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UPDATED: May 14, 2019

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Car insurance rates for a Hyundai Sonata vary according to your place of residence, driving history and demographic characteristics, among many other factors.

If you’re thinking about buying a Hyundai Sonata, it’s a good idea to find out beforehand what your estimated car insurance costs will be.

You can get individual car insurance quotes by entering your zip code in the box, but first, read on to get more info about the 2011 Sonata.

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Facts About the Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai introduced the Sonata to the Korean market in 1985, and it unveiled the first Sonata for the American market in 1989. The sixth generation Sonata, which is assembled in Asan, Korea, and Montgomery, Alabama, hit the U.S. market in 2009. Hyundai introduced a hybrid version of the Sonata in 2011.

Since it was first introduced, the Hyundai Sonata has steadily gained consumers’ confidence, and with it, the car’s residual value has increased.

According to the ALG Residual Value Index, the 2011 Sonata has the lowest depreciation of any midsize car, including the 2010 Honda Accord.

Awards for the Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata has garnered quite a few awards since it was first introduced. Most recently, U.S. News and World Report ranked the 2011 Sonata first overall among affordable midsized cars sold in the U.S., favoring it over traditional rivals like the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry and the Kia Optima.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also tapped the 2011 Sonata as a “Top Safety Pick.”

In 2009, the redesigned Hyundai Sonata won Ward’s “Interior of the Year” award, and in 2008, Consumer Reports chose the Sonata as one if its “Best Vehicles for $25,000 or Less.”

Price and Value for the Hyundai Sonata

Given the Hyundai Sonata’s extensive list of features and starting MSRP of $19,195, Edmunds calls this vehicle is a “tremendous” value. Its warranty also compares favorably to competitors, since Hyundai guarantees the Sonata for five years or 60,000 miles.

Roadside assistance is included during this warranty period. At ten years or 100,000 miles, the Sonata’s powertrain warranty is rivaled only by Kia.

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Hyundai Sonata Performance Features

Unlike most other cars in its class, the Hyundai Sonata is not offered with a V6 engine option. Reviewers agree that the car’s 4-cylinder engine is sufficiently powerful, though, with 198 horsepower. Most Hyundai Sonatas are equipped with 6-speed automatic transmissions.

For drivers who want even more power, Hyundai is currently working on a 250 horsepower Sonata with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Even better, the Hyundai Sonata’s engine operates with impressive fuel economy. The Hyundai Sonata gets 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, making it far and away the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car in its class.

According to U.S. News and World Report, some testers have actually beaten these EPA estimates.

The car’s handling, while not “sporty,” is adequate for commuters, say reviewers. Edmunds describes the steering as “quick and precise,” but U.S. News and World Report notes that the Hyundai Sonata comes standard with low-profile tires.

These tires improve fuel economy, but they don’t have quite the same firm grip offered by traditional tires. They are also more expensive to replace.

Hyundai Sonata Design Features

Autoblog calls the Hyundai Sonata’s redesigned exterior “exhilarating” and “stylish,” and Edmunds describes it as “attractive.” The car’s interior is distinctly teched-up, and receives lots of comparisons to Volvos.

All Hyundai Sonatas, including the base model, feature XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth connectivity and an iPod/USB input.

Other standard features include remote keyless entry, cruise control, heated mirrors and an adjustable steering wheel with audio controls mounted on it.

Another area in which the Sonata excels is spaciousness. The federal government actually classifies the Hyundai Sonata as a large car, instead of a midsize one, due to its interior capacity.

However, reviewers say that it doesn’t appear large from the outside and it is actually shorter than the Honda Accord, which is the only other “large” car in the midsize category.

The Hyundai Sonata is also exceptionally light for its size, which allows its 4-cylinder engine to compete with 6-cylinder engines in terms of horsepower.

Hyundai Sonata Safety Ratings and Features

The Hyundai Sonata excels in the safety category, with standard features like six airbags (including side-curtain airbags for both front and rear passengers), antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control and electronic stability control.

The Hyundai Sonata passed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s crash tests with flying colors, earning five out of five stars for protecting all passengers in front- and side-impact collisions, and four of five starts for preventing rollovers.

In addition to distinguishing the Hyundai Sonata as a “Top Safety Pick,” the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also gave the Sonata its highest ratings possible for front and side impacts, and for protecting passengers during rollovers.

Hyundai Sonata Car Insurance Cost

According to Edmunds, the cost of ownership for the average Hyundai Sonata over five years is around $38,621, and about $11,677 of this cost is attributable to depreciation. Interestingly, most owners report no repair costs at all until the fifth year ownership.

Maintenance costs over five years total approximately $3,271, or about $650 per year.

When it comes to car insurance, most drivers report paying about $7,850 over five years. This averages out to around $1,570 per year, or $130 per month.

It’s important to remember, though, that car insurance costs vary from person to person, and your individual costs for car insurance could be quite a bit higher or lower than these estimates.

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