2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test


2011 Hyundai Sonata: Poor Steering Feel and I Don't Mind

December 08, 2010

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I've spent plenty of time in our long-term Sonata and there is little to complain about -- provided you drive it with the right mind set.

Expecting a sliver of sportiness? Forget it, this car is the opposite. It is not fast nor particularly nimble, and the steering is utterly lifeless. But do I hate driving the Sonata? No, here's why.

Some enthusiasts crave performance in anything they drive, Jacquot for instance. Anything that doesn't measure up to guys like that is relentlessly annoying. For me, a commuter car like the Sonata or the Mazda 2 is completely different. Call it low expectations, but I think of it more like reasonable expectations.
Case in point, the steering in the Sonata. It offers very little worthwhile feedback. Low speeds, high speeds, it's all pretty much the same overboosted crap. A travesty in anything sporty, but in this car it's perfectly appropriate.

The average driver will find it quite pleasant, relaxing even. Wheeling the car into a parking space is about as low effort as it gets and when you're on the highway it doesn't twitch and roll with every bump in the pavement. Would more direct steering be appreciated? Sure, but it's not necessary, or at least not in this $23,000 family sedan.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com

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