Hyundai launched its restyled Sonata at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year with an efficient 2.4-liter engine, but the new turbo version makes much more power with smaller displacement.

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Hyundai uses two technologies to make the Sonata 2.0T's engine efficient: direct injection and turbocharging. The engine produces 274 horsepower, more than many V-6's, and 269 pound-feet of torque.

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As a midsize sedan, the Sonata is designed as an everyday commuter and all-purpose vehicle, able to seat five. The new Sonata design makes the car stand out among the pack.

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Although the Sonata 2.0T has impressive power specs, the suspension is the same as the standard and hybrid versions, so don't expect superior cornering ability.

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Hyundai has been embracing new cabin technology, so we expect the Sonata 2.0T to not only get a Bluetooth phone system and iPod support, but also an optional navigation system.

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