2015 Hyundai Sonata First Drive: The Undercover Fun Sedan
Mid-size sedans; they aren’t the most lively bunch of cars in the whole world. You’ve got options like the Honda Accord or the Toyota Camry, which do well enough in sales, but go through life as blasé and boring alternatives to more capable crossovers and more fun hatchbacks. Thankfully family sedans are evolving. With cars like the Ford Fusion and Mazda6 adding a new sporty design element to the segment, one company mixed their sleeker new design with a few sporty hints as well. That brand is Hyundai, and that car is the 2015 Sonata. I recently got to spend some time behind the wheel of this well-refined new machine. PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata
Prices start at only $21,150, although you won’t get much more than a steering wheel and stereo for it. Opt for a Sonata Sport though, starting at $23,175, and you get features like leather-stitched seats, lumbar support, a peppier engine, improved driving dynamics— the whole show. Realistically, you get what you pay for.
There’s enough room in the back for normal-sized human beings, it has satellite radio and a voice control system, a trunk that fits things, and cup holders. Virtually everything you would expect in a sedan, this sedan has. And in Sport, it even comes in orange and has aggressive looking wheels, which I liked very much.
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Everything on the Sonata is really up to par, I have no complaints. But there was an ‘x factor' that surprised me, and made the Sonata just that much better — it handles like a car much sportier than it should be. It doesn’t have power, let’s get that straight, but you really feel like you’re in control of this thing when you toss it around corners and make those tires work. I was delightfully grinning at how much response I was getting out of it.
If there’s one car that comes close to the overall positive driving experience of the Sonata, that’s the Mazda6. They're both really well-designed and well-equipped, and both feel like they actually like to be driven. I’d have a hard time choosing between the two, frankly. Everything else comes second.
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Oh, and the Sonata will be compatible with both Android Auto and Google CarPlay starting next year. So there's that.
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