he amazing 2011 Hyundai Sonata, one of America’s best-selling cars, is now one of America’s 10Best Cars, period. That’s per the editors of Car and Driver, who made the Sonata the very first Hyundai to achieve this prestigious honor. The simple reason: “Its greatness is undeniable.” Consider: The Sonata offers the most standard horsepower in its class (200 hp), gets the best fuel efficiency (35 mpg highway), comes with the lowest base price ($19,195), was the first to holster a direct-injection four-cylinder engine and, according to C&D, is also “best-in-class attractive.” Other Sonata features lauded by the magazine include its “very reasonably sized back seat and generous trunk,” standard six-speed automatic transmission, and a high-quality interior with standard Bluetooth and XM Radio. This latest addition to the Sonata trophy case comes hot on the heels of two other key third-party awards. ALG, publishers of the well-known Automotive Lease Guide, recently presented its 12th annual Residual Value Awards to the 19 vehicles predicted to retain the highest percentage of their MSRPs in their class after three years on the road. In talking about the Sonata’s segment-leading performance, ALG senior vice president Raj Sundaram said “Hyundai’s win of the mid-compact segment highlights the growing reputation of the brand, as well as its impressive new product push. The all-new 2011 Elantra shines with standard luxurious features and a modest price tag, and it’s expected to be a favorite of young drivers.” Another impressive feather in the Sonata’s cap came from The Car Connection, one of the country’s premier automotive shopping sites. Beating out 40 other nominees, the Sonata achieved top honors as Best Car to Buy 2011 for vehicles priced under $50,000, finishing ahead of lux competitors like the Acura TSX, Infiniti M37 and BMW 5-Series. “The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is a stellar value in all its forms—standard, turbocharged, and hybrid,” said Marty Padgett, editorial director of High Gear Media. “The Sonata changes the mid-size sedan game. Exceptional safety, fuel economy and standard features make it a must-drive for any new-car shopper.” So be sure and follow Padgett’s advice by stopping by your local Hyundai dealership for a test drive today.