival to the Aston Martin Rapide, or even the BMW 3-Series, for that matter. But most enthusiasts know that fun and style can be found at every price point--even in the budget realm. Mazda, for example, is renowned for building affordable cars with the soul of a racer. The Sonata is a car in a similar vein, with the added dash of its exterior and interior presence.

Hyundai flew Tim Healey, a freelance contributor, and I out to Torrey Pines to spend a quick day in the new Sonata. Tim and I traded stints behind the wheels of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE and Limited, and Tim got a short turn in the GLS as well. We took to the...

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Specs: Select a Trim

Style MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
4-Door Sedan 2.0L Automatic (1)
SE Specs $24,345 $23,026 22 33
4-Door Sedan 2.0L Automatic Ltd (2)
4-Door Sedan 2.0L Automatic Ltd Specs $27,245 $25,465 22 33
w/Wine Int Specs $27,245 $25,465 22 33
4-Door Sedan 2.4L (1)
Manual GLS Specs $19,395 $18,593 24 35
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic (2)
Hybrid Specs $25,795 $24,383 34 39
SE Specs $22,795 $21,578 22 35
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS (2)
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS Specs $20,395 $19,538 22 35
PZEV Specs $20,395 $19,538 22 35
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Ltd (2)
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Ltd Specs $25,495 $23,847 22 35
w/Wine Int Specs $25,495 $23,847 22 35
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Ltd PZEV (2)
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Ltd PZEV Specs $25,495 $23,847 22 35
w/Wine Int Specs $25,495 $23,847 22 35
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