Last week’s photo showed the 2013 Hyundai Sonata, which has been around in its current shape for several years but still seems fresh. For a better photo and information, read this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was John Brown, of Hephzibah. He wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
AUGUSTA: Carolyn Ogles said J.D. Powers & Associates ranked the Sonata as the most dependable midsize car in its study: “Hyundai has a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Montgomery, Ala., that is one of the most advanced in the world, providing jobs for over 2,700 Alabama residents.”
Also: Erich Prahl
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “Hyundai refers to the available engine choices in the Sonata as ‘One Powerful Dynamic Duo.’ Rather than going the I-4/V-6 engine choice of everyone else in this class, Hyundai’s engine choice is one of two four-cylinders.
“The base 2.4-liter puts out 198/200 horsepower, depending on the chosen trim level, and the optional 2-liter twin turbo four-cylinder is rated at 274 horsepower – which, according to Hyundai, is more than the Toyota Camry V-6. The Sonata has no V-6 option.
“This is actually a formula being adopted by several manufacturers. Cadillac, for instance, with the ATS offers a very similar arrangement of a base normally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder and an optional twin turbo 2-liter four-cylinder. It does, however, also offer a 3.6-liter V-6.
“The point is, manufacturers are having to meet more stringent Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, and the way to meet those standards for now is to get more horsepower out of smaller, more fuel efficient engines.
“These more fuel efficient options combine to offset the less fuel efficient performance or luxury offerings, which in Hyundai’s case means the V-8 options available in the premium Genesis and Equus sedans.
“Hyundai has evolved over the past few years to be a well-rounded, full-service car brand with something on the table for almost any taste. Its corporate advertising has also gone upscale (how can you not trust that suave voice-over by Jeff Bridges?).
“I have heard it said that the louder and more obnoxious a commercial is, the less intelligent the perceived target audience is thought to be as a whole. I truly feel that Hyundai has raised its brand awareness and improved both its actual and perceived brand quality and image. Now, if we can just get that message down to the local dealers (in Atlanta, anyway).
EVANS: Bill Harding wrote: “It looks like a Hyundai Sonata in Sparkling Ruby.”
Wayne Wilke wrote: “The ‘regular’ Sonata comes with either a 2.4-liter, 198-horsepower or a 2-liter, turbo, 274-horsepower engine. Also available is a hybrid model that has an entirely different grille that is the same shape as an Aston Martin’s/Ford Fusion’s. The pictured Sonata is definitely not the hybrid.”
Also: Jerry Paul and PJ Rodgers
HEPHZIBAH: Carnell Walker
MARTINEZ: Jim Muraski
PERRY, FLA.: Larry Anderson
SHAWANO, WIS.: Karen McKenna
WARRENVILLE: James Covar