2015 Hyundai Sonata: So Very Gray
August 19, 2015
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is just so very gray and I'm not even talking about our particular car's cabin color scheme, which could inspire the title of an E.L. James novel. Besides "gray," when I think of our Sonata, I think of such words as "agreeable," "sensible" and "pleasant." I struggle to think of anything wrong about it, and yet it's also utterly incapable of getting my pulse above flatline.
True, it's a family sedan, a segment where the bar for getting one's pulse blipping is decidedly low. And yet, just about every member of the segment apart from the dreary Chevrolet Malibu at least offers something more than simply "agreeable," be it driving verve or style inside or out.
I drove a Mazda 6 last week and found it to be both engaging to drive and appealing to look at, whether outside or in. The same could be said of the Ford Fusion, which has the added bonus of a truly impressive ride and quiet cabin that evokes a much more expensive car. Those are just two family sedans I could happily drive every day and not succumb to a daily bout of automotive ennui.
Heck, I'd happily drive the greatly improved Toyota Camry SE instead of our Sonata. Ditto an Accord, Altima or the surprisingly good Subaru Legacy.
I don't expect family sedans to be sport sedans or automotive art, but the competition is such now that they also don't have to be this dull and gray.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor