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

    Chatting with Wayne on the phone.

    New button on the steering wheel - labeled "Blue" - underneath the reset button. It seems to change the nature of the car (seems to do the same job as the Eco button). Changes shift points, softens the throttle, and tweaks other powertrain parameters.

    Wayne says Hyundai really got this right. For the first one out of the box, it is absolutely spot on. Wayne says the Sonata can go into EV mode even when climbing a hill as long as the SoC is high enough. The car continually rebuilds the SoC and keeps it high. When it gets to 7/8 charge, it goes to EV, even on uphill grades. You don't have to force it - it just does it. Excellent!

    Seems like they got the highway cruising portion of the powertrain control perfect. This is definitely a highway cruiser.

    Also, Bluetooth is excellent. Maybe not up to BMW/Lexus standards, but it's clear and great quality.

    When Wayne picked up the car at John Wayne airport in Santa Ana last night, the valet who retrieved the car said,
    Wayne also noted that the hybrid glides much better than the Sonata GLS, too. The hybrid-specific LRR tires and 0.25 drag coefficient do make a difference.
     
  2. dr61

    dr61 Well-Known Member

    Wayne,

    You have been crossing the Laguna Mountains, FYI (I'm a San Diego native). Technically also a Sierra (range), but not the Sierra Nevada, which ends north of LA.

    Have a great drive!
    Dave
     
  3. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Whewww, the Sierra Nevada (DR61, the Laguna mountains it is ;)) climb and fall is over thank goodness… I am still shaking from the constant gyrations!

    Pulling out the laptop, booting everything up and getting connected, rotating, crop, resizing and uploading pics is a chore even on this excellent laptop as I balance one corner on my right knee and the other on the center console while typing like I do not have any arms :D


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    Taking a break on the side of the road and posting some stuff… We will call it a first class rest area without the facilities.​

    Chris and Mike posted all the good stuff and darn what a nice hybrid ;)

    Chris, I lost you just as the switchbacks began falling out of those mountains back to Sea Level. Sorry about that.

    And the Nissan LEAF would have run out of juice near Mexicali something or other if it could have reached that second 4,200 + ft. peak out of San Diego? When the Sonata Hybrid crossed the 73 mile point, the Fuel gauge was of course still full while the aFCD was sitting at 56.7 mpg and climbing fast.

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2010
  4. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Challenge

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    The Sonata has 103 tough miles behind her with 2,200 to go.​

    Wayne
     
  5. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    And it is getting dark out here so I had better wrap all of this up and get moving again.

    Wayne
     
  6. saturnsc2

    saturnsc2 Well-Known Member

    Thanks and great job Wayne! I am happy to see the potential of this car. The wife and I have been looking at these pretty hard, I would love it if this was her next vehicle :p It would sure beat the pants off her 4x4 4runner's current numbers lol. What can you tell us about the comfort of the interior and seats etc?
     
  7. vickh

    vickh Member

    just talked to Wayne and he's almost to the AZ border. blue skies past this point!


    i'm also curious about the interior comfort.


    i will be seeing him tomorrow and will report back from an 'amateur' perspective!



    Wayne, please pm or post approximately when you plan to be in Casa grande tomorrow...

    Also there is a nice thai restaurant a block from the i-10 that i could treat you to an early lunch if you'd like to thank you for "showing me a sneak peak"
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2010
  8. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Hi Vick!
    I'm sure Wayne will appreciate free food! Don't let him get over #5 on the seasoning though!:D
    We share the same philosophy: "NEVER EVER refuse FREE food. Man can live with without a lot of things in life, but food is the most valuable.":eek:
     
  9. vickh

    vickh Member

    it's the least i could do to be a part of automotive history ;)

    i look forward to meeting him and the car....
     
  10. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    In honor of the 03:10 to Yuma…

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Transcontinental Challenge

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    60.0 as I parked off of I-8 in Yuma, AZ.​

    Been battling between 59.8 and 60.1 over the last 20 miles. And it is only going to get worse as the night wears on :(

    Doing a little stint at the double arches but took in two salads so it is not all that bad… I think? :)

    I wish some of you were along for this trip. The nights are boring so far but the US/Mexico border as the sun set was pretty over the mountains in the distance.

    Wayne
     
  11. xcel

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

    Hi Saturn SC2 and Vick:

    You will like the seats as they are both comfortable and electronically 8-way adjustable. Standard with the Sonata Hybrid. In addition, tilt and telescopic like the rest of the lineup makes it adjustable for everyone. Besides the adjustability, the Base trim Sonata Hybrid’s seats are very similar to the rest of the Sonata lineup. Comfortable for everyone.

    At least I have not made any adjustments since setting the seat up before leaving the Santa Ana airport last night.

    The interior like all recently designed interiors are futuristic looking. Cloth and rolled edge headliner is std. equipment. Only the A-pillar is a pleasing looking plastic. One thing the Sonata offers is size. It is just big inside and from the video I posted earlier today, it has a ton of storage.

    Vick, give me a call in the morning as I have no idea where I will stop for the night yet.

    Wayne
     
  12. xcel

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

    Well, the 03:10 to Yuma was about 5-hours late but the vid and pics on the Pacific were worth it imho. I think I will grab a last minute bite and get back on the road towards Casa Grande, AZ and then Tucson. Anyone have a weather track through Dallas/Fort Worth and on into Montgomery, AL for my next stop?

    Wayne
     
  13. paulbates

    paulbates Well-Known Member

    How many pepsi's are left.. We'll attribute some shaking to that, if you don't mind :rolleyes:
     
  14. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Weather for Tucson - Sunday night - Partly cloudy. Lows 38 to 43. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

    Weather for Las Cruces, NM - Monday daytime - Partly cloudy. Highs 55 to 60. West winds 10 to 15 mph.

    Weather for Carlsbad, NM - Monday night - Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Light and variable winds.
     
  15. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    And finally, there is a little thing known as North American Car of the Year starring the 2011 Nissan Leaf, 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata... The Volt would be about half a tank down by the time it reached Yuma whereas the LEAF would more than likely be on its third charge. The Sonata Hybrid’s Fuel Gauge Pips are still pegged to the top ;)

    A Case for the Sonata as the 2011 North American Car of the Year

    Range Anxiety: Can a 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid make it from the Pacific coast to half way across Texas on a single tank of fuel.

    What it is not: Hurry honey, where is the next charging station or heaven forbid a gas station half way across New Mexico in the middle of nowhere on Christmas night :D

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2010
  16. paulbates

    paulbates Well-Known Member

    Wayne
    Just checked NOAA and the advice is the same as the other day. The cold front is coming through but won't hit Texas until Tuesday or Wendesday. The best advice is to be somewhere else by Wednesday. Here is the El Paso outlook starting tomorrow:

     
  17. xcel

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

    Hi Paul:

    3 Pepsi's down and 21 to go... Will the Pepsi’s make it??? :D

    Chris, it sounds like stopping just before Tucson for the night and letting it warm up before heading out after 08:30 AM in the morning may be a good plan?

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2010
  18. xcel

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

    Hi Paul:

    I want nothing to do with 50 mph winds from any direction... Well ok, anything within a 25 degree cone from the rear would be ok :)

    Wayne
     
  19. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Wayne, that 10-15mph tailwind in Las Cruces on Monday is a nice perk. As you continue on, provide an idea of major cities or landmarks 12/24/36 hours out, and we can check the forecast along the route. So far, winds are favorable all the way to Carlsbad.
     
  20. paulbates

    paulbates Well-Known Member

    The weather outlook from further east in Texas makes it look like "run rabbit run": At the rate you're going, you probably will be past Texas by Wednesday, correct?

    Fort Worth Hazardous Weather Outlook:

    If the weather is good, take it.
     

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