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 All:

    Typing on the Amtrak heading back to Chicago as I post which is a new experience… Car sick if you know what that is all about :rolleyes:

    Yesterdays Hyundai trivia question was answered by Darrell.

    Q: Which Hyundai is being produced at the Kia/Hyundai plant in West Point Georgia?

    A: And it is indeed the Hyundai Sante Fe being produced at the Kia plant in West Point GA.

  2. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    We have flowers!

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Challenge

    Flowers are in bloom :)

  3. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Saying good bye to a trusted friend in the form of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid :ccry:

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Challenge

    Parked at the Hyundai Tech Facility in Ann Arbor, MI this morning.​

  4. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    And while I had to stop for sustenance and drink any number of times, the Sonata just kept on going while bypassing the gas stations by the thousands!

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Challenge

    The mighty 2011 Sonata Hybrid taking me out for a bite in OH somewhere while waiting patiently to be filled 1,200 + miles later ;)

  5. xcel

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

    Hi Herm:

    You do not want to know how much time it took to not only drive for 50-miles under CC at 55-mph (yeah, the math says almost an hour ;)) but to create this vid just for you took a wee bit longer ;)

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Steady State 55-mph Cruise

    ~ 46.2 mpg in 20 to 21 degree F temps​

    And everyone else, I recorded the complete EV-Cruise Cycle as it is pretty neat albeit 3-minutes of boredom as well ;)

  6. xcel

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

    Hi Harold:

    Thanks for reading as I know it is almost like reading a short book after 285 posts… :)

    JJ, you know I am going to own a Hyundai of some sort and the Hybrid just makes it that much easier of a choice.

    And thanks for the “hot spots” in and around Ann Arbor. I arrived well after midnight and was up before 08:00 getting ready to leave this morning so had little opportunity to visit :(
    When you have a fresh and futuristic design, it ages well for a good 5 to 7-years before everyone copies it and/or it becomes bland/dated. The 11 Sonata has that “special” interior/exterior appearance that will outlast most of its competitors thanks to its remarkably advanced yet very pleasing interior and exterior design.

    Delond2, thanks for reading my worthless diatribe over however many pages and from my own perspective, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid provided one hell of a great ride and even better fuel economy given the conditions. If you do purchase one, please let us know you thoughts from initial test drive to driving it into your drive for the very first time :)

    Mark, tire pressures have a negligible effect on circumference so running 32 to 60 would see no revolutions per mile delta between the two. But it was nice to do the odometer study to find out for sure! Whoever asked for that a few pages back, thank you as it was an eye opener!

    ALS, all of the ascents sucked but there was always a backside to make up for it :D

    Andrew, your haunt in Longview, TX will forever be burned into my mind as a “highlight” of the trip :D

    DR61, glad you like the Sonata as much as I do. Damn incredible car for the $’s by anyone’s book! Regarding future announcements, watch our coverage of CES as you are going to see a new feature offering that may blow us all away ;)

    Last edited: Jan 4, 2011
  7. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    Hi Wayne,

    Did you do any grill blocking on this trip.
  8. xcel

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

    Hi Jud:

    None on this one but I sure wish I had across much of NM and TX!

  9. Rokeby

    Rokeby Gen II Prianista


    Are/were you aware of this feature:

    In addition to its more aerodynamic front and rear design, the Sonata Hybrid utilizes
    "active aerodynamics." This includes a flap in the front airdam, which closes at higher
    speeds to prevent drag.

    If so, does/did it have any effect on air entering the engine bay, like grill blocking would?

  10. xcel

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

    Hi Rokeby:

    If you read our write-ups including the preview on the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, you will find we covered the air intake louvers. The louvers however are deep within the grille vs. a cover over the exterior which would improve aerodynamics and warmth retention even better.

  11. paulbates

    paulbates Well-Known Member

    Wayne, what other things happened on the way to AA? Are you back home yet?
  12. xcel

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

    Hi Paul:

    I finally arrived home this afternoon (via the Amtrak, Metra and then a ride home today) so that is good but I left me Cell in the Sonata Hybrid (Hyundai is Fed Ex'ing it now). And while nothing to do with the Sonata Hybrid Transcontinantal Challenge, my Home PC will not stay booted up so I am in a desperate search for a new yet old Socket 775 MB. When it rains, it pours I guess :ccry:

  13. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Are you sure you don't mean Socket 478? Socket 775 is still fairly popular and I see them online for under $50 new. Non-Intel chipsets are even less. If the PC won't stay booted, determine if it's going to the BSOD and restarting or if it's shutting itself off. Two things to check - CPU fan spins, and power supply fan spins. Random "pull the plug" sudden shutdowns are usually the power supply, not the main board.

    In other news, welcome home! There are lots of websites that picked up the news on the Challenge, too.
  14. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    Wayne, give us your impressions of traveling by Amtrak, compared to the Sonata. I took a cross-country trip on Amtrak from the Bay Area to Chicago, Washington, D.C., and then to Birmingham, AL in December 2009.

    My four days on Amtrak sure beat driving alone, in my book. I met some great people on the train. One lady got off the train in Denver and gave me her bag of food/snacks, despite the fact she was relocating because of the economy.

    My seatmate from Chicago to D.C was a gorgeous trophy wife type, who'd owned her own businesses, and held her own on discussions of a broad range of topics - which is exactly what we did for most of our waking hours.

    There's no beating a train for tonnage miles moved per gallon of fuel used.
  15. owlmaster08

    owlmaster08 Well-Known Member

    Wayne, did you find the problem for your computer?
  16. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    He ordered a motherboard, but it's not installed yet.
  17. xcel

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

    Hi Chris:

    A 775 and it was the PS… My old Antec 300W just wasn’t designed to hold the 500W recommended DuoCore and an NVidia card along with the rest of the peripherals…

    Darrell, I love the Amtrak for short haul routes (mainly the Wolverine from Chicago to Detroit, Dearborn or Ann Arbor and back) but I am not sure I would like to ride it across the country? The seats are far more comfortable than the local Chicago to suburbs commuter train(s) (the Metra) but they are not long distance comfortable in my book. I have not ridden the Amtrak with a sleeper car however. Is the dining car better on the long haul runs than the short haul runs? I hope so…

    Similarly, I spoke with a couple heading to the Zion Cancer Center and they allowed me to borrow their Cell since I accidentally left mine in the HSH when I left Ann Arbor. It is always great to strike up a conversation on the train :)

    And the train for per person mpg is the best there is!

    OwlMaster, it was the PS…

    And to finish this one out, the 2011 HSH is one heck of a large cap highway cruiser. It reminded me of driving in my dad’s older and super large Caprice but with all the modern safety, comfort and infotainment amenities while almost achieving the highway fuel economy of a Prius! I drove the loaded 05 Accord EX-L w/ NAVI to church yesterday and what a let down by comparison to the ultra-modern 2011 HSH…

  18. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    While the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid’s < 2 tank crossing of the Continent is one for the history books, our time with one may not yet be over. There are background discussions about another possibly more challenging ordeal involving a number of Hyundai’s including the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and a number of other member’s involvement too. While only preliminary so far, stay tuned as you never know. The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is a great car and I hope we have another opportunity to drive another one again sometime this summer!

  19. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    That sounds intriguing. Lets hope those plans turn into something real this Summer.


    I haven't eaten on an Amtrak short haul train. Food service on the long haul trains is quite good, though. I always eat dinner, and often eat lunch on my train trips, just to meet different dining companions. They've included the Nature Conservancy manager for Micronesia (we talked about the Brown Tree Snake that's destroyed birdlife on Guam), a German language instructor at the Defense Language Institute, and a fellow who got married in Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska the previous Summer.

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