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If you are looking to buy a new car you should consider the 2011 models as well, because these are brand new or redesigned cars that are going to get you noticed. But more importantly, car dealers and especially manufacturers are offering impressive incentives that you will be glad to hear about when you enter a showroom.

One example would be the 2011 Ford Fiesta, available at a starting price of $13,320. This year, this popular small car will be released on the North American market and is considered to be a top car buy, scoring 9.6 points out of 10. That success is due to its comfortable, upscale cabin and some other features that aren’t usually associated with small cars such as the heated seats, the Ford’s SYNC system or the knee airbags for the driver. Moreover, the price is still low even if the car provides hybrid-like fuel economy. The 2011 Ford Fiesta is expected to drive 30 miles with a gallon in the city and 40 miles on the highway.

Another great choice is the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, affordable at a starting price of $19,195. It is an unusual mid-size sedan, cheapest in its class while providing the longest powertrain warranties. Its standard features include XM satellite radio and even Bluetooth. The only drawback is that contrary to other cars in its class that are powered by a V6, the Hyundai Sonata’s engine has only four cylinders. But considering that we are talking about a light car, the power will be enough and if we remind you of the impressive fuel economy you will be convinced. There is no doubt that the 2011 Hyundai Sonata is the most fuel-efficient car in its class, though it’s not a hybrid car.

2011 Hyundai Sonata

Your money will be well spent on a 2011 Kia Sorento as well and the starting price is not that bad ($22,395). By loosing its truck-based platform, this car has become one of the most powerful and compact SUVs on the market. It’s a strong competitor of the Toyota RAV4, because it comes with an optional third-row of seats, a feature that is vey rare in its class. Another special feature that describes the standard model is Bluetooth, while the warranties the car manufacturer offers are impressive. Considering that this SUV can seat up to seven passengers, the fuel economy of 21/29 mpg in/on the city/highway is good enough. And if that didn’t convince you I’m sure that the 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty will.

Another good investment for your money is the 2011 Nissan Leaf with a price tag starting at $32,780. That’s an affordable price for an all-electric automobile that will be mass-produced. Its electric motor is powered by a battery pack chargeable by a 220-volt outlet or by a charging station. With a full charge you will be able to drive around 100 miles. And we are talking about a five-passenger hatchback, a family car. A charge for the 2011 Nissan Leaf will cost only three dollars (it’s time for savings), and the tests showed that the acceleration and breaking is as smooth as on any other car.

The 2011 Infiniti M is another impressive car that received a lot of attention. The starting price is of $46,250, but for your money you are getting a full-size luxury sedan. Its redesign included more power, sharper handling and a high quality interior. The technological level is impressive as well, the 2011 Infiniti M being equipped with high-tech safety features and an interesting optional “Forest Air” system.

2011 is definitely a good year for a new car buy.

Car Ratings And Reviews

If you want your car to turn heads and drop jaws, then consider getting your hands on a 2011 model. Many of this year’s releases are already on stand-by just waiting to be driven out, or at least available for preorder. Brand new designs and upgrades that most people haven’t even seen or heard about, may turn your car in a big hit amongst friends and known-ones. Manufacturers are already working their hats off, to get people excited and into the showrooms to gaze upon the latest and most exclusive releases of 2011.

One of the most anticipated releases of the year is the Ford Fiesta. Early drive tests definitely show promise, in fact when pressed to the limits the Fiesta exceeds all expectations and thereby gains the highest Overall Score ever (9.6  out of 10) ranked at the top of most Affordable Small Car.

How did it come to such success? Easily, because it possesses something most small cars do not, a comfortable upscale cabin and features very rarely seen in its car class. Features like: heated seats or the Ford’s SYNC system and a driver’s knee airbag ensuring as much protection as possible. On top of it all, is as fuel efficient as a hybrid and not as nearly as expensive costing only: $13,320.

Completely redesigned, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata is probably the most unique looking of all mid size sedans. But that’s not the only reason it captures the attention. The sonata is estimated as one of the cheapest cars in the mid size section. Adding another delightful feature, it continues to carry one of the longest powertrain warranties, ensuring the clients that no matter what problem may appear with it, they are not left without compensation. The standard features alone are impressive: XM satellite radio and Bluetooth connector.

The only downside it’s placed on the little four cylinder engine, knowing that nearly every car in this class is equipped with a V6. Yet there is a silver-lining as well since the car is so light, it still delivers enough power to be satisfactory and in the same time it’s the most fuel efficient non hybrid car of its class with a starting price of $19,195.

This car will definitely shape up the SUV market the 2011 Kia Sorento no longer a part of the truck based platforms, is now one of the most cool looking and comfortable riding SUVs currently on the market. This compact and powerful SUV is even giving the class leader, the Toyota RAV4 a very hard time. The Sorento may be equipped with an optional third row seat, feat that is very rare in this class. Impressive standard features like Bluetooth equip this fine looking model, making it efficient as well as comfortable.

Kia has an estimate fuel feed of 21/29 mpg city/highway which may seem preety average for the class, but it fares quite well considering its design is able to accomodate up to 7 passengers comfortably. An impressive feat for only : $22,395.

Other cars that have made top interests are the Nissan Leaf with a starting price of $32,780 and the 2011 Infinity M with a high starting price of $46,250

High tech, looks, comfort, and performance, that’s what it’s all about.

NHTSA to investigate the 2011 Hyundai Sonata over steering issues

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is not resting, and has announced another investigation concerning the 2011 Hyundai Sonata.

It seems that after the faulty door latches recall from the beginning of the year, the Sonata might be plagued with a new problem, this time concerning the steering column. More specifically, 16,300 Sonata sedans might have a faulty upper universal joint, located in the intermediate steering column.

Under stress, the joint has been reported to break, leading to a loss of steering capabilities. No accidents have been reported as of yet, but Hyundai has already declared that it is cooperating fully with the federal agency.


2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0 Turbo reaches 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, does 34 mpg highway

Hyundai is going all out with the 2011 Sonata model, as not only did it implement the new, more attractive design language, but also threw everything plus the kitchen sink in terms of options.

Now, after pleasing regular fans, those with a desire for a bit more performance out of their sedan will be treated by the South Korean company with the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0-liter Turbo model.

As you already know, the new car is powered by a direct injection, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, capable of 274 HP. Up until now though, we didn’t know just what impact the potent engine will have under the hood of the Sonata: will it offer adequate performance or be weighed down by the sedan?

Worry no more, as Hyundai has revealed the first official performance details. The Sonata 2.0 Turbo will be able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in an impressive 6.5 seconds. Better yet, it seems that the fuel economy won’t be so bad, with Hyundai estimating 22 mpg US in the city, and an equally impressive 34 mpg on the highway.

Expect the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T to hit dealerships in the following months.


2011 Hyundai Accent (Verna) debuts in Beijing

During last week’s Beijing Motor Show, Hyundai finally revealed the 2011 Accent compact sedan, or Verna, as it is known in Asia.

As you can see above (if you take your eyes off the lovely ladies), the new Accent sports the same Fluidic design language as seen on the larger Sonata sedan. One can even go so far as to say the Accent is just a shrunken version of its bigger brother.

Either way, this still leaves the compact sedan with a very attractive look, one that is certain to attract the customers that can’t spring for a full grown Sonata. For the Chinese market, two petrol engines are going to be available: a 106 HP 1.4-liter that can be coupled with a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic, or a more potent 121 HP 1.6-liter unit, available only with the automatic transmission.

The 2011 Hyundai Accent is set to hit the Chinese market this summer, with the South Korean carmaker planning to launch the model all around the world somewhere between the end of 2010 and beginning of 2011.


2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid revealed, 209 HP and 37/39 MPG

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid didn’t surprise anyone at the 2010 New York Auto Show, as the South Korean carmaker teased the new model days before it was finally revealed.

Now, the first US hybrid from Hyundai has been detailed, and we can say that the Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry Hybrid do have a few things to worry about. Starting with the powertrain, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid uses the same 2.4-liter inline-four cylinder engine, now running on an optimized Atkinson cycle. Instead of opting for a CVT gearbox to couple the engine and the electric motor (which develops 30 kW or 40 HP), Hyundai opted for a standard six-speed automatic gearbox, with the motor running instead of a torque converter.

This means a total power output of 209 HP and 195 lb-ft of torque. Official fuel estimates aren’t available, but Hyundai is confident the Sonata Hybrid will do 37 mpg on the EPA combined city cycle and 39 on the highway. Also, the company revealed that the model can accelerate up to 62 mph running in pure EV mode.

Two major factors contributed to the performance of the Sonata Hybrid. First off, the low weight. Besides the fact that the Sonata is already a light mid-size sedan, the hybrid model is the first to use a lithium-ion battery pack in the USA (the Volt will be the second). This means a curb weight 3,457 pounds. Secondly, the improved aerodynamics also play a big role. No doubt, you noticed the restyled front fascia of the Sonata Hybrid, as well as extensions to a few other body panels. This means that the drag coefficient has been reduced from 0.28 to 0.25.

Overall, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is looking pretty good as opposed to its competition. The last remaining unknown is the price, which will be revealed at a later time. Until then, check the car out in the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid


2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo revealed, packs 274 HP and 34 MPG

Right before the New York Auto Show kicks off today, Hyundai decided to unleash the details of its top-of-the-range 2011 Sonata Turbo model, which will pack a twin-scroll turbocharged (duh!) 2.0-liter direct injection four-cylinder unit.

The figures for this new car? A whopping 274 HP and a jaw dropping 34 MPG (on regular gasoline!). Torque figures are also quite high, with 269 lb-ft of twisting power. You won’t be wrangling that power with a manual gearbox though, as only a six-speed automatic will be available for the 2011 Sonata Turbo.

In comparison, the regular 2011 Sonata, with its un-turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four gets 35 MPG, while the already teased Sonata hybrid will be averaging a rumored 39 MPG. All in all, there’s no valid reason to skimp paying a bit extra and ordering the Sonata Turbo when it will be available this summer.


Hyundai starts teasing the Sonata hybrid before New York debut

Hyundai is getting ready for the start of the New York Auto Show, where it will premiere two new versions of its 2011 Sonata sedan. The first is a range-topping model powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, while the second is the South Korean company’s first US-spec hybrid.

As you can imagine, Hyundai is focusing more on the hybrid, and has just released the first teaser photo of the model, showcasing a part of its redesigned front end. It seems the company wants to give the hybrid Sonata a distinct personality, and will add in some influences from the Blue-Will concept we saw earlier this year in Detroit.

No official details are known, but it is expected that Hyundai will be optimizing the 2.4-liter direct injection inline-four cylinder unit in order to make it more efficient, and combine it through a regular six-speed automatic gearbox with a 30 kW electric motor.

Until the start of the NY show, at the end of the week, the guessing game is still open regarding the new Hyundai Sonata hybrid.


Hyundai stops sale of 2011 Sonata, recalls units over door latch problem

Hyundai was extremely busy these past couple of weeks with the launch of the brand new 2011 Sonata in the US, a model which it hoped would generate big sales.

Sadly, it seems the launch didn’t go without a hitch, as Hyundai has just announced that it will recall all new Sonata models sold (around 1,300) and stop the sale of the ones already in dealerships due to a malfunction in the driver and passenger door latches.

“The [Sonata's] front doors incorporate a convenience feature that allows a locked door to be unlocked and opened by pulling the inside door release handle without first unlocking the door with the inside door lock switch. If a front inside door lock switch is held in the locked position while the inside door handle is pulled to open the door, the door latch may malfunction. If this occurs, the inside door handle will not return to its normal, stowed position and the door latch will remain in the unlatched position when attempting to close the door.”

Hyundai also revealed that the rear doors aren’t affected by this problem, as they don’t have the specific mechanism fitted. Replacement parts are being shipped out to dealerships across the US, and it is expected that the fixing procedure will last around one hour per vehicle.

The few customers who already received their 2011 Hyundai Sonata are advised to contact dealerships and schedule a meeting. While the defect isn’t life threatening, I’m pretty sure some people would want to get out of the car fast in dangerous situations.