Traction control is fairly aggressive and the Sonata is obviously quicker with it off. Remarkable torque at low rpm, good midrange, but power wanes in upper revs. Infuriating throttle damping between upshifts kills pace, momentum and rhythm. Shifter is light and precise, but my guess is that the six-speed automatic would be quicker.
Rating: Average -- Consistently average stops with minimal fade; good anti-dive damping and a trustworthy pedal; ABS is unobtrusive and fast-cycling.
Rating: Average -- Slalom: Because the steering is so isolated from what's actually happening, the slalom becomes a "visual" exercise rather than one of feel. That said, yaw response is adequately quick, transitions are reasonably good and the rear follows the front. Skid pad: Aside from the isolated steering feel (more like winding a rubber spring than pushing hydraulic fluid) the Sonata is poised and mostly neutral, with minimal-to-moderate understeer.