2015 Hyundai Sonata: I Like Almost Everything About It
June 22, 2015
I'm beginning to get attached to our long-term 2015 Hyundai Sonata, and I certainly didn't expect that. As I circled through our company parking garage last week, I realized I was looking forward to my afternoon commute in the Sonata.
As I've previously written and as Scott Oldham has said, the Hyundai engineers did a nice job with the steering in this car. There's a precision that you notice as soon you turn the steering wheel (which, by the way, feels like it has a smaller diameter than the previous-generation Sonata's wheel), and that whets my appetite for the rest of the drive.
I really have no complaints about the ride, either. It's composed and the suspension absorbs most of the small ripples and dips that don't require my attention. This is not something I could say about earlier Sonatas.
Like Ed Hellwig, I'm content with the acceleration you get with our car's 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine and six-speed automatic transmission combination. Although our 8.2-second zero-to-60-mph time during instrumented testing isn't especially quick for a modern midsize sedan with a base four-cylinder engine, this isn't a reason to take the Sonata off your shopping list.
That said, the engine has an audible drone at highway cruise that bugs me from time to time. If I'm engrossed in a baseball game on AM radio, I'm oblivious to it, but if I'm only half-listening to public radio, I totally notice it. I haven't isolated exactly when it occurs (specific speeds, that is), but to date it's the only thing I don't like about driving the 2015 Hyundai Sonata.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 7,908 miles