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 #CAS15

Blog

More

Tuesday, March, 17, 2015

Meet the New Chrysler 300: Bolder, Safer and More Refined

Chrysler’s full-size sedan gets a refresh for 2015 that includes new front and rear fascias, new exterior ...

Thursday, February, 26, 2015

Top 5 Epic Social Media Moments of #CAS15

While there were many “epic” (as we say in Chicago) memories of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, here are a ...

Friday, February, 20, 2015

And That's a Wrap for Chicago Auto Show Interns

Each year, the Chicago Auto Show interviews and selects students from Bradley University in Peoria to serve as ...

Friday, February, 20, 2015

Kia Puts the B.R.A.K.E.S. On

Walking through the Chicago Auto Show many driving simulators are featured throughout the show room floor. ...

Friday, February, 20, 2015

More Than an Auto Show

Bike, riding, scrapbooking, traveling, baking….I have many hobbies, but cars is not one of them. So as you ...

Thursday, February, 19, 2015

Throw Back Thursday: Alfa Romeo

While many of the displays found at the Chicago Auto Show focus on future of the automotive industry, Alfa Romeo ...

Thursday, February, 19, 2015

Land Rover Takes Attendees Around the World

Visitors to the 2015 Chicago Auto Show can journey around the world when they visit Land Rover’s display at ...

Thursday, February, 19, 2015

Lexus Concept Bike Perfect Topper

The Lexus display at this year’s Chicago Auto Show is all about fluid motion – and not just for our ...

Thursday, February, 19, 2015

Chevrolet Believes the Possibilities are Endless

Chevrolet wants to make a difference for the future of the world with their “Possibilities Project.” It ...

Thursday, February, 19, 2015

By Infiniti and Beyond

The future of car prototype creation sits inside the Infiniti lounge at this year’s show. The possibilities ...

More

3/26/2015 2:35:01 PM

#ThrowbackThursday to the classic car display at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

3/26/2015 12:42:19 PM

The Chicago Auto Show Changed their cover photo.

3/25/2015 11:20:22 PM

I'm not trying to be pushy, but when will the #CAS15 challenge grand prize winner be announced? I was told it was supposed to happen two weeks ago and nothing happened. I'm not trying to sound impatient, but I'm really curious as to who won the contest

3/25/2015 11:48:24 AM

Spotted your dream car at the Chicago Auto Show? For the best leasing deals around, visit www.drivechicago.com

3/25/2015 8:18:00 AM

A few favorites from #CAS15

3/24/2015 4:20:05 PM

The Chicago Auto Show Changed their cover photo.

3/24/2015 3:59:45 PM

Normally, we wouldn't breach your page with a link from our own, but we were thinking of Dave Sloan with this one: "Auto shows move cars

3/24/2015 9:10:59 AM

Ladies, what was your favorite car/crossover/van/truck at the Chicago Auto Show? (photo credit: Chicago Tribune

3/23/2015 11:56:59 AM

Great #CAS15 recap by Latino Traffic Report: http://bit.ly/1ECDKgK

3/23/2015 7:27:01 AM

Who agrees? Via Consumer Guide Automotive: http://bit.ly/199X1gQ #CaseOfTheMondays

More

3/26/2015 6:54:36 PM

RT @Hyundai: Thanks for having me, #IdeasChat! Be sure to stop by our #CAS15 booth and check out #VelosterRally in the flesh. http://t.co/0

3/26/2015 6:34:02 PM

RT @MotorTrend: Sun and allow Rays with the @NissanUSA Nismo Roadster concept: http://t.co/UpeTYpO3Vc #CAS15 http://t.co/wp2vtOV0mF

3/26/2015 5:11:54 PM

RT @cgautomotive: Wide Bodies in Chicago: http://t.co/0eJGLDMuEc @ChiAutoShow Gallery http://t.co/QqiQm0htYd

3/26/2015 5:11:16 PM

Wide Bodies in Chicago: http://t.co/0eJGLDMuEc @ChiAutoShow Gallery http://t.co/QqiQm0htYd

3/26/2015 1:25:43 PM

RT @Kia_Motors: #KiaNow MT @Kia Here’s another glimpse of the show-stealer at @chiautoshow #KiaTrailster http://t.co/zf87onh3NS http://t.co

3/26/2015 1:00:54 PM

RT @FIATUSA: #CAS15 featured a custom-built indoor test track, showcasing the #FIAT500 #Abarth & #500L. See how our fans reacted. https://t

3/26/2015 12:47:27 PM

@kelseephelps What an awesome gift! Glad you're already looking forward to next year's show!

3/26/2015 12:46:19 PM

RT @CCofChicago: #TBT Check out our event photos from our First Look for Charity event @ChiAutoShow #FLFC15 #THANKS to all our guests! http…