Run to the Sun — Hyundai Sonata

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Imagine driving a very cool new car for a distance between 9 to 25 miles, getting out and then into another very cool car for another 9 to 25 mile leg and then repeating the same routine through 23 cars in a two day period.

Welcome to the 2010 NWAPA (Northwest Automotive Press Association) Run to the Sun held recently in western Washington.? After 23 cars and more than 450 miles of smiles, here are our quick impressions of the Hyundai Sonata.

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The Sonata was probably the least exotic of the ?Run? vehicles, but it was the first time many of the 23 participating journalists had a chance to drive this very popular new large Hyundai sedan. It?s so popular, in fact, that Hyundai can?t build them at their new Montgomery, Ala. fast enough to meet demand.? The Sonata is a great example of what happens when a manufacturer does everything right.? With its fresh, distinctive styling, well-balanced suspension and sport sedan-style handling, the Sonata is as comfortable driving hard through corners as it is cruising down the freeway.? The standard 198-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is the most powerful in its class and drives the Sonata from 0 to 60 mph in a respectable 8.1 seconds.? Unlike competitors (Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima), the Sonata will not get a V-6 engine; instead there is a 274-hp turbocharged four-cylinder and a hybrid version in the pipeline due at dealers before the end of the year.? The icing on the cake is the pricing, which starts at under $20,000 for the base model and peaks at about $28,000 for the Limited with navigation.? Sonata has two other big pluses, 35 mpg fuel economy and the best warranty in the business.

See the other 22 ?Run to the Sun? Cars here.

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