2015 Hyundai Sonata: Good First Impressions, But Do They Last?
June 30, 2015
I pick up my wife from her job every day, and when I showed up in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, her face lit up. "Nice car!" she said, getting in. "How do you like it?"
At that point, I'd only driven it home, but I was planning to take it on a short road trip. So I didn't have a ready answer for her. But as I drove over 600 miles, up into the mountains and California's Owens Valley, I kept a list of pros and cons.
I'll lead off with the positives:
-As my wife pointed out, the Sonata has a striking design, especially in this beautiful blue
-It's roomy, with loads of legroom in the back
-Good fuel economy (if you drive it right)
-Great storage compartments around the driver's seat
Now, the downsides:
-Poor climbing power
-A/C is slow to blow cold
-No rear vents
-Upholstery in our model looks outdated
-Slow downshifts necessitate driving in Sport Mode
-Engine idle feels rough and engine isn't as composed as competitors
Overall, it was a pleasant car for a road trip and it accommodated four passengers nicely. I could be satisfied with this car as a daily driver. But would I buy it over some very qualified competitors? I don't think it make my top choice. As one of my travelling companions observed, "Hyundais make a great first impression, but it fades."
Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 9,010 miles