Sep. 22, 2000 - Shoppers in the market for a midsize sedan can look past the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry and find world-class safety, performance, comfort and luxury features in Hyundai’s 2001 Sonata – and at a much lower price.
From its distinctive styling to its advanced safety features, state-of-the-art powertrains, and spacious interior, the Hyundai Sonata is a popular choice for discerning buyers who seek a high-quality, long-lasting vehicle that offers driving enjoyment and pride of ownership without straining their pocketbooks.
“Producing an automobile with the latest engineering advances, luxury conveniences and exceptional performance may be the goal of many carmakers, but Hyundai goes beyond that,” said Finbarr O’ Neill, president and chief executive officer, Hyundai Motor America. “The 2001 Hyundai Sonata is a world-class automobile available for thousands of dollars less than people expect, because value is always part of our equation.”
A New Model for 2001 – The GLS Leather
Joining the Sonata and Sonata GLS model lineup for 2001 is a new model – the Sonata GLS Leather. The GLS Leather model includes all of the extensive standard features found on the Sonata GLS model and adds a leather interior package, an upgraded AM/FM/CD/Cassette stereo system and a power driver’s seat.
For 2001, the base Sonata is equipped with Hyundai’s 2.4-liter, DOHC Sirius II four-cylinder engine. Delivering 149 horsepower at 5,500 RPM and 156 pound-feet of torque at 3000 RPM, it’s one of the largest, most powerful four-cylinder engines in its class.
With an aluminum cylinder head and four valves per cylinder, the Sirius II engine offers strong performance and refined operating characteristics. Advanced features include dual balance shafts, hydraulic valve-lash adjusters, a toothed-belt camshaft driver, aluminum oil pan and a serpentine accessory belt.
Top-of-the-line GLS and GLSL models are powered by Hyundai’s sophisticated Delta V6 engine. Exceptionally quiet, smooth and refined, the Delta engine is an all-aluminum 2.5-liter V6 DOHC powerplant that develops 170 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 166 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.
At its heart is an advanced engine management system, which integrates fuel and ignition controls, providing maximum performance and fuel economy while reducing emissions. The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) monitors all major systems affecting performance, emissions, smoothness and durability.
With its 10.0:1 compression ratio, the Delta V6 delivers satisfying torque output over a wide rpm range, making acceleration smooth and responsive in all types of driving conditions.
To accompany these technologically advanced engines, Hyundai offers a sophisticated, electronically controlled automatic transmission and an improved manual transmission. Standard equipment on both the base Sonata and the GLS version is a smooth-shifting five-speed manual transmission.
Available on all Sonata models is the HIVEC (Hyundai Integrated Vehicle Electronic Control) automatic transmission, an electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission featuring a lock-up torque converter and driver-selected overdrive. The transaxle is controlled by a computer chip that uses “fuzzy logic” technology. This enables the transmission to adapt to driver preferences by adjusting shift characteristics to match the owner’s driving style.
Advanced Suspension Makes for a Fun Drive
The 2001 Hyundai Sonata features a double-wishbone front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension, which together provide a balance between the smooth ride of a luxury car and the handling performance of a sport sedan.
The double-wishbone suspension system uses upper and lower A-arms to minimize camber changes, and help the front wheels remain upright and in full contact with the road surface. This design improves lateral rigidity and reduces the amount of vibration and road noise reaching the passenger compartment.
The five-link rear suspension features a trailing link, two longitudinal links and an upper A-arm. This suspension design permits the wheels to react independently when the car encounters a rough road surface.
Anti-roll bars and gas-filled shock absorbers both front and rear further enhance the Sonata GLS and GLS Leather handling characteristics without sacrificing ride quality. Thanks to power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, the Sonata’s steering is responsive and predictable, giving the driver a sense of confidence and control.
All Sonatas are equipped with all-season P205/60HR15 Michelin high-performance steel-belted radial tires mounted on alloy wheels. There are two different wheel designs; a five-spoke design for the Sonata and a seven-spoke design for the GLS and GSL Leather. Sonatas is fitted with power-assisted ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes, which provide precise braking response. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on the Sonata GLS and GLS Leather models. Optional on the Sonata GLS and GLS L is a sophisticated four-channel anti-lock brake system (ABS) with traction control.
A highly rigid unitbody structure designed as a steel safety cell helps protect occupants from crash forces in front, rear and side impacts. Key structural components are reinforced with high-strength steel. Crumple zones in the front and rear absorb impact and deform in a predetermined manner, dissipating crash energy while protecting the driver and passengers. Additional side-impact protection is afforded by high-strength steel members in the doors.
The Sonata is equipped dual front air bags, as well as side air bags, which are mounted in the sides of the front seats. Separate sensors for the side airbags are located under the front seats.
The Sonata also offers the high-tech Hyundai Passenger Presence Detection System, which prevents the front passenger air bags from deploying if the seat is empty or the occupant weighs less than 70 pounds.
The Sonata’s seat belt pretensioners automatically remove slack from front seat belts at the onset of a collision. This prevents occupants from moving too far forward; it also positions them optimally for air bag deployment.
Yes, It’s Standard
True to its Hyundai heritage, the 2001 Sonata offers one of the lowest purchase prices in its segment, yet is loaded with standard features, making it the clear value leader of the midsize class.
Every Sonata is equipped with air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, power door locks, power outside mirrors, digital quartz clock, AM/FM/cassette stereo, locking glove box, center console with double storage bins and dual cupholders, map pockets in the doors, cargo area lamp, 12-volt DC auxiliary power outlet and remote releases for the trunk, hood and fuel door.
Buyers who select the Sonata GLS and GLS L also get a split 60/40 folding rear seat, deluxe cut-pile carpeting, cabin air filtration system, twin overhead map lamps with sunglass storage box, power telescopic antenna, illuminated ignition keyhole and a folding rear center arm rest with beverage holder and storage box.
Options include a power moonroof, 120-watt stereo with CD and cassette player, leather interior package and an eight-way power driver’s seat.
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are serviced through more then 500 dealerships nationwide.
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