News & Events

MAMA Names Hyundai Sonata Family Vehicle of the Year

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata continues to establish itself as the new standard for midsize sedans as it was named the inaugural recipient of the "Family Vehicle of the Year" award by the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). The Sonata beat out top competitors, including the 2010 Audi A3 TDI, 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, 2011 Honda Odyssey, 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2011 Kia Optima, 2010 Kia Sorento, 2011 Kia Sportage, and the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi.

"A family car is an important purchase as it needs to serve families reliably and at a reasonable price. MAMA members pooled their collective knowledge and experience to pick the best family vehicle from a strong group of recent releases, and the Hyundai Sonata came out on top," said award coordinator Kirk Bell.

MAMA is a group of automotive journalists that created the award to help consumers make informed decisions about which car is the best choice for their family. To qualify for the MAMA "Family Vehicle of the Year," vehicles must have four doors, start at less than $50,000, appear at either the MAMA spring or fall rally, and be new or significantly updated since the summer of 2010. During the MAMA rallies, a total of 75 automotive journalists voted for his or her top choices for the award, and the Sonata was the clear winner.

"The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is a game-changing midsize sedan with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine lineup and fluidic sculpture design," said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "The MAMA 'Family Vehicle of the Year' award demonstrates its appeal to families due to its advanced safety technology, large interior and cargo space, plus numerous high-tech options."

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata features some of the most advanced technological options, such as a navigation system with voice activation and an interactive touch screen as well as XM NavTraffic(r) and XM Data Services, integrated Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a HomeLink transceiver. With many safety features, including Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, and Anti-lock Braking System, Sonata was also the first midsize car to receive a five-star crash test rating under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 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.

Back to News

Follow Us Socially Using #CAS16

Blog

More

Friday, February, 12, 2016

Think you are a Fast Texter? Fifth Third Bank is putting you to the test!

During the 2016 Chicago Auto Show Social Media Preview, Fifth Third Bank introduced its first interactive game to ...

Friday, February, 12, 2016

What's New at Nissan

Nissan gave social media influencers the opportunity for a first look at their line-up of vehicles on display at ...

Friday, February, 12, 2016

GMC 2017 Acadia

On Social Media Preview day at the Chicago Auto show George Jones, GMC Canyon marketing manager, highlighted the ...

Thursday, February, 11, 2016

The Four Stars of the Chicago Flag

Here's how Chicago's four big events stack up, with a closer look at the Chicago Auto Show.

Wednesday, February, 10, 2016

Visit from Buick Avista

The Buick Avista will be making its Chicago debut starting this weekend. Come Saturday, the public will be able to ...

Wednesday, February, 10, 2016

Lexus LC 500 Redefines Luxury

One vehicle you don't want to miss is the Lexus LC 500, making its Chicago debut this weekend; the sleek, and ...

Wednesday, February, 10, 2016

It's Not Just the Auto Show Anymore

As I was dropped at McCormick Place this afternoon I thought to myself, this is not an unfamiliar location. I ...

Tuesday, February, 09, 2016

Expectations Exceeded Again at CAS

A year ago, a friend of mine left school for a week to go on a trip to Chicago.

Tuesday, February, 09, 2016

Round Two for CAS Intern-expert

With the show doors just days away from opening, I am more than excited to be back for the 2016 Chicago Auto ...

Tuesday, February, 09, 2016

What's the Buzz about all these Cars?

Most people are shocked when I say one of my favorite internships has been with the Chicago Auto Show. 

More

2/13/2016 2:33:31 PM

Opening day at #CAS16 has a full line-up of events! Fans are excited to see Anthony Rizzo at #CAS16 Statefarm

2/13/2016 2:30:16 PM

The Chicago Auto Show begins tomorrow at McCormick Place and runs thru February 21st. You can buy tickets online before you go. This is great fun for the entire family or any serious car aficionado!

2/13/2016 2:11:35 PM

The #RandMcNallyHotSpot of the day was the Grand Concourse. The ribbon cutting ceremony kicked-off opening day at #CAS16. It's been a great day with an exciting line-up of events

2/13/2016 2:00:07 PM

#CAS16 Fans: State Farm is helping you get to a better state with its onsite Help Center. Need directions? Hungry for lunch? They have you covered! #StateFarmGarage

2/13/2016 1:43:03 PM

Take the @MINDResearchInstitute’s Math Power Game (MPG) Challenge on Family Day, Feb. 15

2/13/2016 1:38:17 PM

The Chicago Public Library Foundation Amnesty program is going on until February 18th! With your new fines forgiven you could take out some books on electric cars for the The Chicago Auto Show or some books on organic gardening and flowers just in time for the 2016 Chicago Flower & Garden Show! #CPL #ChicagoReads #livingchicago

2/13/2016 1:22:59 PM

Is the 2017 Infiniti Q60 (not the qx60) on display this year?

2/13/2016 1:02:03 PM

We want to know your favorite #CAS16 show moment – or “Showment!” Enter to win prizes by sharing your favorite part of the show using #CAS16! http://bit.ly/1W7XjHV

2/13/2016 12:49:41 PM

FINAL CLUE for #ispyatCHI! This is the view from my bed.

2/13/2016 12:38:47 PM

#ispyatCHI Clue #2 is KC...stay tuned for #3 our #buzzteam is eager to give out #CASSWAG! #CAS16

More

2/13/2016 3:13:57 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: State Farm is helping #CAS16 fans get to a better state with its onsite Better State Help Center! #StateFarmGarage https:/

2/13/2016 3:13:53 PM

RT @TomGillChevy: 2017 #Chevrolet #Trax facelift revealed in Chicago https://t.co/yOYvoSISxx #CAS16 @ChiAutoShow https://t.co/RdL8iPUU7U

2/13/2016 3:10:11 PM

RT @ninarussin: This year's @ChiAutoShow was the year of the truck @#CAS16 : https://t.co/znQ65tIV8Y https://t.co/FS4LXe63oG

2/13/2016 3:10:06 PM

RT @zanymomintx: LIVE on #Periscope: LIVE from @ChiAutoShow Madness #CAS16 #Nissan https://t.co/6vgkdJJmvv

2/13/2016 3:09:41 PM

.@zanymomintx on #Periscope: LIVE from @ChiAutoShow Madness #CAS16 #Nissan https://t.co/zEJwVMWoX0

2/13/2016 3:09:18 PM

@LandRoverUSA @ChiAutoShow sexy!!

2/13/2016 3:08:36 PM

@mikejmoe @ChiAutoShow @Toyota Cmon Toyota. U have high potential of converting a huge @ford fan!

2/13/2016 3:07:11 PM

LIVE on #Periscope: LIVE from @ChiAutoShow Madness #CAS16 #Nissan https://t.co/6vgkdJJmvv

2/13/2016 3:06:14 PM

This year's @ChiAutoShow was the year of the truck @#CAS16 : https://t.co/znQ65tIV8Y https://t.co/FS4LXe63oG