2015 Hyundai Sonata: Exactly What You Want
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on October 2, 2015
Lompoc, California is a sleepy agricultural enclave about 150 miles north of my home in Los Angeles. It's also more famously home to the state penitentiary where Dominic Toretto served two years for attempted murder.
So there's really no reason to go to Lompoc, but I found one. And I asked our long-term 2015 Hyundai Sonata to get me there.
And the one-day round-trip reminded me how much I like this car.
The Sonata's combination of design, comfort and performance just feels right to me. I like the way this car looks (although I don't love the color). I very much like the style and functionality of its interior and the wonderful balance of power, response and efficiency delivered by its
turbocharged engine and automatic transmission.
I'm comfortable in the Sonata both literally and figuratively. I like the shape of its seat. I like the feel of its upholstery. I like the placement of its controls and its sporty seating position. Nothing about the Sonata is trying too hard to be cool or edgy or relevant, but it isn't boring or unadventurous either. This ain't no pod.
It hits that same sweet spot mechanically. Our Sonata rides well but doesn't float around and feel like your grandpa's Oldsmoboat. It also manages an impressive level of athleticism. It handles well and feels adhered to the road without riding like a racecar.
The Sonata is fun to drive. And it likes to be driven. But it doesn't make you suffer for the privilege. Not even a little.
And when you're humming along northbound on the superslab, hours into the run and still more than 100 miles from home, that's exactly what you want.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief