The Hyundai Sonata got serious in the market with the 2009 generation that came out of nowhere to threaten the likes of Fusion, Accord, Camry and the rest of the mid-size sedan leaders. However it never quite won in the looks department.
The 2015 model changes all that. It looks more refined, there are more urban lines, and there’s an added panoramic sunroof. Also new for 2015 is the smart trunk technology that automatically unlocks the trunk when you stand nearby for a few seconds.
Inside things are very Audi-like, which is not a bad thing. It could be softer, but there’s a conservative style that is very likeable. It’s also very spacious. Leg and headroom in the cabin is about the same as the Honda Accord, and in the rear it even rivals the Volkswagen Passat. Three adults can sit quite comfortably back there, making it ideal for squirmy children. The trunk is also 16.3 cubic feet, meaning the EPA categorize the Sonata as a large car, despite it being in the mid-size segment.
In motion it is comfortable while still allowing you to feel the road and if the 2.4 litre 4 cylinder engine option is not enough power for you, there’s always the Sport trim, with a 2.0 litre Turbo. This comes with a finer tuned suspension, larger brakes, and a different steering system. This can be picked up for just under $29,000. This also includes a slight facelift, 18 inch alloy wheels, and a sportier shaped steering wheel.
So if the man of the family wants some sporty edge to the family car, why not give it a shot?
There is also an ECO trim option that utilizes a 7 speed dual clutch transmission, mated to a 1.6 litre 4 cylinder Turbo. This adds a bit more mpg to the fuel economy, which hovers around the mid 20s in the city and mid 30s on the highway.
Ultimately it’s good value for money, with plenty of options, making it well worth considering against some of them ore popular names.