The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Transcontinental Challenge

Discussion in 'Hyundai' started by xcel, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Chris:

    As always, thank you! With all the support from the forums members, just give me an idea where it would be best to stop for a night and get moving again. I have a hundred or two to go tonight and who knows what tomorrow will bring? It sure beats the long range forecasts I had posted earlier!

    Paul, I will be running in circles with my hair on fire of that is what is needed :)

  2. vickh

    vickh Member


    i would recommend avoiding I-10 till after rush hour (right around 9am) depending on how close you stay to tucson.

    feel free to call/pm me to let me know where you end up stopping tonight....

    hope to see ya bright and early tomorrow.
  3. paulbates

    paulbates Well-Known Member

    I guarantee you a viral video of this mission if so. Hope you have a tripod. :D
  4. vickh

    vickh Member

    let me know if you need one wayne....:)
  5. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Wayne checked in. Two things he likes -

    The proximity key. You keep the key in your pocket, and press the button on the door handle to lock/unlock the door. These buttons are on both sides on the front doors, not driver side only as featured on the Prius.

    The eight way power seats are wonderful for long distance drives. They're the same basic shape, same bolstering, same fabric as the GLS. And that is to say that they're comfortable and supportive for many hours on long road trips. Between the 8-way seat and the tilt/telescoping wheel, it's very easy to get the driving position adjusted to individual tastes.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2010
  6. Dan

    Dan KiloTanked in post 153451

    I'll be pulling for you here in TX. Believe me, driving from El Paso to Marshall (even with a gaunt up to Carlsbad) will give you a huge piece of TX. Should spend about a third of your trip in the Lone Star State.

    Good luck and God Bless bro!

  7. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    I just talked with Wayne and he just lost the 1st pip off the fuel gauge at 311.5 miles! Night time temps and another gradual elevation climb has impacted the mpg. It has been bouncing between 58.9 and 59 mpg for a while. He is about 12 miles from Casa Grande, AZ.
  8. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    Good luck Wayne. Also the climb into and out of Tucson would be a big hit on the MPG.
  9. Harold

    Harold Well-Known Member

    What size of tank is in that Sonata? Hal
  10. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Tank capacity is stated as 17.2 gallons, vs 18.5 gallons in the 2.4 and 2.0T versions.
  11. EVuser

    EVuser Well-Known Member

    I'm betting Wayne can "pack" way more than 17.2 gals in there. But it would be nice if he knew if it was actually a 1.3 gal smaller tank or just a different rating as a result of the venting system or whatever. Might make for less "range anxiety." :flag:
  12. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    We will find out at the fuel fill. I think it will be "more."
  13. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    Any updates.
  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Made it to Tucson early this morning with the following…

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Challenge

    Headwind from YUMA to Tucson in mid 40 to low 50 degree F Temps.​

    Waiting to meet Vick in Tucson while my Laptop is on fumes. I will not power up the car or power accessories unless absolutely necessary which is hopefully lunch somewhere?

    Lost second pip at 383.6 miles out so its time to do some calcs from here on out…

    2/3 of the climb from the desert floor at Sea Level to Tucson is complete. Climb the rest of the way into NM later today :ccry:

    Jud, thank you so much for those elvation profiles!

    Tank cap? We do not know :D

  15. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    I was fortunate to meet up with Vick H. in Tucson and he had the following to say:

    CleanMPG member Vickh:
    Vick with the Sonata Hybrid.​

    He is outside looking at the fine details inside and out as I type from a Waffle House in Tucson… He is placing money down on one in less than 3-days so he wants to make sure it’s a good move ;)

    Last edited: Dec 27, 2010
  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Remember the North American Car of the Year award coming up at the 2011 Detroit - North American International Auto Show (2011 NAIAS)? The 2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2011 Nissan LEAF are going head to head with the 2011 Sonata…

    Front and Rear Seating Head to Head…

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid F&R

    2011 Chevrolet Volt F&R

    2011 Nissan LEAF F&R​

    And one of those things you think about when “On the Road” :rolleyes: The Volt would have run out of fuel (electric and gasoline) about 5-miles before reaching Tucson while the Sonata Hybrid is at 10 of 12 bars on the fuel gauge.

    Which model would you choose?

    Last edited: Dec 27, 2010
  17. ALS

    ALS Super Moderator Staff Member

    I knew that I was onto something when I liked this car from the moment I saw it. :D

    And that was before I even saw the hybrid version.
  18. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Q: And back to business… The US consumes 137 Billion gallons of gasoline (light duty fleet mostly) each year and if everyone where driving a Sonata Hybrid vs. everything else, how many gallons could be saved?

    A: If everyone drove Sonata Hybrids, the US would consume just 80.13 billion gallons, a savings of over 57.7 Billion gallons of fuel!

  19. jsalva11

    jsalva11 Member

    The car looks much, much better in person than in the photos. I saw it at the LA auto show and IMHO looks better than the regular Sonata.

    And the Volt... there was a tall guy that sat on the rear and he got stuck... took him several attempts to get out of the car.

    I'm considering this car to replace my 2006 HCH too.
  20. paulbates

    paulbates Well-Known Member

    Looks like a lot of leg room.

    My test for a car fitting for my family is for me (6'6") to get in the drivers seat and adjust it for comfort. Then, I go and sit in the back seat right behind it. The Flex we have now passed that test well.

    I would love to do that test with the Sonata Hybrid. I think I would be pleased.

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