The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Transcontinental Challenge

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

  1. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    In honor of the great state of Texas, here's today's HYUNDAI QUESTION OF THE DAY...

    Counting only sales in the state of Texas, for calendar year 2010, what was the percent increase in sales for the Sonata over the previous year?
  2. paulbates

    paulbates Well-Known Member

    Wayne, you'll be sneaking up on a storm system near Houston. Maybe give it another hour? Have a pepsi?

  3. ALS

    ALS Super Moderator Staff Member

    Hi Wayne,
    I was just enjoying the thread and since I didn't have anything I thought was constructive to say I didn't want to take up valuable space on the thread just to practice my typing. :p

  4. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    Wayne, I have really enjoyed the trip along with everyone else.

    I assume you are measuring distance traveled using the car's odometer. Have you calibrated the odometer along the way to get the true distance traveled? My odometer reads 3.6% high and I have to multiply any distance I travel by 0.964 to get true distance.

    You can use a measured section of the road to check the odometer.
  5. ILAveo

    ILAveo Well-Known Member

    1203 is Gasoline.

    Not to tempt fate, but the explosion thing happens more often in Hollywood than elsewhere. Still it's a good idesa to stay away unless you're cleaning up the mess.
  6. joesgot4

    joesgot4 Well-Known Member

    i'll wing a guess at it 45% over last years sales figures!
  7. ALS

    ALS Super Moderator Staff Member

    Any updates ? :)
  8. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Welcome to Longview, TX

    A little fun last night while cruising through Andrew’s haunt…
    I guess cruising slowly would be the most opportune description :D I was told this after the fact…


    Last night I was pulled over as a suspicious vehicle on the West side of town. Being one of the few on the road, the officer laying in wait checked the plates and they came back with nothing. Time to run down this “character” and find out what in the heck is wrong with the vehicle registration and who is behind the wheel as surely they are up to “no good”…

    The Stop

    Group of Longview, TX Police Cruisers in downtown last night.​

    The first thing I do is light up interior, drop the windows and wait for his instructions.

    Sir, are you the owner of this vehicle… Can I see your license, registration and insurance please? What are you doing in Longview this evening… Standard line of questioning.

    I told him I was checking out Andrew M’s home town (I think it is his hometown??) and I am crossing the country in a brand new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid heading to Brunswick, GA.

    I open the glovebox to retrieve the Registration and insurance paperwork and of course it is chock full of Pepsi’s which surely made the officer even more at ease ;)

    He goes back to the car and he cannot pull up the plates or even the car! He walked back, asked a few more questions about where I was coming from and headed to.

    Shreveport of course but then why was I on US-80 instead of I-20…

    This officer then writes down the VIN which I thought was strange? And of course that does not appear in the police database either?

    Oh boy, we have a felon in our midst’s :rolleyes:

    I have heard about this before when I believe it was the Insight launch that all the prototypes had the same plate but all were registered with different plate stickers?

    So then two more roll up with lights a blazing to check out this suspicious unregistered car full of Pepsi’s :D :D :D I must look like a seedy character or something :eek:

    Anyway, the rest of the officers ask more questions about the car including its price, standard equipment and fuel economy (oh they heard a bundle about that ;)). None of them appeared to believe the Sonata Hybrid had just made it from San Diego to Breckinridge, TX on a single tank or that I am attempting to make it to the Atlantic on the second?

    I am sure the officers were thinking is this guy from another planet as cars cannot do that… I also talked at length about the about the various manufacturers hybrid drive trains and why the Hyundai system is superior for highway travel thanks to an almost unlimited “glide” speed. Whether they stored any of that information or not is unknown but I sure do like talking about it.

    Since they now knew I was an auto enthusiast doing a cross country trip (I showed them the itinerary I had in the glove box and Longview was one of the waypoints -- + 1 for having that printed sheet with me) and I was not a “felon” stealing a secret yet to be released car, we all began talking about other cars while the lead officer was back in his car continuing to try and locate the vehicle within the “system”.

    I had the distinct impression that neither of the three were car guys but one mentioned that his 1-Ton Chevrolet P/U gets about 18 on a good day. I passed them my card and said come visit sometime if they are interested in decreasing their consumption of the black stuff, lowering their emissions and saving a few bucks at the same time… I requested that they stand together in front of the car or their police vehicles and they said the Chief would be pissed if they allowed that too occur so I asked if I could take pics of their squads lighting up the night sky?
    So I did :)

    While I do not think the car was ever found in the database, with all the other supporting documentation including the Hyundai – Wayne Gerdes Loan agreement, Hyundai registration paperwork matching the car and the fact there are no Hyundai Sonata Hybrids in the hands of the consumer on public roadways just yet, they said drive carefully as this is the drunk driving hours and enjoy the rest of my trip… Another day in the life and 45-minutes of "fun" I will get to talk about for years to come? While I was not ticketed for anything, I wonder what a trooper is supposed to do when they come across a car that is not in the system just like last night?

    Since I said this would be posted today, I hope they are reading it while having fond memories about a peculiar stop we all had to “endure” together. Hopefully one will even join and reply!

    All said, it is another great “road warrior” story for us to talk about well into the future, a story I am sure some of the officers may never forget, I made it to Shreveport, LA (just to the West side of town) with I-20 directly in front of the Sonata Hybrid as it is parked and I still have a long ways to go.

    The car??? Driving through both Fort Worth and Dallas, she was holding onto a 60.x average. Once we began the US-80 drive however, the numbers began to fall off precipitously. The southerly wind was blowing into the side of the car at over 20 mph and really wreaking havoc on its capabilities. Anytime the road took a southerly direction, oh boy was that painful. Anytime the car took a north easterly direction, there was no benefit as the wind was not within the off-the-rear 30 degree cone to help :( I stopped for the night at 59.3…

    Last edited: Dec 30, 2010
  9. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Today's conditions...

    Hyundai Sonata Hybrid - Facing Due South

    A light SSE breeze at about 5 to 10 mph and overcast with temps in the 60's.​

    I-20, my nemesis is right in front of the car. I do get better FE on the Interstates than the secondaries however. US-80's road surface along with much of Texas’ secondary roads is in poor shape. Through some sections, it is no better than driving on cobblestones which really huts the FE :(

  10. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Have I mentioned I absolutely love this Verizon 5Spot - Mobile Internet WiFi connection for doing updates on the road? What a cool device to have on a long road trip to stay connected!

    Mike Sirach has a new phone with it built in and I am sure he will enjoy that as much as I am during his travels!

  11. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Remember the discussion about this being a prototype or not and the door panel inserts?

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Front Door Panels

    Brushed Gun Metal Gray Door Insert.​

    I am not sure if this will be the production insert or not but the brushed metal appearance is really slick and I hope Hyundai leaves them. Would you like see a wood or plastic insert here or the brushed metal piece that is currently in its place?

    The metal adds a futuristic appearance but some may call it to harsh?

  12. xcel

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

    Hi Paul:

    I waited until well after dark to miss what you posted last night. I only ran into a light drizzle for maybe half an hour but that was it. The South winds however are a “killer” :ccry:

    Al, you always have something constructive to say! Especially when it comes to Prius’ and Volvo’s ;)

    John, Google has the Challenge Trek at ~ 2,300 and Mapquest at 2,305 miles from the Shell just down the street from the Alverado Hospital in San Diego to Jekyll Island in GA. I know the approximate off-route detours I have taken so far (I was on the I-20 on ramp instead of US-80 just East of Dallas last night which caused an extra 2-miles :angel: The rest of the stops have been right off the Interstate for the most part so we should have a good accounting of odometer vs. actual once the trip is complete.

    Rich, what good is a story without mayhem and explosions :D

    Joesgot4, you are pretty close but higher!

    Good Luck

    Last edited: Dec 30, 2010
  13. owlmaster08

    owlmaster08 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, my Sprint Samsung Android phone has an app that makes a wifi hotspot! I haven't used it yet, though. There were many times in the past when it would have been useful!
  14. freezin4

    freezin4 Member


    Thanks for the great reporting and the pics.

    I agree it looks slick! Although hard to judge from just one picture (and I have yet to see the '11 Sonata in any form), I'd concur with your assessment that the quality appears to be above my TCH's interior. I wish Toyota would have spent an extra hundred dollars per car on the Camry interior.

    Drive Safe!

  15. xcel

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

    Hi Owlmaster08:

    You are going to love your Internet connection while on the road! Not driving of course ;)

    Pete, your TCH for its day was a very comfortable and fuel efficient ride so do not think I am criticizing it in any way. And thank you for driving you hybrid at 30 + mpg vs. the average Jo and Jane in the V6 monstrosities pulling in the low 20's :(

    Not sure if this is legit or not yet but I just saw a banner ad listing a Sonata GLS for just $17,215 out of a Dallas Dealership. This is almost $3,000 off its list of $20,020!!! What it was equipped like is anyone’s guess but if you are interested in a new car, damn, that price is fricken hot!

    I had better go as I just burned up another Laptop charge and have to stop for lunch somewhere soon...

  16. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    Hi Wayne,

    Where are you going after you hit Brunswick.
  17. vangonebuy

    vangonebuy Well-Known Member

    I'm lovin' this roadtrip.
    This trip has more support than the Apollo 13 return trip.
    The altitude maps, Calculated pips, Projected weather, Police reports.
    Only thing missing was the Pepsi's weight factors.
    I rented a 2010 Sonata a few weeks back. No hybrid though.
    Considered it a very good car, But the interior did feel kind of cheap.
    Sound's like an upgrade was done for 2011.
    Keep up the great work with the updates. And God Speed.
    You won this challenge already.

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    Last edited: Sep 14, 2011
  18. SD3_Driver

    SD3_Driver Well-Known Member

    wow more than a thousand miles on a tank, nice job..... but that would be a real number for a "normal" guy..... daily driver??????
  19. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    Awesome. More than half the distance on the first tank!


    If you have the luxury of time to celebrate on Jekyll Island, the guided tram tour of the old Jekyll Island Club facilities gives a great history of the winter club for the East Coast's rich and famous at the turn of the 20th Century - the Vanderbilts, JP Morgans, Pulitzers, Goodyears, Carnegies, etc. The chapel on the club grounds was designed by the same architect (Albert Sutton) who designed the chapel on the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, CA.

    There's an historic sign you have to see, on the inland waterway side of Jekyll Island, near the airport. It marks the Bayard Brown Cottage Site. The sign reads:

    I'm partial to the Days Inn motel on the south side of Jekyll.

    Brunswick is the site of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. I taught there for two years.
  20. joesgot4

    joesgot4 Well-Known Member

    i'm meeting wayne in meridian,ms on his way through at about 10:00 pm! will take some pics of car!
    troy j wiggins

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