HYUNDAI SONATA NAMED A BEST FAMILY CAR FOR 2011 BY PARENTS MAGAZINE AND EDMUNDS.COM
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 7, 2011– The 2011 Hyundai Sonata was recognized as a Best Family Car for 2011 by Parents magazine and Edmunds.com in their annual list of family vehicles. The Best Family Cars of 2011 will appear in the July 2011 issue of Parents magazine which hits newsstands nationwide on June 14.
“For the cost of some compacts, the Hyundai Sonata offers a backseat that's big enough for adults and provides ample space for installing car seats without a struggle,” said Parents editors. “The advanced four-cylinder engine provides the best mileage of any car in its class -- as well as all the power you'll need to feel confident merging onto the highway. The 16.4-cubic-foot trunk can fit two full-size strollers plus other kid paraphernalia.”
Car experts from Parents and Edmunds.com scrutinized hundreds of vehicles focusing on safety and reliability as top priorities. The list includes 15 top models – three each in Sedan, Budget, Crossover, Eco-Friendly and Large Car categories. Each car was judged on safety, performance, interior, exterior and family-friendly features. In addition to professional reviews, editors took into account feedback from parents who own and drive the vehicles every day.
“The Hyundai Sonata debuted with an innovative redesign for 2011 that is both parent and kid-friendly, making it a smart buy for families,” said Scott Margason, director of Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Sonata offers class-leading comfort with an EPA designated large volume interior, standard 35 mile-per-gallon highway fuel economy and advanced standard safety technologies making it the perfect midsize sedan choice for families this year.”
The 2011 Sonata represents a modern approach to the traditional midsize sedan segment by using only advanced four-cylinder engines, emotional design and luxury features offered with Hyundai’s strong value proposition. The Sonata launched with a new Theta II 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine and in-house six-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle offers class-leading fuel economy of 22 mpg city/35 mpg highway and 198 horsepower standard. Both hybrid and turbo powertrains round out the Sonata lineup, offering a trio of high value options for consumers.
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile power train warranty, 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance and the Hyundai Trade-in Value Guarantee.