2015 Hyundai Sonata: A Nice Companion When You're Not Going Anywhere
July 17, 2015
The Los Angeles metro area typically ranks as having the worst traffic in the United States. So that's our starting base. Now add in a big roadside brush fire right at the exact point where two big freeway arteries meet and effectively serve as the only way, once you've committed, to drive in or out of Los Angeles from the north. This fire blocks lanes and causes every motorist to be a looky-loo. Now try to drive through all this at 4 p.m. like I did recently. Fun!
Thankfully, I happened to be driving our 2015 Hyundai Sonata. There's not much else in our long-term fleet right now that can match the Sonata for providing long-duration comfort and serenity.
There are a few reasons for this, most of which we've covered before. Both Ed and Erin have written favorably about the driver seat. I'll add on and confirm that it's comfortable for multiple hours of sitting. I'll also second Kelly's observation about the enjoyable sound quality of the 10-speaker premium Dimension audio system. Just start playing some harmonious Celtic music (if that's your thing) and let the relaxation set in.
The Sonata's quiet, too. This Great Wall of Korea helps keep the Celts in and the blaring hip-hop from the motorist next to you out.
Finally: snacks. You need snacks at the ready when traffic slows to a crawl. The Sonata's got you covered with its handy storage cubbies.
Granted, if I was driving right towards a brush fire that was actually the start of some serious traffic Armageddon, maybe I'd want something else to escape LA. Like this, for instance. Otherwise, I'm happy piloting the Sonata for highway slogs.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 9,793 miles