Hyundai Motor America is pleased to announce that the 2011 Sonata has been named the Rocky Mountain Car of the Year by The Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP). The award was given during a ceremony at the Denver Auto Show on March 30. The Sonata was chosen from among scores of new cars, SUVs, crossovers and pickups in the 2011 model year.
RMAP members described the Sonata as, the most impressive all-around 2011 automobile. More than 75 new models from every major domestic and import automaker were subjected to test-drive evaluations in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming over the past several months by members of the RMAP. The criteria for receiving this award included top scores in performance, fuel economy, comfort, safety, and value.
We are thrilled that Sonata has received the Rocky Mountain Car of the Year award, said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. Sonata continues to attract consumers with its exciting design, class-leading fuel economy, and outstanding residual value, making it a tough competitor in the mid-size sedan market.
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata features some of the most advanced technological options, such as a navigation system with voice activation and interactive touch screen through XM NavTraffic and XM Data Services, integrated Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a Homelink transceiver. It has many standard safety features, including Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, and Anti-Lock breaking systems. Sonata was the first midsize car to receive a five-star crash test rating under National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations new, more stringent 2011 system and an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick honor, placing it in a safety position unsurpassed in the industry. Sonata is also available in Turbo and Hybrid versions, with Hybrid achieving class-leading 40 mpg highway fuel economy.
Other models awarded during the ceremony included the Cadillac CTS Coupe for 2011 New Vehicle of the Year, Jeep Grand Cherokee for 2011 Rocky Mountain SUV of the Year, Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD for 2011 Rocky Mountain Pickup Truck of the Year, and Ford Fiesta for the 2011 Rocky Mountain High-Mileage Vehicle of the Year.