2015 Hyundai Sonata: Rides and Steers Better Than Its Predecessor
March 31, 2015
If you're a long-time reader of our long-term road tests, you might remember that we used to have a 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS in our fleet. I liked the idea of that car, which offered lots of space and lots of features in an attractive wrapper, but the actual execution left me cold. Fortunately, a few of my complaints have been addressed in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata.
Ride quality is the biggest improvement here. Our 2011 Sonata never felt perfectly sorted out. At times, it rode stiffly and transmitted nearly every ripple and rut to the cabin. In other situations, it felt buoyant and disconnected from whatever was happening on the pavement. It was the kind of thing some (normal) people could overlook, but it became an obsession for me and made me want to take refuge in a Honda Accord.
The situation is much better in our long-term 2015 Sonata Sport, which does a much better job of filtering out small imperfections. It's not a sporty car, but it feels buttoned down to an extent that the old Sonata never did.
I also think the steering has come a long way in the new-generation Hyundai Sonata. It's still electric-assist power steering of course, but it feels far less simulated than before. It's just normal steering now, nothing spectacular but precise enough not to call attention to itself in everyday driving situations. And for me, this makes the 2015 Sonata far more agreeable for commuting.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor