2015 Hyundai Sonata: Impressions from a Family Road Trip For Fireworks
July 27, 2015
For the July 4th weekend, I drove my family (wife, two small children) to my in-law's house. Compared to the antics of, say, Vacation (either the classic old one or new one), my trip was wholly uneventful. But an uneventful 700 miles with two little kids is just fine by me.
Much of the credit goes to the Sonata.
The Sonata is roomy, first of all. The ample rear legroom that Erin talked about in relation to a rear-facing child seat fitment also means little legs can't easily kick the front seats. My kids also liked the fold-down armrest and drink holders, which also served as a barrier between them (there wasn't much "He's touching me!" on this trip). My wife also seemed pretty happy in the front passenger seat. Despite lacking power adjustments, overall comfort seems very similar to the driver seat.
The Sonata's smooth and quiet ride quality came into play, as did the big trunk, which easily held our luggage and gear and kept in-cabin clutter to a minimum.
My wife drove the Sonata at one point and commented that the 185-hp four-cylinder engine didn't have a whole lot of pep. As she primarily drives a six-cylinder vehicle, I suppose the Sonata could feel that way. But for its class, the Sonata's acceleration (zero-to-60 mph in 8.2 seconds) is certainly acceptable. And for the approximately 700 miles I drove, the Sonata averaged 31 mpg.
Overall, the trip just reinforced my opinion that the 2015 Sonata is a top-tier pick for a family sedan.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 10,224 miles